God, Money and Me Devotional (Part One) – Money’s Myths

This devotional accompanies the first video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day One

  • How often do you think about money? What part does it play in your life and in your faith walk? Do you own money or does it own you?

“Money doesn’t come on an altar call”.

  • What are your thoughts on this quote from Ps Paul de Jong?

Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. Look at verse 8 in different versions.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

  • Personalise this Scripture for yourself by putting your name in where Paul, the apostle, writes ‘you’. Are you able to say that you have all that you need right now?

Money Myth One – “Money is not something we should focus on.”

  • What are your thoughts on this myth? Should the church address the issue of money?

Here are some thoughts around money. Consider these; if you can, share your views with someone today.

  • We are all disempowered if we don’t have enough money.
  • We are distracted if we don’t surrender money.
  • We become dominated by the control of money.

Look at Proverbs 22:7.

  • How have you found this verse to be true in your life?

Look at 1 Chronicles 29:12.

  • Does this verse pull down or challenge any mindsets you may have in regard to money?

Application: Which thought has challenged you the most today? How can you put it into practice as you walk through this day?

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that both riches and honour come from you. Lead me today to a greater understanding in this area. Give me freedom to walk in it.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part One) – Money’s Myths

This devotional accompanies the first video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Two

  • Were you able to put any fresh insights about money into practice yesterday?

Money Myth Two – “God’s blessings are not material.”

  • What are your thoughts on this myth? Why might people embrace this thinking?

God may be spiritual, but His blessings to us are both spiritual and material. We depend on his material blessings, such as the food we eat, the water we drink and the oxygen we breathe every day. Without these, we could not live…and it is God who supplies these things.

Read Genesis 1:27-28.

What does God’s command ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ mean to you personally?

Look at 2 Corinthians 8:9.

  • This verse reminds us that Jesus was rich, that is, He had all things at His disposal. And yet, for our sake, He became poor that through His poverty we might become rich. How do you respond to this thought?

Look at Psalm 25:12-13 and Proverbs 10:22.

  • What is your understanding of the concept of “prosperity”? “Prosperity frees you to free others.” No matter what your view on this, allow God to enlarge your understanding in this area today.

Application: Ps Paul de Jong says “Righteousness is not about living small.” In what ways, can you live big for God today?

Prayer: Lord, before you today, we acknowledge that you are a good God who blesses us abundantly and that your blessings ‘make us rich’. Open our eyes and our hearts today to the possibilities and opportunities that may come our way to be fruitful and multiply.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part One) – Money’s Myths

This devotional accompanies the first video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Three

  • Do you like being alone..…. or do you prefer a crowd? Do you love joining your friends at a party…… or would you rather stay home and read a book or watch a movie?

Money Myth Three – “My money is a private affair.”

  • Why do you think we keep money issues hidden from those around us? How might bringing this issue into the light bring freedom and release?

The spirit around money controls us deeply. This is why it is important to share our challenges with others to bring these things into the light and to bring biblical revelation and understanding. We may even benefit from receiving coaching or mentoring in this area.

“Money doesn’t change you. It unmasks you.” This is a very thought provoking and challenging statement from Ps Paul de Jong. If we don’t have the right understanding around money when we have little, we will have the wrong understanding when we have much.

  • What does your attitude around giving and money reveal about you? What does it say about your attitude towards God?

Read Deuteronomy 8:18.

  • What are some of the promises in this Scripture and what part do we play in receiving these?

Meditate on Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV).

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

Application: There are some wonderful promises pledged and pictures painted in Jeremiah 17:7-8. Whether you feel you’re in a time of drought or a time of plenty, choose to put your confidence in God today and believe for fruitfulness.

Prayer: Father, today I choose to trust you. I will not let fear or doubt steal my joy but instead I choose to put my confidence in you. You are the One who gives me the ability to produce wealth. May this be used to bring blessing to others today.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Two) – Money’s Spirit

This devotional accompanies the second video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Four

What is your favourite topic of conversation? What do you find yourself talking about all the time? Maybe it’s a hobby or favourite past time – surfing, fishing, running. Maybe you love talking about your kids or your football team. But often people avoid talking about money. It seems a taboo subject.

