Wealth in the Bible

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Wealth in the Bible

New here?  Welcome!  You can read the first post in this study here.

Explore with me at Wealth in the Bible as I study God’s word, reading the bible in one year to find verses that can help guide us on wealth, it’s accumulation and how to be stewards of what God has blessed us with.

Do you Desire to know what God says about Wealth in the Bible?

Do you Desire to know what God says about Wealth in the Bible?

Consider: God will get it to you, if He can get it through you.

We’ll explore the concept of being a good steward and investing through Wealth in the Bible. Join me!

I’d love to read your comments, hear your thoughts and input on how we can best be used to do God’s work through our abundance; through the overflow He has blessed us with!

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The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

This is a book that I read for the second time last year. I’ve had it on my shelf for years. After doing so, I vowed to reread it every year. It is such a good, focused book! I believe it is also one that can help with your Christian wealth journey.

Set up as a 40 day study, the Purpose Driven Life looks at the Christian role in life. It takes into account what God’s word says about us, what He asks of us and what our interests and skills involve. It is a book that first and foremost sets the scene by building us up. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God loves us so much. I find myself in such a positive mood after being reminded of these truths.

For each day, there’s about 15 minutes worth of reading with a bible verse to remember at the end and a question to reflect on. Within the pages that are read, there is a lot of reference to scripture to help build points that the author is making.

If you desire to make a difference in life with your faith – I encourage you to read this book. What’s more, I think it can help you to truly focus on what’s important. In this way you won’t be wasting time and energy on fruitless activities. Plus, it will allow you to recognise your skills and passions and how these play a role in reaching others for God’s kingdom.

I believe it also helps you to focus on where you can invest your finances – and how you can best do this for God’s glory. As a wealthy Christian, I encourage you to read the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. See that it won’t help you to focus on how you can use and invest your finances for eternity.

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Wealth in the Bible Wrap Up

Hi everyone!  I have now completed my study of reading the bible in a year and finding what God’s word says about wealth.  Granted it took me a little longer than a year, but I did have a baby in the middle of the study!

Wealth in the Bible Wrap Up

Wealth in the Bible Wrap Up

If you want to read the posts by month, here’s the first post for each month:

  1. January 2016
  2. February 2016
  3. March 2016
  4. April 2016
  5. May 2016
  6. June 2016
  7. July 2016
  8. August 2016
  9. September 2016
  10. October 2016
  11. November 2016
  12. December 2016
  13. January 2017
  14. February 2017

Although this study is completed, this topic is far from exhausted.  I will continue to write posts and review financial books / Christian books on this blog.  I am also in the process of writing a free course for wealthy Christians that I will make available on Udemy and link here.  Stay tuned!

Alternatively you can sign up to Wealth in the Bible and I’ll notify you once it’s live!

Bring the Whole Tithe

Malachi 3:8 – 10 – ‘“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty. “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”’

Many people will say that it is not good to test God. And yet, in this verse He specifically commands us to do so! For those who are holding back from giving to God what is rightly His, He says they are under a curse.

In fact, as we rob God, we are also robbing ourselves! How so? God indicates that when we withhold from him – as in those who do not bring the whole tithe – then God is restricted in how He can bless us. If instead we choose to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse – into God’s house – then He will bless us.

Bring the Whole Tithe into the Storehouse; God will Bless you

Bring the Whole Tithe into the Storehouse; God will Bless you

And how much will he bless us? A little? Perhaps a bit more than what we have given? No, so much that we will not be able to store it all! What a wonderful image! If we choose to be faithful to God with our tithe and give back what is His anyway, then He will bless us with so very much! So much that we will be filled to overflowing and be in such an incredible position to be able to bless many others! Exciting.

If we do not know how to give to God what is rightly His, then we will struggle to bless others from our abundance. Get things right – bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. God will bless you for it.

Financial tip – learn to give! God will only give it to you, if He can get it through you!

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Out of Her Earnings

Proverbs 31:16 – 17 – ‘She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.’

Many people are familiar with the proverbs 31 woman. And I know that some women feel it is an awful lot to live up to! I love that it talks of a woman who also earns and invests.

