One of the most gut wrenching questions I remember asking over and over again during our financial drama was ‘how’ when someone would tell me to ‘trust God’. I knew the account balances and what needed to be paid and what was coming in (or not coming in) to cover the bills. The well-intentioned advice to ‘trust God’ seemed shallow and actually set me up for even further despair because the read-between-the-lines message was that I didn’t have enough faith and I wasn’t good or strong enough to simply put everything aside and let God drop money from heaven into our bank account.
The really sad part of this is that all the bills did always get paid, and there was always enough despite my worry and anxiety. I couldn’t see where it was coming from but somehow there was always enough for what was critical to be paid at the time – including the emergency car repairs and other unexpected expenses that always loom around overhead when funds are tight.
I hear this ‘how’ question almost every day. Sometimes it’s not necessarily posed as a question but a statement that says something like, ‘I can’t afford to do that or give that because we have bills to pay and financial obligations’. You hear this especially when you start a conversation about giving to a worthwhile cause or tithing to the Lord. The follow up statement usually sounds something like, ‘I can’t imagine ever doing that or having that’.
Today, I know these issues are unbelief. Unbelief caused by looking at what YOU can do, or what YOU can see. This self-focus is especially true in areas of finance where our entire world view has revolved around getting a job so someone else can provide you with a paycheque equal to the amount of money they determined the job was worth. Right away, this begins the process of fitting a lifestyle into a paycheque – not finding an income source to fit a lifestyle inspired by a relationship with the Lord. The conventional mindset says, ‘live within your means’; the biblical mindset says, ‘live within God’s means’. Both require knowledge and systems for managing the flow of money in and out of daily life; and both require wisdom to make financially savvy decisions; but one fuels a dependency on self and what money self can earn, the other mindset fuels dependency on God and what God promises and leads and can do through a life that is surrendered to Him.
How do you make the switch is an extremely powerful question? The answer is found in Romans 12:2 where Paul tells us to, “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”. Transformation is a process. It requires:
- the Word of God;
- the Holy Spirit;
- a supportive community of like-minded believers;
- new knowledge;
- wisdom to know how and when to apply the knowledge;
- time, and
- action – which requires belief, inspiration and strength from the Word, the Spirit and prayer!
For me, I had knowledge and systems, I had accepted the Lord as my savior, but it was the Spirit Himself who guided me to the Word, where I developed a passion for prayer. From there He has been faithful in providing what we need, when we need it, including people, opportunities, money, wisdom, and other resources. I had to be delivered from a lifetime of self-dependency and believing in what I could see or do. I had to be delivered from a poverty curse that turned my focus away from God; a mindset that is limited and restricted by the knowledge, situations and results we think are ‘realistic’ based on our past, or what we are told is likely to happen based on someone else’s knowledge.
We all would like to see things happen immediately, but sometimes our mind, will and emotions need to catch up with the Power we have in us. When we do, our body is strengthened to take action against the powers and principalities causing unbelief, discouragement, worry, anxiety, depression, illness, and anything else the devil can throw at us to keep us from stepping in to all God has planned for those who love Him.
In my experience, the smallest steps repeated consistently are the actions that produce the biggest rewards in the shortest amount of time. This begins with consistent prayer and consistent time in the Word. Today my prayer is for an acceleration of the Holy Spirit moving through Financial Grace to bring financial blessings to everyone with ears to hear and eyes to see that God desires that His people are not enslaved with financial lack!
Join me tomorrow morning at 7:30 am PST for 30 minutes of financial grace prayer. And if you haven’t already, make sure you download the 7-Step Prayer Strategy for Financial Increase! This blueprint based on the Lord’s prayer will accelerate your results regardless of where you’re beginning today because it lays out a powerful, practical connection between God’s Word and the world of money today.
Have a blessed week!