From time to time God drops us into no water and no food situations (like the Israelites of old). This is His way of reintroducing us into His school of faith so that we might learn to trust Him with a new and deeper faith. This is the venture of faith into which He calls each and every married couple.

• Truth #5: Further, God's school of faith is designed to teach us two specific lessons about money matters: Wealth and prosperity, at best, are fleeting and temporal. And there are potential dangers inherent in money itself.

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle (Prov. 23:4-5).

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Tim. 6:6-10).

• Truth #6: So it is imperative that we guard our hearts from all forms of greed and envy.

A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live (Prov. 15:27).

The greedy man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper (Prov. 28:25).

Jesus replied, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. . . . [It consists in being] rich toward God" (Luke 16:14-15).

• Truth #7: And finally, all of this means that in marital money matters God is calling us to develop generous and giving hearts.

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Prov. 11:25).

[Paul reminded them,] I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus Himself said, "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving" (Acts 20:35).

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God Himself has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we may say with confidence, "The Lord is my Helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Heb. 13:5-6).

Your Marriage and Financial Bondage:

In light of the fact that God is totally committed to setting your marriage free in the area of money matters, prayerfully answer the following questions:

1. In what or whom are you and your mate trusting to give you contentment?

2. In what areas of your marital money matters do you need to begin trusting God in the next six months? How do you plan on doing this?

3. How can you and your mate express a generous and giving attitude in your marital money matters in the next six months? Why not pray about this right now.

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