9) Right mindset towards money: I want you to imagine a scenario, we are thirteen in a group and we have a common purse, you will agree with me that we will entrust our money to the person every one trust most. That exactly was the case with Judas Iscariot; he was the treasurer of Jesus and the twelve disciples because they trusted him. Although he might have had an impeccable character initially, he was later driven by avarice. John 12:3-6 “Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it”. Because of money, Judas decided to betray Jesus. Some school of thought opined that he believed no harm would happen to Jesus, but how mistaken he was. Matthew 27:3-4 “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned by betraying innocent blood. And they said, what is that to us? You see to it”! when he saw the outcome, he returned the money, however his repentance was too late. As wicked as the Jewish authority were, they had enough sense to know that money was blood money and they chose not to have part in it, Matthew 27:6 “But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, it is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood”. Many youths have deliberately mortgaged their eternity because of money; some are even involved in rituals. People do not see politics as a call to service anymore but a means to enrich themselves and they can go to any length to get there and remain there. There is widespread embezzlement going on everywhere all because of mammon worship. 1John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever”. Brethren, do not let the vanities of this life make you derail from your eternal home, life is not all about money. If money has a hold on you, uproot it now before it destroys you.
10) Your thoughts: it is lack mentality that makes a pauper, it is failure mentality that makes a failure, it is poverty mentality that makes a poor, it is success mentality that makes a star and a prosperity mentality that makes a rich, proverbs 23:7
Prayer point: By the blood of Jesus, I key into the covenant of divine prosperity