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In Touch - June 19, 2007

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

June 19, 2007 – Our Financial Security2 Corinthians 9:6-8

            Sometimes we make the mistake of viewing our resources as coming from our own efforts. But our blessings come from the Lord. If we focus on our bank balance or income, we may wrongly believe that we control our assets. This illusion of safety may be replaced by anxiety if we lose our job or suffer a serious illness.

            Fixing our eyes on Jesus will bring genuine peace. True financial security is found in our relationship with the Lord, the owner of all things. It’s not found in our bank account or marketable skills. If security is based on our “net worth,” we’ll rarely feel we have enough money. But once we realize God is in charge of our resources, we’ll rest secure because we know He has our best interest in mind.

            So why does Scripture address tithing? Tithes to the local church help the work of God’s kingdom continue. Another reason is we prove God’s faithfulness when we give ten percent of our income. Malachi 3:10-12 says we bring Him honor when others see He’s the source of our blessings. When our security rests in our relationship with Christ, we’ll be thankful for what we do have and will trust Him for the future.

            As the Lord’s stewards, Christians are expected to invest their treasure, talents, and time as He directs. God rewards those who handle His money according to biblical guidelines. Those who don’t will lose out on blessings.



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