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Stewardship

It is important for Christians to learn how to successfully manage their finances. Most Christians experience debt some time during their life. It is advisable for them to get out of debt and stay out of debt.

Many people today have been trained with certain skills to be money earners. Some have increased that ability by developing those skills or changing their vocation. Very few have been trained on how to effectively spend and manage money.

Christians should be taught how to biblically and sensibly manage their finances. Knowing basic fiscal principles will help Christianís to be financially successful.

When becoming a Christian a person experiences three basic changes:
  1. A change of status.

    We are no longer subject to satan, but are children of the Most High God and citizens of His Kingdom.

  2. A change of position.

    We are seated together with Jesus Christ in heavenly places.

  3. A change of allegiance.

    Our allegiance is to God, His Kingdom, its laws, culture and financial system.

    It is important for Christians to adapt themselves to this new way of living.

There are nine important things we should understand about true riches, possessions and the things of this world:

We should understand nine important things:

  1. We should understand the infinite principle of ownership. It is important to understand that God owns everything.

    Psalm 24:1
    "The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."

    Haggai 2:8
    "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts."

    God owns everything and can pass its ownership to whomsoever He pleases.

  2. We should understand what is most important to us?

    God and His Kingdom should always be first in our lives above all the things that we desire and possess.

    Matthew 6:33
    "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

  3. We should understand what the true focus of our love should be.

    We are told to love God and not things.

    I John 2:15

    "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

    We are to set our affection on Him and His things.

    Colossians 3:1-2
    "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."

  4. We should understand that God is the source of everything we need and desire.

    God entrusts possessions and wealth to all of us.

    Deuteronomy 8:18
    "But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth."

    God knows what we need, supplies those needs and continuously blesses us.

    Matthew 6:32
    "For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things."

    Philippians 4:19
    "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

  5. We should understand that God prospers and blesses us in five areas of our life:
    1. Financially,
    2. Physically,
    3. Intellectually,
    4. Emotionally,
    5. Spiritually.

    3 John 2
    "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."

    Psalm 1:3
    "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

    God wants us to experience total prosperity.

    We are to prosper in everything we do. We are to prosper in Body, Soul and Spirit. If we are obedient to God and do what he commands us to do, we will experience total prosperity and success.

    Joshua 1:8
    "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

  6. We should understand that we may receive the things we need, by prayerfully asking God.

    Matthew 21:22
    "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

  7. We should understand that we must be good stewards of what God gives us.

    He requires us to intelligently, responsibly use and invest what He has given us.

    God gives:
    • Abilities
    • Talents
    • Health
    • Wealth
    • Money
    • Property
    • Possessions
    • Stocks and shares
    • Valuables
    • Positions
    • Honor
    • Royalty
    • Many other things

  8. We should understand that God requires good stewardship of our talents and abilities!

    He wants us to use our talents and develop what He has given us.

    Matthew 25:15-21
    "And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man, according to his several abilities; and straightway took his journey. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things."

    By knowing and practicing the above eight principles, we will be able to experience the ninth principle.

    We will be able to move to a higher dimension of receiving from God.

    This higher dimension of receiving comes, after God has found us to be faithful good stewards of earthly riches. He then can entrust to us true spiritual riches.

  9. We should understand that God requires Good stewardship of spiritual riches.

    There is a scriptural connotation between earthly and spiritual riches. If God cannot trust us with earthly riches, why would He trust us with spiritual riches?

    Luke 16:11
    "If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?"

    There are many Christians who go through life and ignorantly or stubbornly miss this truth. They never experience the powerful spiritual things of God in their life. How sad!

    It is wonderful for those who are good stewards of Godís earthly blessings, to then focus their attention on and seek above things.

    Colossians 3:1-2
    "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."

Experiencing the financial realm of Godís Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is not subject to earthly kingdoms. Its finances and economy are far above the fiscal principles of this world.

