Have you ever found yourself in a surprising situation? You know, nobody likes a surprise unless it comes with a bow attached. Have you ever gotten a surprise about your finances?
Those are the toughest! You start to realize that life has a way of sneaking up on your money and making it disappear.
We need money to operate in this world’s system. And because we need lots of it in order to meet our needs and the needs of our family, if we’re not careful, it’s easy to begin chasing money instead of chasing God. When our priorities get out of whack and we put money before God, the Bible says that it will cause us to wander from the faith, and pierce ourselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10 NIV).
As a parent, you know that your child seems to change every day. By the time you feel comfortable with one phase it seems like your child is on to a completely new one! It can feel like you’re never doing things right.
Before God can take us somewhere, we need to know where we are.
This applies to every area of our lives, including our finances. We need to establish financial order in our lives. We must understand that order precedes increase.
When people come to me for financial help, my first questions to them are, “How much debt do you have? How much do you owe?”
“We don’t know,” they tell me. “We just know we’re in trouble.”
Then I’ll ask, “Where are your bank statements? How much money do you have?”
They’ll say, “Some of our statements are on the kitchen table. Some are in the den. They’re scattered all over the house!”
Proverbs 27:32 says, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” And Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Friends, a lot of people are perishing needlessly simply because they have no vision and no plan, for their finances, and they have no financial order. These are very natural processes, but they have spiritual consequences.
Before God can do His supernatural part, we must do our natural part. We must get our finances in order, and we must create a plan.
THE TAKE AWAY
Take time to go over your current financial status. Make a list of how much you owe and how much income you currently generate. Create a budget—a spending plan—to begin working toward paying off debt and also to locate areas where you may need to watch your spending.
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God will supply all of your needs. Not some of your needs, but all of them. Here’s the catch – If you don’t know what His Word says, you won’t know what you have available to you.
If you don’t tell yourself the truth about today, you’ll believe the lie.
The lie is that today you won’t get what you need done, that you should be worried, and that your circumstances will never change.
That’s not what God says. He speaks the truth and if it’s not the truth, it’s a lie.
As Christians, we operate in two different economies—God’s economy and this natural world’s economy. To be clear, I don’t mean that God is separate from how we function with our finances. On the contrary, His Word is the foundation for everything we do and as children of God, His Word gives us clear instructions.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV).
God believes in having a vision and a plan.
That’s how He operates. In Genesis, we see that God had a vision for a family, so He set a plan in motion. The existence of this planet and the reason you and I are living on it today are a result of God having a vision and a plan.
Many people never reach their full potential because they don’t have a vision or a plan.
Every person on this planet has been given some kind of gift or talent by God. However, it’s our job to find out what that is and then develop it.