People play the lottery with a purpose in mind, to become a millionaire!
When it comes to playing the lottery, our chances of hitting the winning numbers, the odds are stacked up against us and is very unlikely.
But what if I told you, in Christ, there are no staggering odds to beat because with Christ your winning is secure.
The truth be told, you can gain that millionaire status, not in terms of financial wealth but spiritual richness.
You 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. ~Duet. 8:18
If money was the answer to all our problems, then people who are drowning in their sorrows would not rely on their addictions to satiate and fight inner demons in order to mask their pain.
Money can bring temporary happiness but not enough to sustain us and bring us inner peace. Therefore, if that millionaire status was the answer to life’s struggles and we could use our wealth to buy our way out of our pain, then scripture would have never warned us in Matthew 6:19-21…
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
That millionaire status may look glamorous and can afford us the luxuries of this life, but if the truth be told, more money, more problems!
As Moses led the Israelites out of their 40 years of captivity to their redemption, they are told to remember the Lord Your God, because when they are in abundance of their possessions, they tend to forget from Whom their blessings abound.
“…lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God…”~Deut. 12-14
So, the latter verses of Deuteronomy further shows us where God forewarned His people, reminding them, “Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth…” ~Deut. 17-18
So then, can we truly have that millionaire status without the having financial prosperity?
I’m going to make a bold statement by saying that true wealth is our identity in Christ. Therefore, we can declare that millionaire status by who we are in Jesus Christ and not strive for financial wealth to define us.
Sounds strange? 🤔
Tauren Wells song “Millionaire” brings clarity to this thought.
If I had a dollar for every time they said God wasn’t gon’ come through I’d be a Millionaire
Mind, was about to lose my mind But God came right on time He made a way out, no way
End, I thought it was the end. But He stepped in again And made a way out, no way, yeah
God is good like that Yeah, He’s good like that My God is good like that He’s good
It is depending on the work of the Lord rather than gambling all our income on playing the lottery. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” ~1 Philippians 4:19
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” ~1 Timothy 6:10
I’m not making it seem as though we should gamble on what God will do or how He will come through in our lives, but just keep in mind that mankind will fail us, but God never does and never will He. He is good at His Word, so rebuke those naysayers and raise your expectations of what our God is capable of doing.
The lyrics of Tauren Wells song “Millionaire” goes on to say:
If I had a dollar for every time they said God wasn’t gon’ come through I’d be a Millionaire, oh
Wall, had my back against the wall It looked impossible But He made a way out, no way
Life, was about to lose my life He came and paid the price And made a way out, no way
God is good like that Yeah, He’s good like that My God is good like that He’s good
How many of y’all know He’s good?
Can I get an Amen!🙌🏽
As I continue this journey with cancer, my faith has grown exponentially. My faith muscles have been developed, strengthened, and redefined.
God allows trials and the testing of our faith to target areas of our lives in which we are weak in order to make us strong. We step out of our struggles with more faith mass, stronger than ever.
He has refined us as silver and tested us as gold (Zechariah 13:9) and through that process is when we see the reflection of His character in our lives because of the testing of our faith.
It’s definitely not easy being put through the fire over and over to perfect my faith, but who am I to say when I shine like silver and sparkle like gold.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” ~James 1:2-4
So when others say that God isn’t gonna come through for you, remember that millionaire status we gain when our lives defy the odds and when He comes through for us even when things looked impossible.
He makes a way out of no way!
When others try to fill your mind space with doubt, rebuke those words and recharge your spirit with His promises that builds you up rather than tear you down.
Don’t allow negative thoughts to interfere with the work God is doing in you and through you. You are rich in the Lord because He’s made a way for you. Through every disadvantage, He will work it to your advantage. All your misfortunes, you will see how fortunate you have been.
I heard someone say, consider your life a glow stick, every time you are broken, God allows you to shine.
Here’s a quote from Tauren Wells “Behind the Lyrics” of his song “God’s Not Done With You Yet!”
“We talk about the ashes and ruins of our lives, but where does the phoenix rise from? In Isaiah 61, God promises us beauty from these ashes. Everything we think he takes from us, we’re given back tenfold. We think our wounds will never become scars and our scars will never bless us. But the scars you have now used to be wounds and the blessings you have used to be scars. Everything works together for the good of those who love God.”
As I look on my belly, I not only see the scars of ovarian cancer, but greater than that, I see the markings of my victory of being in relationship with Christ.
I think it’s evident that Tauren Wells music ministers to my heart like none other! One of his songs, “All About You” is a reminder to me that when we surrender our lives to Christ, we embrace how and when He chooses to use us for His glory.
The trials… The sufferings… The pain… Our fears… Our doubts…
It’s all about how He chooses to let our lives write the stories of His plan and His purpose.
It’s not about me, it’s not about me It’s about the One who gave it all
JESUS, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!
Your name, Your glory Your fame, Your story It’s all about You (Jesus, it’s all about You)
I don’t want to be number one I just want to reflect Your love ~Tauren Wells lyrics~
Listed below is the surgical pathology report of my diagnosis.
Ok…ok! I’ll admit, it appears bad and I would have rather it stopped at the letter “C” rather than “I” but I got Good News y’all!!!!
I will tell Dr. Diaz that I made some changes to what he refers to as His final report. After my God and I had a moment, we agreed that the interpretation of this report should be renamed “Spiritual Report” and the letters A-I should be correctly identified as such:
A. High grade circulation of the “Admittance” of my sins B. High grade circulation, my “Belief” that Christ died for me C. High grade circulation, my “Confession” that Christ rose from the dead and He is alive D. High grade circulation, it is my “Declaration” that He is Lord E. High grade circulation, with death, I gain “Eternal life” because the cross is the way through Jesus F. High grade circulation, “Faith” no matter my trials G. High grade circulation, His “Grace” is sufficient for me H. High grade circulation, my “Hope” is in Jesus Christ our Lord I. High grade circulation, my “Invitation” to anyone who is lost in Christ and still hasn’t come to the realization that our Kinsman redeemer is coming back and we need to be ready.
Our life as an end date, but because of Jesus, the end is the beginning for those in Christ. 🙌🏽
I know my God is gonna use my hurdles to do long jumps for Him.
My healing is in the God of Hope. The original pathology might say “Final Report”but my God says by His stripes I am healed.
Let’s go back to that millionaire status Tauren sang about. He said:
You can have your doubts but I can’t deny His faithfulness in my own life (Hey, He made a way for me)
My God is good like that Yeah, He’s good like that (so good) My God is good like that He’s good!
Looking ahead, I will undergo eighteen weeks of chemo and a total of three drugs administered in 6 cycles.
Will this be it?
Only the Good Lord determines that.
When our hope is in Christ, we truly have nothing to lose but everything to gain!
Tauren’s song was not meant to be taken literally, that, “If I had a dollar for every time they said God wasn’t gon’ come through I’d be a Millionaire.” Lyrically, he was expressing the idea that sometimes we doubt the omnipotence of God and then God reveals His glory in unexpected and unexplainable ways.
So, it is a result of my hope in the sovereignty of my Savior that I know He’s gonna come through according to His plan and purpose.
In lottery we take our chances, but in Christ the chances of the outcome is hinged on His perfect will and purpose of how He will manifest His plans through the circumstances of our lives.