THE WEALTH THAT IS MAN, PT.1

By Stephen Powell

Much is made in the earth today of differences in ideology. One group says their way of thinking is right, and they show evidence of their superior ways and manage to solidify their position with a company of people, proving that their way has value. Then another group comes along and proposes a different way of thinking, with a different value system attached, producing evidence of success in the minds of men as well, and solidifying their value as did the group before them. But who is right, who is wrong, and which ways and systems of men should be followed or rejected? Several decades ago, this was an easy answer, especially in my nation, America, where a biblical worldview was a given culturally. But today it's not so easy, with the rise of so many spirits vying for the position of God, pushing their value system and thinking among peoples and nations. The Truth is that the Word of God is the surest representation of divine wisdom in existence.  It will be this way until the end of this age when the Living Word, King Jesus, is ushered in as He comes to war with and destroys every inferior system that opposes His kingdom (Rev.19:11). He is Truth. This is why governments, businesses, and organizations of any kind who discern the wisdom found in God's Word, and build accordingly, reap the benefits and blessings of such an alignment, usually irrespective of their personal faith and conviction. The rain falls on the just and the unjust (Matt.5:45).

 

For wealth creation, it is essential that men and women in places of power, those who write laws, make policy, and decide how funds are spent, understand how wealth is created from God's perspective. Whenever you build according to God's blueprints, according to His ways, according to His clearly revealed Scripture, you open up the windows of heaven for God's blessings and benefits to flow, not only for you, but for those under your authority. Whenever you violate the laws of God and build in ways contrary to God's wisdom and revealed Word, you in turn open up doors to the demonic so the enemy can come in and bring oppression, corruption, and injustice. To not obey God's Word is disobedience, which opens the door to the enemy. To not move in the knowledge that God provides, opens you up to destruction, for the Word says without knowledge, people are destroyed (Hos.4:6). Lack of agreement with God constitutes agreement with the enemy, and whomever you're in agreement with, you give authority to. Let us open our minds and hearts to the Truth contained in God's Word regarding wealth creation and finance, so we will truly understand where money comes from, how it grows, and how to maintain His creative order so that nations prosper under His hand of blessing.

 

GOD'S CREATIVE VALUE IMPARTED TO MAN

 

(Gen.1:28)
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

 

In any nation, in any company, in any organization, the most valuable resource is always the people, not material things. This is something that far too many people in places of authority do not understand, and it shows by the way they treat their people. When God spoke these timeless words in Genesis concerning the creation and original purpose of man, He started with the pronouncement and impartation of "blessing." He bestowed "blessing" upon man and by this blessing He charged man to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish the earth, to subdue it, and to take dominion over it. The blessing mentioned here is the creative value imparted from the Father into His children. It is literally an impartation of His glory, which has the highest value in existence. This is what too many people in authority don't understand: wealth comes from the value that is in man. Wealth comes from creative capacity, which man possesses as a result of being made in the image and likeness of God. Just as man issued forth from God and was a product of the value of God, the very glory of God, so does man's creation, something that issues from him, a product of his creative value. But when a man does not understand His value in God, He often lives under a poverty spirit. The poverty spirit is not the revelation of what one does not have. It is a deception which convinces man that He is something other than fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God's glory, possessing enormous creative value and wealth building ability. Wealth is a product of man's creation, not a result of societal class, political affiliation, or even money itself. Money in and of itself has no power to beget itself and create more of itself. Only man, using God-given wisdom, applying the flow and application of money as power, can multiply money. So you see, wealth is the product of man and not of money itself.

 

There are so many economic systems and political/governmental ideologies that exist today in the earth that are not in harmony with God, His ways, His word, and His clearly revealed wisdom. Because of this lack of harmony with God's ways, these systems strengthen the enemy's authority in the nations through opening doors of injustice, corruption, and inequality. The idea of wealth redistribution, prevalent in so many worldly mindsets, is a perfect example. This idea is directly contrary to the laws of kingdom economics because it violates the underlying bedrock principle behind God's system: sowing and reaping.

 

Andrew Carnegie once said, "Every man has the right to eat under his own fig tree"(1). He wrote this in a book called "The Gospel of Wealth," first published in 1889 when America was booming in the midst of a movement of wealth and prosperity that would elevate it to the most wealthy and powerful nation in the history of civilization. Bedrock biblical principles and wisdom used during this movement undergirded the building of much of what these forefathers and industrial giants implemented. A free market system allowed every man and woman to reap what they sowed, largely uninhibited by the government for a long time. Of course, there are always exceptions. By no means is America's history free of corruption and injustice. However, I contend that this was the overall idea behind the system: a free market that produced equal opportunity for all to work hard and to reap the rewards of their labor through sowing and reaping.

 

In this wisdom of God, the people who built this nation knew by divine insight, that it was not the heavy taxation of the rich (which goes beyond decency and becomes thievery), but the uncapping of the human spirit which allowed the people to uninhibitedly create. This system had to remain within the bounds of moral law, but it gave rise to the greatest wealth creation ever seen. Wealth comes from creative people, and creative people create best when they are able to reap the rewards of their labor.  This is the basic bedrock principle serving as the foundation of the economy of heaven: sowing and reaping (which I reiterate).

 

(Gal.6:7)
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."

 

There's a certain deception that creeps in to convince people of power and influence that in order to bring equality, equity, and uprightness, they must violate the concept of sowing and reaping.  Instead they distribute the wealth created by the country's citizens as they see fit, according to their ideology with its attached value system. But ultimately all men and their works shall rest upon the edge of God's sword of judgment, and everyone and everything built will answer to His judgment. God's Word and wisdom are absolute. They cannot be changed; they cannot be manipulated to work another way. They can only be interpreted, understood, and more strategically aligned with to release all of their power and blessing in the earth.

 

The Truth is, where there is liberty, the Spirit of the Lord will be there as well (2 Cor.3:17). You could say the Spirit of God is attracted to environments and systems of freedom. This is why the message of grace is so powerful. The revelation of freedom in Christ doesn't incite moral decline. It actually fuels righteousness and holiness because with freedom comes Truth, and the truth is we are free from sin, not free to sin. With an objective look into the rise of free market American capitalism, when you're not reading through the lens of a liberal professor or analyst, you will see that within this system of freedom, there was an abundance of creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. These were the fruits of the glory within man that was uncapped by an environment mostly in harmony with the laws that govern the economy of heaven. People in authority must understand this: if you slice one thousand dollars annually in taxes off each person who is a small businessman or woman, you may initially lose billions in government revenue.  But remember, your wealth is the people themselves, not their money. The initial tax relief is actually an investment in the people, and as the government gives more back to them, it will eventually reap more out of them, because they will be further uncapped to create more in the future. Wealth is people themselves and their ability to create, not money or material things. Tomorrow, we will continue discussing this revelation!

 

In his Service,
Stephen Powell

 

(1)Andrew Carnegie, "The Gospel of Wealth"

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