Wealth is a difficult thing to talk about because everyone wants it, but not everyone always wants to do the work it takes to get it. Since you’re reading this article, though, I’m going to assume that you DO want to do the work it takes to become wealthy. And I’m going to encourage you today regarding the biggest key to becoming wealthy: taking personal responsibility.
You have to take personal responsibility if you desire to become wealthy.
This means several things:
1. It means no more excuses.
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From today forward, if you are choosing to take personal responsibility, this means no more excuses. You have to decide that your financial situation is not anyone else’s fault.
Even if it’s not your fault (e.g. you’re struggling because you’re sick, or your employer terminated everyone’s position in your whole department), you cannot blame it on anyone else, either. You have to decide that, from today forward, it is YOUR responsibility to become wealthy–and that you CAN do it. You decide that you will find a way, and the Lord will lead you.
2. It means you have to decide to find a way.
Some people throw up more problems than solutions, even for themselves. That is a negative attitude that is not in line with the Word of God. God says:
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
He also said:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV).
He also said:
“For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37 NKJV).
Did you get that? All things are possible with God. Nothing is impossible with God. And you CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens you. His grace is sufficient.
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Well, friend, those truths apply to your money just like they apply to everything else in life.
And if you want to be wealthy, you have to decide to believe and act on those truths. Obviously, use wisdom, for wisdom is the principal thing the Bible prescribes:
“Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:5-7 NKJV).
But you have to decide that there is a way, and God will show it to you, and you will listen and find it. As He says in Psalm 32:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you” (Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV).
You can still follow God’s path to wealth if you have no startup capital. You can still follow God’s path to wealth if you don’t know how to budget. You can still follow God’s path to wealth if you have a physical disability. You can still do it, even with obstacles and challenges and differing abilities. There is always a way.
3. It means no more offenses.
Sometimes people get offended when other people talk to them about money, particularly in the area of giving. But friend, if you want to be wealthy, you have to listen to what God says in His Word about money and do it, without getting offended any more.
Getting offended blocks the anointing. Getting offended means your stinking pride is in the way of what God wants. If you want to be blessable, you’re going to have to get in line with God’s Word without any more stinking pride and offense.
You’re going to have to get rid of any offenses in your heart particularly when it comes to giving, because GIVING is the core of God’s pathway to wealth.
Luke 6:38 says:
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38 NKJV).
This principle of “give, and it will be given to you” is going to touch everything about your life, including the amount of money, favor, help, and blessing you enjoy in every way. It’s the principal of reciprocity, and wealthy people employ it and operate in it even if they don’t know God.
(God’s Word always works, even if people don’t know or acknowledge that God is the source of the principle.)
So you can’t get offended anymore when people tell you to serve others diligently in your business, or to give things away, or to help the poor, or (gasp!) to TITHE, or to sow seed. Giving is the core, but not the totality, of God’s path to wealth. And you can’t be blessed or blessable without tithing and giving and sowing seed and helping the poor.
Friend, if you want to walk God’s pathway to wealth, you have to take personal responsibility.
Are you willing to take personal responsibility and walk in God’s ways today? Or do you prefer to sit in prideful arrogance and reject God’s ways of doing things?
Leave a comment below and tell me which one you choose!