In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


April 26-27, 2008 - God’s Financial Plan - Acts 20:33-35                  

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The Lord wants us to make wise decisions based on sound principles. But choices that follow His will aren’t always compatible with the world’s way of doing business. Some people may be surprised that the foundational concept of God’s financial plan is to give rather than to save or invest.

First, give sacrificially. When the average person decides how much to donate toward charity, he considers his income versus his expenses. He chooses an amount that feels comfortable. In contrast, a sacrificial offering can mean a believer follows the Holy Spirit’s leading to pledge resources beyond his means. Initially, some Christians may feel worried about exercising their faith in this way. But thankfully Philippians chapter 4:19 says God has promised to meet His children’s needs. God’s totally trustworthy.

Also, give compassionately. Psalm 24:1 tells us all resources belong to God. Believers with a generous spirit hold their material possessions loosely. They desire to use their share of the Lord’s wealth to spread His blessing. A missionary, charity, or pastor does not have to beg them to part with their money.

God’s financial plan differs from any we’ll see in the world. But His principles have proven effective. The Bible and church history show this for thousands of years. His followers have chosen to give from a compassionate heart and a sacrificial spirit. And He rewards them with increased faith and enough material goods to meet their needs.

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