We have been discussing being shackled by financial difficulties and how that can effect the family and the marriage. Now we come to the good part- the release from financial servitude! God‘s financial plan brings freedom and peace- the release from tension and worry caused by overdue bills, a clear conscinece and the sureness that God is in control once again!
For every promise that God makes to us, He has a prerequiste,and that is, that some action must be taken on our part. This action might praying, fasting , or simply believing, one or more of these actions will bring His power into focus in our lives. This action must be an act of our own free will. We must be willing to submit to God’s will and direction, we must keep in mind that God’s will is not always compatible with our desires. What are some of the steps we must take to become financially free in God’s will? Lets look and see!
- Transfer ownership to God (Proverbs 3:19, Proverbs 8:18
- Get out of debt
- Accept God’s direction Matt 6:31
- Refuse Quick Decisions Pro 21:5
- Excel in your work 1 Peter 4:11
- Confession/Restitution Luke 19:8
- Contentment Eph 5:5
- Provide for family needs
- Balanced Commitment Pro 23:4-5 James 1:11
- Sacrifice desires
We will look at these one at a time in detail but for now I want to jump ahead a little or maye it is take a step back for a moment , and talk about finanacial planning. The cornerstone of any financial plan for the family is the budget. This is the key that unlocks the door and is the map that shows you where you are at and what you need to get there. God is an orderly provider and expects the same attitude from us. The first thing to understand when setting up a budget- it is a guide- not a law set in stone- allow some flexibility in the budget. God’s wisdom may be exercised by redirecting our path. We have to have patience and be cautious in any finanacial endeaver. Avoid get rich quick schemes-stick to your plans and make no provison for hasty specualtion. Plans – we should have short range plans and long range plans. We look a bit more into the steps listed in the opening and tackle making short range plans next time and the next time too! The first step to making these plans is to write them down!This is the budget I have been hammering on! Once it is wriiten down it is a visible objective standard the sets a goal to work toward.
Read Proverbs 16:3-9