Read Matthew 6:19-21.

Where do you think your treasure lies?

Money’s Spirit

Money has power as it attracts a spirit. That spirit is called mammon. “Mammon is where money, once received remains unsurrendered, and then it is empowered to draw you away” – Ps Paul de Jong.

Read Luke 16:10-13.

  • We cannot serve God and mammon. How can you ensure you are not serving money, but instead are serving God? What steps can you take to keep your heart pure in this area?

When money touches our hands, it is a divine testing ground. It is the test that God uses to decide what eternal things we are ready for. If we give God priority over our financial world, He will give us authority in this area.

  • Respond to these thoughts. How do they challenge you? How do they encourage you?

Application: In what ways can you show your trustworthiness in the “little things” today so that God can bring increase into your life?

Prayer: Help us to keep our eyes on you, Lord, today. You are the author of life and the giver of all good things. You are our greatest treasure.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Two) – Money’s Spirit

This devotional accompanies the second video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Five

  • Who are the influencers in your life? Who do you love to read about on social media or see on the TV? What or who is directing your major life decisions?

Money’s Spirit

Money has power as it attracts a spirit. That spirit is called mammon.

“Mammon’s device is deception” – Ps Paul de Jong. The enemy will use the lure of money to deceive you. Here are some questions to think on:

  • Does money decide where you live? Does money decide which church you attend? Does money decide your career? Does money help you choose your friends?

“Mammon’s deception is control” – Ps Paul de Jong. It begins in subtle ways. We must always remember that money and possessions are not our source; God is our source. Yet we can so easily fall under the control of money.

“Mammon’s goal is worship” – Ps Paul de Jong. True worship is about whom we position in the ultimate place of authority. The enemy would love us to worship money. Yet God is the only One who truly deserves our worship.

Read Luke 16:13.

  • We cannot serve both God and mammon. We cannot serve two masters. We either love one and hate the other or are loyal to one and despise the other. What level of influence and control does money have in your life?

Application: If you feel God nudging you to make some changes, what steps can you take today to realign your life towards a pure love for God?

Prayer: Open our eyes today to the deceptive and controlling powers of money. We thank you and worship you and you only today, Lord, as our Father and wonderful provider.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Two) – Money’s Spirit

This devotional accompanies the second video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Six

  • Are you a risk taker or do you prefer the safest option? If you love taking risks, how far will you go?

Ps Paul de Jong talks about three things that will cause us to struggle financially.

Do any of these resonate with you?

  • When we accommodate destructive debt –
  • Do you feel like you need to keep up with others in terms of material things? Is the debt in your life driving the decisions you make? How can you turn that round to ensuring that God is guiding your decisions?
  • When we don’t embrace a strong work ethic –
  • Who influences your work ethic? Read Proverbs 22:9. Are you willing to go the extra mile at your workplace? Do others see you as a hard worker?
  • When we fail to implement financial accountability –
  • Who do you look to or seek advice from to help you in managing your finances? Are you aware of the many resources that can help you? See Proverbs 11:14. How has good counsel helped you in your life?

Application: Do any of these three habits apply in your life right now? What steps can you take towards changing that in the coming weeks?

Prayer: Lord, we pray today that you would shine your light into every area of our lives, including our finances. Lead us by your wisdom today.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Three) – Money’s Test

This devotional accompanies the third video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Seven

  • Are you a naturally generous person? Maybe you’ve learned generosity from others who have inspired you. Do you like to save …..are you good at giving it away?

It is so important that we understand money, not just in the sense of giving, but in every aspect.

Read 2 Corinthians 9:8 again.

  • This verse reminds us that God is able to make all grace abound toward us in the area of physical and material need, that we would have sufficiency in all things and an abundance for every good work. Did you realise there is grace for that?
  • Consider this thought – this verse and the preceding ones say that if we are in the will of God in our sowing and giving, then our material worlds will be so enriched that the decision to work would be based on the purpose of God, rather than us needing to gain money. What are your thoughts on this revelation from this Scripture?

