MARANATHA: APOSTLE BEN NDOBE – GOD, MONEY, AND YOU

MARANATHA: APOSTLE BEN NDOBE – GOD, MONEY, AND YOU

APOSTLE BEN NDOBE
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GOD, MONEY, AND YOU.
The greatest warfare is psychological. It is very tricky.
One of the greatest challenges Christians face is reconciling the way they relate to money, and their relationship with God.
But there is a strong correlation between money and our attitude towards possession, and our faith or spiritual life.
It is an indication of where we stand in our relationship with Christ.
Our stewardship of money tells a strong about what we really believe.
GOD AND MONEY.
What is God’s perspective on money?
What has God said about money?
There are so many people who think that God is silent when it comes to the issue of money.
One of our top prayer points is on financial breakthrough. The greatest need that believers want is money. As a matter of fact, we spend most of our time chasing money and the things that money can buy.
Money, or financial breakthrough, is our greatest need.
Everybody wants financial breakthrough, and yet we fight the very same agents that God has sent to tell us how to tap into His limitless supply of finances.
One thing we need to understand is that God is a God of principles, and principles are ageless. They do not change.
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God is not a magician. Financial dominion does not come by prayer.
The people who qualify to pray for money are those who have obeyed the principles of sowing and reaping.
There is a place for prayer. If you have sowed seed into the ground, and you have given, and you are a tither, then you have a basis for praying for finances.
You cannot just decide to go to Access Bank and queue in the line and ask them for money.
A farmer cannot just lie on the ground and pray for forty days and nights and then go to His field during harvest to get some corn.
Even though praying is a good principle, it is not applicable to having corn. To have corn, you have to sow seeds.
God will not bless you financially because you are an intercessor.
If you are an intercessor, you will reap the harvest of intercessors.
If you want to be blessed financially, you need to obey Kingdom principles. Your obedience becomes the foundation for your petitioning God.
When we give, our money does not just end up in the Church’s account. We also open heavenly deposits.
Giving positions you to receive. This also means that only givers qualify to receive.
Does God have anything to say about money?
The Bible gives us many warnings about money.
Money is a test. It checks where your priority is and where your values are.
Money is connected to your heart. If God cannot get your treasure, then God does not have your heart.
This is not talking about you being born again. If your heart is in the Kingdom, you will give into the vision and the commission of the Church.
How much have you invested into the Kingdom? How much are you giving into the Kingdom?
God is not looking for our money. He is looking for our hearts, but He knows that if He can get our treasures, He can get our hearts.
You can measure a man’s love for God, not by how much he sings or prays, but by how much he gives to God.
That is briefly God’s perspective on money.
God loves His people. He wants a relationship with His people. And the only way He can be convinced that His people love Him is when His people release their treasure to Him.
God told Abraham to give Him his only son, Isaac.
Abraham obeyed. Somehow, he knew that for the promises of God to come to pass, God would have to raise Isaac from the dead.
God stopped him from killing Isaac.
And this was because Abraham had already killed Isaac in his heart before he raised the knife to want to stab the boy.
The things that are close to our hearts are actually tests.
Sometimes, before we have money, we are so broken before God. Until we get money. And then we become too busy to pray and too busy for God, and we become offended when they talk about giving in Church.
Matthew 28:12-15
Money has power to suppress the truth, and propagate a lie. With money, you can also suppress a lie and propagate the truth.
The question now is, is your money used to sponsor a truth or sponsor a lie?
Both a lie and the truth need money to spread.
This is why we need money in the Kingdom of God to spread the Good News that Jesus is alive.
The gospel is free, but it takes money to spread it.
MONEY AND YOU
We need to have a healthy relationship with money. We need to develop a Kingdom attitude towards money.
Money, as a tool and as a medium of exchange, represents your life.
What money you have represents your life in currency. Life is made out up of time. Every second, every minute, every week, is a part of your life.
Time is the passing of life. It is the measure of life.
When time passes by your life folds and unfolds.
Time is a gift. It is a measure of your life. Unlike every other gift, time cannot be stored.
It is a precious commodity. It is a gift by which we can do that which God has called us to become.
When you work, you exchange your time, which is a portion of your life, for money.
You give someone a percentage of your life, for the money you are given.
This is why in the business world, they say that time is money.
The greatest waste is not in money, but in time. Money cannot buy time, but time can make money.
Time is more valuable than money. If money was able to buy the, then the rich would buy their life.
