In a sermon a few years ago, Pastor Monte Knudsen shared a conversation he had with another man.
The man asked, “Are you blessed?”
“Are you paying capital gains tax?”
“God wants to bless your storehouse (savings, investments) so much that you pay taxes on the increase,” the man said.
I silently prayed, “Lord, give us capital gains.” (I don’t even know how they work!)
I continued to daily pray Psalms 112:3, “Wealth and riches shall be in his house,…” (Modern English Version) over our finances.
Last night, we met with our advisor to review our retirement allocations. She pointed to our smallest fund, 9% of our portfolio, and said, “You have capital gains in this fund.”
I was surprised. My prayers were answered! It amazed me because for decades we were only able to put 3% into retirement. David’s former employer added 1-2% to it for several years, but as his business was failing, he stopped. We have never touched the money and just kept adding our small percentage.
I was so happy and proud! We all know what pride leads to – a fall. I was headed for discipline from God.
Deuteronomy 8:11, 17, 18, “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I am commanding you today….Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ But you must remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to get wealth, so that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is today.” Modern English Version
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