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Understanding how I think and what
I personally believe can be a contributing
factor to how I relate to my financial struggles and
Financial Strongholds in
by Denise Calderon-Hill
Have you ever considered what you truly believe about
your finances? Have you ever thought about what it means
to prosper? Do you really believe you can be completely
debt free? Can you visualize it? How does it feel?
Too often we don’t actually consider what we
personally believe about a subject. We develop strongholds
in our minds that may be acquired because of our family
backgrounds. A stronghold is defined as a way of thinking
or systems of beliefs contrary to the will of God.
For example, many Christians grow up believing prosperity
is a sin. After all, isn’t money the root of all
evil? The Bible actually states “the love of money
is the root of all evil”. (I Tim. 6:10 - Amplified)
A person can actually love money whether they are financially
wealthy or not. A person can spend an inordinate amount
of time trying to gain, save or invest money and neglect
the priorities of spending time with God and with their
family. In fact, the Lord wants us to prosper. (3 John
2 (KJ) – “Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy
soul prospereth”. How can the Lord want us to
prosper and allow prosperity to be a sin?
Another example may be the belief that being prosperous
means having a good job, paying our bills on time and
having good credit so we can borrow money in case of
an emergency. The reality is that being prosperous is
defined as having enough time, talent and money to do
what God has called us to do. Can you see how true prosperity
has to do with God’s purposes for finances and
not our own selfish purposes for finances?
Probably the most destructive stronghold in our mind
about finances is the belief that it is our own talent,
time and strength that is the cause of our prosperity.
Instead, the reality is that it is God who has given
us the ability to get wealth, and not we ourselves.
Deut. 8:17-19 – (ESV) “Beware lest you say
in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have
gotten me this wealth.' 18You shall remember the LORD
your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth
that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your
fathers, as it is this day. 19And if you forget the
LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them
and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you
shall surely perish.”
To destroy our strongholds, we need to spend concerted
time considering what we actually believe about our
finances. We need to spend time in God’s word
and see what He says about prosperity and finances.
When we realize the many strongholds we have in our
mind, we need to turn to the Lord and ask Him to renew
our minds and break those previous strongholds. For
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God’s plan is for
us to prosper and to give us a future and hope.
For me, I was able to spend some concerted effort reviewing
these issues while going through the Financial Freedom
in 7 Weeks Plus course. Prior to this course, I had
no idea how far away my plans were from God’s
best plans for my finances. The workbook and forms allowed
me to have a basis of comparison, a place to start,
if you will, to begin to allow the Lord to renew my
mind in this critical area in my life. Get the workbook
and, if at all possible, join a 7 week focus group soon.
How long will it take you to finally get on the right
path to prosperity? God is so gracious. The choice is