Every day I hear people muttering something about what they feel they ‘can’t afford’. Sometimes it comes as a direct comment and other times it comes as some sort of ‘that’s too rich for my blood’ kind of comment. I work primarily from home so I’m not out and about with hordes of people on a daily basis so the fact that I hear these comments at least once a day is alarming. Why? Because I believe it’s indicative of the general tone of people’s belief (or lack thereof) and any kind of ‘can’t afford it’ sort of comment is a bold affirmation of a poverty mentality.
When you say something you have already thought it. What you speak is what you hear so you’re not only affirming a poverty mindset to yourself, you’re also declaring it to the people around you and giving unbelieving words a position in the spiritual realm as well.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:34-37 “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Henry Ford said that. “If you think you can, you can and if you think you can’t, you can’t and either way you’re right”. When it comes to finance, there is enough uncertainty coming from the world we live in, without us affirming it in our everyday conversations. Maybe you don’t know how to do something given your current financial situation, but I’m sure you could ask and find someone who could help you find answers to what might seem impossible or unrealistic to you by yourself.
We serve a God of abundance and infinite possibilities so just because we don’t know how or what to do, doesn’t mean that whatever the situation we find ourselves in is impossible. As soon as you speak unbelief you are contradicting the Word of God and sabotaging the very thing you are looking for or hoping to find an answer to. That is unless you have given up hope because you are now speaking unbelief and believing in what you can see and not hoping of anything beyond what you can now perceive to be possible or ‘realistic’. “Remember that at that time [before you accepted the Lord] you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).
The Holy Spirit gives life and wisdom and connects us to the Father where everything is possible (see Matthew 19:26) but if we listen to the voice of doubt and uncertainty, and buy into the idea that we ‘lack’ something then eventually we’ll start speaking from this position of ‘lack’ and that’s the very thing we’ll end up experiencing.
In my experience, unbelief doesn’t always have to be negative either. It is just as sabotaging to speak only based on what you see in your current finances. Comments such as, “I’m going to work until I’m 65 because that’s when I’ll have enough money in my pension to retire” don’t actually reflect faith, especially when that same sort of comment is followed up with something like, “and then I’ll be able to dedicate my time to …(furthering the Kingdom)”.
I have been so guilty of this myself I recognize it easily. If God has called you to marketplace ministry through your work, then awesome! You will be blessed and fulfilled in that role. But, if you believe God is calling you to serve elsewhere within the Body of Christ, then proclaiming over and over again that you’re just waiting until you have more money before you follow the purposes you believe He has for you, sure sounds like rationalizing unbelief based on financial circumstances to me! We are called to walk by faith, not by sight (see 2 Corinthians 5:7).
As a community, Financial Grace is committed to prayer as much as we are to education and empowerment. All of these issues are as much about shifting mindsets and breaking through spiritual barriers as they are about financial strategies. Our weekly prayer meetings are a great place to begin, and to support these shifts. We pray for encouragement, confidence, wisdom, answers, support, breakthrough, and new revelations about how to navigate personal finances in ways you hadn’t before thought possible.
One thing I know for sure in close to 30 years in and around the financial industry, is there are very big walls of judgement and intimidation that create isolation and diminished results because of fear, doubt and scarcity. There is no lack in Christ Jesus (see Psalm 23:1) and as a community of believers we will triumph as we stand together with the full armor of God to resist the devil in the area of financial bondage (and other live areas affected as a result of financial stress, delayed or forgotten dreams or misplaced trust causing us to look for fulfilment outside of our relationship with Christ). (see Ephesians 6 and James 4:7) I hope you can join us for 30 minutes at the beginning of the week, Monday at 7:30 am PST online. And if you’re not able to join live, then know you are included in our prayers and that blessings and increase are the theme.
I hope you can join us for 30 minutes at the beginning of the week, Monday at 7:30 am PST online. And if you’re not able to join live, then know you are included in our prayers and that blessings and increase are the theme. Make sure you’re subscribed at www.financialgrace.org to receive the login by email. If you are subscribed and haven’t received the login, make sure you check your ‘junk’ or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an amazing week everyone and if you have a specific prayer request you’d like to send in during the week, please send it to me at email@example.com.
Sam and Joe
PS. As we draw near to the close of 2016 and prepare for 2017, I have been speaking to financial professionals in communities across the country to establish a Financial Grace Ministry Hub. These hubs will consist of a financial professional, a prayer partner and at least one person who will be facilitating Financial Grace programs, beginning with Moneyology and Financial 180. These will be the foundation of our financial partnerships. Training for hub leaders will begin in January and the promotional preparation will begin in late October. If you are a financial professional or ministry leader and think you might be interested in having a Financial Grace Ministry Hub in your community please contact me to discuss being included in the initial group of hub leaders!
PPS. If you’re not sure where to start, the Moneyology Course Preview Program is a 5 week home-study or small group program to introduce some of the Financial Grace paradigm shifts as well as connecting you with the core practical information necessary to source and find fresh new ideas to navigate financial matters in today’s economy. It’s still available online for $39 for another couple weeks only!