For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs. (1 Timothy 6:10 AMP)
Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom—when he has no understanding or heart for it? (Proverbs 17:6 AMP)
I would like to help you put money in its proper perspective. Please learn this one principle. Money is simply a tool. It has no quest for loyalty, no feelings or emotions, nor is it an enemy or friend. It is a tool. It was and continues to be a manmade piece of paper that is exchanged for goods and services. It was created by man to be governed by man.
In order to truly grasp this understanding, you will have to take away your personal relationship with money and allow your heart to come to this unique revelation. Money in itself is not your lover. It cannot produce a thought. It doesn’t call you, comfort you, nor does it expand your soul or heart. It has no special powers. It is not evil nor is it good. It is not magical. It has no authority of its own. It is paper. A small piece of paper given value by its holder. Money cannot determine your personal value. It can only help measure your access to resources. The problem arises when the piece of paper is given more value than God’s promises and His will. If you can get this simple perspicacity about money, then your life will drastically change.
The LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVILS. This is a very interesting proclamation that has been misquoted by so many people over the years. But if you look at the scripture carefully, you will see that your emotional attitude about LOVE dictates the outcome of the tool called money. When a person applies an emotion to an object, the object forms into what the person wills it to be. With this formation comes the open gates of torment simply because a person has decided to give an inanimate object the affections that only belong to God and His original plan for your emotions. Tools like money should be governed as such and not held in a place that is sacred to God. Because of this, the enemy is able to intimidate through holding you hostage by exploiting money. The affair we at times have with money is a perverse love for something which was only created to be “fair exchange” for resources.
The condition of the heart holds the keys to the manifestation of your outcome. Without Godly wisdom it is impossible to govern money that is to be utilized for resources and not as THE SOURCE.
I am about to say something that I promise will make you think differently. How a woman treats people and experiences love is how she will yield her money. Now to better understand this statement, you have to include what I just said about the condition of the heart holding the keys to the manifested outcome of your money. In this same interpretation, let’s examine the word yield.
“Yield” means to:
1. To give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation
2. To produce or furnish (payment, profit, or interest)
3. To give up, as to superior power or authority
4. To give up or surrender (oneself)
5. To give up or over; relinquish or resign
6. To give way to influence, entreaty, argument, or the like
7. To give place or precedence (usually followed by to): to yield to another
8. To give way to force, pressure, etc., so as to move, bend, collapse, or the like.
Let’s survey the different ways that this statement is truth.
Today’s average woman will surrender herself unto the person she feels is adequate enough to carry her heart.
Problem is most women don’t know the “true weight” of their own heart and will choose “amateurs” instead of “veterans” to carry such precious cargo. The weight of their heart causes “drops”, “brokenness”, “confusion”, “anger”, “frustration” and “weariness” for the amateur thereby creating an emptiness for both parties involved. Usually women will try to “create” a better man by accepting the red flags as a challenge instead of acknowledging them as stop signs. In the place of waiting until a person has proven their qualifications as a worthy candidate of trust, a woman will accept “inadequacy” by default. A proven intimate relationship with Jesus Christ automatically provides stability so that the weight of her heart is evenly distributed on the shoulders of the person she trusts.
Today’s average woman has been taught that
submission to the wrong person is Godly.
Women will often confuse honor and freedom in choice with the façade of obedience and/or loyalty. A woman’s dedication to the wrong person is deadly. To honor a person’s freedom of choice is at the root of pure love. An emotionally healthy woman submits because her heart is open to the freedom acquainted with submission. There is no agenda or bondage with pure submission.
Women have been taught to look for the bigger payoff.
Women have been taught to disregard wisdom from “seasoned” (to mature, ripen, or condition by exposure to suitable conditions or treatment) women. They assume their way is better. Though at times the payoff of the new way may be quicker, doesn’t mean it’s better. In some arenas the “process” is just as important as the “payoff” and at times more important.
Today’s average woman looks for the next best as if something is missing.
Today’s successful women miss out on what is in front of them because their definition of success is always greater than the moment they are in. Success embodies enjoying the “right now”! The search into tomorrow usually is unbeneficial since tomorrow is not promised. It is time to look at what is happening in front of you. See the blessings of the moment and take the time to embrace the sanctity and value of now! Capturing the wisdom that it holds is priceless and will help build the foundation needed to sustain the tomorrows of your life.
