Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

i-love-youIn today’s post, we are going to meditate majorly on 5 verses of the scriptures, and learn a very simple but powerful lesson. our Mouth Is’ is a popular phrase. It basically means that your words should be backed up with actions. Do not make empty promises and commitments.

First, Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." This scripture talks about the need to protect your heart from the devil, heartbreakers, disappointments, frustration, and destruction. Your heart is the wellspring of life. If you are going to be happy, peaceful, healthy, fulfilled, and successful, your heart must be protected and kept safe.

Obviously, you can’t guard your heart if you don’t know where it is. So, first of all, you’ve got to determine it’s location, then move it into safety. The next picture reveals the location of your heart.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ~ Matthew 6:21 This comes from none other than Jesus Christ Himself – by the way, He designed your heart, contrary to what the misguided evolutionists think. According to Jesus, your heart is wherever your treasure is; both are inextricably linked. Your treasure is whatever matters the most to you, whatever you value highly: Your money, your marriage, your family, your academics, your children, your business, your career, your goals. Whichever it is, that is where your heart resides. Thus, the ‘official address’ of your heart has now been revealed, and it is not in your chest; it is wherever your treasure is.

Now that you know the location of your heart, let me show you how to move it into safety, where no demon or heartbreaker can touch it. You need to secure it so that you can enjoy sound health, lasting peace, happiness, and fulfillment all the days of your life.

This gets us to the third scripture: "My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways," ~ Proverbs 23:26 The safest location for your heart is in God’s hands. Whatever you give to Him is absolutely safe. The best way to guard your heart is to give it to God, and as we will see later, to give your heart to God is an act of worship and honor to Him.

In order to protect your heart from all evil and destruction, move it from wherever it is into the hand of God. How? Just move the container – your treasures. We know from the second verse of scripture quoted above that your treasure holds your heart. Therefore, the only way to move your heart is to move your treasure. To give your heart to God means to relocate it into God. To do this, simply move your treasure into God.

The reason many are in church, but are still complaining that God is not blessing them, is that instead of bringing their hearts along with them when they come to God, they leave their hearts somewhere completely exposed to Satan. "You hypocrites!" Jesus says, " Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’" ~ Matthew 15:7-8

Talk is cheap. It is cheap and easy to honor and love with the mouth. It is easy to send text messages that say ‘I love you.’ What we see around the world today are cheap loves – love without pain and sacrifice . We now have a proliferation of digital flowers and ‘I love you’ graphics that cost nothing to send, and mean practically nothing. I call it ‘Facebook love’ and it’s often worthless, completely meaningless.

Unfortunately, this kind of empty-talk kind of love has become very predominant in the church. We have a lot of ‘worshippers’ that only sing beautiful songs, and perform religious moves that are totally empty as far as God is concerned. If you come to God without your heart, your worship is in vain; it will not please God, and it will fetch you nothing. This is wrong. Do not honor God with your mouth. Honor him by giving Him your heart, by moving your treasures into His hands.

This is how to guard your heart with all diligence. Carry your wealth – your treasures, substance, the things that matter to you – and give them to God. "Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine." ~ Proverbs 3:9-10

Do not appear before God with your mouth only, leaving your money behind. Put your money where your mouth is. At some point, while the Israelites were still slaves in Egypt, Pharaoh offered to let them go on one condition: That they leave their flocks and herds behind. In other words, Pharaoh was saying, "Leave your treasures behind." You find the story in Exodus 10:24-26 Moses flatly rejected the offer. “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the LORD our God." He said to Pharaoh. "Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the LORD our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the LORD.”

Like Pharaoh, the devil wants you to leave your treasures behind. Satan knows that even if you leave him and go to God, as long as he still has your treasures, you are still his. Do not make that mistake. Guard your heart with utmost diligence by putting your money where your mouth is. Take your treasures along. When Abraham gave Isaac to God, he gave the one thing that mattered the most to him. When you move your treasures into God, you have given Him your heart. It is called honoring God.

Then He honors you back, according to 1 Samuel 2:30. "Honor the LORD with your wealth," says the Wiseman, "with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine." ~ Proverbs 3:9-10

When you honor God with your wealth, He multiplies His favours upon your life. You enjoy peace with Him, then happiness, eternal joy, and fulfillment.