Does A Spiritual Life
Lead To Wealth?

Help, Advise And Wisdom That Will Give You Peace, Purpose And Direction

We live in a pretty faithless society today. One that views spiritual things with disbelief and skepticism. I hope that if you decide to read this article, you’ll have enough of an open mind and be willing to consider, that there are things at play in our lives and in this universe that we don’t fully understand but they still impact the journey of life. I hope you take something away, or better yet, that you enjoy the full benefits.

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bible Image by John Canada
 

Sometimes people turn to strange things to try and draw success…

No doubt you may have heard of a book (and movie) called 'The Secret' or how about a famous book titled 'Think And Grow Rich? There are many self-development books and materials that use a 'segment' of scripture or take a concept and try to produce it for mass consumption out of context. 

 

This can produce partial results, although you have to wonder how much is down to the pure effort put in also.

 

Manifestations have been discussed for years, but 'The Secret' took it to another level. ​I'm not saying manifestations are wrong, but they tap into a realm few people fully understand.

 

For millennia people have used idols, gods, and lucky charms to try and improve their chances of success in life and business. Although it's fairly safe to say that the results this produced may  or may not have been attributable to them.

What if I told you that if you took all of the tips and tricks that every self-development program has been promoting for 100 years was actually adapted from the Bible?

 

That if they had been followed in context, and under the power they were originally designed for - the results would have been powerful.

 

How faith keeps you together through tough times

Without prioritising your health you can kiss goodbye to your vision. Health is intrinsically linked to time. We know that our bodies will age and that eventually they will perish.

Knowing this need not be depressing! If anything it should be freeing. Whilst our health may decline regardless of how well we take care of our bodies it is important nevertheless to play our part in ensuring our longevity.

You have a say in how easy a part of your life will be. Zig Ziglar once said, “ The harder we are on ourselves, the infinitely easier life will be on us”.

I am not in any way naturally athletic. In fact I know that my body love chocolate. So much so that when I eat it it retains it.

It’s so important in this one area of your life that you have a say over that you do your best, your duty, to prepare it for the journey ahead.

Yes, for your children’s weddings, for your marriage, for social status too. More than that, if you have a vision for your life it’s important that you get to the end. Others are relying on you.

Your body is the only vehicle you'll never get to trade in (even if you do have the occasional upgrade😁).

 

Whether you are going to drive your body to your vision in a Rolls-Royce or in a run-down mini cooper, regular servicing of your 'vessel' will increase your chances of going the distance.

 

Is having wealth wrong from a biblical perspective?

Many Church leadership teams use to say of their Pastors “keep them lean, and keep them keen”. In other words, if you keep them poor, you’ll keep them hungry, passionate, and fired up for God's word in the pulpit.

 

The trouble is that this is human thinking and has no framework in the bible. 

 

Jesus often spoke of money in the New Testament. In doing so he spoke of a subject that touches mankind every day. He never said the money was good or bad.

 

God has always cared about the hearts of people over the amount of money they have.

 

Jesus did say that it would be difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven - like fitting a camel through the eye of a needle. This a reference to tradesmen’s camels entering Jerusalem via one particular gate, where the camel would have to kneel.

I believe Jesus was saying that it would be difficult for those that have everything they need to rely on God.  When you have everything you need, why would you need faith? This causes a barrier between God and people.

 

Is it wrong to have wealth according to the bible? It’s not right or wrong. It’s up to you whether you decide to pursue wealth.

 

However, you should weigh the risk and cost to yourself personally. Whether you can lean into God regardless of the size of your account is the pivotal question.

 

Seeing things before they are visible

The famous quote from the sixth sense “I see dead people” when I think of this 🤷‍♂️

 

The term ‘manifestation is a common term today, certainly within self-development circles. But what exactly is it?

 

Well, put simply, a manifestation is something you state or speak out about that you want to come to happen. It can also be done in your mind.

 

This could be an attitude change, getting rid of imposter syndrome, the level of wealth you are believing for.

 

For example; 

 

‘Today, I’m enough, I’m smart enough, resourceful enough, confident enough, I’m connected to enough people to accomplish my heart desires. I am enough, I have enough, I do enough. Today, I am enough’

 

Or another example is;

 

‘Money comes to me.  I earn bountiful amounts of money. I wisely know how to create money; the money that I create keeps multiplying, duplicating, and replenishing itself. I faithfully save 10% of all the money I earn. I wisely invest my money. I cheerfully give money to good and worthy causes and philanthropist that makes a last and ongoing difference. I have money in my mind, in my future, in my pocket, in my wallet, in my safe, in my bank accounts, in my business, in my investments, and wherever it keeps growing. All that I do creates surplus, abundance & plenty for myself and everyone else’.

 

There are many opinions on this subject, whether it's right or wrong from a biblical perspective, so I hope to share with you what the bible does say about it…

 

Paul stated in the New Testament “Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen”. The idea of manifestations today comes from this very idea, that a person can picture something and with enough belief see it manifest itself in our lives.

 

It's a picture of people, being made in God's image, sharing in His creative nature that makes this achievable. Like a 3D faith printer!

 

The three components that stand out in that scripture are faith, certainty, and hope. 

