Part 1 How Does God Define Wealth?
“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
This may be a startling revelation to some Christians, but God has actually given us the power to get wealth. This is the first step. Before you can learn the steps to attaining wealth, you have to first acknowledge that wealth is God’s plan for you. I pray by the end of this article the Holy Spirit will quicken this truth to your heart.
And you shall remember the Lord your God…
We as Westerners are at a disadvantage sometimes because we are reading an Eastern book. Do not get me wrong, it applies to Westerners but we must interpret the Bible in the light of the understanding of the people who initially received it. The Bible is a covenant book filled with covenant terminology. “Remember” is a covenant word. When we as Westerners read the word “remember” we think of it as having something stored somewhere back in our mental “hard drive”. Actually, to “remember” means to have ever before our thinking. So remember (to use a contemporary example) means not to have the Word stored in you mental “hard drive” but rather have it constantly pulled up on the “computer screen” of your consciousness. We have to analyze everything we encounter in the light of the Bible. The main way we practice covenant remembrance is through meditation.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psalm 143:5 NKJV
1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8 NKJV
Biblical meditation means to speak, mutter, ponder to one’s self, and imagine. Meditation is the process that gets the scripture from our heads to our hearts. When we study and read the Bible it is like preparing a meal. When we meditate the Word it is like feeding on that meal. To study and not meditate the Word is like preparing an elaborate meal and not feeding upon it. We meditate by taking a scripture apart in bite sized portions and “chewing on” it over and over. Here is quick non- exhaustive example of meditation taken from Acts 10:38.
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Acts 10:38 NKJV
..how God anointed Jesus of Nazereth…..Christ means the anointed one and His anointing…Here is a glimpse into what Christ means to us…
with the Holy Spirit and with power….Jesus said that we would receive the same power (Gr-dunamis) after that the Holy Spirit has come upon us.
.. who went about doing good… God anointed Jesus to do something….. If we want more anointing we must do something… Jesus did good things… Anything that is not good does not come from the Father or Jesus…. Jesus came to give us life more abundantly….. It is the thief (satan) who steals kills and destroys (John 10:10).
…healing all who were oppressed by the devil… the Bible calls sickness oppression of the devil, not God’s little blessing in disguise…. Jesus healed all.. it is God’s will that everyone be healed…
… for God was with Him. Jesus in the incarnation emptied himself and accepted the limitations of man (Philippians 2:7 Gr)….. So everything Jesus did, He did as a man anointed with the Holy Spirit….. He said the works He does we can do also because He went to the Father….
Another definition of meditation is to imagine. We have to imagine ourselves walking out the provision God has promised us. It is not enough to imagine God giving someone wealth. We have to see ourselves walking in the provision. We have to see God’s Word speaking to us personally. So when you meditate the scripture put it in the first person.
When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Psalm 27:8 NKJV
God says “I will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19). I say “You, God, supply all of my needs”.
God says “I give you power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18). I say “I receive Your power that gives me wealth!”`
For it is He (God) who gives you power to get wealth…
We have to let the Word of God define wealth for us. Some say, “Well brother God just makes us spiritually wealthy”. Really? Let us look at how the Bible defines wealth.
- An abundance of natural resources.
7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills;
9 a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
Deuteronomy 8:7,9 NKJV
- An abundant supply of food.
8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey;
9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity…
10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.
Deuteronomy 8:8,9-10 NKJV
3. An abundance in livestock.
when your herds and your flocks multiply…
Deuteronomy 8:13 NKJV
And Abram was very rich in cattle…
Genesis 13:2 NKJV
…..for he (Isaac) had possessions of flocks and herds.
Genesis 26:14 NKJV
Blessed shall be….the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Deuteronomy 28:4 NKJV
4. Beautiful homes.
…when you… have built beautiful houses to dwell in them.
Deuteronomy 8:12 NKJV
5. Fine Clothing.
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:28-30 NKJV
How do you suppose Solomon, who threw away silver because he had so much gold, would be clothed?
…I will clothe you with rich apparel.
Zechariah 3:4 Amp
…for her (Tyre or the wicked’s) gain will be for those who dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for fine clothing.
