Spirituality

Published on January 5th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Pastor Creflo Dollar; Finding the Freedom from Financial Lack

Some of us may be struggling with financial lack, which makes it difficult to stretch our money far enough each month to pay all the bills. It’s stressful and discouraging having to juggle which bills get paid first and which ones can wait a few days. Having enough money to live comfortably can seem to be an elusive dream. But God’s will for our lives means abundance in all areas, including our finances.

If you’re like many in the world, the holiday shopping wrecked your budget and maxed out your credit cards. You may find yourself wondering how you’ll make it to January, how to pay for your purchases, and how to keep from getting the lights and the gas shut off. Don’t be deceived—God doesn’t want us to struggle every month just to make ends meet. We’re His children, and He wants to bless us, and our checkbook, abundantly.

God knows we need money, and He doesn’t want to see us broke and penniless. But our earthly desires can betray us, and it’s easy to seek money over everything else. The Bible tells us not to get our priorities backward, and when we seek Him first, everything else will fall into place. “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:32, 33, NIV).

We need to visualize by faith that we already have it and act like we’ve already received it, and God will keep His promise. He’ll bless us financially, but we need to keep our part of the bargain, which means handling money responsibly, by paying the bills, balancing the checkbook, establishing a household budget, not relying too heavily on credit, and giving generously.

A spirit of generosity has no relation to our bank account. The Bible story that teaches us to trust God and give out of faith uses the example of a woman who put all she had into the offering plate in the temple, despite the wealthier people making much larger donations. When Jesus saw this, He made note of it. “Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on’” (Mark 12:43, 44, NIV).

The world doesn’t think this way about money management, and the devil would prefer we stay broke and poor. But God calls us to stand out from everyone else, which includes transforming our minds and learning to think differently about money. If we keep it in its proper perspective when we ask Him for financial blessings, He’ll honor that request. “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13, 14, NIV).

Just in case you’re still wondering if God’s promises extend to your wallet, the Scriptures mention this wealth-related verse you’re probably familiar with. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NIV).

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