Windows on Finance Part 1
There is a line of teaching floating around Christendom that says that if you have financial problems, just tithe or give what you have to God and He will sort the rest out for you. I know people who have (under guidance from their pastors) tried to tithe to get themselves out of debt but because their finances were in such a mess all they did was put their tithe on their credit card each week and worsen their already overburdened debt problem i.e. they just got into more debt! They thought they were doing the right thing, they desperately wanted to be out of debt but they were just making things worse for themselves – tithing was not helping their finances!
Maybe your situation isn’t as dire as the one I have just mentioned, however the principles working against these poor folk are quite possibly still working against you…
It is important to point out at this point that I am a firm believer in tithing and offerings, tithing is a principle I have applied in my life since the days I first received pocket money as a child and I will continue to apply until I draw my last breath.
The causes behind debt are complex and like sickness, there is no magic formula which will bring financial abundance (I have probably just trodden on some theological toes). There are many and often deep issues that challenge us around “financial abundance” and “freedom from debt”, so I am embarking on a series of articles to address as many of them as I can. This could be a long series!
Today I want to talk about “Source”. The question is: “WHO is your source?” The reason I have highlighted the “who” is because whether you realise it or not you are depending on someone for your provision, and that someone is one of two spiritual entities.
Whilst we all like to think we are dependent on God for our supply, and we sing songs and pray prayers to that effect, when the rubber hits the road and the preacher asks for an offering, what is the first question that enters our head? If you’re like me, it’s along the lines of “How much have I got in my wallet?” or “How much is in the cheque account?” In doing this I have just asked someone how much I can give – and to my shame as I ask along these lines I am not asking God.
Personally, I am trying to get into the habit of asking the better question of: “Lord, how much do you want me to give today?” Now this is a much scarier question and I can already feel the shivers going down your spines (because they just went down mine). Now the point of this example is not to talk about giving offerings at a meeting (I’ll address that in a later article but I think you can see where it will be going), the point is to show WHO our source is, and if we are absolutely brutally honest we have to confess it is usually not our dear Lord (the One who actually does provide for us each and every day).
So if it isn’t God, who is this entity are we bowing down to? The spirit we are looking to for our provision is the spirit of mammon. mammon is the spiritual power who hides behind our money system. He is a very high ranking demon/principality.
Now money in and of itself is not evil, it is just a tool, much like a spade makes digging the garden easier, money makes the transfer of goods and services between people easier. However when we fall into the trap of believing we need money to survive we have just prayed “O mammon I need you, you are my source.” We have taken our eyes off God (our true Source) and replaced Him with something fashioned with our own hands… need I say more?
If you are in a relatively secure financial position, my last statement may seem somewhat extreme because you feel as if you are living with God as your source. That was why I used the example of the preacher’s offering because it quickly shows us who we turn to when we have to make decisions about money. If you automatically seek God whenever there is an offering, God bless you, you have overcome one of the major spiritual hurdles facing us and our finances.
For the rest of us I think we have enough to chew on for today.
May God richly bless you,
This series is designed to build your faith in God as your Provider and to enable you to release His full abundance into your life. If you have a testimony of God’s provision as a result of applying the principles from this ministry please share it with us (and let us know if we can share it with others). If this article has helped you, please consider praying for me and this ministry. Thanks and God Bless, Richard BP.
This article is provided for educational and edificational purposes only. It does not constitute and is not a substitute for professional advice. If you require financial advice or assistance please contact a suitable professional advisor.