Isaiah 23:18 NKJV
Even Jesus’s garment was so expensive that the Roman soldiers gambled for it rather than dividing it (John 19:23-24).
6. Multiplication financially.
And Abram was very rich cattle, in silver and in gold.
Genesis 13:1 NKJV
Now I ask you, was this a spiritual cow? Was this spiritual silver and gold?
And when …your silver and gold are multiplied…
Deuteronomy 8:13 NKJV
He (God) also brought them (His people) out with silver and gold….
Psalm 105:37 NKJV
I the Lord…multiplied her silver and gold…
Hosea 2:8 NKJV
…Who lavished on her silver and gold….
Hosea 2:8 Amplified
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV
in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied).
2 Corinthians 8:9 Amplified
7. Freedom from debt.
For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
Deuteronomy 15:6 NKJV
The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].
Psalm 37:21 NKJV
God does not want us to be a servant to this world system.
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.
Proverbs 22:7 NKJV
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
Deuteronomy 28:13 NKJV
8. Multiplication of all things.
Now the land was not able to support them (Abram and Lot), that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
Genesis 13:6 NKJV
…and when…all that you have is multiplied…
Deuteronomy 8:13 NKJV
“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods….
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.
Deuteronomy 28:8,11, 12 NKJV
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.
11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
2 Corinthians 9:8,11 NKJV
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way.
2 Corinthians 9:11 Common English Bible
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:32-33 NKJV
Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.
Matthew 6:33 J.B. Phillips
Now that we have let the Bible define wealth we have to renew our minds to the fact that God wants us to have wealth. If poverty would have been the will of God, Adam would not have been put in such a prosperous place. God would have dropped him off in a desert rather than the garden of Eden. And he certainly would not have told him that the gold is good.
And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there.
Genesis 2:12 NKJV
I can hear God telling Adam, “I know some religious joker will try to tell you differently later, but the gold is good.” It is interesting in history every civilization that has quit having gold backing their currency has fallen into financial ruin. God set a law in motion that gold is good. Not only is prosperity God’s will He initiated it. This fact is mirrored in the life of Abraham.
1Now 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.
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
Genesis 12:1-2 NKJV
Notice that God did not call out Abram (who would become Abraham) and Abram say, “I will if you bless me financially”. God initiated prosperity. We read earlier one way that prosperity manifested in Abram’s life just one chapter later.
Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
Genesis 13:2 NKJV
God’s purpose in blessing Abram and us is also illustrated in the fact that cattle, silver and gold are God’s signature blessings.
For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
Psalm 50:10 NKJV
You have also taken your beautiful jewelry from My gold and My silver, which I had given you..
Ezekiel 16:17 NKJV
‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.
Haggai 2:8 NKJV
Do not get me wrong, cattle, silver and gold are not the only way God blesses as we pointed out earlier. I would not know what to do with a cow if I had one. God will bring prosperity to us relative to how our culture defines it. I simply am pointing out the fact that the Holy Spirit orchestrated the events in such a way to illustrate that He was the source of Abram’s blessings.
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”,
14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Galatians 3:13-14 NKJV
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 3:29 NKJV
We as New Testament believers have a right to claim the same blessings Abraham walked in. We cannot define what Abraham’s (Abram’s) blessings were. We have to allow the Bible to do that. Abram was blessed the equivalent of material prosperity of his day.
David, who God Himself referred to as a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), knew the source of wealth.
Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all.
1 Chronicles 29:12 NKJV
David’s life demonstrated just that. A man who started off as a humble shepherd who was not even invited in when Samuel came to anoint a king in his household, gave a multi billion dollar offering to build the temple.
So he (David) died in a good old age, full of days and riches and honor; and Solomon his son reigned in his place.
1 Chronicles 29:28 NKJV
These are just a few examples of people who walked with God and prospered .The Bible is full of examples of people who, when they were in right relationship to God, increased financially. Isaac, Jacob, Solomon, and Jehoshaphat just to name a few. I encourage you, do not take my word for it. Study the Word for yourself and you will see it is true.