Most books, and articles, I read about money claim that a bad concept about money is a major reason why some people are struggling in life financially. A mindset that believes money is evil accordingly hinders one from earning more money in his or her lifetime. A positive and welcoming attitude towards money accordingly enables one to attract more money in his or her life.
But is money something to be attracted to in our life? Is money something we have to work hard for in life to have? Is there a ritual that can facilitate money coming easily in our life?
For me – No!
I don’t believe we have to attract money, or that money is something to be attracted into our life. Or that we have to break our backs to have a good reserve of money in our lifetime.
God the source of money has already given us, His children, everything we need to live well here on earth, including money.
But how is it that there are many Christians struggling in life, financially?
There are many answers to this question. The best one, I believe, is what Jesus Himself told the people two thousand years ago, when He was still here on earth in physical form:
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness and everything shall be added to you, as well.” – Matthew 6:33.
Clearly, one main reason many Christians are going through “lack” and having “not enough” is because they’re attention are everywhere except God, seeking money from every place except from the one and only real source of money, which is God.
God and Money
I love reading about money. I believe every Christian should make every effort to read and study about money because money plays a big part in our life and the lives of those around us. If we are ignorant about money and the true purpose of money in our life we will be at risk of being in bondage of money. And we will fail in obeying God’s mandate for us to take care of the poor. And we ourselves will be in danger of being always in lack and having not enough.
I recommend two sources for you to learn and study about money.
One is the book God and Money by Gregory Baumer and John Conti, which you can get a copy from Amazon.
God and Money is an extensive, if not a complete, study and presentation of everything that we (Christians, most especially) must know about money, or wealth, or giving – which, first of all – is that money comes from God and must (first) be used for the purposes of God.
I love the fact that the book started its exploration of the subject matter from the Old Testament Book, which gave us the instruction in Deuteronomy (among many other great examples) to remember God (with our riches) because it was He who gave us the power to get wealth; and on to the New Testament which focuses more on giving advice on the attitude we should take towards money, wealth and giving. Here, we read about Jesus word that it is more blessed to give than to receive and that of Apostle Paul’s admonition that the love of money is the root of all evil.
Aside from the Old and New Testament examples, the book also presented the atheist as well as the secular philosophical views on money, or wealth, such that money, or our excess of it, belongs to the poor and must therefore be given back to the poor by giving, and that it is our moral obligation to give to the poor.
That said, this book gives us a well-rounded, or an in-depth, scrutiny on the subject matter of money, wealth, or giving. This will benefit everyone who reads it, in the following manner:
- it will greatly expand one’s views about money, wealth and giving;
- it will improve or correct one’s approaches towards his or her money and giving;
- it will liberate one from the Law – the Law of Tithing – and lead him or her to the more liberating, grace-filled act of generous giving.
The second resource I’m highly recommending for you to learn about money is the Christian Financial Freedom by Terry Dean, a DVD and Ebook set.
Terry Dean is a Christian who went from over $50,000 in debt and delivering pizzas for a living to being totally debt free.
You can see it here: Christian Financial Freedom
On the site, he shares the scripture that changed his life:
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5
Standing on that scripture, he decided to quit praying for money like most of us do, and started praying for wisdom instead.
Bible says wisdom brings wealth with it (II Chronicles 1:12, Proverbs 4:7-8, Proverbs 8:11, Proverbs 24:3-4).
From that day forward, Terry Dean quit praying for money. He, instead, started praying for wisdom and he hasn’t had a problem with money since.
Step-by-step the Lord led him in wisdom how to get out of debt, how to increase his income, and how to start his own very profitable businesses.
It wasn’t instantaneous and it didn’t happen overnight, but he hit a breakthrough the moment he changed how he was praying.
Find out more about where that one simple truth led him in his life and what it can do for you and your finances today. Click here