The Bible has a lot to say about money management. Many Christians believe that just about anything to do with money is evil; that we are to work six days of each week and still remain poor. However, the Bible tells us that it is God's will for us to prosper, and offers guidance, promises and assistance to help us set and reach our financial goals.
"Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."(John 5:17
Since the days of Adam and Eve we have had to earn our living by the "sweat of our brow," (Gen 3:19)! The Apostle Paul says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,..."; and, "...If a man will not work, he shall not eat,"
(Col 3:23) (2 Th 3:10).
We also need rest and recreation: "Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work" (Dt 5:13-14).
Employment and Earning Money
We owe our employer loyalty and faithfulness. Not showing up for work, and not giving an honest day's work is the same as stealing. This allows foreign labor with lower wages to under-sell the company you work for, and possibly placing your job in jeopardy.
Jesus taught about money management, as did Paul. In order to prosper we must not only work but also develop good money management. God wants you to invest so that you will become prosperous, have all your needs met, and make it possible for you to help those in need.
Growing our Christian finances requires prayer, work and discipline, which in turn ushers in prosperity and preparation for the rainy days.
Becoming a financially prosperous and debt free Christian requires action and work. It also requires good money management, planning, self-discipline, and a budget.
People, in general, don't particularly like budgets, but saving money for future investments requires being on a budget (Matt 25:14-30). Investments aside, it is sad that some men and women will work day in and day out, week after week ,and not know where their money goes.
Job Promotion and Increased Salary
You must be responsible, be on the job at the right time, and have a good attitude. To prosper in your work you must learn all you can about your job, then learn all you can about the other jobs in your company, take an interest, give more than is required. This attitude is so lacking in today's work place that it is almost guaranteed to bring job promotions, and a pay raise.
If you are obedient and seek the Lord with all your heart He will help you in the area of money management and give you the necessary ability and guidance that will help you to prosper in everything you do. He will guide and empower you. to find the best financial advice, the perfect job, and, to be among the highest paid in your vocation.
Financial Blessings and Rewards
"But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today." (Deut 8:18) "All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
'You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out" (Deut 28:2-6).
Why is it so difficult for our educators and society, in general, to understand that love and respect for one another taught from a young age can solve much of the world's hostility and social problems!
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov 22:6).
Love is the answer!
True loyalty springs from the heart and is wrapped in love. It is often in our most private moments that true loyalty, or the lack of it, is made known.
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