Financial Recovery is Possible
In a familiar scene, we’re running a bit late, turn to lock the door then realize our keys are missing. We turn the house upside down, empty all our pockets and eventually find the keys and arrive late at our appointment. If you look down to realize your ring is missing from your finger, you will stop mid-sentence and begin to search every pocket and every crevice in your purse (if you’re woman). If you still don’t find it, you’ll retrace your steps and be completely pre-occupied until you eventually find your missing ring – or not. If we reach for our wallet to pull out some cash and find it empty, we likely have other ways to pay for something, but a similar searching process to the key or ring scenario will likely follow.
An interesting thing I have learned over the years, is that when you lose something you will work very hard to recover the missing item. However, if we have never owned or experienced something we don’t have the same level of obsession with acquiring the thing or experience as if we had something and had then lost it. The experience creates the drive to hold on to the emotional response or fulfillment that was gained from the ‘thing’.
There’s a lot we can discover from this concept as it relates to shaping your reality and reinforcing your beliefs about what’s possible; for today however, I’d like to consider how overall misplacing something valuable can have a longer term impact on your financial emotions beyond the duration of the search. Obviously no one likes to misplace or lose items they deem valuable, however, very few people can completely resist the total pre-occupation, then guilt and condemnation that enters when we become preoccupied with a search to the point that everything else stops being relevant until the valuable item is found.
Imagine for a moment, if the valuable thing you lost was a dream or purpose God placed in your heart when He wrote about your life in the pages of your book before the beginning of time (see Psalm 139:16). One of my favourite phrases is, “how you do anything is how you do everything”. Imagine now, that you have misplaced the keys to your friend’s new car, or to your wedding ring, or that the money you’ve lost has a few zeros on the end of it? You will likely be just as pre-occupied with the search and emotionally in turmoil until the valuable items are returned. Rarely, however, do I see anyone applying that same level of obsession to the pursuit of knowing the Lord and seeking Him for the fulfillment of dreams and desires and passions and purposes that are important to them.
Instead, what happens, is the small misplaced items like the set of car keys that you know are in your house somewhere, or if the ring you lost was costume jewelry, or if the misplaced money was a $20 bill, your reaction and self-talk about the situation will likely follow along the lines of, ‘you’re a loser; this always happens to you; or you can’t be trusted’, or whether you listen to the voice of the Lord saying, ‘he’s got you covered; it’s ok; it’s not your fault’.
Your reaction to these small frustrations has a lot to do with whether you are listening to the voice of the enemy or the Lord. If you let the negative voice habitually consume your thoughts on the smaller
items, then you are more likely to listen to that same voice on larger items. If the negative voice becomes familiar to you, then you are also likely to believe it and not want to risk any potential loss at all. This means that you are now unconsciously thinking about ways to hold on to what you have, instead of pursuing the life God has planned for you.
Not only does it become harder and seem riskier to even start something, the opportunities to experience and acquire something valuable are often not even seen because the mind has been focused on maintaining the lesser items that seem real because they have been someone’s reality before. For example, I’ve heard people say they don’t want to turn their hobby into an income because they don’t want to lose their business and then not enjoy their hobby. I’ve heard people not want to buy real estate because they don’t want to lose money if the real estate market drops (or the same thing for other investments). I’ve also heard people work hard to pay off non-productive debt, then turn around and close their credit cards because they don’t want to get into debt again…sigh… they have just removed the record of their good work and negatively impacted their credit score by reducing the total amount of credit they have available to them.
These kind of automatic responses don’t necessarily mean there won’t be circumstances where the strategies I mentioned aren’t appropriate, the problem is that the motivation behind decisions and actions is motivated by fear, doubt, and guilt. This mindset is your familiar way of thinking from years of smaller situations that have given the enemy an opportunity to gain a stronghold on your mind. Therefore, if we consider a concept like financial resurrection, it isn’t simply about recovering lost finances or about taking advantage of new opportunities as the term implies. Financial resurrection, like the death and resurrection of our saviour, Jesus Christ, requires a death before the resurrection. A death to old mindsets; a death to past hurts, fears, regrets, and dreams unfulfilled. Resurrection takes the old and makes it new. That means it isn’t simply adding to the old, or finding something that was lost, it’s something totally new.
If there is an area of your life where you’d like to see a financial resurrection, the first step is to identify your hurts, habits and thoughts that have brought you to the place you are today, then to release them at the foot of the cross, to be prepared for Him to help you begin again to experience the financial blessing for the passions and purposes He has called you to. The old mindset took a lifetime to create so financial resurrection typically isn’t a windfall of cash – it’s small steps repeated consistently that with the Holy Spirit as your guide, will produce the biggest results in the shortest amount of time.
My programs included the emotional and practical aspects of dealing with money from a biblical perspective. What I have learned in the aftermath of the drama that followed the loss was that those things were extremely important and could help us to navigate the world of money on a day-to-day basis, but that ultimately, we have to surrender to the truth that our battle isn’t against the world and all the financial decisions and technicalities that come our way as a result of life’s circumstances. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.
If you have experienced any kind of financial loss, or if it seems like old dreams are simply ‘unrealistic’ at this point in your life, the enemy of your soul wants to use this to keep you from the destiny God has planned for you. The sooner you surrender your financial outcome to the Lord and reframe your mindset to His infinite possibilities, the sooner you will start to receive new revelations, and insights and opportunities through the wisdom He provides you to learn and understand financial strategies that have been there all along, but hidden by a mindset that has been conditioned to loss, fear, ‘it’s all you’ve got’, or ‘you’re not good enough’.