God Promises Financial Freedom Through Wise Money Management

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In God We Trust - Not Our Wealth
In God We Trust - Not Our Wealth | Source

God Provides as Much Wealth as We Can Manage Well

God says that all the money and wealth that we have is his. He has made us managers of the material wealth he has entrusted with us for the time that we live here on earth. Jesus reminds us of the temporary nature of worldly wealth and teaches us how to use our riches for his Kingdom.

Luke 16:11
And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?

We Rely on God Not Our Wealth
A man may be rich in worldly goods and be thankful and generous, and may do much good with his wealth. It is not being rich that makes a person worldly, it is the trusting in wealth, the concentration of one's thoughts on wealth, for security and happiness that makes a person worldly.

Money is not the "root of all evil", craving money, having to have more money, relying on money to solve all your problems, relying on money to bring happiness and contentment, that is the root of all evil.


Do Not Rely on Your Wealth
Do Not Rely on Your Wealth | Source

Psalm 62:10
if your wealth increases, do not make it the center of your life.

The poor are affected by wealth as much as the rich. The poor may crave wealth, believing it to be the answer to their prayers, wants and needs. The rich may idolize wealth, making it the center of their thoughts and life. David, in Psalm 49, urges us to understand and not fall prey to, the folly of a carnal security.

Psalm 49:5-7, 18-20
Why should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me? They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches. Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God. In this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success, but they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day. People who boast of their wealth don't understand, they will die, just like animals.


Not Here to Pamper Ourselves - King Solomon.  Not Here to Waste Money - King Solomon.
Not Here to Pamper Ourselves - King Solomon. Not Here to Waste Money - King Solomon. | Source

Our Wealth Is Not for Personal Indulgences

King David's son Solomon became king after David's death. When God asked Solomon what, in all the world, did he want, Solomon responded by saying he wanted wisdom to rule God's kingdom. God was pleased with Solomon's answer and, because he had answered so well, so unselfishly, God granted him extreme wealth as well as great wisdom. King Solomon spent much time trying to learn what had value in life. His conclusions are written in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Among King Solomon's findings were the following:

Solomon with all his wisdom and wealth could find no value in self-indulgence. We are not here to pamper ourselves!

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
I thought in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good". But that also proved to be meaningless. "Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?" I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly -- my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.


Our Wealth Is Not for Wasting. God Insists We Use Money Wisely

Solomon warns us that someone who wastes his money is a fool and he will end up doing all the work for the wealthy who please God.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Proverbs 8:18-21
With me (Wisdom) are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold, what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.


Israelites Hoarding Manna While Wandering in Desert - Rich Farmer Hoarding Wheat & Grain Night before His Death
Israelites Hoarding Manna While Wandering in Desert - Rich Farmer Hoarding Wheat & Grain Night before His Death | Source

Our Wealth Is Not for Hoarding

God brought the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt with all their assets intact and, through Moses, led them to their own land “flowing with milk and honey.” God performed a number of extraordinary miracles while helping the Jews escape Egypt (parting the Red Sea) and survive in the desert (made water flow from rocks). He did this to prove to the Israelites that they could trust him to provide them with everything they needed while traveling to their new land.

Exodus 16:11-12
The Lord said to Moses, I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, “At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”

But the Israelites believed in scarcity; they did not believe there were enough resources to go around. So they greedily hoarded the food (meat and manna) that God sent to them, not believing that he would provide enough for them tomorrow.

Exodus 16:19-20
Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it (the meat) until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.

The Israelites thought they had to look after themselves in any way they could to survive. They were wrong: the food they hoarded went bad and, as he promised, God provided them with fresh food the next day, and the next day, and the next.

A Rich Man Plans to Build New Barns to Hoard His Surplus Grain Rather than Help His Needy Neighbors - But, that Night He Dies.

Jesus tells the story of a very rich man who had an excess of grain following his latest harvest. Although he was rich and could afford to help those who were not as prosperous as he and needed some help to survive, he decided he would build new, larger barns to hoard his surplus grain. He said to himself, “I can now retire. I can now relax and have a good time. After all, I deserve it.” That night, as he was proudly counting all his profit and commending himself for his shrewd future planning, God came to him and said, "Fool! Tonight you die.”