Time represents your life. When you get that salary, it represents your energy, your talents, your time, your life.
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160 hours every month in exchange for your salary.
What you do with that money you have earned is really what you are doing with your life.
If you don’t give to God out of your income every month, then you have withheld a portion of your life from God.
When you hold back your money, you hold back your life from God.
Money represents your life. When God cannot have your money, ti is not just your money that He is concerned about, but you.
When the men from the east came to worship Jesus, they fell to their feet and worshipped Him. They did not sing. Actually, what they did was to open their treasures and bring Gold, Frankincence and Myrrh to God.
The first mention of worship in the Bible came with giving. Cain and Abel came to worship God with their offerings.
The word here is “Minha,” which means to pay homage to a superior being.
MONEY REVEALS YOUR CHARACTER.
Character is who you are.
Are you trusting in money? Are you greedy for money?
We don’t know who you really are until you have money.
Some of us act very spiritual until God begins to bless us.
1 Timothy 6:17
God gives us all things to enjoy. He wants us to live a life of prosperity, abundance and enjoyment.
There was nothing wrong with the rich being rich. What Paul was saying to Timothy was to charge the rich not to become proud and high-minded.
Money has to ability to expose pride.
Now that God has blessed you, can you still be rebuked?
Some people, once they arrive, they begin to think that nobody can talk to them anymore.
When some people come into the house of God, they lose the respect of the order of the House.
Some people, once they have money, they begin to act all haughty.
When money comes, we will know who you really are.
Money takes on the character of the one possessing it.
Money reveals your character, and who you really are. This is why you need to be a man of true Godly character before you have money.
Whether money is used for good or for bad is determined by the character of the one possessing it.
Proverbs 10:16
“The good man advances the course of righteousness. But the evil man uses his money to propagate evil.”
Your money looks like you.
It is what you do with money that determines whether it is used for good or for bad,
In the hands of an evil man, money is evil. In the hands of a drug addict, it is drug money.
It reveals who you already are. It enhances who you really are.
Money does not reduce you. It actually increases you.
Is it true that money will make your corrupt?
Many people are afraid of having money because they don’t want to be corrupted.
If money was to corrupt you, why doesn’t the devil overload you with it?
Money is a magnifier. It will not make you backslide, but reveals the backsliding tendencies in your heart.
Don’t access millions when you cannot handle it.
It exposes you.
In Africa, a lot of us are bound with mental slavery.
In South Africa, during the Apartheid days, the people would look at a building and hurt the building in a quest to bring down the regime.
Now that they are in power, they are still destroying property.
Another disposition is that a slave will look at the property of his master and desire it because it gives the master power.
Now that we are free from British Colonialism and we have access to what the master used to have, now we want to enjoy what the master used to enjoy. We buy six cars. It is only in Africa where we like Pomp and Ceremony.
In South Africa, whenever some people have money, they waste it on cars and material possessions.
But the white man will put his money into lots and lots of investments.
There is no point trying to flaunt your wealth.
In our country, there are many people who just land into millions, and like little children, they begin to buy toys and waste the money.
MONEY AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
The way we handle money reveals our relationship with God. Our checkbooks tell a lot more about our character than our behaviour in church does.
We cannot fake giving. it is either we give the money or we don’t.
God is far more concerned about how we spend our money than with our ending or starting balance in the account.
If you want to know where your heart is, find out where your treasure has been going.
Where your money goes, that is where your heart is.
Does your bank statement reflect that the Kingdom of God is a priority?
The way you handle money tells something about your relationship with God.
As a mirror reflects a man’s face, a checkbook reflects his priorities.
Luke 3:11-15
Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none.
John gives three answers.
Everyone should share food with the poor.
Tax collectors should not collect more than what is legal.
Soldiers should be content with what they earn, and not extort from people.
Jesus linked money and our salvation.
He preached more about money and material possessions than He did about heaven and hell.
One of the proofs of transformation is your ability to release what you value to God.
Why do you want to have financial dominion?
What are your priorities?
Seek first the Kingdom of God, and then all these other things will come as extras to you.
What are you pursuing? Are you pursuing the Kingdom or are you pursuing money?
You are blessed to be a blessing.

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