Sunday, October 20, 2013

Money: What the Bible Teaches

It is a Sunday. Sundays are for God (as well as other days). I have been thinking on what to post about today and I decided to talk about money and the Bible. 

Financial gurus come and go. What they teach may work for a period of time unlike the Bible that has timeless messages. What is true 2000 years ago remains true 2000 years after. Regardless of your belief in religion or spirituality, the Bible speaks loudly about principles regarding money.

Although the Bible does not talk about how to diversify your income, the Bible has a large bank of advices regarding “mammon.” It teaches how you can be a person who earns money, saves money, and gives money.

(All the verses here are in King James Version).

1   1.      It is God who creates wealth. Deuteronomy 8.18.
 
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth…”

Everything that a person has is from the Lord.
 
2.       Rich men should not boast of their wealth. Jeremiah 9.23-24

23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

There is power with money. However, the rich should not be boastful of this. The Lord can give, and He can take away as well.
 
3.       Parents should save for their children and children’s inheritance. Proverbs 13.22

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

A good parent leaves inheritance for his or her children. If I take this seriously, this would reach until the third generation. 

4.       People should be free from debt. Proverbs 22.7

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

The pain of being in debt can really jab through the heart and soul. It bothers people up to their minutest cells. There is power with money. The rich does have power over the poor.

5.       Beware of being greedy. Luke 12.15

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Greed should be done away with. The life of man is not worth his material worth but spiritual value.

6.       Money is not evil. The love of money is the root of all evil. I Tim. 6.10.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Money in itself is not evil. It can be used either for good or bad. It can motivate people to do good or bad. The love of money is evil. People should guard their hearts when they look at money as the sole thing that moves them in this world.

7.       Honor God by returning tithes and offerings. Proverbs 3.9.

“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”

Give back to God which is God’s.

8.       God owns everything. Leviticus 25.23

“The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.”

A person is born and brought to this world with nothing. He will die and will not bring with him anything. God owns everything.

9.       Put God first. Matthew 6.33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

God is first.
 
10.   Plan your expenses. Luke 14.28.

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”

Everything should be planned out well. This also speaks about spending money.

The Bible is and always be the best source of principles in life.

To Your Financial Success!




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