Money is an Amplifier
The devil is a liar. The only way he can destroy God’s work in us is to get us to believe his lies. For years, much of the church has believed that in order to be holy and in order to be humble, in order to be glorious and sanctified, we must be poor.
Satan will cause fear to rise up in people if you start mentioning the word money in a church. The reason why is that many have been taught that money will corrupt you, that money will give you bad character. That is a lie! Money is nothing more than an amplifier.
If a man, who doesn’t have a whole lot of money, is taking a woman to a cheap motel and committing adultery, lots of money or lack of money won’t change his character. If this same man gets rich, the only thing that will change is he will fly the woman to a tropical island resort and commit adultery in an expensive hotel. It’s not going to change his bad character. Money doesn’t change your character. It just amplifies your character.
If you are a good person and you don’t have much money, but you are giving one or two dollars to the poor and all of a sudden you get a bunch of money, it’s going to amplify your character and you will give thousands of dollars to the poor. Money amplifies the character that is already within you. It doesn’t change your character. We’ve used that as an excuse for too long.
The Bible never says money will corrupt you. We have all heard that the Bible says money is the root of all evil. But that is not what it says! The Bible says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). You trace it out and you’ll find the love of money is what is behind pornography, murder, and gambling. That love of money is what’s behind every sin that there is. The love of money may be a root of all kinds of evil – but it’s not the money that’s evil.
God said through the prophet Habakkuk, “Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you” (Habakkuk 1:5). This scripture lets us know something important. God is getting ready to do a work in these last days in His Church that is so astonishing, so phenomenal, that some of us will not believe it even after it is told to us because it is something that will just set us ablaze with the glory of God. We have to be ready. People are going to be drawn to the glory of God. They are not going to be drawn to a beat down, wimpy church.
Most Christians have the door closed when it comes to prosperity in their lives. Don’t let yourself become accustomed to believing that things are never going to get any better. We must start living in the overflow. The man who fears (honors, respects, esteems) God lives in prosperity.
“Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 25:12-13).
Who is to inherit the earth? You and me! We are the descendants. We are the ones who inherit.
God enjoys our prosperity. “Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor My righteous cause; and let them say continually, ‘Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant'” (Psalm 35:27). This verse doesn’t say that God has pleasure in the poverty of His servant, but pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. This is not just talking about money. It is talking about living in the overflow of God’s goodness and His abundance.!
“Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness (the glory) and all the prosperity that I provide for it” (Jeremiah 33:9).
You may say, “Well, that’s for Israel, not us.” That is wrong thinking! Galatians 3:29 says, “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” We are the inheritors of the promises.
That is good news! Let’s live in the overflow that God desires for us. Let’s live where God wants us to live.
Excerpt from Larry Ollison’s book, “Life is in the Blood.”
THE GOD OF MIRACLES IS ALIVE
JESUS CHRIST WHO IS THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER FED 5,000 PEOPLE WITH OUT ASKING FOR ANY MONEY UNLIKE LIKE THE FALSE TV EVANGELISTS TODAY WHO CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT BEGGING FOR MONEY
MATTHEW 14:13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities.…
14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick
15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.
21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
JESUS CHRIST GAVE HIS FRIENDS A NET BREAKING BOAT SINKING LOAD OF FISH WHEN THEY DIDN’T CATCH ANYTHING. THIS IS SOMETHING FALSE PREACHERS CANNOT DO TODAY:
Luke 5: 1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,
2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.
3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.
7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;
10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
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