The answer is simple: If Satan is stealing from you, and has no right, then you can take your authority and claim it back. However sometimes the problem isn’t always Satan, it’s us.
Are you preventing your own victory?
Blessed in the Workplace
Scripture says that God will bless whatever we put our hands to. Whether it is work, or school, God loves us so much that He will bless whatever we do. However, why do some people remain in poverty? Why is there so much lack? Also, what does God mean that He will prosper us in the workforce/school? Does that just mean money and position? Why would God do this for us? What is His purpose?
Lack and poverty are not of God. When Jesus died on the cross, He took on the sins of the world so that we would be delivered from them. Lack and poverty were just some of the things that we have been redeemed from. How can we glorify God, help the works of the kingdom, or be a blessing to others if we, ourselves, lack? This is not God’s design.
So what are some of the reasons that a person can live in poverty? What prevents Christians from living in victory?
One of the reasons may be because you are not putting your hand to anything. The Bible is very clear on slothfulness.
“The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.” Proverbs 20:4
“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep and an idle person will suffer hunger” Proverbs 19:15
“I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” Proverbs 24:30-34
All three scriptures clearly state that the person who does not work (has actions towards a goal), and who waits for things to be provided will receive nothing. It goes to the scripture which reads “faith without works is dead” and “but if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8). If you do not choose to put your hand to something, whether it is advancing/finishing your education, looking for a job if you are unemployed, or working, you are not putting your hand to something- you are not activating your faith for God to move. God can’t move over your finances if you are not moving. God will provide for you… for a time, and then there comes a time when you have to fend for yourself. If you aren’t doing anything, then how are you going to bless other people? How are you being a blessing to others, whether it is co-workers, or your boss? How are you blessing yourself? You cannot always depend on a “windfall” every time you are in financial jeopardy. God wants us to learn how to handle money properly before He blesses us with more of it. Slothfulness and procrastination/idleness are the biggest hindrances to receiving a financial blessing, yet many people are caught up in it.
While slothfulness is just simply not doing anything, procrastination is another killer of financial prosperity. Many people know what to do to get out of their situation . . .but don’t do it. They always put things off until tomorrow and yet tomorrow never comes. How many people have said, “Well, I know that I should do my income tax. I get a refund every year, but I don’t feel like doing it right now. Sure, I could use the cash, but I’m o.k. for now.” You may be fine for now, but it takes awhile to get your money back. Most often people run out of money before they see the blessing come in.
It’s not just income tax. It can be an idea that God gave you that you know will be successful. Many people just sit on the idea and do nothing about it. They cry out to God to rescue them, and God says, “But I already told you what to do. Why aren’t you doing it?” It can also be a business opportunity, partnership, e-commerce business, etc. What people need to ask themselves is: is my tomorrow going to make my today better? Simply put, is your procrastination going to pay off the debt that is strangling your finances and affecting your marriage? Can you afford to put things off? Don’t cry out to God for help when He has already helped you by leading you. It’s isn’t God’s fault that you didn’t follow through. He is just waiting for you to make your tomorrow, today.
Others are busy at work- or so they appear. Anyone can look busy, but are you really busy, or is it for show? Idleness will also rob you of your prosperity. We can also be so busy working, that we forget to make the main thing, the main thing. There is much to do, and you can get caught up in details or toiling in the wrong areas. For example, your company needs more direct sales in order to increase their profit. Idleness would say that you are researching which job search engines to post to, phrasing what you are going to post in your mind before doing it, or researching a certain area for potential. They are all good things, but you are not putting your hand to anything- you are standing still, not taking action.
Taking action would be identifying the problem, and taking steps towards a solution- not getting caught up in a whole bunch of irrelevant details, or tasks that have no urgency. In some cases, if immediate action is not taken, and the individual remains distracted, the company can close. This is a situation where the main thing that can propel the company forward remains secondary due to idleness and distraction. God can’t bless you with that superstar sales person if you aren’t searching for them.
The way for God to bless you can be found in Luke 16:10:
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
And in Matthew 25:23:
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”
God knows that if He can trust you with a little, that He can trust you with increase because it will be spent wisely, and not on trivial things. He will reward the person who takes care of their family, who tithes, and who blesses other people. He will reward the person who obeys Him.
Part of this “obeying” and “prospering” also comes with God’s plan for you. God loves you so much that there is a reason for your existence. God didn’t create someone to have no purpose in life. Those who fall prey to slothfulness, idleness and procrastination ignore their plan and purpose. God’s plan and purpose for you is to bring glory to the kingdom whether you are called to minister, or to finance the kingdom. God can use you in many ways.
You can choose to “get rich” on your own, and fight tooth and nail for everything you have, but often people who do this end up stressed out and exhausted. They are using their abilities and talents, but are doing so on their own strength- not God’s. They are saying that they don’t need God to be successful- they can do it on their own- and that’s not Biblical. Doing things on your own strength is doing things the hard way. Scripture says that “my yoke is easy, my burden is light.” If God calls you to do something, He will pave the way, and often supernaturally. He will give you the grace to perform what others deem as impossible. He will give you wisdom as to how to handle situations, and He will guide your steps. When you are where God wants you to be, you will be blessed beyond measure.
James 4:1-5 tells us what happens when we are “of the world” and act unbecomingly in God’s eyes:
”What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?”
If you are trying to gain on your own strength, you do not have God behind you. Many in the world get frustrated (which comes from doing things on your own) and try to seek vengeance. They want what they don’t have so badly that they will murder, steal, long for things, or fight (compete aggressively). They are ruthless, and will do whatever it takes to defend whatever they have. They are the people who always get what they want no matter what the cost. They ask out of selfishness and do not spend wisely.
Proverbs 13:11 says that the person who gains wealth hastily will dwindle, but those that gather wealth little by little with gain in wealth. The person that gains wealth by a windfall doesn’t always know how to handle such responsibility. So they go out and buy a mansion, an expensive car, and all of the toys they can afford. However, the money goes because they can’t maintain the lifestyle. They aren’t generating enough money to cover the expenses associated with their lifestyle. Whereas the person who saves and gains money has wisdom and knowledge on how to use the money responsibly. God knows your heart, and if you heart is towards Him, and His things, He will increase you.
Increase is not always about money and position. God can bring you into a position of great influence. Here you will have knowledge on what to do. People will come to you for advice, and you will be able to help them. This is all to bring the glory to God. God can give you supernatural wisdom, but if you become prideful and take credit, this blessing will quickly disappear.
Prosperity begins with asking God what He created you for. God places gifts and talents into each of His children for a purpose. This purpose should always edify God, and be to His glory- not our own. Everything we do should be honoring to God. This is evidenced by our behavior, attitude, self-control, and integrity.
Once we know where God wants us, we need to work to reap the blessings. God will reward you, but you need to put in an effort. God will bless whatever you put your hands to. People will look at you and marvel at the things that you can accomplish, and how gifted you appear to be. This can be the perfect time to witness to them about God’s glory because you are being a positive example of a Christian- and reaping God’s favor. People will see God in you, and God’s blessings in your life. Most will want what you have and will seek it.
While there are other reasons as to why some people remain in lack (trials, sin, refining), sometimes we are our own worst enemy. The good news is that no matter how much you think that you messed up, God can redeem the lost time. He’s waiting to bless you. Not because He has to, but like a loving Father, He wants the best for His children. Shouldn’t His children want and strive for the best for themselves? Shouldn’t His children also say “thank you” to the one who gave them everything?
May God bless you in all that you put your hands to.
Next week: God says that He gave us authority over powers and principalities. Has Satan been defeated in your life?