Building your financial capacity – Part 3
Blessed is the man that hears and listens to the Lord; it is the secret of wealth. It is His blessings that makes rich and adds no sorrow. The ability to have an open ear with an open heart makes a man enjoy the direction. When you can boast of God’s direction and guidance, then you are confident of tomorrow’s riches. He will not lead you to a pasture-less land (Psalms 33:1- 6).
Isaac obeyed His instruction and chose not to go to Egypt; he stayed in the land of famine and sowed.
• He put his seed to work
• He used his gift, talent, and skill
• He took his eyes away from the prevailing circumstance and chose to focus on what he had.
• He was not mindful of what others had, or what was not working for others.
• He connected with the seed within him and planted anyhow.
• He realised it was not about him that planted or him that watered, but God that gave the increase.
Before an increase will come, one must take the step to monetise one’s skill, talent or gift. It cannot respond if it is not used. Isaac monetised his gift.
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: Proverbs 12:11a
He tilled his land and he was satisfied. There is no satisfaction when the land is not tilled. We were not created to toil but to till. You till on the land, you don’t toil.
A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. Proverbs 12:14
The recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. You cannot withhold your hands from tilling and expect to be rewarded. Isaac used his hand and received a hundredfold; God blessed him. Use your gift; don’t engage in comparison or competition. Use what is in your hands; there can never be two of you.
Everything should not be done for free, put a value on your skills. If you don’t value it, nobody will value it for you.
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: Proverbs 13: 24a
Instability has cost many people their great treasure. Lack of principles and values has rendered many poor. Inability to adhere to patterns and routines for wealth makes many beg for what rightly belongs to them
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29
Diligence in business qualifies a man to stand before kings. It takes you from the realms of commoners to a distinguished place.
Isaac kept at it. He was focused, and at the end of each day, there was an increase, more than the previous day.
Money is an instrument to get what is needed or wanted. Money is said to be a defence.
For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it (Ecclesiastics 7:12).
It answereth all things (Ecclesiastics 10:19), but it can also fly away if not well managed. If a man’s joy is based on having so much money, he will soon realise how foolish he is, when it suddenly dries up. Money that is not put to wise usage will soon finish. The law of having is to keep sowing. You cannot sow once and want to have continually.
Kill the love for money
For the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1Tim 6:10)
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