Money provides tremendous opportunities, but also brings difficult tests. In fact, with the remarkable material prosperity released in our generation, "being blessed" has proven a curse for many people. When their money and material possessions have increased, many solid Christians have tragically lost their heart for God and the furthering of His kingdom.
Many of these failed when tested with financial blessing because of three mistakes. First, they largely misunderstood the purpose of financial increase and money in general. Second, many did not embrace the repentance that John the Baptist preached. Third, when God released prosperity to them, they allowed their focus to drift away from Him and toward the natural wealth He had provided.