Says who? The bible gets twisted a lot! It how “religious laws” get developed. We’ve all played a game where one person tells a second person a secret and then that person tells it to a 3rd person and it goes on to every person in the game. By the time that secret goes through everyone in the game, the secret is not at all what has happened from the original secret. Here is a twist on this: 1 Timothy chapter 6 verse 10. It has been twised from the original text and it has been twisted and some people have decided that walking in abundance is a bad thing. I want to challenge that today.
1 Timothy chapter 6 verse 10 says in the New International Version “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Some people have interpreted this to mean that money is bad and having too much is a bad thing.
But, look at what this same verse says in the Amplified version of the bible: “For the love of money [that is, the greedy desire for it and the willingness to gain it unethically] is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves [through and through] with many sorrows.” I think this gives a different twist to this same passage.
If someone has a lot of money they have choices to make. They can love the money and having it and essentially be a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge or they can be like Reggie Cochran and be among the most giving people. I can easily replace Reggie’s name with Tony & Sarah Zolecki, Rick & Michelle Teague, John & Nadya Melton, Justin Prince, Gena Norris, Dr. Ted Gambordella or several other friends I have.
What makes them different? And why are they walking in abundance? What makes them different from people who are rich but give a bad “taste in other’s mouths” when it comes to money?
The people I’ve got who are friends who literally walk in abundance gained their abundance ethically. They did it by working smart and following biblical principles. If you want to walk in abundance, I encourage you to see what the bible says about money and by doing it. Here is a list to start with:
- Seek God first (Matthew 6:33, 2 Chronicles 31:20-21, Psalm 1:1-3)
- Dwell in His presence which means you must trust Him (Psalm 16:11, James 1:5-7, Matthew 6: 31-33, Psalm 37: 3-5, 11)
- Realize that the devil is the thief and he came to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)
- Realize if you have Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you are a child of God and have all the rights and privileges of being a child of God, that includes abundance. (John 1:12)
- Be a giver. (Luke 6:38 and Malachi 3:10-12, Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 3:9-10, Deuteronomy 8:17-18, Proverbs 11:25, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
- Realize that God gives good things. (James 1:17)
- Be diligent (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, Proverbs 13:4)
- Seek righteousness (Psalm 37:25-26, Proverbs 8:18-21)
- Keep His commandments which means to walk in His ways. (Psalm 23:1, 1 Kings 2:3, Psalm 84:11-12, Leviticus 26:3-5)