Wealthy Believers Part 2 – Investments
As I promised, we are going to look at what the Lord God says about creating wealth and how to create wealth his way. Let me remind you, I am not a financial planner, I believe God’s word. So if God says do this, this way, I will do it his way. Why? Because God has all the true answers.
God gives us warnings Before he gives us wealth. Those warnings we posted in our post Warnings Before Blessings Deuteronomy 8:11 – 20. Not to repeat but this is very important. Notice in those verses, God knows what we do with wealth as human beings. When God gives us wealth he knows we are going to use that wealth to buy plenty of food, build houses ( more than one), increase our holdings ( herds & flocks), obtain more wealth ( gold & silver ), increase our possessions.
And we saw from Revelation 3:17 KJV God told believers, Christians, they are rich and this matched God’s definition of wealth from Deuteronomy 8. So how do we create wealth God’s way?
People invest in all types of investments. Most use financial planners, stock brokers or their own investment plan. Each investment plan has a strategy. We are going to use God’s investment strategy.
When you pick a financial planner you set up an investment plan. You set the plan up so when you retire you will have enough money to provide a comfortable retirement and to leave an inheritance to your children, family, or leave something to a cause or charity. When you set up your investment plan with God, you set it up for similar reasons.
You do not set up a financial plan with your financial planner to be a millionaire in a month or year. You know you are planning for the future. So is it with God. As you set your financial plan up with your planner, you expect a good rate of return. Another words, you expect your investment to grow over time. Even Jesus explained this when he said, Luke 19:23 KJV ” Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?” Notice, this putting money into the bank was a last resort. Jesus knew, even the bank gave a return on money put into the bank.
So where you put your money determines the return on your investment (ROI – Return On Investment ). It works the same way with God. Where you put your investment will determine your return. Financial planners can not promise you a specific rate of return by law. They can give estimates to help you decide what investment path you want to travel. To me, these are men (and women) who take current information and project a future outcome based on many factors. Another words, they are guessing. Some guess right, some guess wrong and some are thieves. Regardless, they are guessing with your financial future and your wellbeing in retirement and with your legacy to your family.
But God too, is a financial planner. The difference between God and all other financial planners? God knows. God makes promises. And God can not lie. So choose what financial planner you want to follow.
Just as there are good investments and bad investments in the secular world, there are good investments and not so good investments in God’s economy. This is explained in Luke 19: 12 – 27. The topic is money. Luke 19:15 KJV “And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.”
In the context – One person invested and turned one pound into ten. ( See verse 16 ). Another gained five times as much. The third person hid the investment money. That would be like saying, they put it under their mattress. This person had a reason for hiding the money, (verse 21) but his reason was not right. Jesus called him wicked and said, basically, well why didn’t you at least put it in the bank where you would have gotten some interest? God expects us to prosper. But something else. Everyone was given the same amount to start.
Notice, Luke 19:13 KJV “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”
Notice, there are 10 people given money? But Jesus addresses only three of them. What about the other seven? And, not only did these people gain in this world but when the kingdom came. There was also a future reward or gain. That ties right into Alms giving. I will explain that later.
When I said a few posts back that God has basically four types of investments I want to be clear. The four types of investments are for prospering. There are other investments people make, such as the example in Luke 19. You always have the bank as an option. The rate of return from a bank is quite low today.
As I said, God promises his rate of return on his investments. So I am going to explain the 4 investment areas 5 if you count the bank. Then we will look at God’s promised return on our investment. Then we will look at targeting your investments for better returns.
There are four financial investments explained in God’s word. Five if you count the bank.
1 ~ The Tithe
2 ~ The Firstfruits
3 ~ The Alms
4 ~ The Offerings
5 ~ The Bank
I would encourage you to research these in your Bible using a good Strongs Concordance.
Take out a sheet of paper and draw four vertical columns. Above the first column write The Tithe. Over the second column write, Firstfruits, over the third write Alms, over the fourth write Offerings and over at the edge write bank.
Whether you believe tithing is or is not for today does not matter. This is God’s financial plan to prospering. All you have to do is look at where you are financially today and ask yourself, if I stay on this financial path I am on now, where will I be financially in 5, 10, 20, 30 or 40 years? (If Jesus tarries).
Next time, we will look at the promised return on our investing in the tithe, firstfruits, alms, offerings and bank. As I have said before, it amazes me how God laid everything out in his word. If people would just do as God says – oh my. Until next time.