Today I want to share "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chamber because it goes right along with Pastor Bill Novak's current series at The Spoken Word Church, $, which is all about God's view of finances!
The Habit Of Wealth
Partakers of the divine nature. — 2 Peter 1:4
We are made partakers of the Divine nature through the promises; then we have to “manipulate” the Divine nature in our human nature by habits, and the first habit to form is the habit of realising the provision God has made. “Oh, I can’t afford it,” we say — one of the worst lies is tucked up in that phrase. It is ungovernably bad taste to talk about money in the natural domain, and so it is spiritually, and yet we talk as if our Heavenly Father had cut us off with a shilling! We think it a sign of real modesty to say at the end of a day — “Oh, well, I have just got through, but it has been a severe tussle.” And all the Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He will tax the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will obey Him. What does it matter if external circumstances are hard? Why should they not be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we banish God’s riches from our own lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it obliterates God and puts self-interest upon the throne. It opens our mouths to spit out murmurings and our lives become craving spiritual sponges, there is nothing lovely or generous about them.
When God is beginning to be satisfied with us, He will impoverish everything in the nature of fictitious wealth, until we learn that all our fresh springs are in Him. If the majesty and grace and power of God are not being manifested in us (not to our consciousness), God holds us responsible. “God is able to make all grace abound,” then learn to lavish the grace of God on others. Be stamped with God’s nature, and His blessing will come through you all the time.I LOVE this line: No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it obliterates God and puts self-interest upon the throne. It opens our mouths to spit out murmurings and our lives become craving spiritual sponges, there is nothing lovely or generous about them.
Speaking negatively concerning our financial situation, or any other situation that we are facing, is a slap in the face to the God Who has already provided for EVERY need! It is actually saying to the All-Sufficient One that He is NOT that sufficient! When we finally realize that our speech should always reflect God's TRUTH, regardless of what those around us think, THEN we will begin to see the manifested provision of the One, True, Most High, Living, Almighty God of the Bible! And, it will NOT happen unless we DO! Let's get our thinking in line with the Word of God and allow HIM to confirm HIS WORD that WE SPEAK with signs, wonders and miracles that bring GLORY to HIS Name! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Look To The Son":
Shalom in Him!