Why do we fear finances or budgets? Maybe we feel the walls closing in, the restraints starting to tighten. What if we look at it from the positive side? There is freedom in knowing where we are going. Freedom to what we are saving and planning for in our futures.
As Pastor Paul says, “What we fear we worship. If you fear finances you will worship money.” If you are serious about changing your finances these are a few things you can do:
1. Make a budget–logging your income and expenses–that’s all a budget is. Now, staying on a budget is a different story. Address the following questions:
a. What’s your income?
b. How much do you have going out?
Then you can be HONEST with your decisions about your finances.
2. Trust God with what He’s already given you by:
b. Listening to Him as to how to handle your financial situation.
Malachi 3:10-11 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you …”
* First, bring in the tithe.
* THEN He will rebuke the devourer for you.
There’s an action on our part before the second part can be fulfilled.
Acts 2:42-47 “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to prayer. And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.”
The Kingdom Assignment by Denny and Leesa Bellesihas many ideas of how others have used their resources to fund Kingdom Projects.
I once heard on the radio of a pastor that decided he was tired of hearing that people in his church couldn’t give money or help out with the things in which he felt God was calling them to. He decided that he was going to organize fundraisers (dinners, garage sales, etc.) to help the families in his church get out of debt. (How many people do you know who aren’t in debt in some form or another?) He started with the person with the most pressing need and the whole church family joined in and one by one they paid off their church body’s debts and they were finally free to do the work of the Kingdom.
All of these things can be used in your life, your ministry and your work. Using the gifts/talents God has blessed you with can bring fulfillment and purpose to yourself and others.
This post was written by Paula Gowman. To read more about her, click here.