How To Achieve Financial Freedom

financial freedomBefore we discuss this, I would like to remind us that the purpose for desiring wealth MUST be to honour God, care for our family and contribute to humanity. Only with these in mind would you have a lasting wealth and a fulfilled life. Fulfilment comes when you commit yourself, talent and resources to God and Humanity.

That is on a purpose that makes a difference in our lives and that of others. To achieve financial freedom, you need to:

Have a relationship with God.

A relationship with God is a very vital element in our wealth creation process. The realisation of your limitation as a mortal and your absolute dependence on God for ideas, guidance and strength is the No. 1 secret.

When your spirit is in tune with the Spirit of God, you receive ideas divinely designed to enable you create wealth. Remember, the steps of a righteous man are ordered by God. You will be divinely guided and empowered with strength and ideas for success. Every creation or invention first starts as an idea which is later nurtured to fruition.

The ideas you receive, once implemented, will definitely bring you wealth because God is committed to honouring His words concerning His children. You must act on the idea; remember God does not waste ideas.

If you are not ready and willing to implement it, it will be given to someone else who is ready and willing to implement it. The other fellow takes the advantage and you end up regretting. I am sure you have seen an idea which first occurred to you being implemented by someone.

Therefore, develop a personal relationship with God. Make His business your business and God will make your business His business. Remember, “the desires of the righteous shall be granted.” (Prov.10:24)

Changing Our Mindset.

We need to replace false assumptions with the true ones. No one is created to be poor. You are destined for greatness but it all depends on whether you believe in yourself or not. Bishop David Oyedepo said, “Life delivers to you only what you are willing to accept.” This is a fact. If you accept poverty, WOW, it will come knocking but if you accept a good life, you sure will have a good life.

Let me repeat what Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” And I know for sure that as a man thinks in his soul, so is he.

You will get uncountable ideas to generate wealth when you are positioned for a change. When you mindset has been recreated. It will be open to ideas which you will recognise as a potential wealth generator. It’s all about our belief system.

Identify Your Skill/Talent.

Take stock of your skills and interest and begin to develop it for use to glorify God and serve humanity. Let service and not money be your vision and before long, God will single out some skills which you can commercialise and the money will roll in.

When a need is identified and fulfilled, you are in business. Norman Cousins once said, “The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.” These are our talents and skills which could have been harnessed.

It is said that the cemetery is the greatest reservoir of ideas; because a lot of ideas die with their owners without being nurtured to fruition. These ideas could have changed the world. What a tragedy.

What a pity that most of us have lost sight of the talents and gifts that lie within us and have resigned ourselves to spending our best years watching television.

And we spend too much time focusing on our weaknesses rather than developing our strengths. The greatest people among us focus on their talents rather than their weaknesses. You see, we are all gifted in one thing or the other. We can indeed be geniuses. So take the time to discover what your personal gifts are and become a genius in it, then use it for the benefit of others and the money will surely come.

Can Religion and Wealth Go Together?

churchThis is a good question especially if you are very religious. A lot of us believe that as religious people, we should live with a “Small Box Mentality” in order to make heaven. That is wealth and religion doesn’t blend together. Some claim that if you are to remain right with God, forget wealth. Others even quote out of context that Money is the root of all evil. But what I read and know is that the love of money is the root of all evil. This love which in most cases is not anchored on God will definitely lead someone to evil schemes.

God desires for us to have life and have it more abundantly. It is His desire for us to live a rich and fulfilled life. Fulfilment in life can only happen when you impact on the lives of others through selfless service. Wealth is a factor to achieving this. You can’t give what you don’t have…..can you?

But let me ask you as a Christian……..Do you live in an average house, go to an average place of work, and have an average bank account? Do you also hope to die an average death unknown and unsung so that you can make heaven?

That is the small box mentality. Don’t just exist, live life and live it well. Dream dreams and make an impact on humanity and for God. Life is about living your dreams; don’t dream of a good life, live a good life. Don’t dream of making an impact on mankind, make an impact.

Now coming to the question I earlier asked, can religion and wealth go together? I will answer as a Christian…. My answer is YES…Christians MUST desire and work to get wealthy for it is part of our redemption package. Besides, it is a vehicle for the advancement of God’s kingdom here on earth. Wealth or prosperity is a right for every child of God. There are so many scriptures that buttress this. However, let us examine (Deut. 8:18) It says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to create wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (NKJV).

Looking at this and many more, you will agree that nobody is created poor. As a matter of fact, God is not glorified by our poverty. How can the Kingdom of God advance if all Christians are poor?

But God has made the provision for us to improve our financial standing that His work might go on. The problem therefore lies in us. Believing His Word and honouring Him with the wealth. Do we have the right mindset to achieve financial freedom to the Glory of God?

You need to create a mindset of abundance. The mindset of an individual is what makes him rich or poor. You are the only person who can prevent yourself from achieving a financial freedom. God has already given us the ability. Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”

It is not what you think that is holding you back in life. It is what you think you are not. God has given us the power to make wealth. Until we change our mindset and back it with action; we shall continue to struggle financially.

My friends, the mindset of the wealthy and upper class people confers in them, the habit of wealth creation and gathering. They are not into liabilities. The middle class believes in showing how many cars they own. While the poor have a certain mindset – they are destined to be poor.

The poor believe that God created them that way – no connection or a rich background. But we forget that the thoughts of God towards us are of peace and not evil, to give us a future and a hope. (Jer 29:11). God has deposited in each and every one of us a lot of potentials and abilities to harness and create wealth for Him, our families and the society. But our mindset limits us and we end up blaming people and the society.

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