Out of Her Earnings she Does Much

Out of Her Earnings she Does Much

Being a wealthy Christian is not restricted to one gender but rather encompasses every Christian. And this woman in proverbs 31 is one who out of her earnings is able to plant a vineyard. Why can’t that be you? Could you be a Christian who is able to consider a field and buy it?

It is great that this woman is able to invest and plant. She also knows how to work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. The way we are able to be strong in areas is through consistent work or practice. Muscles are built because they are used and tested time and again. It is the same with regards to our finances – we can stretch our learning about money and we can also work harder to earn more.

Out of Her Earnings

Would you like to be referred to as a wealthy Christian who out of their earnings is able to do much? Why not make that a goal for yourself for this year? Learn about investing, work hard to earn and practice putting your money in areas where it will multiply, bless others and support yourself.

Wealth tip – set yourself a financial goal and list some ways you can actively work towards this (develop a brand, website, products, service, etc). Share this goal with one or two trusted friends and be accountable – work toward it on a regular basis.

His Own House

Haggai 1:9 – ‘“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty, “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.”’

I believe that this verse can give us a great insight into why things don’t go well for us.  This can be in reference to finances and also in life in general. At the end of the day, we’re so busy focused on what we want in life, that we forget our purpose. We are on this earth to please God, to be in relationship with Him and to let others know about Him. For the person who is busy with his own house, God’s word states that they will not experience abundance.

Oh, they may expect it. They’ve invested in a manner that is deemed wise. Surely there will be a bountiful return! At the end of the day, if we live this life with the focus on selfish gain, God can and will take it away at a time that suits Him.

His own House should not come Before God's

His own House should not come Before God’s

His Own House

In your life as a wealthy Christian, do not forget to look after God’s house. Make sure you’re connected to a local church family and that you’re giving into this house. Give of your time, your skills and of your finances. This pleases God and He will bless you for it. Pity the man who first looks after his own house, rather than God’s house.

Wealth tip: You cannot lose on an exponential increase. If you put money into a savings account, this earns interest. Once this is earned, the interest earns its own interest. You can’t lose!

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Never Have Your Fill

Haggai 1:6 – ‘You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.’

Read through verses 2 – 9. This is all about putting God’s house first. When we lose sight of what our priorities should be, we will be like the people in the above verse who never have your fill. Why? Because their focus is about themselves and more, more, more. They have forgotten to put God and His work first!

You Drink, but Never Have Your Fill

You Drink, but Never Have Your Fill

As wealthy Christians our desire should never be to acquire more for ourselves. Instead it should be to make an impact for God’s kingdom and to be as close to Him as we possibly can. In this way, whatever wealth He blesses us with, it will always be enough in light of who God is.

We need to put God’s house first. It is important to consider giving back to him and the church. In this way we will be reaching more people for Christ, pleasing God and being good stewards of what He has blessed us with. If our desire is solely to have more, then it could be said of us – you drink, but never have your fill.

Never Have Your Fill

The person who wastes their money by investing it in the wrong areas and desiring more still will never have enough. Their priorities aren’t right. Put God first and see that you will always have enough and some more still, to bless others. Plus, they will be able to bless you in time, too.

Financial tip – some annual bills like car registrations and home insurance are cheaper to pay in full, rather than in smaller more frequent amounts. Save in anticipation of these bills – they shouldn’t be a surprise! In doing so, you’ll save yourself money over the longer term to invest elsewhere.

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By his Net

Habakkuk 1:16 – ‘Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.’

It can be so easy for us to move our focus to idolising that which we feel is making our life so wonderful. Surely it is the money that we have acquired that is a great thing! Or the item that has led to us earning it. The above verse references someone who idolises their net, for it is by his net that he is able to earn income.

By his Net he Lives in Luxury

By his Net he Lives in Luxury

Never forget that the ability to earn money is one that comes from God. It is God who deserves our highest praise and our first love. Furthermore, it is God who can direct us about how to best invest, save and spend that money.

Remember that although we can be blessed with abundance, this can just as quickly be taken away. Live life with the knowledge that God has provided you with the chance to be wealthy. However, know that circumstances in life can also take this away.

Live life thankfully. Be generous as often as you can. Always acknowledge the God who allowed you to have riches in the first place – not the skill or item that resulted in earning money. It is not by his net that a person lives in luxury; it is by the God of heaven and earth.