Ps Paul de Jong makes the statement “Money grows on generational trees”. In other words, if we get God’s insight on how to handle money in a Godly way and commit to that generationally, our grandchildren will no longer make decisions based on money.

Application: Consider how many decisions you may make today based on money?  Try to invite God into these moments as they happen and ask Him to be the one who leads the way, rather than the influence of money.

Prayer: Thank you God, that you are able to make all grace abound to me today so that at every moment of my day today, I will have all that I need for every good work. I trust you in this.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Three) – Money’s Test

This devotional accompanies the third video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Eight

  • If you were sent to a dessert island and you were able to take only three things with you, what would you take? Why?
  • What revelations about money from last week’s devotional have changed your way of life or thinking?

Unsurrendered money or material possessions can be used by the enemy to create restriction in our lives, distraction to the purposes of God and the blocking of the release of generations’ – Ps Paul de Jong.

  • Consider this thought above. Are you aware of restricted areas in your life? How can God help you to be free of these?

God’s promises include a pathway. Tithing is about resetting sovereignty. Whatever is put first in the Bible gains authority and has the rights over the rest.

See Proverbs 3:9-10 and Malachi 3:6-10.

  • How do these verses inspire you? How do these verses challenge you?

  • How do you feel about tithing? What testimonies do you have of tithing?

  • The tithe is God’s and is holy. We don’t pay our tithes; we are simply returning what is God’s. How do you respond to this statement?

Application: Today as you go about your day spending money or budgeting to spend money, how can you make sure that God is sovereign in your decision-making?

Prayer: Thank you God, that when we are obedient to you that you promise you are the God who throws open the floodgates of heaven and pours out such a blessing we will not be able to contain it. Hallelujah!

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Three) – Money’s Test

This devotional accompanies the third video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Nine

  • Do you remember taking your driving test or another important test? How did you feel when you passed? What was the hardest test you ever did?

Reread Malachi 3:6-10.

  • How do you feel about the fact that God invites us to test Him in this verse? What promises from this verse help you to trust God in your obedience?

Read Haggai 2:8. God is seeking Lordship.

Here are a few statements from Ps Paul de Jong about tithing:

‘Tithing is a test to see who becomes sovereign over your material world. It is non negotiable. The tithe is meant to be holy, set apart for God. It is holy – of God – and therefore not even a seed. It is an ordinance before it is a law.’

  • Which of these statements has been the most helpful or impacting for you?
  • Which of these statements challenges you the most? Why?

Application: Today find new ways to honour the Lord with your possessions, the first fruits of your increase.

Prayer: Thank you God, that you are showing me how to steward finance, returning it to you, to ensure a wonderful financial future. 

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Four) – Money’s Multiplication

This devotional accompanies the fourth video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Ten

  • What dreams has God placed in your heart? How would the release of finance help you to attain these dreams?

God is a God of multiplication. He wants to see multiplication in our lives, not just addition and certainly not subtraction.

Read Proverbs 8:17-18, 20-21.

  • God promises in these verses that He will cause those who love Him to inherit wealth and that He will fill our treasuries. We need to be willing to accept our inheritance. Is this a new concept to you? How does this verse speak to you?
  • Are you aware that God is wanting us to be positioned so that we can build a foundation for financial freedom, not just for us, but for the generations? What would that look like in your life? How might that change your spirit and your expectations?

Application: Today be willing to challenge your thinking in any area that settles for accepting the status quo instead of pressing into the “more than and overflow” of God. Be willing to ask yourself ‘Could God bring multiplication into this area?’

Prayer: Thank you God, that you are the God of more than, the God of abundance and overflow. Help me to walk in your ways today.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Four) – Money’s Multiplication

This devotional accompanies the fourth video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Eleven

  • What did you learn in your family of origin about money? Who taught you about finances, saving and budgeting?

Read John 15:7-8.

  • Why are we called to bear more fruit? What is the heart of the Father towards us? Have you had a “survival mindset” – are you happy to just survive each day or are you aware that God wants you to thrive and bear much fruit?

