Monday, March 21, 2011

Momentum in Our Finances Part 5

(I am taught three sessions at a local Christian Conference called Momentum on March 19.  The first session dealt with our finances and using them for God's Kingdom.  I have broken the talk up into 5 different sections.  This is part number 5.)

In these uncertain economic times it is hard to trust God.  There are always seems to be more bills to pay than there is money to pay them.  Yet I believe it is  only by trusting God can we experience momentum in our finances.  To have momentum in our finances means that we have the financial freedom to use our money for the good of God's Kingdom.  This requires that we will be good stewards of what God has blessed us with and that we will be generous with His resources.

To build up momentum in our finances doesn’t begin with creating a budget or making the right investments, though those things are important, but it begins by having a new perspective on our finances. Ultimately our finances aren’t about satisfying our needs and wants, but it is about using our finances in the light of God’s Kingdom. This is the big idea that I want you to take away from this series of ponderings: Our finances are an avenue through which God enables us to bless other people. God has made us stewards of this wealth so we will manage it well and bless the world with it.

I know that this is difficult to do when we see all the financial obligations, the needs, and even the wants before us. We want to know how to increase our wealth, and I think God is telling many of us, “Learn to manage what you have now well.” It will not be easy and it will go against our instincts, but that is our responsibility. That is why it comes back to trusting God to provide for our needs. If we do not trust God to provide, then we will never experience momentum, using our wealth for God’s Kingdom, in our finances. Instead we will find ourselves enslaved to debt, desire, and fear. I want to leave you with the words of the apostle Paul to Timothy:
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19; NLT)
Only by experiencing momentum in our finances can we truly use our financial resources for good in this world.

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