In my life I have had multiple times of what I would've called lack. Money was looking a bit funny or change a bit strange. Y'all know what I am talking about. I would always try to figure it out. From borrowing to pawning valuable items, I just had to have some coins in my bank account or I would be stressed out. About six months ago, the Lord asked us to be obedient and sow a gift of substantial magnitude. It was more than I have ever given in my life.
Now, I am not saying this to brag, but to make a point. After giving the gift, things started falling apart in our household financially. I am not going to lie, I kept thinking well if I had that money we would be fine. I found myself retreating into the familiar mindset of getting money back into my pocket. The Lord allowed me to think that way until He used my husband to ask me a question. Is it really trusting God if you get a loan to cover what we gave? That was like a bucket of cold water being dumped on my head. I answered him saying no, it is not. The Lord then spoke to me through Matthew 6:24 and said when you fall on hard times financially, your response shows who you are enslaved to. Is it Me or mammon? Mammon is defined as wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion. It is a demonic spirit. I realized that I was allowing satan to use the spirit of mammon to make me question what God had me do. The enemy will use everything He can to pull us away from our devotion to God. Don't allow poverty to have you operating in a spirit that God didn’t call you to. We have to make a choice. Will it be His Majesty or mammon?
Since then my verbiage has changed to God always provides. He always has and He always will. So don't be afraid to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He will bless you for it. We are already starting to see the harvest of our gift. Not only that, but the Lord let me know I was sowing a seed into my future non-profit endeavors as well. Trust Him with your finances. Pay your tithes and offering. You would rather have a blessed 90% than a cursed 100% (Robert Morris).