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INVESTING YOUR MONEY

Date: April 16

Category: Prosperity

2 Chronicles 32:27-31
"And Hezekiah had very great wealth and honor, and he made for himself treasures for silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields, and all kinds of attractive vessels, storehouses also for the increase of grain, vintage fruits, and oil, and stalls for all kinds of cattle, and sheepfolds. Moreover, he provided for himself cities and flocks and herds in abundance, for God had given him very great possessions. This same Hezekiah also closed the upper springs of Gihon and directed the waters down to the west side of the City of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiSome people may not understand how godly people in the Bible could be as wealthy as they were. But we can see that there were quite a few people in the Bible who became financially successful, for example, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, etc. Here, we read about Hezekiah.

It says here that King Hezekiah had a lot of wealth and honor. It's interesting to notice that the Bible connects honor to wealth. There is no honor connected to poverty. Poor people don't have much influence on others. Wealthy people have a lot of influence because people honor them. Hezekiah was a man who was honored by many because he had great wealth. But what did Hezekiah do that made him so wealthy?

It says here in verse 27, "he made for himself treasures for silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields, and all kinds of attractive vessels." In other words, he invested in commodities. Gold and other commodities are very secure investments especially in situations where inflation happens. As the value of money decreases, gold and other commodities become very important to have. Hezekiah invested in these commodities.

Then in verse 28, it says, "Storehouses also for the increase of grain, vintage fruits, and oil, and stalls for all kinds of cattle, and sheepfolds." So Hezekiah had all kinds of stocks. Verse 29 says, "Moreover, he provided for himself cities and flocks and herds in abundance, for God had given him very great possessions." Hezekiah was constantly increasing. When he made money, he used that money to make more money. And God kept giving him success as he did that.

Then in verse 30a, we read, "This same Hezekiah also closed the upper springs of Gihon and directed the waters down to the west side of the City of David." So he built an engineering marvel. He redirected the waters so that in case someone tried to seize the City of David, they would still have water. This was a great thing that Hezekiah did. Then the last part of verse 30 says, "And Hezekiah prospered in all his works."

Again, work precedes prosperity. You cannot prosper if you don't work. You can't get good grades in school if you don't study. You cannot get a promotion on the job, if you don't do more than what's expected. You cannot be happy in your marriage if you don't sow seeds of blessing into your spouse. Prosperity comes as a result of our work.

So it's very important to build wealth. It happens one dollar at a time. It happens when you give your tithes and offerings to God. That's the first purpose of your money. The second purpose is to invest it rather than spend it on unnecessary things. Double whatever you give to God and invest that money for your future. So your tithes and offerings amounts to 10% and more, therefore your investment money should be 20% and more. Double the amount you give in tithes and offerings and use that money for your future. That should be the minimum.

There are many things that you can invest your money into. Real estate is probably the most conservative and secure form of investment. But there are other things as well like soft commodities and precious metals for example. Hezekiah had a lot of soft commodities, livestock and precious metals etc., and because those things were multiplying, he prospered. I am not talking about paper investments here but real commodities, real precious metals, real livestock, etc.

Some people wonder, "Should I give everything I have?" No, we shouldn't give everything we have. If we gave everything we had, there would come a point where we won't have anything to give anymore. Then we will become dependant on others to give to us. That's not what God wants. Yes, God wants us to give, but He also wants us to build our own future so that we will always be able to give.

But our prosperity can only happen when we work and when we put aside our money for investments. Put aside double of what you give to God but make that your minimum. We should always try to save and invest as much as we can. But the minimum should be double of your tithes and offerings, meaning at least 20% and more of what you make should be invested for your future.

That investment should be something secure that will bring you profit. You have to make sure you are profiting from your investment because if you're not, then there is no point of investing. So make sure your investment is secure so that each year you'll prosper more and more.

That prosperity will enable you to be generous to the kingdom of God and gain honor from others. We see in this example of Hezekiah that when you have wealth and prosperity, people will honor and respect you. So work hard and start building your treasures. Make your money multiply. And you will see God's hand bringing your prosperity.

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