Do you struggle with managing money? Do you never seem to have enough to make ends meet? Maybe you secretly envy the financial wealth of others. Whether you have a great deal of money or very little, until you really believe that the money in your possession is not your money but God’s. money, your finances will always be a source of discontent. Our heavenly Father owns it all, yet we worry and fret over not having enough. We manipulate to get more… then agonize over losing what we have. Freedom from this preoccupation with money (financial bondage) involves more than having enough money to bask in the shade of a prosperous lifestyle. It’s more than learning to budget expenses, to save regularly, to invest wisely. True financial freedom is being content with what God gives you. And contentment is a matter of the heart!
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.”
“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.”
Finance is a system of money management that includes banking, circulation, credit, investments, economics, and accounting.
“If you live a godly, Christian life, you will experience financial gain and prosperity.”
According to God’s Word, godliness is not a means to financial gain. The Bible calls this “false doctrine” taught by false teachers.
“If anyone teaches false doctrines.… He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy … and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.”
1 Timothy 6:3–5
Money is any means of exchange, including coins and paper currency, circulating in the culture issued by a civil authority as a measure of value.
“Money is the root of all evil.”
No, money can be used for great good. According to the Bible, the “love of money” is a root of evil.
“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 Timothy 6:10
A steward is a trustee, guardian, or overseer who manages the property or financial affairs of another person. All money belongs to God, and we are only stewards of His resources.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
“If I just have enough money, I will be satisfied.”
Satisfaction with your financial situation does not come from the amount of money you have, but in wise management of what you have.
“You must borrow money from a bank and pay it back in order to prove financial responsibility and to establish good credit references.”
Borrowing and paying back money is not always necessary to get credit. Most lenders are more than anxious to extend credit to consumers in order to collect inflated interest rates over an extended period of time. (Proverbs 22:7)
“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.”
“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”