Topic: Pass The Money Test [April 27, 2018]
“And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you.” (Exodus 10.24 KJV)
Pharaoh said, “I agree, go far, go with your children but leave your money”. Are there no Christians who come to church without their money? Beloved, until you pass the money test, there are certain blessings that cannot be committed into your hands. If you don’t pass the money test, your Christianity is still shaky. The bible says “the love of money is the root of all evil”. (1 Timothy 6:10 KJV). Note that the bible didn’t say “money”, rather it says “the love of money”. Some of us come to church without our money. You already decided to say, “This month I am going to give X amount in offerings, and it is definite.” Such that even when you hear the Holy Spirit speak to you to increase that predetermined amount, you refuse, and ultimately miss the moment, because you say, “I didn’t budget for this”. Now, there’s a place for budgeting, don’t get me wrong, but as a believer, we must never forget that all we have. is as received from God. Let me share this truth with you, it will help you pass the money test: the devil will never ask you to give to God. Settle it in your heart, so that you don’t miss your moment.
Beloved, firstly, you must deal with the stronghold of poverty in your mind. Many believers today are stingy, even towards God. When it concerns giving, most times we “tip” God, as if we are doing Him a favour by giving to Him. Wrong! God owns it all. Your giving to Him or refusal to, does not change His status as God. Realise that you cannot worship God effectively without your resources. That was why Moses insisted on going with all their cattle. In other words, we will serve God with our money because we don’t know what He will ask of us. This is the attitude of a child of God who has overcome money. I don’t know what God will ask of me. I am ready; whatever He asks me, that is what I will do.
I love what David said in 1 Chronicles 29:14 (KJV), “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.”
Further Reading: Luke 6: 38, 16:8-13, 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Kings 1-2; Evening- Luke 19:28-48
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.