‘Afterwards they will come out with great possessions.’ Genesis 15:14 NIV
When the children of Israel were leaving Egypt, God transferred the wealth from one nation of people to another. And He did it overnight. That’s because His people were called to fulfil His purposes in the earth. After 400 years of making bricks, carting bricks and stacking bricks into treasure houses, God said in essence, ‘It’s payday! All that stuff you’ve been bricking up is going to be yours.’
The greater the affliction, the greater the abundance! Let’s be clear, the Bible teaches that money isn’t offensive to God; the misuse of it is! One pastor says: ‘Money speaks. It says to land, “I can own you.” It says to buildings, “I can build you.” It says to vision, “I can fulfil you.” It says to a missionary, “I can support you.” It says to poverty, “I can feed you.” And it says to opportunity, “I can accept you.”’
Why did Pharaoh pursue the Israelites? To get back the wealth of Egypt. Stop and think about that! The devil doesn’t care who gets the money, as long as it doesn’t go to God’s people or fulfil His purposes. Satan dreads the thought of a generation of prosperous believers committed to reaching the world with the Gospel. And he will keep us enslaved to ignorance if he can. ‘But I’m not a slave,’ you say. How about slavery to debt, or hopelessness, or fear, or old habits? God wants to set you free from anything that keeps you from fulfilling His will. Once you realise that, you’ll start to pray in earnest and believe God for the resources to do it!
SoulFood: Zeph 1–3, John 6:1–24, Ps 85, Pro 24:11–14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019
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