How Money Pokes at Our Wounds


Money is an exaggerator. It takes what lies hidden in a person’s heart and blows it up onto the big screen, making secret things like lies and wounds clearly visible.

Many, many people suffer because they don’t understand how money really works—that it will play show-and-tell with their hearts.

Think of money like a hammer. An inanimate object, the hammer obviously doesn’t have an agenda in the moment. It doesn’t plan on breaking something, nor does it plan on building something—it can do only what lies in the heart of the one who wields it.

The same is true with money, but with money, the effect is exaggerated. Money doesn’t simply expose hidden things—it makes them bigger. So whatever is hidden in our hearts—that is, our attitudes and mindsets about ourselves, other people, and God—is first exposed and then amplified.

We can attract light to ourselves by acting according to God’s truth, or we can attract darkness through the destructive behaviors money has exaggerated in our lives.

It’s difficult not to behave in some kind of destructive way when we believe pain-ridden statements like the following:

  • “Something has to go wrong because things are going too well.”

  • “My family is cursed. I am cursed and can’t break free.”

  • “Every time I win or gain, I fail or something happens to steal it and take it all away.”

Do any of those statements strike home for you? What do YOU believe about money?

The Heart Element

Contrary to what many Christians believe, money is a blessing, and God actually uses money to bless His children! He is a good Father who gives good gifts, as we see over and over again in Scripture. Money is a powerful element we get to “wield” with wisdom and care.

God said to Solomon, “Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you.” (2 Chron. 1:11–12 NASB)

I am convinced that none of us can gain real victory over the spiritual power of money without mastering our own heart and pulling up by the roots any lies planted in our thinking.

Healing of Wounds

A poverty spirit (a beggary attitude) and a mammon spirit (a predatory sense of greed and entitlement) pull upon our internal wounds and beliefs like magnets.

The words we speak when we’re in conversation about money can reveal the lies God wants to remove from our thought processes. The next time you’re talking about your finances, pay attention to the words coming out of your mouth, for out of the mouth the heart speaks (Matt. 12:34). Are your words—and therefore beliefs—about money based on biblical truth? Or do you hear the “fingerprints” of lies?

If you recognize there are lies in your thinking, this is a great opportunity for change. Money is never a subject without hope. How could it be without hope? The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to exchange lies for truth!

Because of Jesus and what He did on the cross, we get to surrender every single one of our unbiblical beliefs in exchange for biblical truth. The lies we believe and the wounds that cause us pain are given away, and truth takes their place.

We never have to live in darkness. Instead we get to turn around and experience glorious light in every area of our lives—including our finances.

The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned. (Matt. 4:16)


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Lauren Stinton