Have It Now
Hebrews 6:11-12 (NKJV)
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
As I was driving through town one day, on the side of a furniture rental van in big bold letters I saw the words, “Have it now!” Imagine the kind of world we would have if the big bold signs and billboards were covered in wisdom scriptures! “Have it now”, tickling the fancy of impatient people who can’t see the benefits of obtaining things with character.
It is a common thing to cater to the realm of emotions, passions, and desires without considering the effects of it. The first thing we have to understand about God is that He wants you blessed, happy, and full. He is not opposed to His children flourishing. In fact, He provided every possibility of it. What God is against is covetousness.
Covetousness is not the desire for nice things, though many religious minded people think this is so. To covet is to desire such things, anything, greater than God. The thing about coveting is that wealth or the lack of it doesn’t matter. When something consumes your thoughts, that is the thing you covet.
Deuteronomy 8:18 tells us that the Lord gives us the power to get wealth. That is not to say that all wealth is generated by God. God certainly created the idea of wealth, and the processes on the earth to make it happen. However, just because someone taps into natural principles does not mean that God has ordained it. This scripture is referring to God’s people who are being obedient to Him. It’s those He will make rich. That trips a lot of people up but do you remember the first thing Jesus said He was anointed for? Luke 4:18 tells us He was anointed to preach the gospel to the poor. In other words He wanted to give those who hunger for Him the power to get wealth. Why? You may ask. It is because God hates poverty and lack.
God’s wealth requires something of people. It is to be obedient and to have good moral character. Proverbs 10:22 tells us He won’t add wealth to someone who it will cause sorrow upon because they can’t handle it. The blessing of the Lord does make one rich but that blessing is withheld from those who cannot handle it. Again, I am not saying all wealth comes from God but His wealth is a blessing.
People have all kinds of wrong thinking when it comes to money. Some believe He abhors it and others believe you can just name it and claim it. I know God is a middle of the road God and neither is true.
If you don’t tithe, and give, and you’re always focused on money, or you’re a bad steward of it, you can claim it all day long but He ain’t bringing it! On the other hand you can go without simply because you believe God wants you poor.
God wants you full and blessed. Romans 8:32 expresses this magnificently. That does not mean His will is automatic because we also know this simply isn’t true. The Word always points us to God’s plan. The Word always sets us free, first in the way we think.
Get into the Word and find out what God truly wants. Let your character and mind be conformed to His way and watch how He will prosper you again and again. God Loves us and He is waiting to fill us! Will you turn your glass over so He can or do your actions knock it over every time He tries?