Walking In God’s Favor: The Lord will open up the heavens. That’s where He stores His riches. He will send rain on your land at just the right time. He’ll bless everything you do. You will lend money to many nations. But you won’t have to borrow from any of them. The Lord your God will make you leaders, not followers. Pay attention to His commands that I’m giving you today. Be careful to follow them. Then you will always be on top. You will never be on the bottom. Deuteronomy 28: 12,13 NIRV
Level I Stewards Walk By Faith And Not By Sight
North America is one of the richest countries on the planet. Mel Gipson, movie actor/producer, earned over 350 million dollars from the movie The Passion of Christ. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest women of color in the world.
Such enormously powerful income can support lavish lifestyles, magnificent mansions, awesome automobiles, exotic vacations, unlimited shopping for designer clothes & luxury personal items. The media is more than willing to make known to you the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
The Tension Of Wealth: Our Love For God Can Pivot To His Blessings
Unfortunately, many of you believe that anything less than excessive luxury is equivalent to poverty. If your goal is the Hollywood style of prosperity, more than likely that is something you will probably never reach. The bling bling life style of professional athletes and recording artists influence many of you, young and old to get rich or die trying.
Level I Stewards believe there is a difference between riches and wealth. You can become rich without God in your life. You can easily find unethical Wall Street Bankers, greedy CEO’s, drug dealers and pornography pimps who are rich. That’s because riches are material possessions.
Level I Stewards Measure Wealth By Who You Are Not What You Have
On the other hand wealth is obtained through spiritual wisdom, character development, and the observance of Godly principles. You should not worry or focus all your time on getting rich. But instead, focus on loving God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul. It is He who gives you the power to obtain wealth.
God will take care of your needs according to His riches in glory. God loves you more that anyone and His plans for your life is greater than anything you could ever dream or imagine.
Prayer of Blessing: Lord, thank you for an abundant life.
Michael J. Vance is the co-host for the Better Husband Father Man Podcast a hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is the moderator for the AIIA 2020 Virtual Conference and he is the financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency . Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.