Today’s average woman has been taught to trade off value of relationships for positions of glory.
Never before have I witnessed such contempt for “the process” of developing a character that can withstand the winds of change. The more women I come into acquaintance with the more I realize their need to be “well known”. Many would mistakenly call this need for attention “favor”, when in truth it is a narcissist craving that is never satisfied. The hunt centers on connections instead of relationships. Yet the blessing is in serving one another without an agenda. God is the only one who can promote and He usually promotes when the person is ready, not before. Loyalty is a rare commodity in today’s language and every day occurrences. Staying focus on the “getting through” rather than the “process” has damaged our ability to judge effectively the value of another human being. True glory maintains trust. It embodies Godly character that holds its own weight. When a woman cannot carry the weight of the Glory, she has not endured the process that should have built within her a mental and Godly character foundation. Only through learning by way of relationship experiences will this type of glory be present. The gift of practicing staying put, forgiving and loving adds the pillars needed to endure the traps of time.
As stated before, how a woman treats people and experiences love is how she will yield her money. In the last 5 statements we seen the heart of various women. When a woman’s heart is directed or governed by her emotions or out of her privation of identity, any source that is supposed to obey her will actually rule her instead. Here is scripture to support this statement.
For wisdom is a defense even as money is a defense, but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom shields and preserves the life of him who has it. (Ecclesiastics 17:12)
Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews 13:5)
Allow me to give you a personal testimony about how this principle actually works. Not too long ago, during my time of governing Ladies Night Out International Ministries, I hired a prominent vocalist to minister at one of my events. Her attitude right from the moment she landed off the plane was at best repulsive. You could tell she didn’t want to be there. Her first question to my husband was about money and how she would be paid. (Mind you, she was paid a nice lump sum before she even came to the event.) Not seeing the writing on the wall, my husband and I became fully aware or our own folly. The vocalist was rude, pompous, pretentious and hurtful. The words that poured out of her mouth towards my husband and I were shocking, but at the same time revealing. She had no idea that we had the money to pay her but she kept spewing hate and curses. I was devastated. This voice that I listened to for comfort in music was able to dismiss the love that God had for me and my ministry with such disdain.
A few months went by and reports began to surface about her struggle with finances. She was literally begging for people to help her financially. Even to this day, instead of people inviting her, she now has to call to see if she can get an engagement.
How is this story relevant to the principle? How you love and treat others will directly affect your finances. Love is the key to prosperity. If your love is not based on your personal relationship with Christ and is magnified by your personal hurtful experiences, you will struggle and be tormented by the lack of finances. Love is the governing, essential force that is relevant to every part of your human existence. It cannot be separated from your finances. It is all inter-related.
Here is another example of Love being the key to prosperity.
Not too long ago my husband made a mistake that would have sent most women packing. It hurt me deeply, but Jesus began to teach me the beauty of forgiveness and value. I had invested my hopes and dreams into a vision that was being manifested through my marriage at the ordination of God’s will. Yet, the enemy wishes to destroy the most beautiful relationships because of the testimony they represent in the earth. In weighing the love God has for me, I then granted mercy and grace to my husband. What his mistake was is irrelevant to the option of grace. Grace had my heart wrapped up in love. Love stepped in and applied every healing balm that was necessary for my own survival. Yet, it didn’t stop there. It granted me SUCCESS!! I was able to conquer my own personal fears and eradicate the enemy’s lies over the emotional scars this could have left. Now I thrive in freedom and love. I know that I am able and capable of loving beyond my opinion and my hurt. As soon as love was released to have full reign in my marriage, prosperity rushed into our lives. How I loved him in that moment, determined our financial breakthrough. We are now financially able to not only take care of our own needs, but to actually sustain other households as well. Love brought that!!!! And my soul prospered!!!!
When a woman governs her emotions and regulates her valued relationships with a God given focus, money will no longer intimidate her, but will be the tool that awaits her directive. Thereby producing wealth as her soul prospers.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. 3 John 1:2 AMP