What was the best “God deal” you have had in a while?
Father, You are Jehovah Jireh. Thank You for Your provision.
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NASB, emphasis added): “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
How many of us would like to see more income every month? Everybody, right? Money is so important to how we live and what we experience. Jesus knew this and spoke more about money than any other topic.
God’s people throughout history have been blessed. For example, the Jews make up only .002 percent of the world’s population, but they make up 20 percent of the billionaires! God taught them provision in a barren desert after centuries of slavery. If He could convince a people in such dire circumstances that He would provide for them, what is your excuse? Let’s look at two biblical principles of money that give us the power to make wealth.
The Jews throughout history have been an important part of the financial sector. Why do you think that is? Share with the group.
The first law is the law of source, which is God’s part of the bargain. God owns it all, and He is the source–not your employer, the government, or any person or entity. God rained down manna on His people when they needed provision. No one else can do that. As 1 Chronicles 29:11–12 (NLT) says, “Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord… . Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.”
When did you come to the realization that God owns it all? Share with the group.
God will provide for all your needs. He will give you sufficiency and meet your needs. “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NLT).
Have you ever had to counsel someone who was struggling financially? Were they able to heed godly counsel to improve their situation? Share with the group.
The second law is the law of covenant, which is our part. We must commit to doing things God’s way. Genesis 28:20–22 (NLT) says, “Then Jacob made this vow: If God will take care of me … I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”
You have to decide if you are going to handle money the world’s way or God’s way. If you are going to do it God’s way, you have to make some important decisions. Step number one? Become a tither. If you believe it all belongs to God and He only wants 10 percent, why would you withhold that from Him? On the TV program Shark Tank, the investors refuse funding by saying, “For that reason, I am out.” Don’t have God opt out of your blessing program. Tithe!
Has God increased your wealth since you started to tithe? Share with the group.
God owns it all, and if you want Him in your financial life, commit to handling money His way.
Turn your finances over to God this week. Commit to doing it His way. Remember, slaves in a desert became 20 percent of today’s billionaires.