“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:4-7 ESV
Finance guides come and go, but as Christians throughout the centuries have known, the Bible is a finance guide for all time. From stories about rich men and paupers to proverbs with sharp insights, God’s word is filled with good advice on money.
The Bible cannot tell you how to diversify your portfolio, but it can tell you how to be the kind of person who saves enough money, spends wisely, plans ahead, gives generously, and learns to enjoy money.
Tip #1: Remember that God creates wealth
“Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” – Deuteronomy 8:18
Tip #2: Feeling rich? Give thanks to God
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 9:23-24
Tip #3: Save for the kids’ inheritance
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” – Proverbs 13:22
Tip #4: Get out of debt in order to be free
“The poor are always ruled over by the rich, so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power” (MSG). – Proverbs 22:7
Tip #5: Guard against greed
“Then [Jesus] said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'” – Luke 12:15
Tip #6: Remember that money isn’t evil, but loving it is
“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some people by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (NASB). – I Timothy 6:10
Tip #7: Give back to God
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9
Tip #8: Know that everything belongs to God
“And remember, the land is Mine, so you may not sell it permanently. You are merely My tenants and sharecroppers!” – Leviticus 25:23
Tip #9: Put God before money
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
Tip #10: Count the cost of your spending
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?” – Luke 14:28
(All verses in New International Version unless otherwise noted.)
Hebrews 12:1 – We should read the Bible conscious of the word pictures it provides. Engaging in these activities give us greater understanding of the author’s message and meaning.
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
– Romans 13:12-14
In other words, the Bible isn’t there simply to be an accurate reference point for people who want to look things up and be sure they’ve got them right. It is there to equip God’s people to carry forward his purposes of new covenant and new creation. It is there to enable people to work for justice, to sustain their spirituality as they do so, to create and enhance relationships at every level, and to produce that new creation which will have about it something of the beauty of God himself. The Bible isn’t like an accurate description of how a car is made. It’s more like the mechanic who helps you fix it, the garage attendant who refuels it, and the guide who tells you how to get where you’re going. And where you’re going is to make God’s new creation happen in his world, not simply to find your own way unscathed through the old creation.
Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. – Malcolm S. Forbes
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Jeremiah 31:31-34 – Jeremiah predicts the new covenant.
Romans 1:8 – The Gospel is God’s power
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 – The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection and the implications for followers of Jesus.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV
“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”
Romans 2:12-16 ESV