We must examine first on how we view money. Some people view it as power, a tool, in reality it can be both, more a tool than anything else. What is a tool? A tool is a device. It’s something you use, it’s an item that helps you fix, etc. When you use money as a tool, you are using it to do something. Many times we are simply using it the wrong way. Money was created to be useful not put you in trouble, debt and problems. As we examine how we view money, we must also examine the motive for it. Why do you want money? To pay bills? To shop? To show off? To help others? What is the purpose of money to you? Knowing the answer to these questions will help you understand the purpose of this topic. I know some of you may want to believe that God should be separated from your money, but that is the problem with our thinking in the first place. If we say God is a part of our life then we can’t separate Him from “certain” areas of our life, He is either in our life or not. And God want to be in our life, ALL of it. The number issue that comes up with relationships and marriages is the issue of money. Many have divorce because of this one issue and I believe until you learn to trust God with your money, we will always have issues with others and with ourselves.
So what does it mean to trust God with you money? Do you give it all away? Do you stay in poverty? Do you turn your back on wealth? No, no, no that is not how God created it to be. God doesn’t have an issue with money; scripture says it’s the LOVE of money that is the problem, 1 Timothy 6:10. God expect you to have money, how are you going to pay the house that you live in? How are you going to feed your kids? God knows we live in a world that requires money to take care of even basic necessities. I believe once you take a hold of this truth, you’ll begin to trust God with your finances. So how do you do this?
Four Keys to Trusting God with Your Money Honey
First, you need to FALL OUT OF LOVE with MONEY. 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV) says, “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.” The LOVE (emphasis on love) is self-destructive. It’s the reason why so many compete with others, it’s where greed is birth, jealousy takes place, and covetousness grows. Nothing good comes out of putting money at the forth front of your life. There are people who can’t sleep because they are trying to figure out how to make more money. Money has control them and they have become modern day slaves to money. That is not God will for your life. God doesn’t want you to be a slave to paper, because that is what money is piece of green paper. You need to see money as a tool to do useful thing and be blessing, instead of letting it turn into a curse for you. Stop letting money control you, choose today whom you will serve, no one can serve two masters. "Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13 (NIV). Moreover, Hebrews 13:5 (ESV) says “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” God is not hiding from you, there is no reason to think He wants you to struggle, be in debt, He wants to help you but you have to get your heart and thinking right about your finances. Being content is key in falling out of love with money. Learn to be grateful for everything, even if it doesn't seem much in your eyes or the eyes of others, that is not what matters in life.
Secondly, understand your money belongs to God, He is your source. Yes it is God that gives you the POWER to get wealth, Deuteronomy 8:16-18. It is God that Gives you the ability, strength, favor to work, start a business, it’s not because you are so smart. Once you recognize whose boss you won’t be tempted to take money and use it for your own selfish desires. Understand that your job, employer, family, the government is not your source but God is. God has made us stewards of money. A Steward is someone who manages, oversee. It’s someone who can be trusted to manage, take care. Now think about this for a moment, if God is saying I have made you a steward of my things, shouldn’t we treat what He has placed in our hands with respect? If God came down from Heaven and gave you $1000 dollars and said, take care of this, what will be the first thing that you do? I know many people will think they just won the lottery and go shopping but here’s where you will be tested, if you are unfaithful with the least, you can’t be faithful with the much, Luke 16:11 now tell me how you will use this money? Well God don’t need to come down from Heaven, He has made you a steward the minute money came into your hands. So that paycheck that you receive on Friday, it’s God. That paypal deposit you receive from your business, that’s for God. Once you acknowledge that God is your source and “your” money is He’s, He can take that and bless you even more. Remember God says to work with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23-24.
Thirdly, Honor God with your money. I know many churches, preachers have distorted the word of God to teach the “prosperity”message and people have been giving tithes and offerings under pressure, guilt and compulsion but understand this, God doesn’t need money, there is no mall in Heaven that He needs to shop at. The world belongs to Him and whatever He wants is at His command, “The earth is the LORD's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” Psalm 24 (KJV). God want us to honor Him with money, because I believe He is saying ”Do you trust me or your money more”. In Malachi 3: 10 God says “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” His asking us to trust Him, prove to Him you trust Him with the money that is in your hand. Proverbs 3:9-10 (ESV) says, “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will be bursting with wine.” There is increase attached to honoring God with money. So stop trying to withhold from giving to God, prove to God that you do trust Him with money. Who better to give your money to anyway? If you have issues with tithing, I wrote a blog post about here http://loveruleswisdomisgold.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-issue-of-tithing-in-church.html
Lastly, as a steward of God things, He has given us direction on how to manage it. The book of Proverbs is full of financial wisdom, spend some time in it, pick out some scriptures from it, study it, and meditate on it, live it. Here are some, Proverbs 22:7; Proverbs 3:9-10; Proverbs 21:20; Proverbs 24:30-34; Proverbs 28:20-22; Proverbs 10:22; Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 11:4; Proverbs 11:28: Proverbs 23:4-5, these are some but there is plenty more and more in other books of the bible. Learn how to be a good steward of money. I believe our issue with money is not that we don’t have enough; it’s because we don’t know how to manage what we have in our hands. We don’t understand how to make a dollar out of fifty cents. But God did not leave us clueless, we just need to take the necessary process to learn these money management skills and apply it to our life. Remember the story with the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus didn’t see it as not being not enough to feed 5,000 thousand people, although it “look” like in the natural that it wasn’t enough, but Jesus knew how to manage it and bless it, Mark 6:30-44. I believe that is why God says to honor Him with our money so He can bless it and multiply it. He can turn not enough to more than enough. But instead of doing that, we try to keep it all to ourselves or spend it recklessly. If you see the truth in this, then I encourage you to apply the scriptures that are teaching you how to manage money in your life.
I hope this minister to your spirit and you change your thinking on how you use money, trust me I’m doing the same thing! I don’t believe God want us to live in lack, pay check to pay check, stress out, in debt. The bible was given to us as a tool on how to live in abundance in every area of our life. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a mansion, the newest car, it means to be content and give God control of your life, including your money. I believe once you start managing money God’s way, there is lot of things you thought you wanted or needed, you’ll find you can live without. The stress of having more money has cause many to be lead astray from God, so it’s imperative that you turn over this desire to God and let Him put a new, better desire in your heart. Learn to trust God to show you, teach how to trust Him with money. Be Blessed!
Sorry for the long blog posting, this is why some things I just save to write another book, so much to write!
Didn’t know I wrote one? Yes, its title Five Steps to Draw Closer to God, learn practical steps to build and maintain your relationship with God. It’s available on Amazon, also on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Five-Steps-Draw-Closer-God/dp/1453816186