 

  • Faith: comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.

 

  • Certainty: comes, like belief, when there is a sure expectation of its arrival. Confidence in its appearance whether early or late.

 

  • Hope: comes when we are out of ideas, resources, or answers - God provides hope. This is for the Glory of God.

 

Faith vs Manifestation

 

Faith is seeing something before it materialises, knowing you'll receive a path from God.

 

Manifestation is believing the same however those that don't have a faith-based connection with God will choose to apply these manifestations without scripture.

 

In my life, I’ve seen miracles take place in truly dark places in people's lives. People healed, properties were bought when there was a lack of money, finances restored relationships revitalised when it seemed divorce was certain, cars given and so much more - when it was believed for through God.

 

Manifestations can be harmless, and sometimes powerless too if they are not plugged into the ‘right power source.

 

Through faith-based manifestations, I believe with God, the possibilities are boundless. 

 

Sowing and reaping (Generosity and giving)

The sowing and reaping principle is known the world over. Some refer to it as ‘Karma’, when someone ‘gets what they deserve’. Others refer to it as investing. Sow some ‘seed’ into an opportunity, ‘and reap the rewards.

 

Two of the most powerful scriptures on this subject are here:

 

  • Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. - Galatians 6:7 ESV​

  • Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” - Luke 8:38 NLT

  • Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God can make all grace abound to you so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. - 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 ESV

 

Many books from all the big coaches online and names over the years have endorsed giving as a tactic to gaining more. Though this sounds contradictory, it does seem to work.

 

The principle seems to work best when it is not with an expectation to receive but from a place of thankfulness. It's who you become on the way to being wealthy that is the most important truth. Will it be a better person or worse? Stronger in tough times or weaker? Courageous or timid?

 

The Bible talks of giving and also of the tithe, where people give back the first 10% to God. In doing so you bless the rest of your wealth and it accomplishes more, even though numerically you had less to use.

 

Sowing money, not just spare change, works. You can sow yourself out of a problem by giving. Ultimately though, you’ll never be able to outgive God.

 

Kingdom Access Equation

I am a fan of Hal Elrod, author of the miracle morning. Passing on a passion to people for the early morning start. Use that time to prepare yourself through; meditation, prayer, exercise, and yes manifestations too.

 

He also wrote a book called the miracle equation. This equation was: Unwavering Faith + Extraordinary Effort = Miracles

 

Well, I think Hal was close on this but that it lacked the divine power that you need that goes beyond your own strength. If you’re talking about miracles, then you need to go back the book where they happened and are recorded.

 

I believe that there is a ‘Kingdom Equation’. A part that we can play in seeing amazing things happen with God's help. A submitted partnership.

 

Surrender + Scripture +  Faith

= Kingdom Access

 

Surrender: Giving up your limited self, and becoming a vessel for something greater:

 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

 

This is a big topic that’s too big for here. If you'd like to know more, let me know and I'll add more detail.

 

The Word: Speaking things that are not, as though they were.

 

As it is written in the Scriptures: “I am making you a father of many nations.” This is true before God, the God Abraham believed the God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing. - Romans 4:17

 

I grew up watching a few seasons of friends and Fraser. In doing so I could quote those shows like I was one of the cast! Take scripture in through reading, listening, on YouTube, And wherever you can. Spend at least 20-30 minutes a day in the word and you will see your life begin to stabilise.

 

Unyielding Faith: Still believe, when you don’t know where the answer will come from.

 

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not based on what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. - Romans 4:17-18 MSG

 

There is a line that we all come to. A point when our ability to solve a solution ends. In these challenging moments, some of the greatest events can happen in our lives. Take a step of faith today and believe in something bigger than you could do alone…make sure you have faith in it though!

 

A friend, counselor, and guide that sticks with you

So we’ve reviewed the concepts that originated in the Bible that have been adapted to the world. My hope is you’ll get to know the author of them and then see the difference in the power He brings.

 

When Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later, he spent around 40 days with the disciples teaching them and preparing them for the journey ahead. He was seen by over 400 people after He rose. 

 

Before He left, He said that although He was going, He would be leaving another in His place, The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person, equal in everything to Jesus and able to help us.

 

If you are an entrepreneur, a business person, or desire to do great things during your lifetime, I encourage you to seek out Jesus for yourself. Discover the Holy Spirit and what He does. You will achieve a far better, rounded outcome, than you could possibly have alone.

 

I believe you, we, are permitted to build wealth. Especially when it is done with gratitude, thankfulness, and a desire to give back some.

 

I desire that you will experience this truly healthier way (mentally and physically) of growing wealth and that you and your family would live a blessed life.

Explore it for yourself, piece by piece, and make your own decision to receive supernatural help to change the world in your lifetime.

 

If you’d like to decide to follow Jesus, not to join a particular denomination or place, then email me at contact@jim-johnston.com (put ‘Jesus’ in the RE section) and I’d be glad to speak with you.

Jim Johnston

Jim Johnston is an award winning entrepreneur. With a business banking background in London originally, he went on to create a national B2B start up in the UK, for on-demand property services. A blogger, copywriter and all round creative, his vision is simple - to see people experience wealth in every key area of there lives. True wealth!

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