Financial tip – setting up an offset account for your mortgage means that any money you have left over for the week or that is put aside to pay upcoming bills can be sitting against your mortgage debt and keeping your interest down. It’ll save you thousands in the long run.

My Daily Bread

Proverbs 30:7-9 – ‘“Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; 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 dishonour the name of my God.”’

In a world of weekly, fortnightly or even monthly wages, can you relate to the above verses? One way that we can financially put this into action is to only take out the money we anticipate needing for that day and using cash to pay for things. In this way, you can be using ‘my daily bread’.

Do you Pray for 'My Daily Bread'?

Do you Pray for ‘My Daily Bread’?

Would you ever consider praying this prayer? Would you ask God to provide you with only that which you need for the day? The logic in these verses is true! If we are provided with more than we need, then it is possible to feel that we don’t need God. We become proud and maybe even self sufficient.

Likewise, if we do not have enough and are left hungry, cold and lacking in other areas, then we may feel that God doesn’t care about us! Or we may resort to breaking the law to get that which we need. In this regard, praying for ‘my daily bread’ seems the best prayer to make!

In your times of plenty as a wealthy Christian, remember to put God first. Also, remember to bless others as much as you can. In times where you are lacking, remember to be thankful for what you have. Also allow God to open doors so that others can provide for you. In this way, you will always receive that which you need – my daily bread.

Financial tip – search online for a savings account that offers a high interest rate. If you’re already saving – great! Make sure that money is earning you as much as it possibly can. Be mindful of bank accounts that have ongoing fees. Many online accounts are free to set up and offer great interest rates.

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Lord of all the Earth

Micah 4:13b – ‘You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.’

It can be easy to lose perspective. Evil people gain wealth. The most humble hearted person can lose everything and everyone dear to them. We live in a fallen world. That does not mean that God is not Lord of all the earth.

The Lord of all the Earth will Receive all Finances Eventually

The Lord of all the Earth will Receive all Finances Eventually

That’s what I love about the above verse. It shows that although unjust people acquire riches in this world, ultimately they will go to the Lord. Even if they are acquired in an unethical way, they will be used for good. Do you not love the irony of the idea that money earned through slavery could be used to set people free?

Lord of all the Earth

Things will go wrong on this earth because we live in a fallen world. It is a given, but we shouldn’t forget that God is in control. He sees everything and He, the Lord of all the earth will make things right. Until that happens, He wants His children to do everything they can on this earth to provide a loving and just example. What are you doing with your wealth as a Christian? Are you impacting the world for the better? When you meet with the Lord of all the earth at the end of your life, will He say, ‘well done, good and faithful servant!’?

Financial tip – consider if a loan is necessary to make purchases; other than a mortgage, in a short time frame it should be possible to save regular amounts and purchase items outright. A $10,000 car could end up costing you 12,000 over a 5 year period and will devalue by half in the first 12 months. Buying a similar vehicle that is 12 months old with cash may be a much smarter move financially.

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You do not Realize

Revelation 3:17 – ‘You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.’

It is amazing how we can be blind to things that are so obvious to the outside observer. We can focus on one thing and completely miss another. The above verse points this out. We may be focused on all of the things that we have acquired in this life and completely forgotten to praise and thank God for his provision! There is no point in acquiring wealth if we do it for ourselves. If we do this, then God will say of us, you do not realize how much you are lacking.

You do not Realize...

You do not Realize…

If we have more finances than we need – more than we could need in a lifetime – then it is not time to settle and grow proud. Instead, it is reason for a celebration and generosity! Praise the Lord for his generous provision. Provide to those in need around you and make sure your abundance is working to create more money. Why? Because then you can give more!

You do not Realize

Don’t be a person who assumes that the wealth they are in charge of is only for them. Do not be one who doesn’t realise the responsibility that comes with having abundance! Reach out to God’s children, to the lost and provide things that they need to survive and then to live. Help them to find out about God’s love through your generosity.

Financial tip – in any mortgage, make your repayments fortnightly rather than monthly. There are 26 fortnights in a year and only 12 months, you will end up paying off equivalent to 13 months in a year if you pay fortnightly and save a lot more on interest.

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