Believe that God owns it all

The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.  Psalms 24:1(NIV). 

We often confess this with our lips but we don't follow through with our actions. We often allow fear to overcome us, but if we remember that God owns it all and not us, we are free from the fear that we will somehow lose it.  We have to ask ourselves, "how would we act if we were completely confident that God was with us?" The reality is none of us have control over the economy.  However, we do have control over how we respond.  We can respond in fear or in faith. Regardless of what happens in our economy, I've done everything I can do to prepare for uncertainty; and I am confident that God will provide for my needs.  

The prophet Isaiah wrote this in Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) - Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.  

In the end, none of us cannot predict what tomorrow will bring, but we can be sure that following these 5 main principles will put us in a position to survive any economic environment.  We have to understand that the world is unstable and none of us is immune from it.  Human nature leads us to believe that we are insulated; however, God never promised we would be free from tough times.  It's during these times that our faith is stretched and we have to choose between fear and faith.  Living in faith does not mean we are free from responsibility,  however; we must continue to follow God's principals.  The difference is, we can do so with the confidence that someone bigger, and infinitely wiser, is in control.  

Steve Scalici is a Certified Financial PlannerTM with Treasure Coast Financial. He is co-host of God's Money, which can be heard on the internet at . You can contact Steve at .