Walking In Wisdom for Financial Dominion! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Walking In Wisdom for Financial Dominion!
WELCOME to another exciting week. I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Walking in Wisdom for Financial Dominion!
From scriptures, we understand that wisdom is the custodian of wealth. As it is written: Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures (Proverbs 8:18-21). That is why, ‘the wiser the wealthier’ is a common trend in scriptures as exemplified in the following examples:
Abraham: He was a man who walked with God and the Bible says he that walks with the wise shall be wise (Genesis 17:1; Proverbs 13:20). He was a wise and wealthy man and the Bible records that he was very rich in cattle, silver and gold and the Lord blessed him in all things (Genesis 13:2, 24:1).
David: He was said to be as wise as an angel. As a result of his level of wisdom, David commanded financial dominion and he lived in the realm of over and above (2 Samuel 14:20; 1 Chronicles 29:3-6).
Solomon: He was the wisest in Bible history and also the wealthiest (1 Kings 3:12-13). Solomon loved the Lord and He lavished him with the Spirit of wisdom as he requested, thereby making him wiser and wealthier than all men in his days (1 Kings 4:22-28). Remember, the all wise God is the custodian of the wealth of the whole universe. As it is written: The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts (Haggai 2:8; see also Jude 1:25; Psalm 24:1).
From all the above, it is evident that it takes wisdom to walk in the realm of wealth. Wisdom here connotes putting God’s Word to work in our lives (Matthew 7:24-25). This implies that wisdom is simply applied knowledge. That is, to be knowledge deficient is to be wisdom deficient. Therefore, craving for knowledge is the highway to wisdom (Proverbs 4:7). For instance, we understand that giving is God’s wisdom that launches us into realms of financial fortune. It is written: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38). Many people are frustrated because they don’t understand the wisdom of God behind giving and receiving. It is important to know that there is a time lag between our giving and receiving, just like in sowing and reaping (Mark 4:26-28; John 12:24). This time lag calls for patience for anyone who desires to walk in financial dominion. But, it is not enough to commit to giving; it must be done the Bible way because the labour of the foolish wearies every one of them, because he lacks the ‘KNOW-HOW’ (Ecclesiastes 10:15). This is because wisdom is the know-how in the pursuit of any given goal. It is therefore not enough to be giving; we must know how to give acceptably so that our giving will not be wasted.
What is the Biblical Wisdom for Acceptable Giving?
We Must Give in Faith: For it is written: By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain…But without faith it is impossible to please him… (Hebrew 11:4-6). Therefore, it takes faith for our seed to be acceptable.
We Must Give Cheerfully: As it is written: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
We Must Give Willingly: The Bible says: For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not (2 Corinthians 8:12). We must not give under pressure, or we miss our rewards.
We Must Give in Love: Our giving to God and the poor must be love motivated. It is written: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).
We Must Give Honourably: It is not every seed that God receives, He receives only honourable seeds. We must understand that what is considered honourable for one is considered dishonourable for another. Therefore, we must give what is honourable at our level per time (Malachi 1:6-8; Proverbs 3:9-10; 1 Samuel 2:30).
We Must Give Sacrificially: Anytime we offer our seed, we must let it bear a cost on us. For instance, David purposed not to offer burnt offerings to God, which cost him nothing. After he offered his ‘costly’ seed, the Lord was entreated for the land and the plague was stayed from Israel (2 Samuel 24:24-25).
We Must Give Tirelessly: This is because we can only reap our harvest in due season if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).
In conclusion, it is important for us to know how God blesses, because He does not only call us to give, we are to expect His blessings in return. Remember, we are ordained to walk in financial dominion and Jesus died, among other things, to connect us with the blessings of Abraham, which includes financial fortune (Genesis 13:2; Isaiah 51:1-3). However, this is made possible when you are a bonafide child of God. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now, I know I am born again! For further reading, please get my books: Walking in Wisdom, The Wisdom that Works and Winning Wisdom.
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Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel.