Practical Wisdom on Money
God’s Perspective on Money
1. God _________ it all. All money belongs to God.
“The silver is mine and the gold is mine, declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:8
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” Deuteronomy 8:18
2. We are _____________ of what God has given us.
Stewardship: The use of God given resources for the accomplishment of God given goals.
a. We will answer to God for all the money and possessions He has placed in our care.
b. Every spending decision is a spiritual decision, not just my giving decision.
Five Principles for Financial Freedom from Proverbs
1. Keep good ____________. (Principle of Accounting)
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever…” Proverbs 27:23-24a
2. Plan your ______________. (Principle of Budgeting)
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5
“…a foolish man devours all he has.” Proverbs 21:20b
3. Save for the ____________. (Principle of Saving)
“The wise man saves for the future…” Proverbs 21:20a
“…he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” Proverbs 13:11
4. Enjoy what you ___________ ________. (Principle of Contentment)
“A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity… I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.” Ecclesiastes 6:3
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
5. Give back to __________. (Principle of Tithing)
“Honor the Lord by giving Him the first part [not the leftovers] of all your income, and He will fill your barns…to overflow.” Proverbs 3:9-10 (LB)
“A generous man will have God’s blessings…” Proverbs 22:9
“When the heart is right, the feet are swift.” Thomas Jefferson