Being Wise with Money
The underlying thought many of us have is this: I will be enough when I have enough.
- The Inherent GOODNESS of money
– The book of Proverbs is based on the book of Genesis, which unlike other cultures, sees God creating a material world that is good, that is to be enjoyed and that is to be cared for.
“God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; (Genesis 1:28)
- The Spiritual Danger of Money
“The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.” Proverbs 28:22
“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper” Proverbs 28:25
- Greed operates out of a scarcity mentality that says “I will never have enough.”
#2. It has the power to corrupt your integrity
“The Lord abhors dishonest scales but accurate weights are his delight.” Proverbs 11:1
#3. It has the power of self absorption to the detriment of others.
“People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing
to sell.” Proverbs 11:26
- “righteous” in the book of Proverbs means those who value community as a bottom line in production as well as personal profit.
- Bruce Waltke, OT Hebrew scholar
#4. Money has the power to distract you from what’s really important
“Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath” Proverbs 11:4
#5. Money has the power to make you proud
“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say who is the Lord? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8,9
“Who is the Lord?” – Pharoah
- There’s nothing like economic success to make you feel overconfident.
III. Breaking the power of money
#1. Assume you’re in denial. (Luke 12:15)
#2. Through generosity: the principle of scattering
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more and there is one who withholds more than is right but it leads to poverty.” Proverbs 11:24
- The one area in which this paradox is true:
- The only way for you to turn your wealth into real riches is by giving it away.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
“It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.” Proverbs 14:21
“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
- Generosity is not a strategy to manipulate God, but to manifest what God has already given to us
- Your soul flourishes when you are generous.
- The tithe (10%) is a great place to begin. Start somewhere
“You cannot serve God and money”- Jesus
- Money is a rival god and if you put your trust in it, it will destroy you. But if you put your trust in Jesus, there’s no need for worry.