January 1, 2005
God's Viewpoint About Money
1 Timothy 6:9-10
God's viewpoint on finances differs greatly from ours. He sees both our attitude toward money and our handling of it as a major spiritual issue in our lives. We cannot live obediently before the Lord until we regard wealth as He does, and the bottom line of His monetary viewpoint is this: God owns it all. (Haggai 2:8) We sometimes think one tenth—the “tithe”— is His, but Scripture teaches that all ten tenths are!
Happily for us, God wants to share His riches with us, and He designed several ways for our wealth to increase.
Work. God set the pattern for working when He created the world—rest occurs after the work is done. (Genesis 2:2) Too often we try to maximize days of pleasure and minimize work time, which is contrary to biblical principles. If we labor as God directs, He will bless us with financial reward.
Save. By practicing self-control (Galatians 5:23) and not spending all we make, we will accumulate resources to draw on for the future.
Receive. God may ask us to give gifts to others even when our funds are low. If we are generous, we will receive from Him in unexpected ways. (Luke 6:38)
Invest. If we want to see our riches grow, we are to invest—under God’s guidance—some of what He has entrusted to us. (Matthew 25:15-27) This involves more than simply money. The Lord wants us to make wise investments of time, abilities, and gifts in others' lives.
Which of these methods could you improve on? Ask God to guide you in handling "His wealth" this year.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled “Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer” that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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