The Kingdom of God is above negatives things such as inflation, depression, recession, loss or lack.

Godís Kingdom enjoys an abundance of supply and its wealth is designated for the needs of Christians.

Gods Kingdom here on earth, has enjoyed a consistent track record of prosperity and success. This is evident throughout the Bible and history.

God wants to bless all of His children as He blessed Abraham in the Old Testament.

Galatians 3:14
"That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ;"

Like any other father, God wants heaven and earth to see how He profits and blesses His children.

1 Timothy 4:15
"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all."

Matthew 7:11
"How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"

God actually causes an exchange of wealth in favor of the righteous.

Proverbs 13:22
"The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

A new way of thinking will make better stewards of us

This new thinking involves a new value system that has three aspects:
  1. How we value ourselves.

    Proverbs 23:7
    "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:"

    Do we think about ourselves, positively or negatively?

    We should think of ourselves as Children of the Most High God. We are citizens of Gods kingdom and of Royal and Kingly stature. Our body is a Temple of the Holy Ghost. We need a change and renewal of mind.

    Romans 12:2
    "But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."

    God wants us to put away childish thinking and think soberly and maturely.

    1 Corinthians 13:11
    "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."

    We must not harbor thoughts of worry that cause us to take unwise and irresponsible financial decisions.

    Matthew 6:31-34
    "Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself."

    God doesn't want us to worry.

    He wants us to relax, trust Him and enjoy a peaceful nights rest.

    Psalm 127:2
    "He giveth his beloved sleep."

  2. How we value others.

    We are to respect, value and love others as we love ourselves.

    James 2:8
    "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:"

  3. How we value things and possessions.

    We should appreciate all that God has created on land, in the forests, skies, rivers and oceans. We should love and respect nature.

    John 1:3
    "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made."

    We should appreciate and value all wealth and possessions that God has entrusted to our care. Christians should be hardworking and creative. God abhors idleness and laziness.
Christians should always be hard working and care for their family.

Proverbs 19:15
"An idle soul shall suffer hunger."

Nehemiah 4:6
"For the people had a mind to work."

1 Timothy 5:8
"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."

God gives Christians special abilities, creative thoughts, inventions and favor.

Proverbs 8:12
"I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions."

Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

We need to take the challenge and with confidence achieve success.

Hebrews 10:35-36
"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise."

Galatians 6:9
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

By perseverance and hard work we will achieve our goals, be successful and prosperous.

Christians are called to be givers.

God is the greatest giver of all time to those who are willing to receive:
We are Godís children, born again of His incorruptible seed and partakers of His Divine Nature.

2 Peter 1:4
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature."

By our new nature we should also be givers.

God's example of giving inspires us to be givers. By giving, we empty our barns and make room for more blessings from God in our lives.

Luke 6:38
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Understanding the Genesis Principle

In the book of genesis, many spiritual principles have been introduced and established. God meant them to be applied by all generations until the end of time.

Here are seven spiritual principles introduced in Genesis:
  1. Man experienced Godís fellowship and love.
  2. Man experienced Godís mercy and forgiveness of sin.
  3. Man served and obeyed God.
  4. Man experienced Godís provision for every need.
  5. Man prayed and God answered.
  6. Man worshipped God by giving first fruits.
  7. God Covenanted with man.
The giving of first fruits is one of these principles and continues throughout the Bible.

Genesis 4:4
"And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:"

Exodus 23:15-19
"And none shall appear before me empty ... When thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field ... The first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God."

Nehemiah 12:44
"And at that time were some appointed ... for the first fruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields."

First fruits are tithes.

Leviticus 27:30
"And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD."

Malachi 3:10
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse."

Here are five examples:
  1. First fruits in the time of Adam.

    It is evident from scripture that Adam taught his children to bring their first fruits to God.

    Genesis 4:4
    "And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:"

    Hebrews 11:4
    "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh."

    Cain brought "some" of his fruit to and God had no respect for it.

