God’s Financial Plan

  • Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Why should you care what I have to say about money?

Why do I want to help?

  1. Generosity. The first step in God’s financial plan involves a heart issue: generosity. This isn’t even about giving a certain amount, it’s dealing with the spiritual nature of being a giver. Jesus said where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Clearly your heart should be involved with your giving.
  2. Tithing. It’s an old testament practice of giving 10% of your income that was done away with by Jesus when he abolished the law. Or is it? I’ve been told that by many religious people, but does that hold up under the scrutiny of scripture? We’ll discuss this and the potential blessing associated with tithing.
  3. Offering & alms giving. If you attend church, you’ve probably heard ministers talk about giving tithes and offerings, but do you know what the difference is? Did you know that you can’t give an offering until you’ve given a tithe? And what about alms (giving to the poor, or to somebody’s need) — is that the same as giving to God?
  4. Budgeting & discretion. Just because you are generous and give to God doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be responsible with your money. If you want God’s blessing on your money, then you have to be a good steward over what He has given you before you’ll become wealthy His way. It’s old fashioned and boring, but it works.
  5. Saving & investing. In order to accumulate wealth you can’t spend all that you have and you have to make your money work for you. One of my favorite scriptures on the subject talks about the sluggard looking at how ants store up in summer for winter (I think the word sluggard is hilarious).
  6. Work. If you don’t work, you won’t eat. Right? They shouldn’t, at least not according to Paul’s letter written to the church of the Thessalonians. It’s not just a matter of working, it’s what work you’re doing, how you’re working, why you’re working. If you want to become wealthy God’s way, then you have to carefully consider all aspects of your career.
  7. Breaking the poverty mindset. This should be obvious, but you’ll never become wealthy unless you want to become wealthy. Many Christians don’t think that they’re supposed to be rich, that God is opposed to wealth, that you should be poor. We’ll take an in depth study of the scripture to see what God’s perspective really is on the subject.
  8. Character. Humility, integrity, faithfulness, self control, patience… the fruit of the spirit. If you don’t have these operating in your life, despite what wealth you gain, you either won’t keep it, or you won’t be satisfied by it.

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Jeremiah Thomas

Jeremiah Thomas

I started a church and I’m writing about it.

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