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                                                       BIBLE STUDY - FINANCIAL PRINCIPALS.  

1.   Plant your seed in good ground.

2.      You must plant your seed before God can meet your need.

No seed time, no harvest time. Are you giving your best to God?

3.      You determine the harvest by the size of your seed.

As a man thinketh, so is he.  Obedience brings prosperity.

4.   Patience - you must wait for the harvest.

You will destroy your harvest through murmuring and impatience.  

5.   Givers gain.

God does not have a problem giving wealth to you, He has a problem if you can not share it with others.

6.   God gives you wealth to be a blessing to other people.

      God gives you wealth to invest in other people to change their destiny and He does not mind you owing nice

      things as long as the nice things do not own you. 

                                                                STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM.

Ø    Practice saving.

Ø    Think before buying.    

Ø    Determine essentials for living.     

Ø    Discontinue credit buying - buy cash only.     

Ø     Have a written plan for needs, wants and desires. 

Ø    Avoid leverage. Do not loan money to invest.

A.   Give your finances + debt to God.

B.   Become debt free.

C.   Accept God's provision.

      You must learn to live on what God provides you with.

D.   Keep a clear conscience.

E.   Put God and others first.

      Attitude, do not profit at the disadvantage of others. 

F.   Limit time - involvement.

       Do not get trapped in over commitment to business + money pursuits + you need time for biblical studies + you need time to fellowship with God.

G.   Avoid indulgence.

      Are you willing to trust God and deny yourself some indulgences?

We are only stewards and not owners of what He have entrusted to us. As stewards, it is necessary that we be found faithful.

"By wisdom a house is build, and by understanding it is established, and by  knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. “Proverbs 24:3 - 4”.

                                                             MAKING FINANCIAL DECISIONS.

 

Christians can best make financial decisions according to God’s plan for their lives by understanding His directives for their lives. Every decision requires a thorough understanding of God’s attitudes, and that understanding comes from studying God’s Word and communicating with Him. If Christians never ask God’s direction regarding investments of financial decisions, they will never receive an answer.

 

There are some specific principles that Christians need to consider when making financial decisions: avoid speculation, keep finances current, keep Christian witness, give - do not loan, never co - sign, avoid indulgence, prepare for decreases, and let peace rule.

 

 

Avoid speculation.


Christians should seek God’s increase rather than trying to increase their financial worth through speculative schemes. Many times enticing programs and “guaranteed” moneymaking schemes are not only unethical but border on being illegal.

 

They must assess every so - called opportunity with their relationship with Christ and not let others make financial decisions for them. Instead, every decision must be made in light of individual goals, whether the venture is necessary, and whether it fits into God’s individual plan for their lives.

 

 

Keep finances current.


Christians need always to manage their finances on a current basis, making no provision in their financial planning to borrow money beyond their abilities to repay.

 

Impulse buying, either investment or consumption, is disastrous to budgets.

 

So, when evaluating purchases or investments, always consider the financial obligation in light of known income or available funds.

 

Plan for tomorrow; make plans in light of present circumstances, not on some future events. Do not count your chickens before the eggs are hatched.

 

 

Keep Christian witness.

 

Consider all decisions, especially financial decisions, on the basis of their effect on the work and reputation of Christ. To blindly pursue a course without a directive from God and then depend on Him to rectify any resultant financial disasters is not God’s will; nor is it according to His plan.

 

As an example, if one must borrow outside of God’s people in order to remain in His will, beware! This course is not according to His plan. “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” . Proverbs 22:7. If Christians deal unfairly or unethically with any individual or any business, it is the Christians’ witness that will suffer.

 

Therefore, Christians must establish that, no matter what the circumstances are, they will tell the whole truth, keep their vows, make decisions based on God’s directive and God’s plan, maintain financial honesty, and preserve the integrity of Christ in every aspect of life.

 

 

Give - do not loan.

 

Christians should avoid lending to those in need if giving is possible.

If someone approaches a Christian requesting financial help in order to acquire wants or desires, that request and justification for the request should be seriously questioned.

If that person is in need, however, and God has directed that he or she is to be helped, it is the Christian’s responsibility to supply that need.

 

 

Never co - sign.


To co - sign means to pledge personal assets against the debt of another. It doesn’t matter whether it is personal or business, Scripture specifically forbids this whenever it speaks of surety or striking of hands. “My son, if you have become surety for your neighbour, have given a pledge for a stranger, if you have been snared with the words of your mouth, have been caught with the words of your mouth, do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; since you have come into the land of your neighbour, go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbour”. Proverbs 6
:1 - 3.

 

Of all the portions that warn against surety, or co - signing, in Scripture, this seems to be the one that most explicitly warns against it.

 

 

Avoid indulgence.


Christians need to learn to discern the difference between needs, wants, and desires in every financial transaction. This applies not only to purchases of material goods but to investments as well.

 

Before buying, determine whether the purchase is a need or a desire; then check it against God’s principles. Before investing, determine the reason for investing and what will be done with the money if God blesses with increase.

 

Many Christians get frustrated because they cannot distinguish between luxuries and necessities. Consequently, they seek fulfillment through the same channels as non - Christians and then wonder why they have fruitless Christian witnesses.

 

 

Prepare for decreases.


Being prepared for unexpected decreases in funds is a vital part of keeping financially current.

 

Evaluate all financial decisions on the basis of what would happen if there were even a small decrease of income or available funds.

 

Do not operate at the upper limit of income or available funds. Instead, make financial decisions cognizant of the possibility that if there is a sudden drop in income, it may be necessary to reduce current living standards.

 

 

Let peace rule.

 

Often Christians are not responsive enough to God’s Word or to His presence to hear Him, except through an inner turmoil known as lack of peace.

 

As a last resort, God will use this to provide direction. Accordingly, if He does not give peace, do not get involved. If a quick decision is required, do not get involved. Take the time to think and to pray about any decision, especially financial decisions that will affect the family, and be determined not to make any financial decision under pressure. “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it”  Proverbs 10:22.

 

                                             WHAT DID JESUS AND THE APOSTLES SAID ABOUT GIVING?

 

a.  Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with 

     the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

 

b.  Matthew 9:13, “Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy not sacrifice.”

c.     2 Corinthians 9:5 - 8, verse 7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

d.  1 Corinthians 16:2, “On the first day of the week let each one lay something aside storing up as he may prosper.”

e.  Mark 12:41 - 44 and Luke 21:1 - 4, Jesus sat watching in the temple as people were putting money into the treasury box.

f.  The rich young man. Matthew 19:16 - 22; Mark 10:17 - 22; Luke 18:18 - 23.

We see in the three mentioned Scriptures that Jesus said every time, go and sell all your possessions give it to the poor and come and follow me.

Conclusion.


Become sensitive to God’s guidance by becoming familiar with His directives and leadership procedures, through the study of His Word and by communicating with Him through prayer. He will always provide the right direction for those who seek it.

Even when we fail to see the right path clearly in God’s Word or fail to hear Him in prayer, He will never fail to place an unrest or a peace inside that will confirm His preferred course and His will. If we are sensitive, we can usually avoid financial failures and bondage.

                                                                         Chris Mengel Snr.

                                                                       The King's finances

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