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Three Economies 
Understanding God's Economy

by
 
Bettye A. Fugger, PhD


There are three economies: money, fear, and faith.

Money is the world’s economy. All too often the uninformed and the unsaved try to use money in the place of faith. Sense and reason dictates that fleshly needs are only met through the medium of money. For this reason Jesus pointed out that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it would be for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 18:25).  The rich often rely on their money to meet their needs instead of trusting and relying of God. It was to this point that the apostle Paul was speaking in Romans 12: 2 when he said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Paul is calling the child of God to stop trusting in himself and his wealth. He pleads with the "born again" Christian to trust God that His will and way may be demonstrated in the world. "As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy."(1Timothy 6:17)

Fear is Satan’s economy; the expression or use of fear guarantees the presence of Satan and releases his calamity in a life.  2Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”  The implication here is that weakness, rejection and mental instability accompany the presence of fear; so, fear is the antithesis of faith working in Love or God. 1John 4:15-18 says, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in Him, and He in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.” 

Faith is God’s economy; faith is to God as money is to the world. Faith must be spent or used to release the blessings of God or activate the power of the Word of God. E. W. Kenyon said, "Faith is giving substance to the Word of God."  Faith then, is an action word; it brings the Word of God to life. That is what James meant in James 2:17, "So, faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead."  When the Word of God is read or heard, it must be met with faith in the hearer or it has no effect. The hearer or reader must choose to act on or to obey the Word of God by faith in order to see the manifestation of that Word in life.

In 1John 4:15-18, John has made some very important statements. 1) To confess that Jesus is the Son of God is an act of faith.  2) As a result of the confession of faith, God comes to live in that life; that person lives in God.  3) By faith the person knows God loves him; therefore, the love of God lives in him because God is love. The person is made perfect, the transformation process into the image of Christ is being completed as the person becomes perfectly one with God / Jesus.  4) The "saved" operate victoriously by faith in the world as Jesus did because they have faith that He has overcome the world.  5) They have no fear of Satan or the punishment which his ways produce, for God lives within them; and they live within the Father. 

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

"And without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6 (RSV)

"... If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all"  Isaiah 7:9 (ESV)

 

 


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