There is so much to be said about living within your means and for the past several weeks I have been saying it. Hopefully, you have been at the very least, encouraged, and at the very best, changed. Learning to live within this paradigm will create new avenues of wealth and opportunity enabling you to become a jubilant sower rather than a fearful giver.
Why would anyone be a fearful giver? Well, when the field is not producing corn and hunger exists all around, from where will one gather to provide for those who are hungry? Especially in his own household. One is afraid to give when there is no wealth from which to give. For this reason, one must begin to reconcile those places in his life that inhibit Yahweh’s word from producing what he has promised – wealth. Wealth should never be something one seeks after simply to have more. While that is justifiable, seeking wealth because it is Yahweh’s will for you is part of your destiny. Scripture is clear about Yahweh’s intentions for those who trust in Him.
And you shall remember the Lord your God. For it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV)
A promise has been given to you and me of fruitfulness and abundance. This promise is for the purpose of having the ability to sow into fields that exist all around us wherever Holy Spirit directs. Yahweh is honored when we sow outside of ourselves. If there is no wealth in us, from where do we sow? Having enough corn to feed my family is not blessing, that is sustenance. It is not blessing until I have enough corn to feed my family and sow into another! This is the principle of “not harvesting to the edge of the field or gleaning from what falls from the basket” spoken of in Leviticus 23:22. Get this in your spirit – one is NOT living within their means when they can take care of themselves only; by Yahweh’s standard we are living within our means only when we have the ability to sow outside of ourselves!
Unfortunately, most people are not living within their means. Nevertheless, all can. You can. The first step is to repent for not doing so and then begin to reconcile those places in your life that keep you from being a jubilant sower that sows from the place of plenty. Then begin to govern your natural means until you start living within Yahweh’s means. Reconcile! Reconcile! Reconcile! First the natural, then the spiritual!
But it is not the spiritual first but the natural, and then the spiritual. I Corinthians 15:46 (ESV)
Live within your means until you can begin living within His means! This is our promise. This is what Yahweh gave us the power to accomplish. To get wealth. To maintain wealth. And from the place of wealth, sow to His glory!
It’s time to reconcile your accounts!