More on the steps to financial freedom – God’s Way!

Now we pick up at number 6 in our list, remember the list? Here it is:

1.Transfer ownership to God (Proverbs 3:19, Proverbs 8:18

2.Get out of debt

3.Accept God’s direction Matt 6:31

4.Refuse Quick Decisions Pro 21:5

5.Excel in your work 1 Peter 4:11

6.Confession/Restitution Luke 19:8

7.Contentment Eph 5:5

8.Provide for family needs

9.Balanced Commitment Pro 23:4-5 James 1:11

10. Sacrifice desires

These are the ten steps to finanacial freedom. We are now at number 6 which is confession and restitution. Lets take a look at Luke 19:8

Luke 19:8

New Living Translation (NLT)

 8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

WOW! Did Zacchaeus ever get it!! Zacchaeus was a tax collector and it was a common practice for them to take for themselves a high percentage of what they demanded. Zacchaeus was not only a tax collector but a “chief” tax collector. Zacchaeus here not only confessed his sin of stealing but was going to make a very generous restitution! Later on in Judaism it was considered generous to give away up to 20% of one’s belongings, giving away more than that was considered dangerous, this shows that they recognized the fine line between acting on faith and being reckless. The legal restitution for extortion was also 20%. Zacchaeus was going above and beyond at giving away 50% and repaying 4x the amount that he stole. I am sure Zacchaeus found the next thing we are going to discuss by his actions- and that is contentment! Greed and covetousness are a result of DIScontentment. Greed is actually a form of lust. To be victorious over these attitudes we must seek contentment in a moderate life stlye. Lets look at Ephesians 5:5

Ephesians 5:5

New Living Translation (NLT)

5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

 

The greedy person here is likened to an idolater, and is in the same category as the immoral. The warning is that a greedy person will not inherit the Kingdom of Christ and God.

Now we come to number 8 on the list- we have touched on this before and will touch on it again later. Number says to provide for family needs. If the family is going without basic needs a Christian must provide them. This may require a drastic curltailment of life style or fulfillment of wants and desires. Basic needs must be met first! The basic needs are food, clothng , and shelter. I am gong to give some homework here, a few questions then I will not give the answers but I will give where the answers can be found in the Bible. Look up the scripture references at the end and fill in the blanks.

 

Do you feel a family in need should own things like color televisons, computers, or two or three cars?

_________Why?________________________________

Scripture Reference:_____________________________

 

Do you feel they should let their needs be made known?______

Why?____________________________________________

Scripture Reference_______________________________

 

Should a family in debt give a tithe? ___________ Why?____________________________________________________

 

Scripture Reference____________________________________

 

Scripture References:

James 4:3

Matt 5:42

Duet 14:23

We will discuss the last two steps next time!

For a full discussion tune into

 

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/universallifechurch

 

On Wednesday from 9-10 pm that is Dr. Davids Bible Bootcamp and it is preceded by My Prayer Closet with Bishop Andrew Manley hosting from 8-9 pm.

 

 

 

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