Monday, February 11, 2013

Money, Money, Money!

Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. (Heb. 13:5)

Money. The SECOND most talked about subject in the Bible after love. What are we to make of all the mayhem around this word called money? For starters, it could either make us or break us depending on our approach to this subject matter.

For our sake, let's take a look at 3 facts that will challenge you to further explore your perception of your finances. These concepts will help you move into a more peaceful frame of mind when it comes to thinking about money.

1)Everything belongs to God- Before we can even begin to discuss what you have and how you use it, we need to understand that everything we own really belongs to God. This is mentioned several times in the Bible - examples can be found in Deuteronomy 10:14, Psalm 24:1, and 1 Chronicles 29:11. While we may (or may not) have lots of material possessions right now, they are only temporary. You can't take them with you when you leave this world. We should avoid getting attached to the things of this world because we are only borrowing them.

This didn't hit home until I once woke up one day to come to the realization that my health and money is gone. All gone. Then...

BAM!!! 

I finally came to the understanding that EVERYTHING that has been given to me during my life on this planet are only TEMPORARY. Granted, did I struggle with this after I have gotten used to having money around and be able to do whatever needed to get done? You bet! Once I have understood that these things are only temporary, my mind would ease.

2)The Lord is in control- In Isaiah 55:8-9, the Lord tells us that His plans are bigger than ours and that the plans He has for us are beyond our comprehension. We need to focus on allowing God to be in control of everything, including our money, so that He can work through us to improve not only our lives, but also the lives of those around us. This is confirmed in Romans 8:28

3)The Lord will take care of you- If you seek God's Kingdom first, He will provide for your every need. You can read about it in Psalm 34:10, Matthew 6:31-33, and Philippians 4:19. We need to use the skills and abilities that the Lord gives us (Exodus 36:1-2). It is the Lord who decides whether we succeed or fail (Psalm 75:7).

Although you may experience some hardships along the way, don't feel that your efforts to follow the Lord are in vain. Remember what happened to Joseph. His brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt, but he became a powerful ruler in Pharaoh's household. God put Joseph through tough circumstances in order to save His people (see Genesis 39:2-5 and 45:4-8). 

When I look back at everything that has been "lost", I find it very comforting to know that God has replaced the things that were most important to my life and has given me a new lease on life by providing me the resources that have become invaluable to me and to my family. 

In conclusion, let's reflect on our own behavior and determine whether our actions have been in line with what God wants for our lives. If you feel that there is more that you could be doing, make a commitment to yourself, between you and God, to realize that your possessions are only on loan from God and to put forth an effort to move out of the driver's seat so that God can be in control. 

Allow God an opportunity to take care of you and to work wonders in your life. Once you let go, your life will never be the same.


Thanks again for reading this post friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you...and so do I!!!...:-)