Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s chat. I’ve got a few things I need to get off my chest and chances are you do too when it comes to this topic: Money.
Yep. I said it. Money.
Specifically, the hooky-spooky-metaphysical-manifesting-money-and-calling-out-to-the-universe-for-help kind of talk.
Recently I read a book about manifesting money given to me by someone a long time ago.
It’s not a book I would normally pick out and after reading the first few pages, I found myself asking, “God…do you REALLY want me to read this?! It’s filled with so much confusion and new age stuff that it leaves my head spinning!” He basically told me to keep reading because there was something in it that I needed to see.
That something was this: the enemy is sneaky and deception is often mixed in with God’s name without us even realizing it. If we aren’t in the Word of God – daily – we can be easily swayed into a form of hocus pocus idolatry thinking that God warns us to stay clear of in Revelation 2:12-17.
Plain and simple: Trying to manifest money and calling out to the universe for help is not the way to fix your finances or live your life. At least, not if your desire is to grow close to God Almighty and you believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. You can’t have it both ways – either you believe the deception that the universe is there for your good and you try to manifest money from it, or you stand up for Truth and follow God’s Word.
In 2 Corinthians 9:8 it says, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (NLT)
Another version says “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (NIV)
Whenever money problems show up in our lives, we have a choice. We can see it as an opportunity to trust God and grow through it, or we can whine and complain and get anxious about it. Honestly, I’ve done it both ways – sometimes even within the same 10 minutes!!! (I’m not saying that’s the right way to do it, I’m just being vulnerable and real with you.)
The truth is, we all struggle with money at some point in our lives.
It’s actually the perfect situation to test our faith, our hearts, and our trust in God. You see, money is a magnifier – it shows us things about ourselves that we could never uncover otherwise. The process of overcoming debt and becoming financially free is one that can’t be rushed or manifested by the universe. It’s a process that requires us to change our mindset toward money and toward God’s ability to provide in our lives.
Sometimes we go through seasons of extreme debt, dig ourselves out and then find ourselves falling back into similar patterns again only a few short years later. Other times we get out of debt and stay out! Some people never experience either of those situations though because they are too terrified to get real and make a change in the first place.
That’s not you. Not if you’re still reading this.
Several years ago my husband and I found ourselves in 6 figures worth of debt. I had a bad shopping addiction and he had a habit of never saying no to me. We also did not communicate about our money. Ever.
When we finally realized how much debt we were in, we took drastic measures to fix it – sold the house, sold the car, sold everything we could, downsized, and cut back on our spending habits. We were well on our way to becoming debt free when the worst happened – we lost everything we owned in an apartment fire and we didn’t even have renter’s insurance! Not our finest hour let me tell you.
Rebuilding our lives from that season took courage and strength that I never knew we had. God blessed us abundantly in ways we never would have experienced otherwise. Family, friends, and people from around the world banned together to help us get back on our feet financially after the fire, and there were days when God literally sent us the exact amount of money we needed for a bill before it was too late.
It was only by His provision and grace that we were able to stick with it and get to the other side of that financial storm. We didn’t manifest it and the universe certainly didn’t open up for us. NO! It was God and God alone who provided for us every step of the way.
Last year my husband lost his job in the oil field and my health insurance rates tripled; once again we found ourselves having to rearrange our finances. To be honest, we are still walking through the details of those changes, but God is working in our hearts and in our situation and because we’ve been down a rockier road than this, we are confident that this too shall pass and better days are ahead.
I don’t know where you’re at today when it comes to your finances, and I don’t know how these words have impacted you. All I know is that there is a lesson to be learned in every money situation we find ourselves in. It’s not something to feel guilt or shame over – it’s something to courageously rise up and face.
The truth is that you were designed by God Almighty for a specific purpose, and if money issues have been your way of life, then money issues are meant to be part of your story.
You see overcoming money problems is something that can’t be done alone.
There are a lot of great programs out there to help you overcome debt, however if you’ve tried them and still feel like something isn’t working, then I want to invite you to contact me about some private coaching sessions.
I can’t wait to work with you. God is able to provide abundantly for you, dear friend. Let’s work together to help you believe it.