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The question is: "How should a Christian view wealth?" If a believer has been blessed with wealth and received such wealth through honest labor then God has given him a stewardship to handle that wealth wisely. Such a brother/sister should remember the poor and support those who are in need that they can see every day. A brother/sister that has been blessed with wealth should understand that they have an obligation to use their means in a way that brings glory to God as we all should do. I personally have been blessed beyond anything that I could have imagined and I realize that it has all been given to me from the hand of my God and my Father to exercise godly stewardship over. It is not really mine, and when I die it will go to someone else. It is only mine to do with as long as I live. In all that we do as brothers/sisters in the lord Jesus we should do it to bring glory to his God and ours, his Father and ours. In the final analysis we can only say "nothing in my hand I bring, only to your cross I cling"
Live Like a King “For if because of one man’s trespass...death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace...and the free gift of righteousness...reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Romans 5:17, Amp. In Deuteronomy 28, God told the Israelites if they would hearken diligently to His voice and do what He said, He would set them high above all nations. He told them to be diligent about His Word. That’s because the curse, also listed in Deuteronomy 28, is out there working 24 hours a day. The devil is diligent in his destructive work, so they had to be diligent about the things of God. If they obeyed God, He promised to bless them—not just a little here and there, but in every area of their natural lives. He said they’d be blessed in the city and in the field. Their children would be blessed. Their crops and livestock would be blessed. Their baskets and storehouses would be blessed. He said they’d be blessed when they came in and when they went out. Their enemies would flee before them in all directions. Their finances and everything they put their hand to would be blessed. God didn’t leave anything out of that blessing! In spite of Satan’s authority over the world at that time, God made a way, through His Word, for His people to have the most wonderful lives that anyone could imagine—the life of a king! He desired for His people to be so blessed that the whole world would know, just by looking at them, they belonged to God. Think about that. When God’s people are blessed, He receives the respect He deserves from the rest of the world. Even the ungodly are forced to say, “Hey, those people serve a living, powerful God. They might start out at the bottom of the barrel, but their God always makes them rise to the top!” Romans 5:17 clearly says He wants us to live and reign like kings. And now, because of the covenant of the blood of Jesus and the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can do it—not just physically, but spiritually too. He has done everything He can to get us to raise our expectations higher. He wants us to know that He is willing and able to do for us “superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams]” (Ephesians 3:20, The Amplified Bible). He wants us to believe His Word and act on it. He wants us to walk uprightly before Him, so fully taking advantage of His covenant of blessing that we astonish the world. He wants us to be so assured of His blessings that we will stop being concerned about ourselves and start being a blessing to all the families of the earth. He wants us to live like kings! Speak the Word “I have received God’s overflowing grace and the free gift of righteousness. Therefore, I reign in life as a king through Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:17, Amp. Hebrews 3:1 says that Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. He’s been sent to put into effect, to execute, to carry out the words that you say. But, chances are, you’ve been speaking what you feel, instead of speaking words of faith. If, for example, you’re speaking sickness, what’s He going to do with that? He’s not High Priest over sickness. He can’t execute that. If you’re saying, “I’m so weak, I’m so tired,” He can’t carry that out. The Bible says, “Let the weak say, I am strong!” The minute you say that, Jesus can administer strength. Jesus is not going to administer sickness or disease or poverty or sin. He’s defeated all that. He is High Priest over deliverance and righteousness and freedom. Consider that. Then as you come before Jesus, don’t speak words of defeat. Speak words He can implement—words of victory. That’s what He’s been ordained by God to bring to pass in your life. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise Gal.3:13-14, 29, 2 Peter 1:3, 3 John 1:2, 1 John 5:13-15
Great question, Kathlelen Kelnhofer! I see your original question, "What does the Bible say about wealth?" has been merged with this one, "How should a Christian view wealth?" "Wealth may be the result of industry (Prov 10:4), or the result of the special blessing of God (2 Ch 1:11-12). We are warned to be careful lest at any time we should say, ‘My power and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember Yahweh thy God, for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth’ (Dt 8:17-18)." --William Evans I like Proverbs 10:4 a lot; I love it! I often share this at work, and I try to do it on Friday (payday at my workplace). From the Message Bible Proverbs 10:4-5 says, "Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth. 5 Make hay while the sun shines - that's smart; go fishing during harvest - that's stupid." Riches "are not to be trusted in (Mk 10:23; Lk 18:24; 1 Tim 6:17); they are not to be gloried in (Jer 9:23); the heart is not to be set on them (Ps 62:10); but they are made by God (Ps 104:24), and come from God (1 Ch 29:12 -- the latter here being my favorite to use in a prayer to God, usually in a church setting)." --E. J. Forrester I consider myself wealthy so I have to be super careful as to what I do with my riches. Someone once recently said, "If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world." “How should a Christian view wealth? ‘Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.’ (Proverbs 11:4). "Riches will not profit us in that day when we face the judgment of God. Only righteousness will do. Actually, only a certain kind of righteousness will do too. That is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That alone will stand in that awful day. Nothing else will matter except that we've repented and turned in faith to Jesus Christ. What He did on the cross will pay for our sins - what He did will allow us to be credited with a perfect righteousness that will cause us to be accepted before God. Only what He did - only His righteousness will matter. It will save us from death" -- https://www.calvarychapeljonesboro.org/proverb-a-day/riches-or-righteousness-proverbs-114 I know that I have no righteousness of my own. "There is none righteous, no not one" (Romans 3:10), but because I repented of my sins and believed Jesus paid the penalty for my sins, (Romans 6:23), his righteousness was imputed to me (2 Corinthians 5:21). "For he (God) has made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
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