Read Psalm 2:7-8.

  • God responds to an activated and persistent ask. What are you asking of God? Are you willing to ask, that you may receive?

Read James 4:2-3.

  • James reminds us that if we don’t ask, we won’t access. Is there anything you don’t have because you have not asked God for it? How important is motive in our asking?

Application: How would your day look today if you remained in God and His words remained in you and you were willing to come to Him with a ‘bold ask’?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the promise that when I remain in you I will bear much fruit. Thank you that in bearing much fruit I bring glory to you.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Four) – Money’s Multiplication

This devotional accompanies the fourth video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Twelve

  • Who inspires you in life – maybe someone from the sporting world or a community leader or influencer? What part has persistence played in their lives to help them achieve their goals?

Read Luke 18:1-8.

  • How does the persistence of the widow motivate you? In what areas in your life do you have a testimony of the power of persistence?

Multiplication requires unwavering expectations. Our past does not determine our future. God can take us to a new future.

Here are some helpful tips from Ps Paul De Jong in carving out a great financial future.

  • Don’t look at the scoreboard.
  • Keep to the game plan.
  • Commit to the finish.
  • Are you willing to believe for a better future financially if the past has not been as you had dreamed? Have you stayed with your game plan financially? What will it take for you to commit to the finish?

Read Psalm 35:27 and Galatians 6:7-9.

  • Are you aware that God is pleased when we prosper as His servants? What seeds are you sowing?

Application: Consider today that God takes pleasure when you prosper. You can glorify God today as you prosper.

Prayer: Praise you, God that you provide seed to the sower. Help me to be willing to sow today. I am a channel of your grace today.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Five) – Money’s Pathway

This devotional accompanies the fifth video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Thirteen

  • Have you ever been lost? How did you find your way back to where you were meant to be? Do you have a great sense of direction or are you fully reliant on your GPS?

Ps Paul de Jong teaches the following as a principle for how we should allocate our finances:

Money and the 10/10/10/70 Principle

  • Stewarding (10%) – the first tenth belongs to God. It is not our tithe – it is God’s. We are returning it to Him, to His storehouse. See Malachi 3:6-10.
  • Seeding (10%) – this opens the door to harvest as we sow seed. See Genesis 8:22.
  • Saving (10%) – we should be saving for the generations after us. Legacy creates a generational echo. Read Proverbs 13:22.
  • Spending (70%) – this is the last 70% that we have for everyday expenses.
  • In what areas is God challenging you as you think about tithing, sowing seed and saving for the generations?
  • What changes do you feel God is encouraging you to make? What step can you take today or this week towards those changes?

Application: Consider the 10/10/10/70 principle today as you go about your day. Where could you sow seed today? In what areas can you save for the generations who will come after you?

Prayer: Thank you God that you promise seed time and harvest time. Lord, I choose to be obedient in sowing as you lead and I trust you for the harvest.

God, Money and Me Devotional (Part Five) – Money’s Pathway

This devotional accompanies the fifth video in the series – God, Money and Me. However, you can do this devotional without watching the video.

Day Fourteen

  • What fresh insights about money have you gained in the last two weeks? In what areas has God changed your understanding? How has this blessed you?

If you manage your money, it won’t manage you.

Reread Galatians 6:7. A farmer sows the seed but he also goes out and collects the harvest and determines its future. Ps Paul de Jong encourages us to sow financial seed but to also be intentional in saving money to bless the generations who come after us.

  • How do you go with saving? Who would you like to bless as a result of your being able to save?
  • How do you go in the area of spending? Are you able to delay gratification in your spending habits? Do you put boundaries in place in regard to your spending?

Read Proverbs 13:22-23. God wants us to discover ways that we can increase our income. God has a plan if we get ready for it. Maybe God will give you a fresh idea on how to do that today.

Application: Choose today to use your money God’s way so that you release God’s Spirit to do the supernatural.

Prayer: Thank you God for your Word and your leading. Give us fresh revelation today that will lead us into financial freedom and establish a legacy for the generations after us.