God does not fault the rich man for being industrious or for his shrewd financial planning. God does condemn him for his selfishness and his all-consuming thoughts about how his riches could serve him and only him.


Source of Revenues Must Be Clean
Source of Revenues Must Be Clean | Source

Revenues and Expenses, Profit and Loss

Greed is frequently a selfish desire to obtain money, wealth, and material possessions in order to feel important and successful. If longing to be rich is a driving force with me I may be willing to do some things in earning money or investing money that are deceitful or downright dishonest. But, as a Christian, if I am willing to participate in dishonest dealings, it will boomerang back and defeat me. The law of "what I sow, I reap" always applies.

Proverbs 10:2
Ill gotten treasures are of no value.

Job 4:8
Those who sow trouble reap it.

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?

The Great Gatsby is a story of a young, wealthy man who was willing to do anything to become rich enough to attract and hold the woman he desires. He has a reputation of secrecy and intrigue, possibly involving reprehensible dealings to enhance his wealth.

1 Timothy 6:9
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.

Because it is too easy to fall into and justify small matters of dishonesty, we must guard against such temptations: taking office supplies home, falsely completing travel expenses, receiving cash for small services so as not to pay tax, or, not saying anything when a cashier gives too much change. We have to watch the small stuff because the consequences are so small it is easier to get away with them. It is not everyone who will commit major crimes to enhance their portfolio or increase their bank account. But those who do will eventually face ruin.

Mark 8:36 (KJV)
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?


Financial Freedom or Financial Enslavement - The Choice is Ours

A rich young man comes to Jesus and his disciples and falling on his knees he asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ response was to remind the young man that he knew the commandments. When the young man said he had kept all the commandments since he had been a youth, Jesus knew this was not so because he was still very much imprisoned by his wealth.

Mark 10:17
“You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

So Jesus told him that if he really did love God with all his heart (First Commandment) to give all his wealth, all his possessions to the poor and come and follow him.

The rich young man’s face fell and he went away sad because he could never part with his great wealth, not even in exchange for eternal life. In truth, this rich young man idolized his wealth and loved it more than he loved God.

Luke 18:24-25
Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

The disciples were shocked by this statement because they thought that great wealth was a sign that a man had been truly blessed by God. Jesus demonstrated by this encounter that, had the rich young man loved God more than his wealth he would have been willing to give it up for salvation.

This love of one’s wealth is what makes it hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God.

We Make the Choice

In God We Trust for Wise Money Management


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rutheddavid 5 years ago from Philippines

Great hub...

I agree with the idea that God has provided us with all the assistance we need in making sure that we live good and full lives through his written word, the Bible. Reading through the bible texts you have provided specifically shows that God has lovingly prepared a good [not necessarily a wealthy on] life for those who trust in him freeing them from all the money worries that "striving after the wind" (Ecclesiastes 2:11) puts people in.


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Thank you for your perceptive comments, rutheddavid. It wasn't easy for me to realize that God provides everything we need to accomplish what he wants. Huge amounts of money are not necessarily what I need to do what is important to me. Realizing that has freed me to do what my talents allow me to do, while those with huge amounts of money can do what their talents allow them to do.

Thanks for taking the time to read my hub. I really appreciate it.


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miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

I liked the way you explained the hub. I also believe that God does provide us with much, but we need to try to be a blessing to others that don't have and not hoard all that we have to ourselves. Great writing!


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hoarding is so easy to fall into when we fear that we will not have enough. There is a difference between hoarding and saving for the future. Thanks for your comments, miccimom. I appreciate your taking the time to read my hub.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Maralexa,

So many people are obsessed with money. Money itself is not evil but people's greed for it is.

I remember shopping at the local Winners. I don't usually check my receipt but this time I did.

I noticed I wasn't charged for all my purchases so I went back to the young man who served me. He smiled and thanked me.

Voted up and awesome.


