Now we come to the reason why many of you probably took this class to begin with: money.
We’ve already covered the fact that we have to replace lies with the truth. We’ve talked about being capable of making positive changes. And, we’ve talked about learning your identity. All of these are foundational — so, if you’ve just skipped to this lesson, you might not experience as much breakthrough as you would like. Go back and review them if this is the case.
Our attitudes and thoughts about money frequently come from our families. You’ll hear a lot about a “poverty spirit,” but that’s not the only kind that can lurk about our bloodlines. The difficulty with generational issues such as this one is that they tend to become part of the culture of our family. Thoughts and behaviors are so common, that we don’t recognize that there is another way to think and act. I teach another class on Generational Healing, so I won’t go into depth with that here, but I do want you to keep that in mind as we move on in this lesson.
I’m going to list many of the common lies or misperceptions about money and wealth that I’ve heard. Go through this list and mark the ones that you think are true.
- Money is the root of all evil
- Rich people are greedy
- It is more spiritual to be poor than rich
- Rich people are dishonest
- Getting rich is too much work
- Money is a big responsibility
- Getting rich is a matter of luck or fate
- Having money is not for people like me
- If I go after money, I won’t have time for anything else
- To be rich, you have to take advantage of people
- The rich don’t know who their true friends are
- If I have money someone else doesn’t
- Money makes you greedy
- If I get money, I’ll just lose it
- This is not the right time for me to go for money
- Money is not important
- Money causes problems
- Trying to make money is hard
- People should only have as much as they need to live modestly
- Most of the good ideas/opportunities are gone
- I’m not smart enough to make money
- I’m not educated so I can’t make money
- I’m too old, or too young to make money
- I don’t need to manage money because I don’t have enough to worry about
- Rich people aren’t happy
- There’s no sense earning more because I’ll just pay more taxes
Add any others that you hear.
Again, take them one by one. Some of them may have a bit of truth, so spotting the lie might make it more difficult. But, what you have to keep in mind, is what we’ve already covered in the other lessons. You are created in God’s image and you have the mind of Christ. So, see how the statement stacks up against God. If it’s not positive and true of him, it doesn’t have to be true of you. You have the power to make changes.
Take one statement and ask God to show you who taught you that. Maybe he will remind you of a family member. Maybe you will remember a situation where this seemed to be the logical assumption. Maybe there are several areas.
However and where-ever it was that you learned the lie, forgive the person or people for teaching you that lie. Break off the lie, and accept the truth. Remember, you are created in God’s image, and you have the mind of Christ.
Some of you may have a strong emotional reaction to one of the lies, or to the whole concept of money and wealth. If you do, then ask God to reveal to you where that is coming from. Again forgive anyone who taught you that, release the emotion, and accept God’s peace and hope.
Whatever the truths are that you learn, you now know what to do…but I’ll sum it up again for you: Write it down on a card or sticky note and put that card or sticky note where you will see it frequently. Read it aloud. Yes, out loud. At least 5 times a day, the more the merrier. Be alert to any thought that contradicts what you have written. If and when those thoughts come, I want you to talk to it. Tell it “No.” Or “Stop”, or something along those lines, and then repeat your truth statement.
And, please don’t forget that each time you are successful, celebrate that success. Set small goals in the beginning that you can easily achieve, and then increase the difficulty as you are easily accomplishing the ones before. Some people like lists and charts, and so checking off each time they meet their goal is fun. Some people like to move pebbles or pennies from one jar to another with each success. However you choose, set points along the way to reward yourself in some way. Then, increase your goal a bit, and start again. I recommend that you don’t track the times you forget. Success is much more motivating than yelling at yourself for messing up.