A lot of Christians do not believe that God wants to bless them, or rather don’t believe that finances is part of the ‘all things’ mentioned here; “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John1:2 NKJV.
For us to be fruitful in finances, we first have to renew our minds to believe that God wants us to be blessed with prosperity.
For us to be financially fruitful we have to
1. Get out of debt: God has commanded us in Genesis 1:28, to be fruitful and multiply but how can this be possible if we owe someone. We have been commanded in Romans 13:8 NKJV; “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” We have to start by clearing our debt(s) and look for practical ways to help us achieve that.
2. Honour God with our finances: Everything we have (and we’ll ever have), has been given to us by God; “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.” Psalms 24:1 NKJV. We honour God by giving 10% of our income, this is known as a Tithe. It is also a command; “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10 NKJV. Tithing to God brings greater blessings.
3. Be generous: The fear of not having enough prevents us from being generous. This fear is a spirit of poverty and it hinders us from believing that God will provide for us. Embracing the spirit of generosity yields generously. “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:24 - 25 NKJV. Giving requires faith in God and without faith, we cannot please Him; Hebrews 11:6.
Being fruitful in our finances is our Father’s desire for us His children. As His children, we are to set the example for others with the wisdom and stewardship of what He has given us. If we practice the principles of managing our finances set in His Word (Bible), we will walk in financial freedom.
Article by: Sapphire Ezikpe-Kalu