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Years ago I was introduced to the term “stealth wealthy.” My friend made the observation that there are people who have lots of money but do not “look” like that have as much as they do. I have since come across the “stealth poor.” Those who look wealthy but are not. Interesting.

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Many times this teaching gets pushed out of proper alignment by ‘get rich’ theology. They teach it as if it is ‘get rich for my own good.’ But, that was not and is not God’s perspective on why He gave us the power to get wealth. There is a purpose to it. (See Deut 8.18)

1. Live well. Yup, that is one of the things that wealth is for; but not the only thing about wealth and why He wants us to have.

2. Establish His covenant. Even if you are a complete loser, God will bless you if you obey His bible. Because, God promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob He would bless their descendants if they obeyed. He is more concerned about His promise being fulfilled. Those in Christ are adopted into the family through Jesus.

3. There are things to do with the increase. God never told any of Adam’s descendants to stop doing the original mandate: tend the garden, have dominion over everything, have rule over it, prosper what you are tending and dominating, and multiply that… fill up the whole Earth. You can’t do that if you are broke.

4. A sign and a witness: why would anyone follow Jesus if they have to give up everything and live as paupers? Answer: they wouldn’t. There is a false teaching out there that to come to Christ and be in God’s family you have to be broke, poor, and have nothing. That is not very biblical, but some have made a popular theology out of it. It is a lie. There were many who were prospering because of their trust, obedience, … dare I say faith, in God. Paul wrote about several who supported him as he traveled and when he couldn’t make tents.

5. God has an agenda of His own. Yes, one of the reasons for wealth is God’s own agenda and He wants to share that with us… with you; if you will let him. I say, “Come on wid’it, God. Let’s see what we can do together.”

“’nuff said.” (Borrowed from Stan Lee, comic book legend)

It all starts with actually calling to God, the Holy One of Israel, through Jesus Christ. I know what most of you are thinking and you’d be wrong. Test Him in it and find out for sure. Just call out. He has your number.

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