There are a lot of preachers who say things like “our blessings in the church age are spiritual blessings in the heavenlies, it's not like the Old Testament when they had physical blessings.” But is this really true?
Of course, it is true that our greatest blessings are spiritual blessings in heavenly places, but it is not true to say that God does not bless His children with physical blessings as well while they're here on this physical earth. He actually promises us physical blessings in both the Old and New Testament!
You may have heard preachers say that God won’t give you physical blessings so many times that you’ve stopped believing God will bless you this way, or you may have decided that material things, such as money, are evil. What you believe is how you live, and this false teaching has affected the church in a tremendous way. . . If you're led to believe that wealth creation is evil or that you're not spiritual if you're wealthy, then you won't try to be wealthy, and if you don't try to be wealthy, you won't be wealthy!
What can you do differently? Seek the truth about wealth in God’s word and live by it!!!
Take Deuteronomy 8:18,
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
Now, that is a fascinating verse with regard to the family business and wealth! We know Abraham’s business was agricultural; cows and camels were his money, but this is a picture of any type of business we might do today as well.
Think about the message there. “Remember the Lord your God.” This tells you step one - if you want God to bless your family with wealth, you need to draw more near to God! You need to have a closer relationship to him!
Then it says, “for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth.” Grab hold of that! No man is a self-made man. No woman is a self-made woman. If you're a Christian, it has to be the Lord who opens the windows of heaven. Would you agree with that?
God is the one who gives you power to get wealth. Then, the passage shows why He does it. He says He gives you the power to get wealth for this purpose: so “that he may establish his covenant.”
The covenant is a reference to the Abrahamic covenant, which actually is an unconditional promise. In other words, God does not put the “if-then” in the Abrahamic covenant. If you get into the book of Galatians and some places in the book of Romans, you will see very clearly that the only way the New Testament saint is saved, the only way he is justified and has salvation, is through that very Abrahamic covenant; the unconditional covenant that God made with Abraham and with his seed, which is Christ.
Because we are in Christ, we become heirs of that same covenant. So that in itself proves that Deuteronomy 8:18 is applicable to the New Testament saint. Once we can establish that we in the New Testament are saved through the Abrahamic covenant, then we throw out a lot of false preaching and teaching!
Now let’s look at another verse, 2 Corinthians 9:8.
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"
This passage is talking about you having the ability to influence the world through your good works, but it also says that you may have “all sufficiency in all things.” I don't know about you, but the word “thing” sounds physical to me. Maybe it includes spiritual things as well, but it certainly does not omit physical things.
“Sufficiency” in the Greek means “competence.” God is able to pour out his grace upon you so that you're always totally competent to be able to do every good work that He wants you and your family to do in this world! Competence has to do with skill sets in business. God will give you the skill sets to achieve great things and create wealth for your family. Why? So that you may abound, so that you can be very good at the good works God put you here to do!
I think instead of asking if wealth is evil, we need to ask the question why does God want us to have wealth? What's the purpose of that wealth? Is it for us to be selfish, or is it to allow Him to work in us and through us to distribute that wealth in the world where He wants it? I think you know that's the key. That’s what the Lord wants to do!