    Genesis 4:3
    "Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD."

  2. First fruits during the time of the Patriarchs.

    Abraham brought his first fruits (tithes) to the High Priest of the Most High God.

    Hebrews 7:1-2
    "For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him: To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all:"

  3. First fruits during the time of the Law and Prophets.

    Words spoken by Moses:

    Leviticus 27:30
    "And all the tithe of the land, it is holy unto the LORD."

    Words spoken by Solomon:

    Proverbs 3:9
    "Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase:"

    Words spoken by the Prophets:

    Nehemiah 12:44
    "And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes."

    Malachi 3:10
    "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse."

  4. During the ministry of Christ.

    Jesus gave a parable that relates to first fruit giving.

    Mark 12:1-2
    "And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard ... and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant that he might receive fruit of the vineyard."

    At about the same time of this parable, they asked Him a question about giving to God and He answered them:

    Mark 12:15-17
    "Shall we give, or shall we not give? ... And Jesus answering said unto them; Render to God the things that are God's." He then went to the Temple to watch people giving.

    Mark 12:41-44
    "And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

    Jesus commended the giving of tithes:

    Luke 11:42
    "For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, these ought ye to have done."

  5. In the times of the Apostles:

    New Testament Christians give their tithes to their High Priest, Jesus Christ.

    1 Corinthians 16:2
    "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, (give) as God hath prospered him."

    2 Corinthians 9:7
    "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
There are five aspects that show the importance of giving first fruits:
  1. Giving first fruits is putting God first.

    Matthew 6:33
    "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

    It is giving to God before we give to ourselves or anyone else.

  2. Giving first fruits is honoring God.

    Proverbs 3:9
    "Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase:"

    It is giving God our very best.

    Numbers 18:12
    "All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the first fruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee.

  3. How much is first fruits?

    First fruits are synonymous with tithes.

    Nehemiah 12:44
    "And at that time were some appointed ... for the first fruits, to gather into them out of the fields."

    Giving first fruits is giving to God at least a tithe, or one tenth of what we have received.

    The Apostle Paul refers to this:

    Hebrews 7:2
    "To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;"

    The Hebrew word tithe is "maser". The Greek word tithe is "dekate". It means a tenth part.

  4. What does first fruits do?

    Giving first fruits is for our own benefit. It does not focus on what we are giving to God. It focuses on what He is giving to us.

    If God had not given us an income in the first place, we would not have first fruits to give to Him. The first fruits (tithe) we give, sanctifies the nine tenths of income that we have and removes all curses from it.

    Romans 11:16
    "For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy:"

    The first fruit is holy and always removes the curse.

    When God gave His Son Jesus as the first fruit of His children, Jesus removed the following curses from them:
    • Sin
    • Sickness
    • Poverty
    • Death and
    • Hell.

    When we give first fruits, we give the first tenth of our income to God. The remaining nine tenths is ours. The first fruit sanctifies and blesses the remaining nine tenths. Without this blessing, our money would remain as ungodly mammon.

    Luke 16:11
    "If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?"

  5. To whom do we give the first fruits?

    First fruits are given to the Priesthood.

    Hebrews 7:5
    "And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people ..."

    Abraham brought his first fruits (tithes) to his High Priest Melchisidec.

    Hebrews 7:1-2
    "For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him: To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;"

    Paul teaches that Jesus Christ is our High priest and we should give our first fruits to Him:

    Hebrews 7:14-17
    "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchisedec."

    Hebrews 7:8
    "And here men that die receive tithes; but there He (Jesus Christ) receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Four facts about Jesus and giving:
  1. He received financial gifts from men.
  2. He observed and commended people for giving in the Temple.
  3. He commanded us to give God the finances that belong to Him.
  4. He continues today to receive from us our first fruits (tithes).

Why would the Lord require us to pay tithes?

God has given us everything we have and is entitled to ask us for anything.

