Power of Thought
Show Me the Money!??
“Show me the Money!” A famous line from the movie Jerry Maguire reflects a state of mind most of us have experienced and perhaps are experiencing it right now.
In a previous blog, I talked about the power of our thoughts and how important it is for our thoughts to be aligned to God’s will and not our own will. Because only His paths lead to true life, love and the good for all and ours don’t. Only His wisdom ushers us into true abundant life. Only by being aligned to Him gets us where we truly want to be.
When it comes to the power of thought, for many people the focus of their thoughts, their pursuit, their motivation and their goals is money. And why not? Money is the means to certain opportunities and lifestyles. Money allows us to help others in ways we couldn’t otherwise. Money pays the bills and keeps our family safe and provided for.
Change of Focus
However, when we reside in God’s kingdom, God tells us money isn’t to be our motivation. Matthew 6:24 Yet money is necessary, so what do we do? We trust God for it, which can be very difficult. But there are great blessings in store for those who trust. We can pray about our concerns regarding money. Seek His wisdom in handling it (a very good idea for many of us), but our focus or our drive each day isn’t after money, but seeking His kingdom or His presence in our lives, which includes His will and wisdom. We seek His kingdom so we can walk in it. When we walk in it then we glorify Him, live in abundant life, and truly love others. As His family, this is the life He has called us to.
God’s will for us
Part of God’s will for us, thus part of our focus is the good works He has for us to do (not our own ideas of good works). Ephesians 2:10 Along with seeking His kingdom, these works are our focus – the goal we set for our lives, the purpose we strive for each day. Not money. Money is often the means to accomplish those goals. He will abundantly provide if we focus on the higher goal, and trust Him with the provision.
Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
A Perfect Father’s Provision
God has a higher calling for His children and we don’t need to focus on provision because that is God’s role, as He told us in verse above. God is the perfect Father. Like an earthly father, we don’t worry about money – we live and enjoy life in each moment. We focus on Him, the people He puts in our lives, enjoying life in gratitude, and doing the best with what He has given us to do in complete trust like a kid. A kid doesn’t think about the money. He knows his father will provide for all his needs therefore he lives an enjoyable worry free life. And sometimes he gets that shining new truck his been asking for. Kids often get far beyond their “needs” and God is the same with us.
There is a false notion and thus an inherent fear that keeps us from trusting God in this area – that God is a bare-minimum God. But that isn’t a characteristic reflected in His Word. God giving in abundance is throughout the lives of those portrayed in the Bible like David, Abraham, the Israelites, Solomon, Moses, and Job. The focus of these men wasn’t money or possessions – it was God and His will for their lives. They sought to follow the will of God and the abundance followed. Because God is a God of abundance. Solomon is a great example. 1 Kings 3:6-14 He asked for wisdom so he could lead God’s people, not wealth. Because He sought something higher God gave Him an abundance. God knows our hearts. He wants us to desire a higher calling and trust Him to provide as a Father who wants the best for His children. If we believe He is a bare-minimum God then that belief will manifest itself in our lives.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
Trust is the Key
God is so good to us it is mind blowing. Most of us just don’t trust it. The lack of faith keeps us focused on the wrong thing and in lack. He wants to give us a fulfilling and abundant life with a meaningful purpose far beyond money. Money is a means not an end. He promises to take care of the means so we are free to focus on a higher goal given to us by Him. If we chase money, we will always chase money and never fulfill that higher calling He created us to accomplish because we were attending to the wrong thing.
Trust is the key. We need to trust God to do what He says He will do. And trust comes from cultivating a personal relationship with Him. If we trust Him He won’t let us down. But we have to make the effort to trust – and that means with our thoughts and our actions. What will be your focus today?
June 23, 2009 at 4:27 am
You made a great point, Rachel. In Psalm 84, we are told that no good will God withhold from those whose walk is righteous. Those who belong to Christ are made right and God will not hold back one single thing from you that is good. The problem is, many pray for things that are not good. While it is not easy to live with low funds, God always has a way to provide for what we need.
Proverbs 30:8 says:
“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”
That is all I ask of God!
June 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Thanks for sharing your insights Marianne.
June 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm
You made a very good point, i wrote down a quote that you made so that i wouldn’t forget it:
He promises to take care of the means so we are free to focus on a higher goal given to us by Him.
That is very insightful thankyou so much for sharing. And i praise the Holy Spirit for teaching you that so as you could share it with others. It places a whole new perspective on prayer and trust..
God bless you 🙂
June 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm
Tamela . . thanks for your words of encouragement – and glad mine encouraged you – that is what it is all about ; )
June 23, 2009 at 11:58 pm
((((Hugz))) This so true, again it comes back to trusting and allowing our faith to followthat trust. I remember being so caught into the worry of finances that there was room for trust and faith to help me realize that the Lord’s promise is so true when he says not to worry. Thanks for truly important reminder that we at times need to focus on when worry tries to sprout because of our doubt.
June 24, 2009 at 12:00 am
Sorry I meant to say. there is NO room for trust and faith to help me realize that the Lord’s promise is true.
LOL sometimes my fingers go ahead of my mind .
June 24, 2009 at 12:31 am
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. It seems most everything comes down to trust.
June 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm
Good afternoon. What peace we would have if we could just learn to “take no thought for the morrow.” To just walk in obediance, seek the kingdom of God, and trust that he will provide that which is needful. Our kids are just as content when the mortgage is two months late as they are when everything is current. They don’t lose sleep over what may or may not be; they just enjoy being kids. How much more should we just trust in the promises of God.
“Taking thought” seems so natural, and even prudent, but to just trust and obey (even when the obeying part consists of something that makes no sense in the natural) is pleasing to God.
Awesome post! Blessings always in Jesus name.
June 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Thanks for your insightful comments Timbob. Yes, to be kids – that is our role- isn’t it tremendous – though often difficult ; )
June 25, 2009 at 2:10 am
I will give His words here through you….a mighty AMEN!
Our last year has been a time of God teaching us to walk in trust of His provision…and His direction. There have been many times when godly people around us wanted us to consider and prepare for the next step. And yet God called us to just trust that He would provide and He would let us know when we were to move forward.
I don’t have to worry about tomorrow…where I am going…how He is going to use us….how He is going to provide for our future.
This may sound glib coming out of my “mouth” but it has been a long road. But I am learning. And the funny thing is that when we refuse to walk by faith…and not be anxious….we robe ourselves of a mighty exciting trip.
TRUST is a huge thing….without it…it is impossible to please God.
Good thoughts here….I guess you can tell I am walking with you head on here. 🙂
June 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Sharon, sounds like you are experiencing something my husband and I did a several years ago. We got down to the wire financially, but we felt like we shouldn’t sell our home, (which would have been the smart thing according to the world’s wisdom), but to be still and trust God to provide – and He did in a big way. It was a tremendous experience because it heightened our faith. I believe the whole experience was to grow our faith and trust in God – which it did because we chose to trust Him and we saw the fruit of that trust. God is faithful – He wants us to trust Him, period.