December 8, 2012
this is a continuation of the post who are the greedy. i recommend that read that you read that post prior to reading this one.
let’s consider a few things as we ponder this scripture.
deuteronomy 8:18 – but remember the lord your god, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
there are countless scriptures in the bible confirming god’s desire for us is to have more than enough, living an abundant life. but there are so many who are not living in abundance.
this is what i believe:
god has given everyone the power to obtain wealth in order to fulfill his covenant with abraham. deut 8:18
he wants us to never forget that the source was him and not of our own doing. deut 8:11-17
even though he has given us the power to obtain wealth we still have to seek him about how to do this for our own individual lives. proverbs 16:9
there is effort involved to obtain. sometimes great effort and hard work. proverbs 14:23
stepping out in faith is required just as the one who invested (let go of) their minas in order to hopefully gain more. hebrews 11:6
he expects us to take whatever it is we have whether great or small (10 or 5 minas) and use it and then be content with the reward we have reaped. philippians 4:12
never give up. galations 6:9, romans 12:11
don’t grumble or complain about the work you have before you. philippians 2:14-15
since we know that all things are possible to those who believe (philippians 4:13) then everyone everywhere has the ability to have all that they could ever need or want.
god has at the ready his provision and power to anyone who is ready to take hold and believe him for it. god has not created any victims, and those who wallow in a victim mentality, always blaming others for what they do not have, only create more poverty in their lives as we saw with the fearful victim in the parable above.
but there is hope. if you feel that you have been a victim to circumstance there is hope for you today. stop looking to others to pull you out of where you are. stop blaming others for where you are. start looking to god who desires to take you hand as you reach out to him, and pull you up.
it may not be easy and it may seem overwhelming. there will be work involved. it may only be the work of reading the bible to renew your mind or it may be stepping out in faith to work at a job you never thought you had the skill or ability to do before. just remember that now you do have the ability because god will give it to you.
let me leave on last thought with you.
mark 9:23 – “‘if you can’?” said jesus. “everything is possible for him who believes.”