Please say out LOUD with me: Money is NOT my Master!
Again Please: Money is NOT my Master!
Because it’s not!
I’m filled with compassion and rage because I was recently woken from a trap so many of us come across far too often: The desire to have money.
Don’t get me wrong- never will you hear me say money doesn’t matter. In the world we live in it does.
Even missionaries who are serving God in the remotest areas of this planet need us to support them financially because they need money to survive too!
Money is an every day part of life- there’s no getting away from that.
But here’s the thing- it’s extremely dangerous to be motivated by money.
How do I know? Because, like I said, I was woken up to it just recently.
When I started Dream BIG– never in my mind was it to make money.
I started Dream BIG because of my burning desire to share this message:
God loves You. He designed You for a very specific purpose. That Purpose is a Dream You have. Please live Your Dream. Because in it you’ll experience joy. In it so many of us will be blessed through YOU!
For the longest time I fed off of the need to spread this message- Then came the time when it was no longer viable to spread the message without money coming in to enable us to do so.
So I went in to “raise money mode”.
So focused did I become in doing this that a part of who I was got lost- and with it the burning desire that had led me to start the Dream BIG Movement in the first place.
As the purpose that had once driven me begun to be overtaken by the need to make money, compromises started to creep in. Where once I’d followed God’s leading completely- I begun to toy with strategies and moves that He did not approve of.
These ideas seemed great and were utterly above board… I believed they’d turn our operations around and catapult us into the level of financial success we needed. So I began to ignore God’s prompting and guidance.
As I followed the money trail I began to feel trapped- The beautiful Dream (I knew had come from God) begun to weigh heavily on me-
When I started Dream BIG I was completely at peace with me.
I loved my life and everything about it.
The project opened blessing upon blessing for us.
I was filled with joy every day I worked on it- but that was back then when God led me. Whatever seemed to come against us, I’d say to God: “Daddy You are the CEO of this operation. I work for YOU. So You have to sort this out for us.”
But then the need for money grew- eventually that need became boss.
The change in management brought a slew of ailments: Stress crept in. Chaos followed soon after. I began to neglect first myself, then my family and then everything else that had once mattered and fulfilled me.
Unhappiness rushed in like a flood. Guilt moved in…
No matter how well I did I could not get over the sense of not being good enough-
Although I never doubted that God had birthed Dream BIG in me I started to resent it because of how it begun to eat at me.
I became short-tempered and snappy! Let’s not even talk about how threatened and suspicious I became… All a sign of someone moving out of God’s provision and into their own strength- it never works!
It was like a gigantic vacuum cleaner had come into my life and sapped all the beauty I’d once enjoyed!
All this begun to reflect in my body- the weight piled on like crazy because food comforted me and seemed to pacify the anxiety and strain I was going through…
Let me tell you when folks say money is a cruel master, believe them. Because it’s true.
I used to read the story of Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of food and I’d thought: “Dude how stupid can you be!”
And yet many of us do it more often that we realise.
Dear friend, what God has given You, don’t give away for any price- it’s never worth it.
God wants you to have money. I believe He wants You to have lots of it because You’ll need it to impact lives.
What I’ve learned though is that You have to trust the way in which He sees fit for money to come. Whether it’s in business, or Church or Non-Profit- we have to move into a level of believing fully that God has got our backs when it comes to finances.
I recently published a post about reconnecting with who God designed me to be. That is crucial for anyone who wants to do anything meaningful. I encourage you to read that article here
Now that I’m back at the place where God is in control again- I can tell you that peace has poured in like a Mighty Flood!
I got my Joy back!
How wonderful it is to feel the Joy of the Lord Pumping through my veins!
Dream BIG is God’s SHOUT OUT of love to me and everyone who encounters it!
He’s called me to partner with Him on this project. It’s an exciting journey that fills me with such a thrill I can’t even tell you!
Is money important? Yes it is. But following God’s plan is far more vital. His plan has EVERYTHING you need for your venture- including money!
I pray that no matter what your situation is right now You would be released from worrying about your bank balance.
Instead of wasting all that energy planning and strategising about where your next buck or (gazillion bucks) will come from- reconnect with the God who made ALL things.
Don’t believe the lie that “making money” has to be priority for You to actually have money.
I pray freedom and liberty over You from this lie.
I dare You to let all go and trust God with your finances.
I feel to share the following…
For years I couldn’t have children. I did everything I knew how to do to conceive- My breakthrough came when I went to God and said: “You created me. You made my body. Help me! Fix me! Please!”
God’s answer to me was: “Hannah, who told you that you were broken? I created you Whole. You are NOT broken! There is nothing wrong with you!”
I didn’t understand what He meant because all the evidence said I was broken. I did need to be fixed.
God immersed me into His Word and showed me who He had created me to be. He revealed verse after verse in the Bible that showed me that it was His will for me to have children! This nonsense about me being barren was a lie! And sadly I’d believed it because of the physical evidence I’d experienced.
I feel to share this part of my life with you because just like God showed me the truth about my fertility- so He wants us to know the truth about our wealth in Him!
I have two babies now. Each one proof that God created me with the full capacity to have children.
Likewise, God created us with the capacity to have money- it’s in our spirit’s DNA! Believe that truth and leave the rest to Him.
I pray you’d be released from the bondage I once experienced of being motivated by money.
Through my experience I learned that while the dream may be right if the motivation is wrong the dream could destroy you. That’s never God’s intention when He gives us these incredible aspirations.
It’s in knowing that, that, I pray that You would be motivated by something far greater: God’s love for You. And the surety that what He’s started in You He will be faithful to Fund and see through right till You get to Your designated finish line.
Much, Much Love,
P.S Here’s a beautiful song that God used to draw me back into His Love and out of bondage of worrying about our cash flow…
Hannah Viviers is the Creator and Host of the Dream BIG TV Show