In Your Bible Read This Out Loud: Psalm 112
Memorise This Verse: Luke 8:15
Afterwards Talk About This: How can we act righteously in our finances
Something To Do Before Next Time: If God has revealed an area of your finances that needs to be handles more righteously then make the necessary changes.
Written Diploma Work: Write one page on the benefits of acting righteously in our finances.
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse: Proverbs 10:9
Having seen previously how indulging in unrighteousness in our financial dealings exposes us to Satan this section will consider the other side of the story and how righteousness will release God into our finances. Taken together, these sections on unrighteousness and righteous dealings in our financial matters should ensure that great care is taken that all our financial dealings are done in a wholly appropriate manner. There are untold benefits to acting righteously in our finances and this section will look at how righteous financial dealings will protect us, will give us peace of mind and will ultimately increase us financially.
Acting righteously will first of all protect our finances from the devil who is seeking to steal as much money away from the body of Christ as possible. The devil feeds on dishonesty, lies and financial unrighteousness and as we refuse to act in an unrighteous manner we can starve him away from our finances and righteousness becomes an impenetrable shield around our money that is too big for the devil to conquer. The brilliant book of Proverbs has much to say about integrity, righteousness and acting in an upright manner as the scriptures below show :- just look at how righteousness protects the people of God.
- Proverbs 10:9 ‘The man of integrity walks securely’
Proverbs 11:3 ‘The integrity of the upright guards them’ Proverbs 11:5 ‘The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight path for them’ Proverbs 11:6 ‘The righteousness of the upright delivers them’ Proverbs 11:8 ‘The righteous man is rescued from trouble’ Proverbs 13:6 ‘Righteousness guards the man of integrity’ Proverbs 28:18 ‘He whose walk is blameless is kept safe’ Psalm 25:21 ‘May integrity and uprightness protect me’
A further benefit to acting righteously is that it mentally releases us to new realms of joy and peace in our walk with God. It is a tremendously enjoyable experience to know that you have handled all your financial affairs in a way that honours God and to have a clear conscience before God. As a result of acting righteously in your finances you can then rightfully expect God’s richest blessings a confidence will develop that God is in full control of your financial future. A person who has acted righteously in their finances can expect only good things in the future and can have no fear of bad news as their righteousness puts them beyond the devil’s clutches. Righteousness will shield your mind and shield your money as the scriptures below show, the righteous man can know a tremendous mental freedom, peace and joy.
Psalm 112:5 ‘Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear.
Proverbs 3:25 ‘Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared’
Psalm 37:18 ‘The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure for ever. In times of disaster they will not wither in days of famine they will enjoy plenty’.
Finally, as well as righteousness shielding and guarding us and giving us peace of mind the final aspect of acting righteously in our finances is that it will increase us and lead to financial harvests. As you study the bible you will find that the words ‘Harvest’ and ‘Righteousness’ often appear together and there is a cause and effect that righteousness will lead to a harvest. The scriptures below confirm this connection between righteousness leading to harvest/fruit/blessing righteousness is likened to a seed that you sow which later comes back to bless you
2 Corinthians 9:10 ‘Enlarge the harvest of your righteousness’
James 3:18 ‘Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness’
Hebrews 12:12 ‘Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it’
Philippians 1:11 ‘Filled with the fruit of righteousness’.
Isaiah 32:17 ‘The fruit of righteousness will be peace’
Hosea 10:12 ‘Sow for yourself righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love’
Proverbs 11:18 ‘He who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward’
Proverbs 10:16 ‘The wages of the righteous bring them life’
This connection between righteousness leading to a harvest is very much illuminated by Jesus in the parable of the sower. In this parable he lists 4 types of people, of whom only 1 produces a harvest and he explains why this person succeeded where the other 3 failed. In Luke 8:15 he lists the qualities that someone who will produce a harvest for God will have, and one of them is that they will have a ‘Nobel and good heart’. Moreover, the scriptures below are also the words of Jesus and they both speak of blessings coming upon the person who hungers and thirsts and seeks after righteousness (and seek righteousness before the blessings) as we seek hard after righteousness then surely the blessings of God will seek hard after us.
Matthew 5:6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’.
Matthew 6:33 ‘Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’.
As we draw this section to a close we have seen that money is a major battlefield that the kingdom of darkness will wage war against the Christian. Ultimately, the extent to which the devil can touch our finances is not determined by him but is actually determined by how much we expose ourselves to him. If a Christian will walk in complete righteousness in his finances then his finances will be untouchable and the devil cannot get his hands on them. So having read this chapter you will do very well to carefully evaluate and pray about your financial dealings to ensure there is not the slightest area of unrighteousness, which could expose you to the devil who is seeking to devour your money.
A House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations
Pray for Jordan
6,669,341 people, 2.75% Christian
Freedom of religion in the midst of increasing extremist Islam must be utilised.
This study contains the personal beliefs and practices of of the author who recommends them to the reader. The author takes no credit for their success where applied and likewise takes no responsibility for any failure or disappointment.
The House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations at the end of each section is based on Operation World 21st Century Edition © Patrick Johnstone, Jason Mandryk. Published by Paternoster. All scriptures are NIV © Hodder & Stoughton.