Luke 16:10-12 NIV
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
There can be many things said in this area, but I will say only a few.
We live in a world of abuse of money and its purpose.
One way, it’s meant to take care of yours needs.
But, if your needs are greater than what you are given, then either find the way to reduce your needs or increase your wealth.
The money that you do have must cover all your needs and then save some and give some.
But according to God’s plan for your money that he has given you is his way to prosper.
From what He has given you, there is ten percent given back to God, called the tithe.
And from the ninety percent that remains, you can give an offering.
The remaining amount managed properly will be more than enough to take care of your needs.
This is God’s plan to prosper you and increase you.
Follow this plan and you will have no need.
Psalm 23:1 NIV
A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
We are not here alone for ourselves, but to help those also who are less fortunate.
We are required to love one another as our selves.
Jesus said as much as you have done this to the least of them, you have done it unto me.
Matthew 25:41 KJV
And the King shall answer and say unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.’
Saving is a key role we all must do also, because things in life come about unexpectedly.
Even though we don’t suppose to expect it to come, we prepare for such times.
God said that he has given us the power to get wealth.
That means if we have the desire, will, and a dream we can act upon what has been given to us to get more money.
The system is designed for you to get more if you desire and plan and seek knowledge on how to obtain it.
We might suffer lack in a world of abundance, because we over spend what we do get.
Why, because of desire and lust.
Even though desire is not bad, if we use the desire for gain of increasing wealth and wealth gained is use for the right purpose.
Desire miss used in getting more things, we reap only more spending, which leads to lack.
Lust of course, is when we want what we see without thinking about spending all we have to get what we don’t need at the time.
Our lust for things can get out of control.
1 John 2:16 NIV
For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.
We must establish power over our thinking in the area of desire and lust.
God’s word tells us to cast down wicked imaginations.
This tells me that I can change the way I think in order to control my lust for spending.
Keeping up with the Jones’s never works if your finance doesn’t allow for it.
God said in his word that we must be good Stewards of our money.
We must spend only to take care of our tithes, offerings, needs, savings, and spend a little on yourself once in a while to enjoy life.
God has given unto us the righteous favor in order to gain more wealth.
You have all that you need, according to God, to possess the land.
Here is one key factor to help you control what you’re spending and make sure you have some for the future.
Never out or over spend what you have coming in your bank account.
Make a budget,
Put down all your bills and dates when they are to be paid,
Make this list on a spreadsheet.
Put on the top part your total income,
Subtract the tithe on one line,
Separate fixed bills and non fixed bills, like food, gas, clothing, repairs and maintenance, etc.
And on the bottom subtract them from the income and that will be your net amount.
You put another line for savings,
Another for giving,
What’s remaining can be put aside for next month’s bills?
Unexpected things will include, being prepared and ready to give where ever God have you to give.
Even though it’s there, you will be tempted to spend it, do not.
Try it for a few months, stick with the challenge of not spending and watch it grow.
After a month, move it to the savings and start the next month out doing it again.
I would put it in an account that would give you the most benefit.
Just know if something does come up, you will be prepared for it.
Another way is to get rid of credit card deft which takes more of your spendable cash flow.
Start with the smaller balances first by paying them off and then follow this plan to pay off the next and so on.
Take the cash you once were paying towards the smaller credit card debt and apply that payment to paying off the next credit card.
Credit cards keep you in debt or should I say in bondage to the lender.
God said that you should be a lender, why because being in debt to anyone or anything makes you in bondage to them, which means you become a slave to it.
Jesus came to set us free from bondage.
Remember this; to whom much is given, much is required.
To be a good Stuart is to be one that is wise to the challenges of life.
Make your money grow, but don’t out grow your money.
Remember the purpose of gain.
Purpose for wealth
If you are responsible with little, you will be responsible with much more.
Luke 16:11 NASB
“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?
Remember that givers are bone to give, but without it you cannot give.
God will not be able to use you to go and help someone in need.
Money doesn’t come directly from God.
He said that wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
He said that men will give unto you.
Luke 6:38 KJV
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Judge yourself and put things in order
Prepare for the wealth that shall come your way.
Be ready at all times to give where ever there is a need.
By being the lender and not the borrower.
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