Like, Share, and Type Amen and God will fill up your bank account! Give in good faith today and God will bless you financially in return! Nowhere, not once, in the Bible are we promised financial blessings. Anyone who tells you otherwise is preaching false doctrine. So, let’s get into what the Bible actually says.
Often times, people use Luke 6:38 to support this idea that God will bless you financially. Luke 6:38 reads, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured in your lap.” This is one example of why we need to read the Bible in its entirety. Pulling out single verses while ignoring the surrounding text can be dangerous. In Luke 6:37-42, Jesus is talking about hypocritical judgment and forgiveness…not money. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and read it for yourself by clicking here.
Another passage people often quote is Jeremiah 29:11 which reads, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” It’s interesting that when quoting this passage, we often ignore Jeremiah 29:7, where He instructs the exiles to, also, pray for the prosperity of their captors. Furthermore, the word “prosper” in this passage is derived from the Hebrew word “shalom”, meaning peace and safety. Again, in no way is this passage implying that the heavens were going to open up and money was going to rain down.
Throughout the entire Bible, God warns us of the dangers of loving money. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus says, “You cannot serve both God and money.” If we flip forward a few chapters to Matthew 19:23-24, Jesus also says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” I would also like to reference Colossians 3:2 where Paul reminds us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Lastly, we should never give with the expectation of getting something in return. This is greed. 2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. We should be happy to give. It should be a form of worship, a way to bring Glory to God. Not a way to bring glory and riches to ourselves.
Much love, God bless you all!
Written by Kristin Geckle
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