I made a couple of bank transactions that day as I embarked on an interstate ministry trip. However, two of the bank transfers were reversed, even though I had left with the stuff I bought. I did not notice until I got to my destination. One of the merchants was not even aware. As I returned via the same route the next day, I located the merchants and handed them their monies. They looked at me surprisingly. But I knew I could not have done otherwise.

Friend, if you would prosper and fulfil your God-given destiny, you must have a grasp of financial stewardship early in your walk with God (Luke 16:11). Financial stewardship is beyond giving tithes and offerings or supporting projects in the Church. It includes all our financial dealings in the world (1 Timothy 6:17).

Especially in an age where there are financial and economic crises all over the world, God’s people must be circumspect in their walk in the world (Ephesians 5:15-17). We must not behave like the people of the world. Our love for money must not replace our love for God that we downplay on the principles of scriptures (1 Timothy 6:10). We must not explain sin away.

Stop rationalising sin. God cannot bless you on the tears of another person. God does not rob Peter to pay Paul. There is no free money anywhere. Such blessings are not from God. Divine prosperity has a pattern, a process, and a purpose. If you miss out on these things, you would make a shipwreck of your destiny (1 Timothy 1:19).

Perhaps the area that God tests us the most is in the area of finances. Such tests do not usually happen in Church. They happen out there in the world. They happen in the banking hall, at the grocery store, at the fuel station, at the eatry, and at every other place. When you remember that God is always testing you, you would be careful how you live (Genesis 22:1). You would live as a steward of divine grace and resources (Luke 16:10-12).

Financial stewardship would cost you something (2 Timothy 3:12). Sometimes, you would let go of what you desperately need. You would make sacrifices. You would look stupid before the uninitiated. But God wants you to shine as light (Philippians 2:15). Don’t let the economic challenges lead to spiritual challenges. Keep your walk with God despite what is happening around. Maintain integrity of heart. Real money is coming!

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria