Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Financial Freedom Class - Week One

What does the Bible say about MONEY?

  • Money is NOT evil (but the love of it is).
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Timothy 6:10

  • Money does NOT equal happiness.

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:10-12

  • Money is NOT ours - we are simply stewards of God's money.

The Parable of the Bags of Gold             Matthew 25:14-30

  • Money is NOT our security.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Money meets needs but ultimately God meets all our needs.

My mind wandered and I didn't get the next word.

  • Money is ......? : it is neither good or evil; however our use and attitude of it can be good or evil.
  • Money is a tool to trade goods and services.

  • Money or our greed for it can keep us from God.

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:9

  • Money allows us to be a blessing to others.

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Our generosity or lack there of affects our relationship with God and with others.

Is it affects or effects? I never know!

What does the Bible say about saving

Proverbs 13:11 "Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow"

Proverbs 10:4-5 "Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. 
 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son"
Proverbs 21:20 "The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down"
Proverbs 13:7 "One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth."

God has shown in his Word that it is wise to save; however it is important that saving is not an end in itself. Saving gives us the freedom to give more liberally. Giving should be a large and joyful component in a Believer's life.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;  their righteousness endures forever."   2 Corinthians 9:6-9


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