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Saturday, July 05, 2008

What does the Bible have to say about how we spend our money?

When you’re tempted to worry about how you’re going to provide for your family in our current economic situation, meditate on these Scriptures. God has called us to be wise stewards with the possessions and money He’s given us. We need to make sure that God is in control of how we spend our money instead of us and the desires of the world. If we are truly being obedient and faithful with what God has given us, as Christians we can trust Him to provide for our needs. But, if we’re truly saved, then God will give us the desires of our hearts because our desires will be in accordance with His desires. We can’t trust God to provide for us if we’re squandering our money on selfish things that don’t give Him glory.

Pray for wisdom in how you spend your money. Are you buying mostly necessities or do you spend a lot of money on unnecessary things to only feed your fleshly lusts and desires? We always need to remember that even if we have worked hard for the things we have, it is really God who has given those things to us, not us. God has given you the life you have, your health, the capacity to work, your home, and everything else you have in your life. God will take our very lives away from us when He so chooses. We have nothing to boast in, but only Christ. I have added the bolding in the following Scripture passages.

Luke 16:10-13 (NKJV)
10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 (NKJV)
10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity. 11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them; so what profit have the owners except to see them with their eyes? 12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.

Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Philippians 4:10-13 (NASB)
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NASB)
6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Proverbs 23:4-5 (NASB)

4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. 5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

Proverbs 3:9-10 (NASB)
9 Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; 10 so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Proverbs 22:9
9 He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Luke 6:38 (NASB)

38 "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

Psalms 37:25 (NASB)
25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread.

Philippians 4:19 (NASB)
19And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 8:16-20 (NASB)
16 "In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. 17 "Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.' 18 "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 "It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. 20 "Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

John 3:27 (NASB)
27 John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.

Matthew 6:24 (NASB)
24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth.

Melissa : )

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