Job 1:21
"The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

The purpose of tithing is fourfold:
  1. It is to return to God what belongs to Him.

    God has entrusted ten tenths to us. Surely He has the right to test our faithfulness and honesty by expecting us to return a small portion, only one tenth to Him.

    Malachi 3:10
    "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse."

  2. It is Gods way of financing His Kingdom on earth.

    With the tithes received from Christians, the financial needs of the Church are taken care of.

    Malachi 3:10
    "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house."

    The storehouse is the place where the income is received and dispersed by Godís leadership. Earthly Kingdoms receive taxes from their citizens to finance their economy. God receives first fruits from His citizens to finance His Kingdom on earth.

    Ephesians 2:19
    "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God;"

  3. It is an opportunity to experience Godís faithfulness:

    Malachi 3:10
    "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

  4. It is a personal experiment:

    The only way to find out if God blesses the giving of first fruits is to personally do it.

    2 Corinthians 9:13
    "While by the experiment ...your liberal giving unto them, and unto all men;"
What happens if we do not pay our tithes or first fruits to God?
  1. We rob God.

    Malachi 3:8
    "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings."

  2. We bring a curse into our lives.

    Malachi 3:9
    "Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me."

    This curse is activated and perpetuated by the "devourer."

    Malachi 3:11
    "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;"

In our lives we experience either blessings or curses.
  1. Experiencing Blessings.

    The Blessings of Abraham were spoken over the Israelites.

    Deuteronomy 28:2-13
    "And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto: The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail:"

    These same blessings are spoken over the New Testament Saints:

    Galatians 3:14
    "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ;"

  2. Experiencing Curses.

    Deuteronomy 28:15-20
    "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed."

    Pharaoh and Egypt experienced being cursed.

    When God pronounced the curses of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, He was actually reversing the process of blessing. The normal process is giving one tenth to God, keeping nine tenths and then being blessed. God cursed Egypt with nine plagues, and the tenth was to take back their firstborn (first fruits) of everything.

How can this curse of not giving first fruits be removed?

There are three things we need to do in order for God to remove this curse:
  1. We need to recognize and admit our sin of robbing God of the first fruits (tithes).

  2. We need to repent, ask forgiveness and God will forgive our debt of the past unpaid tithes.

    Matthew 6:9-12
    "After this manner pray: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name ... forgive us our debts."

  3. We need to give God our first fruits and continue doing so.

    Compassionate giving

    This charitable giving to help others is called offerings and should be in addition to our first fruits.

    1 John 3:16-17
    "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"

    Galatians 6:9-10
    "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."

    Matthew 25:44-45
    "Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me."

    Giving to those in Ministry

    1 Corinthians 9:11-14
    Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? They which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

    Galatians 6:6-7
    Let him that is taught in the word communicate (financially give) unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    The law of sowing and reaping

    The law of sowing and reaping applies to all the principles of life. It is a perpetual law that has never failed from the beginning of time until now. It also applies to financial giving. It is a Biblical principle:

    Galatians 6:7
    "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

    Paul teaches this truth.

    2 Corinthians 9:6-7
    "But this I say, he that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he, which soweth bountifully, shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

    A financial harvest next year will depend on the financial seed sown this year.

    Luke 6:38
    "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

    Giving is a cycle that never stops.

    As we give to God we empty ourselves. He then blesses us and refills us, so that we can give to him again. This cycle continues without end.

    The hundredfold principle

    Mark 10:28-30
    "Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life."

    Here Jesus specifically mentions four things:
    1. There is a special hundredfold increase for our giving.
    2. We will receive it now in this time.
    3. It includes possessions, family blessings and eternal life.
    4. We receive all of this in spite of persecutions.

    Paul teaches this also:

    2 Corinthians 9:8-10
    "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:"

Giving to God may take on four different forms:
  1. Giving first fruits to a local Church.

  2. Giving to the poor.

    Proverbs 19:17
    "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again."

