God vs. Money
3 Things the Bible Teaches Us About Money
Do you like money? I do. As a business owner I hear it all the time, “How can you be a pastor and a businessman?” People ask, “Isn’t money ungodly?” They have even said to me, “Having money is a sin.”
My wife, Angela, and I went to Bible College. Angela graduated with a degree in Music and Theology and I graduated with a degree in Leadership and Theology. I went through my own questions about money and God when I was young. Once Angela and I started making real money, we worshipped it. Money became my identity. When we lost it I was depressed and when we had it I was ecstatic.
In college I found out fast that if you make money only for yourself and keep it for yourself then you will lose money fast. I had to go through a trial, though. I had to learn that money couldn’t be where I found my identity. I had to lose my money. I had to have nowhere to turn for control but to God before I began to understand fully.
There are many people who struggle with both sides of this. They think being poor is “godly” or they think they aren’t ruled by money, but when push comes to shove, it’s money they cry out to at night. It has become a passion of mine to help people become aware of the abundance and prosperity they have ahead of them.
Proverbs 11:24–26 (MSG)
24 The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.
26 Curses on those who drive a hard bargain!
Blessings on all who play fair and square!
There are three major things the Bible teaches us about prosperity. These three things can unlock abundance in your life, if applied. You have the potential to live a life only created for you, so step into it.
In Luke 7, John the Baptist sent his messengers to see if he had indeed pointed way to the Messiah. 7:22 reads, “So He replied to the messengers, ‘Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.’” What the Bible teaches us about poverty is that at its most fundamental level it is a mindset.
When Jesus healed people, he gave them the physical equivalent of what they lacked. For the poor, he did not give them money. For the poor, he proclaimed the good news. Poorness is a choice, it is something that you choose to get into and choose to get out of.
The Bible teaches us that you have the permission to prosper. In Genesis 12:2, God tells Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” You are blessed to be a blessing.
Some people believe it is ‘godly’ to be poor. Time after time, story after story, in the Bible God shows us that His signature is not ‘just enough’; it is OVERFLOW. In Luke 5, Jesus tells the disciples to cast back out their nets. When they do, the nets get so full they break and the boats get so full they start to sink. When Jesus fed the people there were leftovers.God first taught us that we have power in Genesis 5 when he says to Adam, “I give you every seed bearing fruit…” God knew the power of the ‘seed’ and he gave that power to man. He taught Adam that you reap what you sow. If you put little work into things, you will get little reward. If you do not work hard, you will never prosper.
In Genesis 15:5, God tells Abraham to count the stars “if indeed you can count them.” God never stopped at ‘just enough.'
The Bible teaches us that you have the power to prosper. You were created with the ability to do great things and great things cost money.
In Deuteronomy 8:18, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” God gives you the authority to prosper.
A common argument in the topic of ‘God & Money’ is in 1 Timothy 6:10, where the Bible says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” The key word in this verse is ‘love.’ God gave us the power to choose life over death. He gave us the authority to heal. He gave us the power to choose God over money. God knows that if He can get it to you, He can get it through you.
The Bible teaches us that you have the purpose to prosper. You were created with purpose and with that purpose you can do more than you dreamed possible. In Luke 15:17, the prodigal son is shoveling pig shit and he thinks to himself: “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!"
The story of the prodigal son shows us the love that God has for us and that no matter how far away we run, or how bad we mess up, God loves us and wants us near to him. When the prodigal son “came to his senses,” he realized that even the servants have food to spare. Our Father in heaven wants us to have MORE than enough.
The Bible teaches us that we have the permission, the power, and the purpose to prosper! Be a person who has overflow in your life. Be a person who changes and impacts the world! You have the PERMISSION! You have the POWER! You have the PURPOSE! Now go out and PROSPER!
Stephen Dela Cruz
Stephen is an entrepreneur, investor, speaker, and coach. Entrepreneurship has always been Stephen's passion. Stephen grew up selling chocolates and beanie babies at the age of 8. He would purchase the beanie babies for $6 and sell them for $20 at family parties and school.
After getting out of jail at 16, he connected with amazing mentors and leaders, and he learned from top producing business professionals. At 18 years old, Stephen and his soon to be wife, Angela, started a photography business. They photographed 48 weddings in their first year. At 19 years old, they were making 6 figures shooting weddings and decided to start their second company.
Today, Stephen owns multiple corporations with over 87 full time employees and over 66 part time employees. After he suffered a stroke in 2015, Stephen knew life was not just about making money but leaving a legacy. He plans to leave that legacy through his upcoming book, “The Lazy Millionaire”, his weekly podcast show “Success Talks”, his coaching & mentorship program and his Stegela Success Mastery Online Courses. Stephen’s mission is to help as many people as possible to live fulfilled, successful, and flourishing lives!