5 Biblical Keys For Financial Freedom
One of the most debilitating ways that a person can be in bondage is when he or she is in financial bondage. The mountain seems too high to climb.
The hole seems too deep to crawl out of.
The possibility of ever achieving financial freedom seems impossible.
If you are there, or you have ever been there,
you know the desperation that comes from financial bondage.
If that is you, hear this word of hope:
you can experience financial freedom again.
God can do that in your life. Some things will need to change,
and change is always difficult. But,
if you will trust what God says about money
and do things His way when it comes to your finances,
you will be able to walk in the peaceful and pleasant joy of financial freedom.
Here is how...
1. Realize God owns it all.
Everything that you have belongs to God.
He is the One who gave it to you.
He is who gave you the ability to work and earn a paycheck.
He has blessed you with the things of life that you have.
Every aspect of your possessions
and your wealth is yours because God gave it to you.
Because of that, He is the owner.
You are only the steward.
Since you are the steward,
your responsibility is to be faithful to the One who owns it all.
You manage what God has given you.
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful
(1 Corinthians 4:2, NIV)
When you come to the place that you realize that
everything that you possess is God’s and He has called you
to take care of it for Him,
then you will be on your way to financial freedom.
2. Reap what you sow.
Here is the law that God has created in this world:
whatever is planted is what will be harvested.
It’s true in agriculture. Corn seeds bring corn plants.
Apple seeds grow apple trees. It is also true in finances.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.
A man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7, NIV).
Generosity planted by someone brings a harvest of God’s blessing
and God’s generosity into that life.
When you give with cheerful hearts that love the
opportunity to be a blessing to others,
God will pour His blessings into you.
3. Give and it shall be given to you
Jesus teaches a great truth about giving.
Whatever measure you use to measure how you will give is
the same measure God will use to determine how He will give to you.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38, NIV).
If you measure your giving with a thimble,
God will measure His blessing in your life with a thimble.
If you measure your giving with a dump truck,
God will use that same dump truck to measure how He gives to you.
Look at the widow who gave the last little bit she had (see Luke 21:1-4),
do you not think that God poured out
His incredible blessings since she had given everything?
When it comes to giving to God,
He calls us to bring the tithe unto Him.
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 there will not be room
enough to store it (Malachi 3:10, NIV).
Look how God responds to a tither.
God opens the floodgates of heaven
and pours out the blessings into that life.
It may or may not be monetary blessings.
But, God will bless when someone is obedient in the tithe.
5. Helping the poor
When someone is gracious unto the poor and the struggling,
God is gracious to the one who gives.
Your helping heart catches God’s attention. He will help you.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done
(Proverbs 19:17, NIV).
God notices when you are a blessing to those
who are going through tough times.
He will pour out His blessings in your life and you bless others.