“And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph that Jacob said to Laban, ‘Send me away that I may go to my own place and to my country.'” Genesis 30:25
Financial Dependence on God
So he [Laban] said, ‘What shall I give you?’ And Jacob said,’ You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks: Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the specked and spotted sheep, all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and these shall be my wages. Genesis 31-32
“Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream saying, ‘Jacob’ and I said ‘Here I am’. And He said, ‘Lift your eyes now and see all the rams which leap on the flocks are streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me….'” Genesis 31:11-12
The above passages of scripture gives us highlights to the process Jacob used to abort his financial dependence on the world system and lock into the Kingdom of God. For full details read Genesis 31:25 thru Genesis 31:16. In the scriptures we see that Jacob’s wages were controlled by the world system (Laban) who subsequently changed them ten times. We also see that because of Jacob, Laban was prospering tremendously and Jacob benefited minutely – just enough to keep him dependent on the wages Laban gave him. Finally out of frustration and utter disgust, Jacob decides to do something different.
Many Christians find themselves in the above scenario; trapped in employment that leaves them living paycheck to paycheck. If there is extra, it fails to finance their desires so debt becomes the key to obtaining their dreams. Of course debt must be repaid which absorbs more of your income and starts a vicious cycle of dependence on debt and working to make others wealthy. This is not the will of God for Christians.
God desires for you to be financially independent from the world and dependent upon Him. In order to have His best we must began to see God, not our jobs as our source. God promises to bless the works of your hands and as you work in excellence, your employer the owner of that work, benefits most from the blessing. I believe it is the will of God for Christians to own at least one stream of revenue that God can bless. Your employer may set your salary, but God wants to set your income. So begin today to seek the Holy Spirit for opportunities to create your own wealth and stop depending on this world’s system. You can start by inventorying your gifts and talents. Each gift God has blessed you with can be a source of blessing for others and a stream of wealth for you. Your gift is some bodies answer. To the degree you develop it is the degree you will be compensated for it!
Here are some biblical principles that Jacob used to be free from this world’s system:
- Seek your own: Jacob realized that unless he owned his own he would always be under the control of others. (Gen. 30:25)
- Know that because of the blessing of Abraham you are anointed to prosper. God has given you the power to get wealth. (Gen 30:29-30)
- Know exactly what you want; only then is the law of attraction triggered. (Gen. 30:31-32)
- Continue to develop godly character. (Gen. 30:33) As a youth Jacob had an integrity issue. It wasn’t until he developed integrity that God could trust him. Don’t allow your character flaws to disqualify you from God’s best.
- Expect obstacles and set backs; Laban removed all the speckled and spotted that Jacob expected to receive. (Gen 30:35) Your initial efforts at your new endeavors may seem like failures, but God will provide.
- Dream big and meditate on that dream daily. Take all limits off of God. (Gen. 31:10)
- Expect and rely on the supernatural. (Gen. 31:11-13) God is a supernatural god and when it looks like nothing is happening, something is happening.
- Expect to receive concepts, insights, and wisdom from God; Jacob vowed to pay a tithe of all. These are the benefits of tithing. (Gen. 31:13)
- Work hard, but don’t toil. Work unlocks potential, stress kills it. (Gen. 30:40-42)
- Expect abundance to come little by little and when it does, let God be glorified. (Gen 30:43)
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.