If the Lord Jesus Christ was a typical Jew in His physical and economic life, then He could not have been poor or hated money. However, He hated wastage. He showed us in the Bible when He said to the disciples after feeding the five thousand, “Gather up now the fragments (the broken pieces that are left over), so that nothing may be lost and wasted (Joh. 6:12, AMP).”
I have noticed that most Christians do not hate wastage. There is a lot of wealth in fragments- fragments of food, money, etc.
Do not throw change around; gather it and save it up.
If you have a friend who is wealthier than you are, learn how he made his money if he did it righteously, but don’t learn how he spends money because you are not on the same level. Learn the discipline he has applied to acquire wealth, not a taste for higher things like him. Sometimes, you see children of wealthy people acquire a taste for expensive things without developing a lifestyle of wealth creation or wealth multiplication like their parents.
You may be at a level now where you should not purchase new clothes but keep the ones you have neat and clean. Jesus hates wastage and not abundance. He multiplied bread and fed people until they could not eat anymore. The first miracle Jesus did was a miracle of provision at the marriage in Cana (Joh. 2:1, 11), not a miracle of healing or deliverance. It was a miracle of luxury because the Bible says the people were well drunk, not just drunk (Joh. 2:10). When Jesus made better wine, it was a luxury because they were not in much need of it. Jesus does not hate abundance but wastage.
PRAYER: Lord, I take authority over the spirit of wastage attacking me and every attitude that wastes in me and the people around me in Jesus’s name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Isaiah 30:12-33:9; Galatians 5:1-12; Psalm 63:1-11; Proverbs 23:22 (Please note that you can follow this months devotional on YouVersion's The Bible App using this link: http://bible.us/r/AHK)
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