Covenant Wealth and Wordly Riches

Worldly riches bring pride, insecurity, it's temporary and sorrowful. Wealth in the Kingdom is humbling, sorrow-free, durable and multiplies.

Let me start by saying that it is possible to be wealthy outside the kingdom. There are quite a lot of wealthy people in the world today who don't know Jesus. The rich man in the days of Lazarus the beggar didn't know Jesus. He was rich on earth, but ended up in hell. So, it is possible to be wealthy on earth and be without Christ.

How is it possible? By many means human wisdom, human strength, involvement in too many different jobs, various dubious acts, gambling, forgery, etc. Wealth is possible outside the Kingdom.

Characteristics Of Wealth Outside The Kingdom

Let us consider the characteristics of wealth outside the kingdom, which should be enough to discourage anybody from it.

Pride

Wealth outside the kingdom makes room for pride, and pride is a social cancer. It kills, it destroys! Why is it so cheap for him to be proud? Because he sees his wealth as what his own hands have made. Thus, it is easy for him to become puffed-up.

In Acts 12, Herod made an oration and the people shouted, "...the voice of a god, and not of a man." He proudly pulled up his shoulders in acceptance of the people's praises. The Bible says worms came and ate him up instantly! This shows that pride has worms inside it that eats people up.

Nebuchadnezzar grew so strong, that God was no longer relevant to him and then God

demoted him into the animal kingdom, and for seven years, he moved about under the dews of the day. The rich fool said, "I have done this, I have done that...I will now say to my soul, My soul, rest, eat, drink ..." There is hardly any way anyone can make it outside the kingdom without being proud of such achievement. Pride is a silent killer. It destroys without remedy.

Insecurity

Wealth outside the kingdom is characterized by a deep sense of insecurity. Such people run around and do everything to protect what they have. A certain ruler met Jesus, to whom Jesus said, "...sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the poor..." In response, the scriptures records that the ruler "...was very sorrowful: for he was very rich" (Luke 18:18-23).

Every rich man outside the kingdom is plagued by a deep sense of insecurity. This makes them to run around everywhere, looking for how to protect what their hands

have wrought. His hand wrought it, consequently, his hand must protect it.

Temporary

Wealth outside the kingdom never truly lasts,because, "Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished" (Prov. 13:11).

God's Word says you have no business being envious of the wicked that prosper, because he is placed on slippery grounds that won't be able to keep him for long. When next you look for him, he is nowhere to be found. You will look for him and not find him (Ps. 73:18).

The riches of the wealthy outside the kingdom is slippery. After a while you can't see the man again, he is gone! So we say it is temporary. It is very deceitful.

Sorrowful

Wealth outside the Kingdom is accompanied with sorrow. We read in 1 Timothy 6:10 that:

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

It is always characterized by sorrows. A man can't sleep, and when he goes to bed, he gets up very early. He is not sure of what happens next. He does not live to enjoy the work of his hands.

True, wealth is a possibility outside the kingdom; but these four characteristics make it distasteful. It is not a thing to be envied, as it doesn't afford the owner comfort.

Characteristics Of Wealth In The Kingdom

These, on the other hand, are the characteristics of covenant wealth, what it is made of and how it affects the holder.

Humility

Covenant wealth humbles the holder. Anyone that has it is humbled, because he knows it is a great blessing from the Lord.

He also knows that only the meek shall possess the earth.

Sorrow-free

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22

Joy is a priceless asset. It has medicinal qualities. The Bible says:

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22

When you have joy, it is like you are on a permanent medical prescription given by God. It affords you free health. Many people are sick today of nameless undiagnosable diseases that defy medical science. This is purely due to dryness of the bones and brokenness of the heart. There are no tablets for its treatment; no injection can help, nor any capsule can cure it, except Jesus!

So the riches from God are sorrow-free and worthy to be envied. As I always say, the ministry has not cost me one sleepless night yet. I just sleep like a baby sorrow-free! Somebody once asked me, "Do you ever have problems?" I replied, "Maybe problem came and I didn't know its name was Problem!" I am just too comfortable on the inside and refreshed as a proof on the outside, that I don't know how it feels. Kingdom wealth is accompanied with a bonus of joy.

Durability

Wealth in the kingdom endures. It is real and lasting, not temporary. The reason is because:

...Whatsoever the Lord doeth, it shall be for ever... Ecclesiastes 3:14

And you know the Bible says, "It is the Lord that giveth thee power to get wealth." So, if your riches come from God, then it shall be forever. That means that there is no place for insecurity.

If He gave it, then He will keep it!

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29

If you are in the covenant, be patient. Even if it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come and when it comes, it stays. That is to say that whatever the Lord doeth, it shall be forever, including His acts of wealth.

Increases

...The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

This means that wealth does not reduce, it only increases. We can boldly say about any Christian, that whatever position you see him occupy today is the least position for him; tomorrow will see him go yet higher. His wealth has an assurance of a brighter future. It is not something that happens

today and you can't see its evidence tomorrow. It does not diminish, nor is it stagnant. It is on an everlasting increase, until Jesus comes!

Thus, we see clearly that covenant wealth is not available in the world. Wealth got outside the kingdom is a plague. It tortures its owner and makes him uncomfortable. This is in direct opposition to kingdom wealth, which is designed for the comfort of the saints. It constantly assures him that the best is yet to come. This truth annoys the devil, but there is nothing he can do about it.

Know this today: the sinner's wealth only flourishes on the outside, whereas he is diminishing on the inside. Were God to saddle you with his (the sinner's)problems for just a day, you would never envy him. His wealth doesn't allow him comfort at all; indeed, he is most miserable among men. He has food on the table, but no appetite; a comfortable bed, but no peace to allow for sleep; beautiful children, but no fellowship with them! The list is endless. Nothing satisfies him.

But thank God, Who has made provisions for us to have access to all that we need in the kingdom. If this be the case, what then is responsible for the poverty that seems to weigh the people of God down today? Poverty is obviously not God's will for His saints.

Poverty And The Saints

Poverty is a curse and is self-inflicted, as proved in Malachi 3:7-9:

...Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them...

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

It comes largely as a result of a wilful act of disobedience to the law of abundance by the believer. Since the day you have been careful

not to obey the law of obedience, where is the evidence of your carefulness? When God says you are cursed, let no prophet pretend that he can remove it, just like when God blesses a man, no one can curse him.

Take good heed to yourself concerning this matter and examine yourself. The financial depression in the land, particularly among God's people, has been as a result of a flagrant, wilful act of disobedience to the law of comfort. Because God does not matter to them, they also no longer matter to Him.

God is guided by His Word alone, not by emotions. He has seen you cry, but He cannot help you. Because you have rejected His law, He is also relaxed at your calamity. Return to Him now, I urge you, and He will also return to you and show you another future.

God is in the business of separating between the sheep and the sheep; between those serving Him and those serving only their bellies. Peter allowed Jesus the use ofhis boat and also obeyed His instruction to launch out into the deep; consequently, a miracle was inevitable. Everyone that allows God to remain God, ends up being promoted and blessed.


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