  3. Investing in other Ministries.

    Romans 15:26
    "For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem."

  4. Giving to Christians.

    Acts 2:45
    "And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need."

Whenever we give to God and for whatever reason we will be blessed.

Luke 6:38
"Give and it shall be given unto you;"

The principle of vowing

Vowing to God is a special agreement made between a person and God. When Believers experience a problem or special need in their life, making a vow to God can bring about His special intervention and help. A person can vow to give a gift or service to God in return for His help.

David did this at Godís invitation.

Psalm 50:14-15
"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.Ē When God comes to our aid, it is important to keep the vow we have promised.

Psalm 76:11
"Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared."

Christians need to be balanced in their giving.

They need to be good stewards of all that the Lord has entrusted to them.
  1. 1. They need to give themselves to God.

    2 Corinthians 8:5
    "But first gave their own selves to the Lord."

  2. They need to esteem giving to God as a special privilege and honor.

  3. They need to be stable in financial matters.

Those who are unstable in fiscal matters do the following:
  1. They break their promises to pay bills.
  2. They often are deceitful.
  3. They often are greedy.
  4. They often are covetous.
  5. They can be resentful of those who are blessed.
  6. They worry.

Godís children always give with the right attitude.

They give with cheerfulness.

2 Corinthians 9:7
"God loveth a cheerful giver."

They give with forgiveness.

Matthew 5:23-24
"Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee: Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way: first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift."

It grieves God if His children are offended. That is why He demands the reconciliation of His children before they offer gifts to Him.

Christians should not be lovers or servants of money.

Matthew 6:24
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

Christians should be content with the things they have.

1 Timothy 6:10
"For the love of money is the root of all evil:"

Proverbs 30:8-9
"Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain."

Philippians 4:11
"For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

Job 31:24-28
ďIf I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; This also was an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied that God is above."

Christians should be thankful for the blessings they receive from God.

Proverbs 10:22
"The blessing of the LORD maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Christians should be liberated from debt.

Our enemy satan tries to control and make our lives unpleasant, destroying us with debt. Debt robs us of our freedom to do things and go places for God. It causes unnecessary worry and uncertainty in our lives.

God wants to liberate us from this form of bondage.

Proverbs 22:7
"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."

Galatians 5:1
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

It often takes a miracle to be delivered from debt. We read of a man that was in trouble because he lost his neighbors axe. He was indebted to his neighbor and needed a miracle:

2 Kings 6:5-7
"One was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, Alas, master! For it was borrowed. And the man of God said, where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it."

Peter needed a miracle to pay his taxes.

Matthew 17:24-27
"And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? Jesus saith unto him ... Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee."

Eleven steps to a new future without debt and financial bondage:
  1. Pay your first fruits and offerings to God before anything else.
  2. If you have failed in the past admit it, confess it to God, repent and be faithful to pay first fruits and offerings in the future.
  3. Never submit yourself to financial bondage and debt again.
  4. Develop a budget for managing your income and expenditure.
  5. Work out a recovery plan to pay back the debt you owe.
  6. Increase your income - Get a better job, Get a second job, Embark on a money making business venture.
  7. Increase your finances by saving on your expenditures: Cut your interest rates. Buy at cheaper prices. Shop around for cheaper payments.
  8. Pay off your smaller debts first and then use that extra money to pay off larger debts.
  9. Never buy on the spur of the moment.
  10. Live within your means.
  11. Walk in the counsel of Godly people for: Finances, Investments, Purchases, Real Estate, Legal counsel, Health services

Memorize these promises of God:

Philippians 4:19
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Joshua 1:8
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

Psalm 35:27
"Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant."

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

Psalm 139:17
"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!"

John 10:10
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Psalm 116:12
"What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?"

Deuteronomy 8:18
"But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth."

Psalm 112:1-3
"Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever."

Christians should never give up on prosperity and success!

Galatians 6:9
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."


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