Money Myth No4: Your Increase Has to Come Through Your Job or Business

It's true, 2Thess3:10 does say that "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." So, yes, you have to keep working for God to bless your efforts, but that blessing can come from anywhere. Money doesn't always have to come through your work!

God says this in Is45:3: "I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name."

There are riches stored in secret places! Riches you aren't even aware of, treasures hidden in dark places! It's amazing how God moves - He can use people to bless you, people you never expected to come your way! He can use anything and anyone - related or completely unrelated to your work. In other words, you don't have to just rely on next week's paycheck, the blessing may come before then, and it may come from an unexpected giver. 

The Word assures a harvest for those who plant seeds. So, yes, keep working hard because God honors hard work - just leave how He honors it up to Him.

If you are anticipating a financial blessing, make sure you do the following:

1. Remain "open". Stop relying only on what seems to "make sense" to you. A raise, an increase in hours or product sales are easy answers - not riches in "secret places". Take God out of a box! Open yourself up to new and exciting ways to generate money and unexpected ways to receive from God. Do this by challenging your thinking. Say to God, "Lord, YOU are my provider and I am open to however you choose to provide." Force yourself to stay open and to look for God all around you. He has a tendency to surprise. Remember, Peter found the money for their taxes in the mouth of a fish! (Matt17:27)

2. Remember how He surprised you in the past. Make a list of the times God provided in unorthodox ways. Did someone just bless you with a check? Did a client appear out of nowhere? Did you get a refund or a credit you weren't expecting? I once opened my Bible to find money there. I even found money - the exact amount I'd prayed for - in a water puddle in the middle of a rainstorm. How has God provided outside of the norm? Take time to remember - it will drastically increase your faith!

3. Challenge Him. In your prayers, tell Him you want to see just how willing and able He is! Peter challenged Jesus, saying, "Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water." (Matt14:28) Needless to say, he walked on water! God loves to show His glory. He loves to demonstrate His power! Those miracles performed in the gospels were not just to heal the sick and raise the dead, they were to build the faith of those who were watching! He'd like nothing more than to take your breath away...and build your faith in Him. Challenge Him to meet your needs in ways unimaginable to you. He is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think..." (Eph3:20)

You never know how God is going to provide! Just as the scripture states, "I am the Lord"- He will do it His way and He will do it in His timing, just to let you know He is intimately involved in your life and aware of your circumstances. Don't put God in a box! He doesn't always take the logical path. In fact, the God I know works in mysterious ways!

Article Source: LaVondilyn J. Watson

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