June 4/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money


What does the Bible say about debt?


Proverbs sounds the alarm against debt.

Proverbs 1:131-15; 17:18; 22:26-27; 27:13

Those in debt are warned to get out as soon as possible. (Proverbs 6:1); and debt is bondage.

"The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." Proverbs 22:7

Have you done a debt checkup lately? Borrowing shouldn't be the nowm and we should pay off debt as soon as possible. You may be struggling with a mountain of debt, but the Lord desires to see you free. Pray about this for peace. Then ask for wisdom on an action plan to relieve your mental state and to attack the problem of debt quickly. God will give you wisdom.

"If you do not have wisdom, ask God for it. He is always ready to give it to you and will never say you are wrong for asking." ~James 1:5 NLV

May 21/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money


When the Lord returns, what will happen to all the money sitting in bank accounts, retirement programs, estates, and foundation?

This is a good and sobering question in light of the imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. All of this money will burn like wood, hay, and straw when it could have been given in exchange for gold, silver, and precious stones. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. Money that could have been used to feed the hungry and fulfill the great Commission will go up in flames. John Wesley said, “Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find it’s way into my heart.” Wesley’s goal was to give so generously as to leave virtually nothing behind when he died. There is considerable talk about the end of the age, and many people believe that Jesus will return in their lifetime. This should radically influence our giving. Let us give to build God’s Kingdom while we still have time to do so. We cannot outgive God. Our greatest resources are spiritual and they come from another world, not this one. Paul’s secret to living with plenty and living with need was simple...the answer was contentment.

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” ~Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)


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