Did you know that the bible contains over 2,000 references pertaining to money and finances?
The bible provides a clear road map to financial success and prosperity God’s way. The reality is that financial success does not just happen by chance, it requires diligence and discipline. A believer with bible knowledge combined with practical wisdom will find good success and a prospers journey.
There is so much I would love to share with you concerning your finances that is referenced in the bible. I wish I had the time to share them all. Today I have chosen ten powerful financial tips from the bible that will help you manage your finances with a biblical and practical understanding.
God created and owns it all: It is important that you manage your finances and possession with the right perspective and understanding. God created and owns all that exist in world, including all your possessions and the money. (Deuteronomy 10:4; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalms 24: 1; Hebrew 11:3.)
Your responsibility is to manage the resources that you have been given: Christians are called to be responsible stewards or mangers over the money we earn and the things that we acquired. A steward is a manager of another property. If God owns it then it is His property then we are called to manage what we have been given. Now is probably a good time to think about the relationship you have with money, the house, car and other resources that are in your possession. Are you taking good care of it or are your mismanaging it? God trusts His resources to the faithful. (Matthew 25:21) and will hold us accountable in the end. (Matthew 25:24-30)
God will Provide: God’s resources are unlimited (Psalms 50:9-10). He has plenty and can supply all your needs even in the recession. He is the same and has not changed. The bible says He can provide food for the birds who neither reap or sow (Matthew 6:26); the children of Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 16:4-35); and for Elijah by sending ravens (1 Kings 17:4-6) and with Jesus feeding the 5,000 (Matthew 14:15-21) and 4,000 (Matthew 15:32-38) with just a few loaves of bread! Not only will be provide but he has multiple channels to get it to you.
Avoid a greedy pursuit of gaining wealth: It is not wise to be in a rush to get rich quick or grow the money they have fast. Growing your money requires discipline and patience. If it sounds too good to be true they it usually is. (Proverbs 13:11; Proverbs 20:21). The Bernie Madoff scam is a perfect example of why you should not be in a rush to gain wealth.
God gives you the ability to gain wealth: This is one of my favorites scriptures references located in Deuteronomy 8:10-18. It is easy to get it twisted and take all the created for all that you have acquired. We live in a hyper consumer culture and many of us have been in pursuit of the American dream for a long time. Remember the skills, the job, the opportunities, the business, the ideas and the doors that have been given to you were created by God.
Create a budget and a record of your spending: A dollar earn today is easily spent tomorrow if you do not use wisdom and create a budget and keep track your expenses. When you first create a budget it might seem restricting and you might feel like you are been restrained to enjoy life. In fact a budget is to help you keep track of your expenditures, help you plan for the present and the future and in the end help you save money. Use Godly wisdom to keep track of the money you are managing (Proverbs 22:3; 24:3-4; 27:12; 27:23).
Give and you will be a blessing: The bible charges Christians to give freely with a generous heart (Matthew 5:42; 2 Corinthians 9:7). When you give you are God feet and hands on earth. Now is a good time to be generous with your financial resources to support the Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts. The Red Cross is one reliable resource. Check out the Huffington Report to explore other options. Also, giving is not always about money, you can give your time and talent. Even in tough times you can give (2 Corinthians 8:2-3)
Living Debt Free: Being in debt is a form of slavery, a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bondage. When we owe debt on our credit cards we become enslaves to Master Card and Visa. The bible says that the borrower is a servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7) and encourages us to stay out of debt (Romans 13:8, Proverbs 3:27-28; Proverbs 37:21; Proverbs 22:26-27 and Proverbs 17:18)
Get Wise Counsel: It does matter if you have a little or thousands of dollars to manage it is important to seek counsel no matter what financial decisions you are facing. People of are certified to manage money are skilled at not only giving you advice but can also help you create a plan to help you grow your money or get out of debt. (Proverbs 12:15; Psalm 16:7)
Give your Tithes and Offerings: I would be remiss if I did not mention the importance of paying your tithe and offerings. A tithe is “when you return to God 10% of what you earn.” Sadly in the church there is much debate about this subject, however I am going to let the scriptures speak the truth. (Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:26, Deuteronomy 14:24, 2 Chronicles 31:5, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; James 1:5)
It is my desire that you are inspired to be good steward over these three areas of your life: Time, Talent, Treasure. Time, you must learn to manage your time; talent you have skills and gifts and lastly treasure, your finances need to managed appropriately. All of these areas work together, when they are managed properly you will be able to become A BETTER YOU!
Written By Pastor George B. Thompson for Elev8.com