Ok so this is a sore subject for many as it was for me at one time.
I want to be rich! I want to travel! I want to live debt free! I want my business to flourish!
But for some reason I felt selfish and wrong for wanting all of that.
In reality, we all want those things one way or another.
So I had to dig down deep and see why am I feeling them negative emotions. Is it just in my head? Where did I get them emotions from? Is it really true? How does God feel about it?
As you can see I had a lot of questions. So I got to work and here’s the start of an awesome journey for me!
I started my business in October of 2014. In doing this I also started taking courses on mindset that conflicted with my former beliefs about money, wealth, prosperity, and living in abundance.
We all heard that phrase “for the love of money is the root of all evil.” I also was taught in church that God wanted us to be poor and that for us to want to be rich is not of God.
So I struggled with this and in my business because I love God and I want to please him and I surely don’t want to upset him. So I asked different pastors and others in the church what they thought.
While some said that God wants us to live in abundance a staggering 90% said that he doesn’t!
Then I got to thinking, we are all wrong then for wanting a nicer house, a pay raise, a better job? No that cannot be? Or can it?
I then decided that the only way I will get the answers is to seek God myself. ( Great lesson too because I found out a lot more than I thought I would! )
Seek the truth for yourself. Pray and ask God to show you and read for yourself! Oh and one more thing: A lot of the times when people tell you what they believe to be true and it’s not it is not because they are against you. They may actually believe it to be true.
I felt like I shouldn’t keep it all to myself so here it is:
So this journey took me a while and a lot of going back and forth.
You see “Money” is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible! Jesus talked more about money than he did about heaven and hell! That was shocking for me. Made me have even more questions!
So I narrowed down my search and decided to dissect the all time favorite verse and research about what God says about abundance, wealth, and prosperity.
Here’s what I’ve learned about Money being evil:
1 Timothy 6:10 (NKJV) says:
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Now I had a better understanding of that scripture. It says the love of money. Which brought up another question which I will address later.
But it also says “a” meaning not “the.” So it is not all the roots of all the evil.
It also states that “some” have strayed not all.
I then started thinking, what does the love of money actually mean? I mean you don’t actually love the $20 dollar bill in your hand?!
Money is the currency of human resources. We use money to put a roof over our heads and food in our bellies to stay alive. So the heart that loves money is a heart that puts its hopes, and pursues its pleasures, and puts its trust in what human resources can offer.
So the love of money is actually the same as faith in money or belief that money will meet your needs and make you happy.
Considering that their was a lot of scriptures on money, I decided to push my focus on what God says about wealth, prosperity, and abundance.
So here’s what I found on wealth, prosperity, and abundance:
“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.”
So God does give wealth and possessions and the ability to enjoy them and to be happy! ( Sorry that’s how I replay it in my head )
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God has a plan to prosper us/people! (got excited there for a minute)
I know just like my mom would say, “But did you read the whole chapter to see what he is talking about?”
Actually God was talking to all the people who was help captive by Nebuchadnezzar, priests, prophets, etc.
But it does show that he does want people to prosper!
Maybe not all so hold tight!
Which led me to my next lesson I learned:
A lot of the times people take scriptures out of the Bible and they think that means it is for everyone. (Like the above scripture wasn’t God telling you that but he was telling the people that came out of captivity.)
Actually it was written in a letter but anyway please note that I am not saying that God doesn’t want them things for you too. I mean I accept it :)
Ok so what next?!?!
Then I remembered the book of Proverbs and how I was told to read it and it would show me how God wanted me to live. So I dove right in and here’s what I found:
Rich and Poor
The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.
Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.
The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won’t even get threatened.
A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away.
The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends.”
Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.
The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.
The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults.
The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.
Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.
A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.
Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
The conclusion I received from all them scriptures is this:
God wants us to be rich. He is the one who blesses us with riches. God don’t want us to be boastful and arrogant due to our riches.
Also that is it very important to read every word of them scriptures.
I also get that we need to be generous to the poor. (I’m not talking about the lazy, I said poor.)
Finally the overall conclusion I received from my own studies (both Biblical and Non-Biblical) is this:
It’s ok to be rich and work towards wealth as long as you don’t become greedy or go about it in a deceitful way.
It’s not ok to think it’s ok to stay poor when you aren’t disabled or elderly. You then become a burden to society which in itself has a lot consequences.
They have good and bad rich people just like they have good and bad poor people. It isn’t all bad or all good.
The main reasons we think rich people are bad/snobby/mean is because of the following:
Movies where all the bad people are rich. That’s about 99.9% of them. So if we are pick up that in our subconscious, what else are we picking up?!?!
Society drilling it in our heads. (You see you are more controllable when you are poor. Just something to think about.)
Your own money story. (Yea that one hurt me too.)
What you was taught as a child about money.
What we were taught in church. Yep there too as to why I wrote this blog in the first place.
So if you still think it is bad to want to be rich look at it this way:
If all the rich people are still bad in your mind, why don’t you do something about it! Meaning why don’t you work at becoming rich and get your good friends to do so also? So that you offset the bad.
Think about all the good you can do if you are rich! You can pay more in tithes and offering, help the needy, etc.
You see for years I struggled with this and now I feel set free! I am so happy I learned this for myself and because of it my business and finances has flourished!
Use this as motivation and do something towards your dreams!
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Thank you for stopping by! I hope this helped you in your search as it did for me.
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Love and Blessings,