Teach and command these things. Anyone who teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to godly doctrine is conceited and knows nothing. He has a morbid disposition for controversy and verbal disputes, from which come envy, strife, blasphemies, evil speculations, constant disputes by men of corrupt minds, being destitute of the truth, and supposing that financial gain is godliness. Withdraw yourself from such men.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with these things. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which drown men in ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evil. While coveting after money, some have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 TIMOTHY 6:2-10 MEV
Money is not the root of all evil, as some erroneously teach; the love of it is. This is because the love of money is a manifestation of fear, specifically fear of lack. This was the original sin that Eve fell into – believing the lie of lack. Lucifer himself believed this lie (Ezekiel 28:4,5,15,16) and became Satan – the adversary – i.e. the one who opposes himself.
It is inconceivable that any lack could come from God. Lack only exists in consciousness and that is consciousness defiled by the lie that lack is your portion. Iniquity began in Lucifer when he saw himself as lacking status, authority and wealth. Eve believed the lie that she lacked something to make her godlike. The truth is, she and Adam were already perfectly like their Creator and lacked nothing. The lie was that the thing forbidden them – fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil – would have given them more than they had or made them more than they were. The truth was, eating this fruit would make them less. Believing the lie, they ended up indeed lacking.
All Satan has to offer is lack. God is the King of Abundance. Satan cannot offer anything but deception.
Millions on planet earth oppose themselves because they believe in scarcity. They choose to live in the evil one’s kingdom of lack. There is no lack in the Kingdom of God. The believer has complete access to the resources of this Kingdom and is free to manifest these resources on this planet through faith. So the Christian need not live in the scarcity paradigm of this world system.
That said, Paul here dismantles a possible deception that people who have wealth are therefore all believers. He says that financial gain does not necessarily equate to godliness. People often cheat, steal and swindle their way to financial plenty. So wealth is no guarantee of godliness.
Yet, right on the other hand, Paul says that godliness is a guarantee of financial success. Money might not be proof that you have God but having God in your life is great gain. Of course, this is spiritual gain but the riches in glory are meant to be manifest on this plane. So financial abundance is available, provided it comes the right way. That way is the way of stewardship.
Walking in the billionaire blessing of Abraham is your covenant right and you can manifest unlimited wealth here in this life. But the purpose of this billionaire blessing is not to make you JR Ewing; it is to make you a distributor of Kingdom resources. You are here to manifest wealth for Kingdom purposes, not to build your own empire and be like the tycoons of the world system.
In terms of your own material needs, you can be, as Paul says here, content with just having your basic needs met, such as food and clothing. But if you have a family to feed or a payroll to meet, you need much more than subsistence levels of supply. If others depend on you, you simply must have abundance.
Groups such as the Puritans have exemplified this. Many Puritans lived frugal lives, eschewing ostentatious displays of wealth yet racking up huge fortunes, out of which they built schools, universities and churches and helped the poor. These believers had a highly developed sense of stewardship in their endeavours as well as great faith in their election by God to exercise dominion in society.
A man or woman enthused with a purpose in building wealth for the sake of the Kingdom is an unstoppable force.
The determining factor here is which system we are operating under. We are either desiring to manifest Kingdom resources as stewards or desiring to get rich in the natural. It is the latter system which will see us brought to ruin and pierced through with many sorrows. That is the Mammon system of this world, the Babylonian economy God has purposed to destroy.
We see this in these verses further on in 1 Timothy chapter 6:
Command those who are rich in this world that they not be conceited, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who richly gives us all things to enjoy. Command that they do good, that they be rich in good works, generous, willing to share, and laying up in store for themselves a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of eternal life. 1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19 MEV
Here Paul gives a charge to those who are “rich in this world.” He is addressing those who have money and giving a way for people who have money to bring their riches under stewardship and make them Kingdom resources. It is alright to be rich but don’t trust the world system of economics.It is okay to be rich in the world if God is your Source.
That is the key to it all. Whether you made your money wheeling and dealing in the world system or by the Kingdom system, you make your wealth holy by placing it under the Lordship of Christ and calling it Kingdom!
Godliness with contentment is great gain. This means you function in the Kingdom, with God as your Source. Without that sense of inner contentment it is easy to get sucked into a place where you fear lack and begin to function in the world system of avarice again.
Functioning in the Kingdom is recognising – BY FAITH – that you are an heir of the Kingdom and that all things are yours. You are a partaker in Abraham’s billionaire blessing and that there is no lack to you because you fear YHWH. You MUST develop consciousness in this wonderful truth because what you retain in consciousness is what will manifest in your life.
There is no “getting rich” for the believer, only manifesting on this physical plane what belongs to you already in glory realms. You are already rich and superabundantly funded over there in the invisible Kingdom of God!! As Paul says here in 1 Timothy, those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare i.e. a trap. The trap is that they are locking themselves out of Kingdom reality, where all needs are already supplied and our wealth is infinite. This trap is being locked into the carnal realm of lust and Paul calls it straying from the faith and thus they have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. Unnecessary ones.
When you drop out of faith and love, you end up mired in fear and lust. Faith knows that God has supplied already because faith recognises the love of God toward us. But fear sees lack and cannot recognise the love so the auto response of the fearful man or woman is then to lust after that which he/she perceives he/she lacks. Lust is energised by fear of lack and is the opposite of faith.
We could say it this way: Money is not God but can become so to the fearful man or woman. This is serving Mammon. It is fear-based economics. But to the covenant man or woman, God is money. He is our Source of supply and our portion. He is our gold and silver.
Yes, the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver; JOB 22:25 MEV
Wealth on its own is nothing. It is no proof of godliness or relationship with God. But a relationship with God IS a guarantee of provision, plenty and prosperity. He is our Provider, our Financier and our Backer. In Genesis 15:1 God tells us He is our exceedingly great reward, the literal Hebrew of which means our rapidly-increasing money supply!
Now, as I said, this is not to make us all tycoons like those men rich in the world system. It is as we read here in 1 Timothy, to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, willing to share, and to lay up in store for ourselves a good foundation for the coming age, so that we may take hold of eternal life.
This is wealth and abundance with a purpose, which is to help plant the Kingdom of Heaven here on planet earth. It is stewardship business and carnal men and women have no part in it. It is selfless service because it necessitates the acceptance of responsibility on the part of we stewards to handle money and administer it for Kingdom purposes. We do not wish to be lazy stewards who refuse to multiply the resources given to us.
One last word on this for now. If you have a steward’s heart, you can enjoy the wealth. God gives us richly and lavishly – not stingily and sparsely – all things to enjoy. It is not wrong to have fun being wealthy and to rejoice in seeing the Kingdom manifest in your life. It is okay to have money, dear brother and sister. Just don’t let the money have you. Knowing how to abound is as much a part of living as knowing how to stay strong in faith during lean times.
Just remember that God has pleasure in your prosperity when it comes His way.