11 Your gates will stay open around the clock to receive the wealth of many lands. The kings of the world will be led as captives in a victory procession.
Isaiah 60:11 (NLT)
I am putting my study of 2 Samuel on hold in order to focus deeper on God’s calling for me to get rich in Year 2009. You can expect to read many more articles from me on getting rich. There is no better time than now to get rich because in this year we are supposed to be in the worst global recession that has ever happened. There are 2 major reasons why.
First, when we get rich in a time where people are supposed to be poorer, we will get notice. People will start to wonder how do we get rich in a recession and they will want to know what do we have in common. They will find out that all of us serve a true and loving God who produces real results. All religions have their own gods and they attributed all types of characteristics to their gods but ours is the only one who can produce real results. Our God is not like other gods who can only promise things that cannot be proven. Our God dares to make real promises like physical health and wealth, which can be subjected to scrutiny. In other words, our God dares to stick his neck out.
So, when we get rich we are not only bringing glory to our God, we are drawing souls to him. When there are sufficient numbers of Christians getting rich, the Gospel is proclaimed so loud and clear throughout the world. This is something where no evangelists or missionaries can ever achieve. Get rich for the sake of lost souls.
Secondly, this is the time where many rich become poor and the poor become even poorer. They need help. Who else but us can help them? We need to get richer in order to help more people and show them the love of our God.
How do we get rich? I would like to suggest reading Isaiah 60. The whole chapter contains the impression of prosperity. It is a prophecy that was released when Israel was in a bad shape. Yet, that did not stop God from giving them a very positive picture of their future. Why would God want to do that? The answer is he wants us to fill our minds with positive thoughts. In other words, he wants us to have faith.
I like the above verse. It says our gates will stay open around the clock to receive the wealth of many lands. The kings of the world will be led as captives in a victory procession. This tells us that we should not just settle for the minimal for ourselves. The desire to have just enough money to live comfortably is selfish. God does not want us to have enough money just for ourselves. He wants us to be overflow with riches that we will have the capacity to be a blessing to others. He wants us to think big. He wants our gates to stay open around the clock to receive the wealth of many lands. He wants us to have exceedingly and abundantly. Our gates will not be able to close because there are too many deliveries of wealth into our house. Our mailboxes will always be jammed with envelopes containing checks for us. We will be very rich.
Will you obey him? If you do, you should start believing in the arrival of wealth into your life. You can read in many places of the Bible that God had always informed his people of the arrival of his blessings before the blessings physically took place. Why is that so? It seems like God wants us to use our faith to receive them. You need to know that God is not a tyrant. He will not force things on us, even good things like blessings. He wants us to have a choice on whether we want to receive his blessings and we give our approval through our faith. When we use our faith to receive our blessings, we are like putting a tick on the box that says “I agree to receive the blessings” on God’s blessing form. We will get those blessings.
Being in faith means allowing the words of God to occupy our minds as often as we can. The above verse is a good verse to start. Start believing that a lot of money is on its way to your bank account. A lot of checks are on their way to your mailbox. You only have to focus on the end result, which is a lot of money in your bank account. You do not need to worry about how God is going to fulfill his promise. God knows how to do his job.
This is true even if you are physically poor right now. You may be jobless, burdened with a mountain of debt or any other bad things you can think of. God is more than capable to make you rich despite all those obstacles. He had done that many times before in the Bible and he can do it again. The question here is, are you willing to put your trust in him? Are you willing to believe that your gates will stay open around the clock to receive the wealth of many lands?
Are you willing to believe that God will fulfill his promise to make you very rich even if the present physical situation around you tells you the opposite? If you do, you are living by faith.