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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Financial Wisdom

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.” Proverbs 3:13-19

Wisdom produces financial blessings. Wisdom prolongs days and brings riches and honour. She brings peace and fulfillment and joy. So, we can see that wisdom that does not manifest discouragement (unhappiness) and lack.

Wisdom is the cure for confusion. (James 1:5). We are going to ask God for wisdom concerning all things that pertain to life.

Faith comes by hearing and understanding comes by the word.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7.

Financial wisdom
It is important as Christians that we discuss the issue of finance. Listen to what the scriptures say about money and we will find out that it is a vital part of life.

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1Timothy 5:8

The word house means family. Here the word informs us that as believers who walk by faith we are to provide for our own and those of our own family. Failing to do so indicates that we denied the faith and are worse than an infidel. We have a responsibility before God and it is not to be taken lightly. Denying the faith indicates that you are not righteous, thus you are an infidel. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH! The just are those that does what is right in God's sight.

You provide for your family spiritually, socially, physically, emotionally and financially.

“A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.” Ecclesiastes 10:19

The bible teaches that money answers all things. So, is money evil?

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1Tim. 6:10

Money is widely misunderstood in the Christian circle. The bible teaches that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Believers have lacked wisdom concerning money. Money has its importance and place but money can also become the opposite and opponent of God.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”Matt. 6:24

Two things can become your masters according to Jesus, either God or money.
The word that we have to pay attention to here is love and hate. Remember that it is the love of money that is the root of all evil and Jesus said that God or money can become your master. How will you know who is your master? By finding out who controls your life!

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”2 Corinthians 2:11

Three primary weapons of the devil are

* Deception

* Temptation

* Accusation

Ignorance is a controlling tool of the devil. Ignorance can steal from you, destroy what yours and kill.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6