Saturday, 28 January 2017

4 Vital Truths about Riches

I am usually on the pulpit on Sunday and rarely in my seat, so it was quite a thrill to be seated when Bishop Dr. Funbi Fred-Addo visited Church Unusual this month. Interestingly enough, this was the same Sunday that the First Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki decided to come to church for the first time as a surprise visitor. Dr. Addo gave a timely and empowering message on the 4 vital truths about riches. This sermon contained essential lessons for us all.

As a ministry, Church Of God Mission is focusing on “Empowered to do Exploits” a theme taken from Daniel 11:32b (They that know their God shall be strong and do exploits).  In this month of January we have been exploring a series of topics about Financial Exploits and Dr. Funbi Addo’s eloquent teaching last Sunday added a great deal of understanding and clarity to our topic.

The first thing she stated is that Money cuts across every stratum of society; both the poor and the rich need money. The Bible states in Ecclesiastes 7:12 that money answers all things. The list of wants and needs that can be addressed with money is extensive. So needing money is not something that is alien to those who already have some of it, nor is it exclusive to those who cannot eat a proper meal. All human beings need money.

Another point Dr. Addo made is that money is the kingdom right of a child of God. Money is a major part of our redemptive nature.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich yet for your sakes He became poor that you through His poverty might become rich.” II Corinthians 8:9

Another passage she referred to is III John 2 which says;    

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

As a Child of God, you have the right to be rich or let me say it as Bishop Funbi Addo said it; "You will HAMMER!"

Now, knowing that it is God’s will for His children to prosper and be wealthy, the Bible gives a clear warning which is very important for everyone.  Don't be high minded nor trust in uncertain riches but in the living God (I Tim 6:17).

She admonished us to teach those who are rich in this world that the foundation of our wealth cannot be faulty. Money is attractive but also addictive and destructive.

A lesson that also struck a chord is found in John 6:4-13:

 “So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves” NLT
NOTHING WASTED. It is so common these days to see people indulge in reckless spending on things that they oftentimes have no use for. The Bible tells us that even after Jesus fed the multitude He allowed nothing to go to waste.

Now, here are the 4 vital truths about riches Bishop Addo talked about.

1. Money is about people and not possessions... It's about how you affect another human being.


Being People minded is being kingdom minded!

She used the example of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. The parable of the Good Samaritan is story Jesus used to teach the lesson of good neighborliness. It also tells us a very important lesson about God and wealth. The Samaritan understood the heart of God and passed the test. He valued the life of the person more than his possessions. He expressed God’s love for mankind by spending of himself to take care of someone who was in need.

Sometimes we say that the reason why we cannot give or help people is because we don’t have the means. Dr. Addo says; “when you have the heart, you will have the pocket. You will always have more than enough to be a blessing to someone else.”

2.  Gods Riches are by Revelation not calculation.

With God all things are possible!!! 2+2 doesn't have to be 4, it can be multiplied when God is involved. There are a lot of stories about divine provision but few matches up with the report of Jesus feeding the multitude with five loaves of bread and two fishes as recorded in John 6:4-13. I am pretty sure no one not even Jesus’ disciples could have predicted the magnitude of the miracle that they were about to witness. That brings us to another point under this lesson.

Don't limit yourself with your mind

"Tomorrow, at about this time in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver II Kings 7:1     (NLT) "

This prophecy spoken by God through the prophet Elisha came at the time of great economic hardship in Israel. A hardship so great that even the king’s household did not have food to eat. If you read the second verse of the passage you will see that the king’s personal assistant doubted the prophecy and declared it impossible even if God opened up the windows of heaven and poured out food upon Israel! Guess what? It happened exactly as God decreed it! Listen when God blesses a person, it doesn't follow man's timetable.

3. God's Riches are about quantity and quality.

She gave three examples of how God views finance, a view that is completely differently than man does.
i.                Mark 12:  The Widow’s mite.
ii    Matthew 14:13-21 The boy with the five loaves of bread and two fish.
iii    Luke 14 – The alabaster box of ointment.  

There is one common thread in all three examples, the givers gave all they had which may not have been much or appropriate in the eyes of men but it was literarily all they had. The widow had nothing else to give; the boy gave his meal for the day to feed a multitude, the alabaster box of ointment was worth a whole year’s salary and could only be used once. These three people gave sacrificially and wholeheartedly.

Luke 6:38 NLT the amount you give will determine the amount you get back

4.  It is the giver that gets given.

The record of Solomon’s giving in II Chron. 1:6,7 tells that he gave God 1,000 burnt offerings. Scripture records that God appeared to him that very night and granted him everything he asked God for as well as all the things he DID NOT ASK FOR. Solomon’s wisdom and wealth is recorded as being such that no other king before or after him would ever be able to meet. Solomon was so renowned that leaders and wise men from around the world would come to Israel to learn wisdom at his feet.

In I Kings 17: 13-24; we have another poignant example of a giver receiving bountifully from God.

Luke 5 tells us that Peter gave Jesus his boat to use and directly after that, experienced the net breaking miracle as well as a transformation of his personal life.

In Acts of the Apostles 10, Cornelius gave alms to the poor in addition to faith in God and we see how God responded to him by sending Peter to minister to Cornelius’ spiritual needs.  

Matthew 6:33 says
“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and He will give you everything you need.”

Have your own personal giving, don't depend on the giving of your spouse to bring blessing. Be a giver yourself.

The message concluded with a powerful reminder; money is a defense but your allegiance must be to God the defender (I Tim 6:17-19.)

It was a powerful message that won't soon be forgotten. God bless you Bishop Dr. Mrs. Funbi Addo!  I look forward to more opportunities to join the congregation on a Sunday to listen and learn.  It is a blessing to be able to experience knowledge from both the pulpit and the pew.

1 comment:

  1. wow! God the possessor of the heaven and the earth is a rich God. Bishop Addo really explained how great men became rich and famous by backing it up with stories from the scripture! such a wise admonition! is he preaching next Sunday


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