CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL February 15, 2022. (THE SECRET OF FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE (I))
TOPIC: THE SECRET OF FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE (I)
Read 2 Kings 4:1-7
1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”
2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “ There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
MEMORISE: The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hand refuse to labour (Proverbs 21:25)
One cannot live a better life without financial independence. Not being financially independent can be very worrisome. Financial stability contributes to living a life that glorified God. It is not the will of God for us to live our lives in penury. Yet, many children of God don’t have financial independence. They go from one mountain to the other asking for divine blessings, but seemingly to no avail. The truth is that, many pray for financial breakthrough but hardly understand the biblical keys to it. It can be implied from the saying of Jesus Christ in John 8:32 that the truth a man doesn’t know, cannot set him free.
What is financial independence? It is a state in which an individual has enough to live on without having to worry, borrow, or depend on others. It is being able to meet your needs in life, with ease. Financial experts tell us that if you fail to have financial independence at age 40, it is a dangerous signal to you that you are going to be broke at 60, which is the age of retirement.
Let us look at some biblical facts to practise in order to be financially independent. The first among all is for you to have something doing – profession, business, service, career. When the seriously indebted widow of one of the sons of the prophet cried out to Elisha for help, the question he asked her was, ‘What do you have in the house’? The woman obviously had nothing to sell or to work with. No wonder after the God-given miracle of the oil, Elisha instructed her to go sell it in order to pay the debt (2 Kgs. 4:2-7).
The secret of financial independence starts with finding something to do – offering services, selling, etc. Don’t be the lazy or idle type (Prov. 4:23; 22:29). Do not be unnecessarily choosy; start from somewhere. If you start small, God will eventually bless the work of your hand.
1. I stand against financial problem of any kind in my life, in Jesus’ name.
2. Lord, give me wisdom and power to be financially independent, in Jesus’ name.
3. Pray for the newly wedded couples to develop the capacity for financial freedom from the early stages of their marriages.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Numbers 7 – 8
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE