{Week 1, Journey to Financial Freedom, Part 2}


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Previously I shared with you our pursuit to find financial freedom. Well here we are, Part 2, and I have so much to share with you. I will do my very best to keep it as brief as possible, but bear with me- this is such an amazing and close-to-home topic- I sometimes get out of hand (smile).

First things first.

YOUR MONEY COUNTS by Howard Dayton is an amazing book that will help get you started. For $11.00, you can learn the basics about God’s way of handling finances.

Some of the most important things I learned from this book (which took me straight to Scripture):

  • All that I have, all of it, belongs to God
  • God’s financial principles differ greatly from the world’s financial principles
  • If I cannot manage the riches given to me here on earth, I won’t be entrusted with the ‘true’ riches
  • How we handle money indicates the level of our relationship and trust in God

Scripture to Memorize

“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of worldly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?” (Luke 16:11)

“Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21)

“No one can serve two masters, Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

Okay, so now you’ve read some of what Scripture has to say about money and possessions. Let’s stop and take a look at our own lives.

Questions to ask ourselves:

  • Am I being faithful with the riches (money, possessions, even gifts and talents) God has given me?
  • Am I ready to stand before God and be accountable for what I’ve done with what He’s given me?
  • Am I truly devoted to God or is my affection leaning towards the things I have, the things I can attain, the things I want?

Answering these simple questions should give you a good look at the condition of your heart. Why does that matter?

Well, my friend, it matters because God doesn’t need our money. He is the owner of it all, yet He chooses to use us as His distributors of wealth here on earth. If our heart (when it comes to money and possessions) is not right, we hinder what God wants to do with us and through us.

Yep! That’s right, you heard me. It’s more about the condition of the heart than it is about your money!!!

Let’s Go There

Now, it won’t be easy. I’m not giving you an easy way out of your mess. It took years to get  where you are today, and it will take time to learn God’s principles for handling your finances. But come on- let’s get real. Who are we kidding? You ‘gotta deal with this every single day. Why not try something different?

This week, if you are up for the challenge after going through the questions above, I want you to try to make what Crown Financial calls, the QUIT CLAIM DEED. (A simple sheet of paper will do.) On the top write:

On this day (fill in the date), I ____(fill in your name)____ transfer ownership of the following possessions to God:

(List the possessions you are transferring ownership of.)

Sign and date

See you right here next week. I’d love to hear from you. Send us your comments and emails.

What’s your view on God being the owner of it all? On transferring ownership to Him? Have any ideas that will help along the way?

 


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About Darlene Collazo

Daughter of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Encourager. Lover of words and all things creative. Fellow companion on this journey {In Pursuit} of the abundant life God has for us.

Posted on September 4, 2011, in BUDGETING, FINANCES, FINANCIAL FREEDOM and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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