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

It's those little things that show our character. Thank you very much for reading my hub, Sueswan. It is always good to see you.


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akune 5 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

True Maralexa, our wealth is not for personal indulgence. Eph 4:28... but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

New Living Translation (©2007)

Thank you for giving readers a chance to check their position on money.


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Thanks akune.

One of the most impactful for me is in Proverbs where it says that a fool will have to do all the work around the money that goes to the wise person. The fool with money will have to do things like log in the money, count the money, deposit the money, clean up the 'office' after working on the money, and report to the wise man who gets all the money. It sure makes me want to be wise with money.

Another impactful verse is where it says that our relationship with money shows how close a relationship we have with Jesus.

Thanks for taking the time to read this hub and to comment. It's really appreciated.

Blessings, Marilyn


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bmcoll3278 4 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

Money is not the "root of all evil", craving money, having to have more money, relying on money to solve all your problems, relying on money to bring happiness and contentment, that is the root of all evil..... A more true statement has never been made. Great hub. Very hard to live up to. But I say a prayer each day asking God to take care of my finances .Money always seems to come from somewhere when we need it most.Voted up and awesome


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

It is so true, bmcoll3278! Wealth (money) itself is not a problem. It's when we crave wealth more than anything else, or when we obsess over it rather than sharing it, that is the "root of all evil".

And it is amazing how often money comes in the most surprising ways when we need it.!!

Thanks for your kind words and voting up and awesome.

Maralexa


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Hi Maralexa. I'm interested in prosperity gospel. Do you see links between your theory here and prosperity gospel. THis subject interests me because originally fundamentalist/penecostal congregrations were more interested in the riches of the afterlife, but it now appears that the riches here on earth are as important as the riches in heaven. What are your thoughts on this concept? Cheers Michael


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi Michael. Good question. It is tempting to fall into the allure of the "prosperity gospel". There have been many books written on it. No, I do not believe this theory.

What I do believe is that we are given riches of many kinds. God is so generous. We are meant to be stewards of the wealth and riches we have.

"God promises great returns on investments," my previous hub might be of interest to you. These are the theories I try to follow.

Thanks for your thoughtful comments and question. I appreciate your reading my article.

Blessings,

Marilyn


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Thanks Marilyn! Appreciate your comments, your theories remind me of the early days of pentecostalism, not the warped version it has become today. Cheers Michael


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Always good to hear from you Michael. Your comments make me think! (so do your hubs.) The key for me is generosity of spirit. There are so many ways to share "the wealth" with which I am blessed.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Hi Maralexa,

Thanks for the fine hub. If we only stopped loving money and directed more of our attention to God, things would be far much better and clearer in perspective. Most of don't know where to direct their attention. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

God does expect us to be smart when it comes to our money and our wealth. And he wants us to enjoy what we earn. He also wants us to share it with others especially those who need it. We can trust in God. We just need to let go of trusting in things that come and go. Thanks for your comments, Anjili. I appreciate your coming by.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I just got into a conversation with my friend today regarding this very topic. This very article is full of wealth. I always like to see scriptures organized to offered to back up articles. I will definitely share this!


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Kejanny 3 years ago from Port Moresby

Amen and Amen. This is a powerful hub stating very clearly God's principles on money, money management and wisdom for business as well. May God continue to bless you with insight to share His Word with the rest of the world through your hubs. Blessings, Kejanny.


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Maralexa 3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Financial Freedom! A good New Year's resolution, don't you think? This way of going about it provides amazing results.

Thanks so much Kejanny for visiting and commenting. Happy New Year!


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Maralexa 3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Happy New Year Angela! If you have even one financial goal for this new year I hope you will consider looking deeply at what you do with money and wealth.

Thanks for your comments, sorry to take so long to get back to you. I appreciate your reading and sharing.


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Maralexa 11 months ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

New Year's Resolution: Share my prosperity and use my wealth wisely.

I read this hub again this morning and realized how much it moved me. All your comments help me learn to adjust my thinking about this important subject. It all belongs to God. How we use and share the prosperity God gives us is the "game changer."

Happy New Year, Marilyn.

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