Monday, February 2, 2009

Align your perspective of wealth with the Bible – Perspectives 1 and 2

It is so important that, while managing money well and positioning ourselves for increase, we have the right perspectives on wealth. Here are a couple to think about.

1. Money is NOT my passion

Let’s be clear – God wants you to be prosperous, but not for that to be your focus. He wants to be the apple of your eye, the object of your efforts, the first place in your heart – then he adds the wealth to you.

Ecc 5:10 "If you love money, you will never be satisfied; if you long to be rich, you will never get all you want. It is useless". The bible tells us to seek first the Kingdom, then all these things will be added unto you.

If our passion is money accumulation, then we can run the risk of paying a much higher price for our wealth than we intended... in stress, in poor health, in sacrificing relationships because we are never home.

Prov 23:4 "Do not wear yourself out getting rich. Be smart enough to stop"

2 Money is NOT my security

Pastor Elwin from New Hope Hawaii says "In many respects, we seem to rely on money to determine our sense of value, to define our level of success, to measure the extent of our happiness. It's money that we turn to in order to find comfort and security, albeit a false sense of security. And as the economy goes, so goes our finances and our degree of contentment. Everything that affects us, our emotions, our happiness, our sense of satisfaction, it seems, rises and falls on the condition of our finances."

The challenge is - How much is enough? One of the greatest lies we buy into is that we will reach a point when we have enough and therefore, feel secure about our financial future. So we keep aspiring for that elusive point... of JUST A LITTLE MORE

Gerry Harvey still fears going broke, and he has $1.6bn in wealth. It doesn’t matter how much you have – you will not feel financially secure in money. God must be your financial security. Money is not secure..

Bible says "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . . "(Matthew 6:19–20 NKJV).

Haven’t we seen that lately – wealth disappearing like the wind.

Don't let money be your security, or your passion - only God.

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