Many people put no effort into planning their financial lives. They live month to month and when a crisis hits they say, “It’ll be OK. Everything will work out.”
They think they’re in faith, but actually they’re shifting their lack of responsibility over onto God. They expect Him to work financial miracles for them, and yet they haven’t done their part in the natural to plan and make sure their finances are in order. God has a lot of mercy, and He will take care of you; however, He also expects you to walk in wisdom and do your part in the natural to be financially responsible.
Haggai 1:5-7 says, “Now, this is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways! You planted a lot, but you harvested little. You eat, but you’re never full. You drink, but you’re still thirsty. You wear clothing, but you never have enough to keep you warm. You spend money as fast as you earn it. This is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!
If we’re not where we want to be financially, then we need to carefully consider our ways. That means we first need to find out what we have and what we owe. Then we need to create a spending plan (a budget) and also some kind of a system to monitor our progress.
THE TAKE AWAY:
God is a miracle-working God, but He also expects us to do our part in the natural and carefully think about the decisions we are making regarding our finances.
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A lot of parents quote the scripture to their kids, “Obey your parents” (Ephesians 6:1), but then completely overlook the part that says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath” (Ephesians 6:4 KJV).
There’s a very good reason why parents should never call their child, “stupid.”
It’s because your words are powerful. If you of all people, who know your child best, call them stupid, your child will start to think, “I must be stupid because my dad said I am.”
A person will begin to believe what they hear the most. If at home, all they hear is how they are doing something incorrect or that they never learn, they will begin to see themselves that way.
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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