I’ve always wanted a quick, handy money outline. Lucky for me, the church did a message on Finances as part of a marriage series recently.
Main Verse: Matt 25:14-18 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.”
Blessing – God’s supernatural provision
Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
The Law of Ownership: Remember where you got it and who it belongs to (God)
The Law of Stewardship: v 15 “And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” (Ability = demonstrated capacity)
People are looking for instant gratification. We spend more than we make. Proverbs 21:20 “There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise. But a foolish man squanders it.”
People are unprepared for storms. Luke 15:14 “But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.”
Division – blaming God and blaming others (for your financial situation).
How to “tag” God in when you’re against the ropes: 1) admit where you are financially; 2) seek God’s help & expert Christian counsel; 3) create a budget Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”; 4) order is important
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Other money reminders:
Luke 16:10-12 If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? (I love this reminder. Take care of other people’s things!!!)
Prov 21:6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
Deut 8:18 And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Prov 13:11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.
Prov 13:18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored.
Prov 10:4 Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.