Back in February 2003, American rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson released his most successful studio album till date titled “Get Rich or Die Tryin”. In his review for USA Today, Steve Jones believed that the album is worthy of the hype 50 Cent had attracted because of how he “delivers, in vivid detail, stories of the violent life he led as a crack dealer and speaks with the swagger of one who has been shot nine times and lived to tell about it.
The album however, like many hip hop albums of the day, projected the life of the hustle and struggles of the inner cities in the United States. Making money via any means and escaping the law whiles doing that was the major highlight. But unknowing to them, not only did they preach through their songs the reality in their environment, they also educated an entire generation to adopt wealth creation systems and principles which are not in alignment with that of heaven.
So fast forward to the year 2020, we are currently set in a time where the prevailing mindset as regards wealth creation and making money is to keep chasing the “paper” and ensuring you capture it at all cost. Ignoring the foundational truths to acquiring true riches has given room to the increase in numerous get-rich-quick schemes which have brutally injured many who were involved in them.
A whole lot of people now wait for the next “money-making, money-doubling” platform to make quick cash and hopefully deliver themselves from the pain and misery of poverty, lack and deprivation. Ponzi schemes have left a very sore and bitter taste in the “financial mouths/pockets” of many well-meaning but gullible participants.
The entire structure and functionality of these schemes is built on initially investing with any given amount and then making sure you refer as many people as possible to ensure you make larger profits. They are able to run effectively only if the referral energy of the down and up liners keep their game strong enough. So if at any rate the “referral engine” slows down, the compensation plan will be drastically affected and in most cases shut down.
Pyramid schemes have always benefitted the creators and sometimes early subscribers but the pain has always been excruciating for those at the bottom of the chain. To press on this subject a little more, let me notify you also of the new form by which these schemes have taken shape.
“Smart contracts built on the blockchain technology” is the newest form by which these get-rich-quick schemes are finding expression. The crypto currency space has now been encroached heavily by many who subscribe to this system. Their crush, as always, is imminent and the pain of loosing money will again be felt by many who will jump on this supposedly “moving train”.
So therefore, what is the way out of economic hardship of any kind? Because, the major reason for which several people engage in these money-making schemes is so they can escape poverty and lack. What then is God’s answer for this seemly invariant challenge?
God, through the wisdom of His word, supplies the solution to creating sustainable wealth according to morality and ethics.
Proverbs 23:7a KJV
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…….
From this verse of scripture, the first step to creating wealth sustainably is to embrace and engage a belief system that will sponsor that desired experience. Any experience you have outside the framework of your paradigm can never be sustainably replicated. So in order to create wealth empirically without hitches, you first of all have to possess a mindset that will give room to make that happen.
Proverbs 8:10-21 KJV
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.  For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.  Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.  By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.  Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.  My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.  I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:  That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
To enforce this fact further, He goes on to propose and recommend the kind and quality of information that is potent enough to bring us what we desire materially.
Proverbs 16:16 KJV
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
The kind of wisdom that will cause a man to both create wealth sustainably and also be upright in their dealings, is the wisdom which God Himself offers.
Throughout the verse of scripture shared above (Proverbs 8:10-21), we discover that WISDOM comes as a total package. It possesses wealth, riches, honour, power, influence and so much more. Everything that any earthly man and even spirits in other planes of existence will desire can be found with Wisdom.
Wisdom, which comes from above, is truly the principal thing and if any man will desire all that comes along with it, he/she must first of all crave, pursue and get this WISDOM at all cost.
Solomon, in 2 Chronicles 7, however exemplified this entire subject of wealth creation.
2 Chronicles 1:7-12 KJV
In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.  And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.  Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.  Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?  And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:  Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Wisdom in the context of our topic goes beyond the frontiers of just living wisely but also living strategically by employing divine principles that will produce wealth and riches. In our modern context, this wisdom might be presented as an idea or witty invention.
Ideas have and will always rule the world. God can inspire in you an idea that can be so revolutionary in its operation that it will not only make you millions and even billions but also be of great value to the world.
Now comes the crux of the matter that, money is system of exchange. People, systems, organizations only offer money when the perceive value in a person or a thing. So to acquire more money, provide more value either through goods and services. The definition of these two commodities is left for the consumer to describe. But the truth remains static that if and only if you’re able to proffer value, you’ll always been rewarded.
To further increase your chances of receiving more bountiful rewards, be willing to become extremely valuable at a very marketable skill or gift and wait to see the world run to you and offer you gold, silver and precious jewels just to enjoy the privilege of having you share your gift.
Proverbs 22:29 KJV
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
The world and the systems that govern it will continuously drive it in the direction of economic hardship and adversity. We must therefore rise with a greater level of wisdom and intelligence to always ride above these tumultuous storms and waves that will be created frequently.
Proverbs 23:4 KJV
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
We leave with these final words in the above mentioned verse of scripture. Cease from your own wisdom and accede to the wisdom of heaven. God’s system of bailing men out of continuous financial challenges are set in the wisdom of His word.
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