What the Bible Says About Money
SPEC-34-150201 - length: 62:13 - taught on Feb, 1 2015
God has many blessings for believers in this world.
They are different for different people
sometimes include wealth
a great job or career
A loving family
Health and vitality
and sometimes just peace and contentment
“How to manage your money, a biblical perspective”
Burkett was the founder of Crown Financial Ministries
Another resource biblically based
God instructs us how to handle wealth
Wealth is neither moral, nor immoral. God opposes the preoccupation or misuse of wealth, not the wealth itself.
Wisdom is required to use wealth properly
Respect for the Lord and humility are the basis for learning and understanding God’s principles thereby gaining wisdom
However love of money is condemned and causes many distractions in life.
Wealth and the seeking of wealth can distract believers from seeking and following God’s plan and purpose for their life.
We must acknowledge God's ownership of wealth
And we are to manage it well and use our wisdom and abilities.
We are commanded to help those less fortunate than us
GAL 6:9, Deut 15:11
In MAT 25:34-45 Jesus is telling the people that loving one another is the same as loving Him
We are commanded to support our families
What does this mean? … a man has a responsibility to work and earn money to support his household and assist family members such as elderly poor parents or legitimately needy sisters, brothers, etc.
What about our own needs?
In MAT 6:32-33 Jesus tells us that we should trust in Him for those needs.
PHI 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
What about credit and borrowing?
The Bible does not prohibit borrowing or lending but warns of possible problems with either. Our Christian integrity and witness obligates us to repay what we owe.
God does not want us to be in bondage to debt
Our attitude toward wealth should be thankful for what we have through God’s grace and content in our position in His Plan.
God does not condemn wealth, he condemns misuse of wealth.
Overdue bills, abuse of credit
Worry about investments
Get rich quick attitude
Wasting money so that family needs go unmet 1TI 5:8
Self indulgence LUK 4:18
Assumed superiority 1TI 6:17
Steps to financial freedom
Transfer ownership to God
Get out of debt PRO 15:16
Accept Gods provision MAT 6:31
Refuse quick decisions PRO 21:5
Put others first PHI 2:3-5
Have a financial plan
As Christians we depend on God but that does NOT mean we are to sit home and wait for him to provide
PRO 27:23-24; PRO 24:3-4
Make a budget LUK 14:28
Give God’s portion PRO 3:9-10
Seek good Christian counsel; don’t let pride get in the way. PRO 19:20
Discuss the problems/issues with your spouse. EPH 5:1
Establish long range goals. 1TI 6:18-19
Recognize the difference between needs, wants, and desires.
And always remember………
God’s grace has got your back
Render unto Caesar
It is against God’s will to cheat on your taxes.
Take every legal deduction but don’t lie or withhold income.
Some motives for wealth accumulation
Advice of others PRO 14:15
Envy of others PSA 73:2-3
Game of accumulation PRO 22:1
Self esteem / pride PRO 16:18
Love of money/greed 1TI 6:10
Fear of loss, lack of trust in God
For spiritual gift of giving LUK 6:38
Your plans should be consistent with Gods purpose for your life.
In summary we should remember these points
1. God wants us to acknowledge that He owns everything. PSA 24:1
2. God wants us to support our families. 1TI 5:8
3.God wants us to help those less fortunate who are deserving. GAL 6:9
4.God wants us to be free of excess debt and avoid schemes. ROM 13:8
5. God wants us to save and conserve His resources PRO 6:6-8
7. God wants us to pay our taxes and debts. ROM 13:6-7
9. God wants husbands and wives to work together on this. EPH 5:31
10. God wants us to be at peace and content with what we are given and trust in Him and His grace. PHI 4:11-12
And most importantly remember…
PRO 16:3 Commit your works to the
LORD And your plans will be established.
ROM 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.