“The love of money is the source of the curse. The love of God is the source of the blessing.” ~ Pastor George Pearsons
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in a way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. (Proverbs 8:17-21, KJV)
Many years ago few spoke of the goodness of God. Then Oral Roberts began to say, “God is a good God.” Many in the church were upset with him for saying this. But today, you can say “God is good” and it will not cause an uproar in the church.
Many years ago few believed in healing. Then many healing evangelists came on the scene and proved otherwise. I spend most days talking to people about healing and ministering to them on healing and find most people are very receptive when they see it in the Word.
Now you hear more and more ministers talking about “God wants you to prosper financially.” Out come the hatchets. Even the government gets involved in the fray. But when we look in the Word, what do we see? God prospering those He loves and those who love Him.
Abraham was a wealthy man. Isaac sowed in famine and reaped a hundred-fold harvest. He too was a wealthy man. Jacob, his son, was a wealthy man. Remember God is referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Abraham once said to a king, “…I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich” (Genesis 14:23, KJV). He wanted to make sure that people knew He was rich because of God and no man.
Joseph, who started out as a Hebrew slave, became a wealthy man in Egypt because of God’s favor and wisdom. David was a wealthy king. He didn’t start out that way, but with God he sure ended up that way! David’s son Solomon was a very wealthy man.
Just like the goodness of God, just like the healing power of God, the message that God wants to prosper you has been a volitile one for many. But it is time for people to read their Bibles find out for themselves what God’s will is and stop letting the enemy tell us that it is bad to prosper.
God didn’t say money is the root of all evil. He said the love of money is the root of all evil. Are there some in the church who love money? I’m sure there are, but for those who don’t know it, there are more and more members of the Body of Christ that are completely devoted in their love of God and they are prospering. And because they love God and not money they are freely giving what they have freely received. They are financing the spread of the Gospel. They are building orphanages and hospitals. They are feeding the poor. They are using money to bless people, not using people to get money.
Why do I say all this? Because financially times are hard and getting harder in the world. Greed and the love of money has reached an all time high and many are getting hurt because of it. But God wants to bless and prosper His people in the midst of it all. Why, because He loves us. He also loves the people that have not turned to Him yet, but through us He wants to demonstrate His goodness, His mercy and His love so that others will see that there is a God and He is good.
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. (Psalm 112:1-3; KJV)
Amen! Wealth is such a subjective human subject. My mom believes all of my friends are wealthy because of the houses they own. My friends, however, would disagree heartily because they cut coupons and have budgets they must cling to. For some, making over $100,000 per year is a huge sum while to others it’s just peanuts. I’ve even heard pastors who had derived “a number” on how much is too much for a pastor’s salary. Did he get that number from God? Bottom line: It’s really none of anyone’s business how much money someone makes, including the church staff. That is between God and them. Perhaps we shouldn’t covet money so much that we would be offended by someone else’s salary.