Read Proverbs 11-12 before reading today’s message.
Throughout the entire book of Proverbs we are presented with practical instruction and guidance, specifically concerning money. In being 100% honest, I will tell you that I have not met victory over this area in my life yet. However, I’m fighting to let the Lord walk alongside me and teach me how to be a better steward of my money.
Deep down we all somehow grapple with using our money wisely. We learn from the bible why we should tithe and how to keep money from becoming an idol in your life. But sometimes I personally struggle to take in these truths because I would rather not think about it. It’s more comfortable to continue my bad habits than to learn wise habits. Recently, I have been convicted in this area of my life through reading Proverbs 11. There are many truths about money that we should all learn and strive to live out, but these two truths stuck out to me the most.
- Be generous in giving
- Place people’s needs ahead of your own profit
I have learned that I MUST pray for the Lord to change my heart in this area. As a human, it is not always my natural instinct to give. Whether we like it or not, we all crave control and the desire to hold tight. In order to be generous in giving, we must learn to freely let go. In verses 24 and 25, we see how giving freely and letting go of fleshly desires actually enables us to be “refreshed” and “gain more.”
Be generous in giving
“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
It is important to first, give back to the One who gave to us through tithing, and second, be in the position where you are able to give freely. From what I have learned, being a good steward with your money is more than spending wisely or tithing 10% of your income. It is managing your money to be in the position where you can not only give back to the church, but also to people who need it.
Place people’s needs ahead of profit
I love the depiction in Proverbs 11:26 of the blessing that comes from one “who is willing to sell” or let go.
“People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.”
We all have needs, and there are a lot of hurting people in our world. Many times I see pain and poverty and want to give all that I have, but I am not in the position to do so. I read this verse and wanted to be someone who puts others needs above the profit I gain. This is an overwhelming desire but it can be overwhelming. I am still seeking advice in this area, but challenge all of you who feel convicted to fight to become victorious in this area. I challenge you to join by following a few guidelines that will point us to victory!
- Pray to God and ask Him to guide you in this area and help you to be strong enough to become good stewards of your money and seek advice or help in the areas of your finances that need wisdom.
- Make a budget and have someone hold you accountable to it.
- Look at small ways you can give outside of tithing, whether it be as small as treating a friend who is having a bad day to coffee or as big as funding a missional movement.
- Open your hearts, eyes and ears to needs around you. Pray and ask the Lord to show you ways you can give back either monetarily or with your time and do it.
We are in this together, and I will be praying for all of you and if you all will praying for me we can experience victory in this together.
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