Many times when bad things happen in our lives, we say, “Look what the devil is doing to me!”
While it’s true that the devil does sometimes attack us, if we would look back three months, six months, or even several years, we might find that in some situations we are actually reaping the harvest of seed we’ve sown ourselves.
Here are 7 Financial Pitfalls to avoid if you want to experience God’s highest and best in the realm of prosperity:
1. Not Planting a Seed
A seed unplanted contains power and potential, but it never exercises that power and potential unless it is planted in the ground. God provides seed to you if you are a sower.
But until that seed gets planted in the ground, He won’t be able to…
“…multiply your [resources for] sowing” – 2 Corinthians 9:10
2. Giving with a Bad Attitude
God wants us to be cheerful givers. Our Father is giving in nature and He delights in giving to His children.
As children of God, we should strive to take on our Father’s same nature. God takes pleasure in a joyous, prompt-to-do-it giver!
3. Seeking Prosperity for Selfish Gain
What is your motive? God is interested in souls because people are the riches of heaven. Don’t be surprised if you’re not prosperous when you put the pursuit of riches ahead of following God.
Remember: God’s definition of prosperity is that all of your needs are met, so you can give to every good work.
4. Not Knowing the Word
The key to a life of blessings and prosperity is knowledge. When we know the Word, we know what belongs to us.
If you never spend any time getting to know the Word, how can you expect to be prosperous? Christians become prosperous through the Word.
Financial prosperity is in direct proportion to the renewing of your mind.
5. Eating Your Seed
Some Christians ask the Lord for seed, for an increase, and He faithfully provides, yet they do not sow into the Kingdom.
God doesn’t continue to give seed to a person if that person keeps “eating” the seed. By that I mean the person doesn’t rightly value the seed God provides; instead of using it as God intended, he or she squanders it on their own wants and needs.
Any seed not sown is seed not grown.
6. Confusing the Tithe with the Offering
Tithing is not optional. It is a commandment from God. The tithe is not seed—offering is seed.
The tithe is what belongs to God and the offering is what we plant of our own will. Many Christians confuse the two, which is why they struggle so much financially.
7. Waiting to Give
God often asks you to sow when it’s not convenient. Therefore, if you’re always waiting for a convenient time, you may never sow. And if you never sow, you will never reap.
“He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap” – Ecclesiastes 11:4
Which one of these are you struggling with most? Let us know in the comment section below.