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By   •   March 23, 2011   •   Topics: ,

Q:

My neighbor claims that God wants to bless us, and therefore if we just have enough faith He'll make us wealthy. Is this what the Bible teaches? If so, I must not have much faith.


A:

God certainly does want to bless us — but the blessings He promises us aren’t material, but spiritual. Nowhere in the Bible does He promise to make us wealthy if we’ll just have enough faith. Remember: Jesus Himself was poor, and so were His first disciples.

What are the blessings He promises us? The first is the blessing of forgiveness. Because of our sins we are separated from God and deserve only His judgment. We also live under a burden of guilt, because down inside we know we haven’t lived the way we should. But when we come to Christ and trust Him as our Savior and Lord, God blesses us by taking away our sins and our guilt. The Bible says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

But God also promises us the blessing of new life — new life right now, and eternal life in heaven. When we come to Christ, God Himself comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit, and He promises to begin changing us from within as we submit our lives to Him. Even when hard times come, we know He is with us and wants to help us. That is good news!

Have you asked Christ to come into your life? If not, do so today. Then thank Him that He is with you every day, and that no matter what problems come your way, you can turn to Him for the wisdom and strength you’ll need to meet them.

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2 Comments

  1. Madeleine says:

    I'm not looking to be rich, monetarily speaking. I just don't think it hurts to ask God to help us to be a good steward of our money so that we are not burdened by the stresses of debt.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Praise God that so many preachers are still teaching the truth. The “prosperity” message is a false message designed to tickle the ears of people with what they want to hear verses what they NEED to hear. God has a plan for each and every one of us and whether that is to be rich, poor or middle class…its all about Him and His kingdom. Build up your treasures in Heaven =)