Power to Get Wealth-Part 6

The Purpose of Wealth
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
2 Corinthians 9:8-11 NKJV
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
2 Corinthians 9:8 Amplified
And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause.
He will make you rich enough to be generous at all times.
2 Corinthians 9:8,11 TEV
God can give you more than enough of every good gift, enough for you, to have plenty for yourselves always and in any circumstances, and to have enough left over to contribute to every good cause.

He will always make you rich enough to be generous to every claim on you…

2 Corinthians 9:8,11 Barclay

In our final lesson in this series we will determine from the Bible what is God’s purpose for wealth. If Jesus is truly our Lord, we have to allow Him to give us His purpose and not just rely on our own opinions.
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV
God’s purpose for giving us wealth is to establish His covenant in the earth. To get further understanding of this we need to go back to the source. God says that this is the same covenant sworn to our forefathers.
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV
According to this passage, God’s purpose for us is two-fold:
  1. He blesses us.

  2. He makes us a blessing.
This is what author Don Richardson calls the top and bottom lines of the covenant. Let us consider first the top line of the covenant.

God’s first purpose in prospering us is because His will for us is financial prosperity.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things…
2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV
12 Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 25:12-13 NKJV

...“Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Psalm 35:27 NKJV

1 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
Psalm 112:1,3 NKJV

Length of days is in her (wisdom’s) right hand, in her left hand riches and honor.
Proverbs 3:16 NKJV

(Christ has become for us wisdom 1 Corinthians 1:30)
Riches and honor are with me (wisdom), 
Enduring riches and righteousness.
Proverbs 8:18 NKJV

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 8:22 NKJV

…God who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
1 Timothy 6:17 Williams
God provides us things simply for our enjoyment. There does not have to be some big spooky spiritual reason for everything we have. God wants us to have things we enjoy. (This was only a sampling of scriptures that promise wealth).

God wants us to be blessed, also to be a blessing.

Many people get into error because they forget the bottom line purpose of prosperity, which is to be a blessing to humanity. You cannot be a blessing to humanity if you are not blessed yourself. You cannot give what you do not have.
Freely you have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:8 NKJV
You also cannot be a blessing if you are not blessed financially because, according to the Bible, no one will listen to you!
13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me:
14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it.
15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.
16 Then I said: “Wisdom is better than strength.
Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised,
And his words are not heard.
Ecclesiastes 9:14-16 NKJV
According to this passage, this man delivered a whole city but he was soon forgotten. If we harmonize this passage with Jesus’s command to us to be salt and light and to be witnesses, we should want to be rich! This is no condemnation if you are not there yet, we all have to start out where we are, but the greater our wealth, the greater our influence. Let us set our sights on God’s best and press toward the mark.

Remembering the bottom line of the covenant, safeguards us from the sin of covetousness.
12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
Matthew 21:12-13 NKJV
Wow! What made Jesus so ticked off? John’s gospel tells us that He even braided a whip to run them out of the temple. They understood what they had done from the two scriptures Jesus quoted.
3 Do not let the son of the foreigner
Who has joined himself to the Lord
Speak, saying,
“The Lord has utterly separated me from His people”
5 Even to them I will give in My house
And within My walls a place and a name
Better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
That shall not be cut off.
“Also the sons of the foreigner
Who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him,
And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants—
Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And holds fast My covenant—
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Isaiah 56:3,5-7 NKJV

The moneychangers had “set up shop” in the Court of the Gentiles of the temple. The great Court of the Gentiles was the lowest, outer enclosure of the sanctuary. It was here that God fearing Gentiles would gather to worship. God’s purpose in it was to demonstrate to the Gentiles that soon Jesus through His death, burial, and resurrection would “break down the middle wall of separation”.
11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Ephesians 2:11-18 NKJV
The middle wall of separation spoken of here is the one that separated Gentiles from Jews in temple worship. There was even a sign threatening death to any Gentile who dared crossed the threshold!

The religious folks in that day had lost sight of the bottom line of the Abrahamic Covenant, to be a blessing to all nations. They saw Gentiles as a waste of space and made the court a place to hawk their wares.  We as New Covenant believers need to be watchful that we do not become so money minded at the expense of lost humanity.  The next Old Testament scripture Jesus quoted tells the result of their compromise.
Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 7:11 NKJV
Because the Jewish leaders had lost sight of being a blessing to all nations, their love of money resulted in them adopting “shady” business practices. Many have compromised their integrity concerning money because they have lost sight of their responsibility to lost and hurting humanity.

Another example of this tendency to forget the bottom line of the covenant is found in the Book of Acts.  Jesus’s final instruction to His followers, before He ascended into heaven, was to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature. However, the disciples were reluctant to carry the message to the Gentiles and they “hole up” there in Jerusalem.  So much so, that when Peter preached to one Gentile household of Cornelius, the Jews called him on the carpet about it. In Acts 12, Herod kills James the brother of John. Fleeing persecution, some of Jesus’s followers are forced out into the entire world!

I believe that reluctance to obey Jesus’s command to go into the entire world opened the door to persecution from the devil. Churches and individuals that forget the great commission usually either dry up or blow up!

According to Ed Cole, balance is the key to life. We must constantly walk the balance between the top and bottom lines of the covenant. Those who forget the top line of the covenant usually give into complacency. Those who forget the bottom line of the covenant, at the expense of the top line, many times, fall victim to covetousness.  We need to be mindful to give both facets of our prosperity covenant their due emphasis.

-- Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.
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