1. GOD IS THE OWNER ...
For all the animals of field
and forest are mine. The cattle on a thousand hills ... for all the world is
mine and everything in it.
50: 10-12 (LIV)
For the earth and every good
thing in it belongs to the Lord and is yours to enjoy.
/ Corinthians (LIV)
For we brought nothing into
this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
/ Timothy 6:7 (KJ)
Conclusion ... God owns
it all, including the house we live in, the car we drive, the bank accounts ... everything and He wants us to enjoy it.
2. MAN IS A STEWARD ...
A "steward" is one who manages that which belongs to another.
Moreover, it is required in
stewards (managers) that a man be found faithful (true).
/ Corinthians 4:2 (KJ)
Conclusion ... We are
managers. God requires us to be faithful (true) to God's Word and God's Way, including God's way to manage money.
3. OUR PURPOSE IS TO GLORIFY GOD ...
If any man minister, let him
do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified. 1Peter (KJ)
I want you to trust me in
your time of trouble, so I can rescue you, and you can give me the glory.
Conclusion ... We should
bring glory to God in every area of our life, including our financial management, even in our time of trouble.
4. EARN AN HONEST LIVING ...
If anyone is stealing he must
stop and begin using those hands of his for honest work.
Wealth from gambling quickly
disappears: wealth from hard work grows. Proverbs (LIV)
Hard work means prosperity;
only a fool idles away his time. Proverbs (LIV)
A little gained honestly,
is better than great wealth gotten by dishonest means. Proverbs 16:8 (LIV)
We can justify our every deed
but God looks at our motives. Proverbs 21:2 (LIV)
Conclusion ... God honors
hard work done honestly for the right motive.
5. HONOR THE LORD ...
Honor the Lord by giving him
the first part of all your income. Proverbs 3:9 (LIV)
Honor the Lord with thy substance,
and with the first fruits of all thine increase. Proverbs 3:9 (KJ)
Bring ye all the tithes into
the storehouse ... and prove me now... if I will not open you the windows of
Heaven, and pour you out a blessing,
that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi (KJ)
Despise God's Word and find
yourself in trouble. Obey it and succeed. Proverbs (LIV)
Conclusion ... We honor
the Lord when we obey God and follow His word.
6. SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT ...
Render therefore unto Caesar
the things which are Caesar's. Matthew (KJ)
The Lord demands fairness in
every business deal. He established this principle. Proverbs (LIV)
Conclusion ... God demands
that we be honest, just, and fair with Him, the government, our family and creditors ... in every relationship.
7. SAVE PART OF YOUR INCOME
The wise man saves for the future,
but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. Proverbs (LIV)
Conclusion ... We are
wise, if we spend less than we receive and save from our abundance for the future.
TWO REASONS FOR SAVING ...
1. PROVIDE FOR FAMILY: But
anyone who won't care for his own relatives when they need help, especially those living in his own family, has no right to
say he is a Christian. / Timothy 5:8
2. GIVE TO THOSE IN NEED: Let
him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labor working with his hands, the thing which is good, that he may have to
give to him that needeth. Ephesians (KJ)
8. STEPS TO GOOD MANAGEMENT
1. MAKE PLANS: We should make plans - counting on God to direct us. Proverbs
2. TRUST GOD: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy
ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5,6 (KJ)
3. GET ORGANIZED: But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner. (A budget helps us to get
organized.) / Corinthians (NAS)
4. GET THE FACTS: What a shame - yes, how stupid! - To decide before knowing the facts! (Get the facts first.)
5. SEEK COUNSEL: Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed. (God is
our Almighty Counselor.) Proverbs (NAS)
6. YOUR COMMITMENT: Commit
your work to the Lord, then it will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (LIV)
7. OBEY GOD: God blesses those
who obey Him; happy the man who puts his trust in the Lord. Proverbs (LlV)
Conclusion ... When we follow these seven steps, God blesses and we enjoy.