May 14/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money

How does Jesus want you to handle money?

What do you tend to be generous with, time, money or? What causes you not to be generous?
There are two ways in which a Christian may view his money--How much of my money shall I use for God? or How much of God's money shall I use for myself? W. Graham Scroggie.

Have you ever wondered what the wealthy think about money?

· I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness--John W. Rockefeller.
· The care of $200,000,000 is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it--W.H. Vanderbilt.
· I am the most miserable man on earth--John Jacob Astor.
· I was happier when doing a mechanic's job--Henry Ford.
· Millionaires seldom smile--Andrew Carnegie.

John G. Wendel and his sisters were some of the most miserly people of all time. Although they had received a huge inheritance from their parents, they spent very little of it and did all they could to keep their wealth for themselves. John was able to influence five of his six sisters never to marry, and they lived in the same house in New York City for 50 years. When the last sister died in 1931, her estate was valued at more than $100 million. Her only dress was one that she had made herself, and she had worn it for 25 years.
The Wendels had such a compulsion to hold on to their possessions that they lived like paupers. Even worse, they were like the kind of person Jesus referred to "who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God" (Luke 12:21). (From Daily Walk, June 2, 1993.)

May 7/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money

 

Many couples struggle with finances. You can turn a blind eye and hope it all just goes away or together you can plan to be financially free. Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look at financial freedom from an article adapted from Focus on the Family.

Address the lies and face your fears.

When you're facing a mountain of debt - or even when you're avoiding the scary "B" word because budgeting seems too difficult or tedious a task - you start believing lies that you're the only one struggling. You think all of your friends are ding fine and they would leave you if they knew the truth.

Those fears are what kept Cherie from turning around to face the monster she'd been running from.

"That darkness will keep you from sharing your story," she writes, "prevent you from getting the help you need to get out of debt." But facing your fears is the first step you have to take before you can even begin walking towards financial freedom.

Fears come from many different places. Your family of origin may have had money problems that became fears in your own life, especially if you grew up in a paycheque-to-paycheque family. Or your fears may come more from a place of shame and self-doubt. Maybe you've tried to get a handle on your finances before and it didn't work, so you wonder, what's the point?

Cherie experienced similar fears and believed similar lies. Until eventually, she realized that facing the dragon that had become their debt was better than running from it. A plan was better than a "non-plan plan".

"At some point, you have to ask yourself if fear has more value than freedom in your life", she explains. "Is it better to bow at the feet of fear or to seek true freedom?"

 

Next week: Asking for forgiveness...

 

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