The economy is bad and getting worse. It really does not matter if it is the result of political policies out of Washington or if it is a part of some sort of business cycle, the fact is that we have to survive it or sink with it. The economy is more than something political, it is a moral and spiritual issue, the morality and spirituality come into play on how we respond to a failing economy, whether it be the national economy, the state economy, the local economy or our own person economy. Like the Apostle Paul, I have had more than enough to meet my needs at times and I have been with nothing at times also, and I have also learned to be content in both situations. I am going to focus on the practical advice that scripture gives on how to handle personal finances in both good and bad times. As with many situations of life God wants us to look beyond our circumstances and realize that no matter what, that God is ultimately in control, and He wants us to not ask why but to ask, “How do I respond to this crisis?” No matter what the crisis it. Just recently I heard a statement that I really liked that showed much insight from a grieving and brokenhearted person, speaking of the loss of a loved one they said,” The death of a saint may do more to advance the kingdom of God than their healing ever would.” How we respond to the poor economy or even how we respond to our own financial difficulties may help to bring someone watching us to Christ or even our economic downfall may bring more to Christ than a miraculous recovery would. The first thing we need to realize to get the proper attitude toward our money and possessions is that they ultimately come from God and He is the true owner of all that we have been blessed with. We are merely stewards or managers of those things and the Master will hold us accountable for how we have used His resources. This leads to the first question that must be asked before spending a penny on anything- Does this purchase honor God?- if so- How? If not then do not buy that item or those services. If you cannot answer how it honors God- by pass it for now and reevaluate why you want to make that purchase. In other words, ask Would Jesus purchase this?
New King James Version (NKJV)
22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.
What is the difference between what God provides and what the world provides?
Now a question that is food for thought- what does the following verse mean to you?
New King James Version (NKJV)
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
We will continue this study on finances as well as the study on angels simultaneously. To learn more listen to my broadcast on Wednesday’s on Blog Talk Radio from 9-10 pm est.
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