To Hell and back
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
The Truly Wealthy Keep Going Despite Hard Times and Hard Falls
Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:23–26; Proverbs 24:16
Key Verse: Proverbs 24:16
A righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
Why do so many multimillionaires acquire and lose so many businesses, yet still manage to come out on top? It is because they understand the difference between wealth and riches.
When you have been to hell and back and are still standing, you are wealthy. Do not let rich people intimidate you. You can look at them and say: “You have riches, but I have wealth. I can lose everything and gain it back, plus some. I have been in the fire, and I came out of the flames with character. It does not matter what happens; I know who I am and who my God is. I can get anything I want as long as God ordains it. Hell itself cannot stop me. I will not compromise because I am a man of truth. I pay my bills on time, and I stand as God has ordained me to stand.”
True wealth is who you are, what you know about God, and how close you are to Him personally. Right in the middle of the worst economic crisis in history, God will honor your character. Everyone else will be going out of business, but they will wonder why you are thriving!
That is wealth.
Pray this prayer with me:
Father, I am beginning to understand the difference between riches and true wealth. Now I realize that You have made me wealthy indeed! I can see how true wealth from You can make it easy to acquire riches if I need them. Yet riches will have no grip on me as long as I value only true wealth in the kingdom.