“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”
1 Timothy 6:10
Stay away from the love of money.
In the crevices of outer space a black hole settles in the shadows. Pulling in whatever inches close enough to the obscurity. Void of light. Where life does not exist and Heaven is absent. A trap… a snare… a viscous tunnel where death is subtle until it consumes you.
The pursuit of money is a death trap.
It promises you something it cannot afford. Joy… happiness… fulfillment… it cannot reward. Only the Lord can replenish you. Provide for you. Satisfy you… The King of all things.
For the love of Me be free from the love of money… God says!
My treasures are overflowing to you if you would come to Me!
The apostle Paul also exhorts with this reassurance. “And my God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Notice it says “according to His riches.” What are His riches? God defines wealth very differently than a flesh heart would. Society may define wealth by your finanical assets and bank account but God does not. Money is not a metric used by God to assess your worth. Money is not a determinant of who you are. Money is not prerequisite for Him to qualify you as His child.
God’s riches are supernatural realities you need at your deepest core.
God’s riches are… Salvation. Happiness. Love. Provision. Joy. Purpose. Destiny. Promise. Hope. I could go on… and you can fill in more with what you know in your heart is a deep rooted soul need.
What God gives is better.
What do you need at your core to not just survive but to live passionately and zealously alive? God gives these kinds of riches.
God’s riches are worthy riches to accumulate. And by gaining them you will propel yourself into much ecstasy. By His Holy Spirit producing these riches in your soul.
You find what you need when God’s riches well up in you.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11
If you find yourself in financial need in a certain area, you must ask yourself… is money really what you need most?
I believe there is a deeper need transcending temporal time and space that God needs to touch in many lives right now before it’s too late. And the only way to meet that deep soul need is to allow you to go without the surface level provision for a season.
If God has not provided something, it’s because it’s not a good thing for you to have. This can be a dilemma of the mind when you live in a world that tells you it is. I’ve always questioned why… why? Why do I need to care about it? Jesus said literally… do not love money. You cannot serve 2 masters and you cannot serve God and money. But the world demands money saves. Money saves. Money saves.
What a lie…
I’ve never once experienced money saving me.
I’ve experienced over and over again Jesus saving me. Him loving me… Him giving me exactly what I needed. My soul is alive because of His blood alone. Red blood. I want to soak in the red blood of the Lord. Streaming out from His hands and feet that bled for me. Quietly… strongly… willingly… I want to be His treasure forever.
Elevating your mind over what the world tells and sells will declutter your heart of the lies society prides itself in. Money cannot save you. It never could. And it’s not meant to… Take a deep breath and let that pressure go.
You never find what you’re looking for when money is your driver.
In fact, you may stumble into manipulative tactics when money is your driver. It’s like driving with blurry vision. Driving under the influence of dollar signs instead of spiritual insight. Those dollar signs are an illusion my friends… don’t steer there.
Venture towards the One who oversees every need and every resource… Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
Who do you want dictating your life and choices? You can have a good, trustworthy leader (God) or a dishonest, abusive leader (money).
Who do you want in your heart? The stressor of money? Or the peace of God?
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
Who do you want touching you? The handcuffs of money or the arms of almighty God?
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Freedom and inhibition unfurls when you live for Heaven’s reality, not earth’s reality.
Loving money will only limit you and cage into accumulation maintenance. Stripping you of life. Loving God will only empower you and catapult you into an expanse of endless opportunities to partner with Him.
How many times a day do you check your bank account? Some of you check it because it’s on the verge of the negative. Some of you check it because you want to know how much more interested you’ve accumulated. Some of you check it only when needed and your heart is not tethered to it. It’s possible to have money and not let money into your heart and decision making.
What do you use your money for? Jesus said, “Where your heart it there you treasure will be also” in Matthew 6:21.
Don’t settle for a base level interest of aquiring money.
There are so many more enlivening aspirations to pour your heart into than that. And Jesus is the main one.
Money is only valuable once you exchange it for something. If you find yourself not wanting to use your money for fear of losing it… you love money. It’s time to dump that love.
If you use it for things you don’t need for medicating a pain or lack you have internally, you love money. Reject that love and ask God for real riches… the internal treasure you really seek.
If you give your money to the Lord… I want to affirm you in that. Your character and godly example will trickle to your family and to those around you. Keep loving God more.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
We give to the Lord because He first gave to us.
It’s how we honor Him.
When you give your money, you lose an attachment to it.
Giving is a generator of freedom.
If you want to stop loving money give your money sacrificially, first to God and then to whomever He leads you to in generosity.
Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.”
If you use your money to bless others and on what God says to use it for, He will bless you. He gives freedom to the one He trusts. And He overflows with goodness to His children.
God sees your purity of heart to be not enticed by money’s illusion. God hates what is evil. Don’t fall in love with money. Don’t fall in love with what cannot save you nor clease you. Fall in love with the One who touches you like no one else can.
Fall in love with God.
God loves to bless the one who loves Him more than money.
And He knows He doesn’t have to give money as the blessing when He blesses you, in order for you to love Him or be grateful. Because you know money is precisely not valued as much as He is.
God gives blessings of the higher echelon. Much better than money. He gives what is supernatural and enduring into Heaven.
“In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:11-14
When you serve God, you gain a royal inheritance.
And it’s guaranteed.
Never to be lost.
You are never lack when held by the King who owns all things in the universe. You are His most beloved treasure.
“The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.”
I don’t want
what money can buy
I want what I can’t find
but in You
defined by everything right
You are the light
that tells me how to fly
into Your arms
I come alive
A royal inheritance cloaks us by the shed body of Jesus Christ triggering a resurrection. We come alive by the Spirit.
“And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:17
Gaining access into this royal inheritance indicates that we must suffer with Him just as He did. So that we too can be glorified.
Suffering is an accompaniament of glorification.
In whatever you need today… know that God cares and is aware. We fellowship in His sufferings in this world because we shine like diamonds in a world that hates the light. Resurrection is on the other side of this place. Jesus is coming back soon. For you… His love.
Just as Jesus told us. where your heart is there your treasure will be also… it applies to Him to in the sense that we are His treasure. And so His heart is always with us. For us. Beating with passion for us.
Money is not a prized possession.
You are, precious ones!
YOU are the prized possession.
Don’t allow money to distort how you view true worth. You are more valuable than anything money could buy.
Worthiness is bestowed by the King upon His living, breathing beloved creation.
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1
Don’t let money take you down a road that cannot lead you Home to Him. Wandering towards financial gains that cannot satisfy.
Treasuring money devours your purity of heart. It corrupts your lens by which to see what is truly valuable. It taints your joy because what you have is never enough. And you are always thinking about how to get more. Wasting time on those exploits. While life glides by moving faster and faster… then it’s gone.
Determine to live for something more than that.
Do you value your salvation as much as your bank account?
What you value determines where you see worth.
Choose God as the greatest prize and you find yourself satisfied.
The apostle Paul trusted Jesus with his whole life because He experienced Him face to face. He knew He was the worthy treasure and nothing else mattered in comparison.
He says, “I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content.”
Jesus is the secret to contentment.
Love the Treasure: God.
God is a lavish giver. And He knows what you really need at your core. The riches of His glory that meet your soul igniting the life you want to experience. Go after that life. Let God give you those kinds of riches.
Ignite a worthy aspiration of chasing after Jesus and His blessing follows you. In your soul. Transcending the supernatural. He is always enough.
Fall in love with God and touch the sky.
more than any diamond
buried deep within the clay
encased in the earth
You made to shine
You are the diamond
the One I love
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”