You Can Be Free from Financial Fears

For most of us, no area of our life requires more trust in God than when it comes to our finances. And He knows that. Almost every book in the Bible has wisdom on dealing with money. Jesus, Himself, spent more time teaching on money than He did on most every other subject because He understood how integral this is in our life.

There is an amazing, incredible, and all-encompassing promise in Philippians 4:19 (NASB) regarding provision: And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

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Note the first two words: “God will. ...” It doesn’t say, “He might meet your needs.” It says, “He will meet your needs.” God is staking His character and His reputation on it. 

Then the Bible says, “God will supply all ...” It doesn’t say, “He will meet some of your needs.” It says “all.”

God won’t give us everything we want, but he will give us what we need ... according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. His provision for us is based on his wealth and his riches. It’s not in any way dependent on or based on your assets.

Then why is it that you have financial needs? Why do so many believers struggle in this area? Did God fail? Did he lie? No! With every promise, there is a premise. God has promised to meet all your financial needs ... IF you meet the following conditions:

1. Ask for His help. (Matthew 7:7)

Would you like to see God work in your life more? Start asking. Here’s a good rule: Before you pay for it, pray for it. Give God a chance to provide before you go out and charge it.

2. Learn to be content. (1 Timothy 6:6-7)

What is contentment? Contentment means my happiness is not dependent upon circumstances. If you don’t learn contentment, you’ll never be happy. You’ll always want more. 

3. Practice giving in faith. (Proverbs 3:9-10, CEV) 

It seems illogical that when I have a need, I should give. That’s why it requires faith. The principle of tithing, introduced in Proverbs 3:9-10, says that every time I make $100—the first $10 goes back to God. Tithing is an act of worship. We’re giving to God.

4. Trust him with your life. (Matthew 6:32-33)

We don’t need to worry if God is going to take care of us. The book of Romans tells us that God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us to pay for our salvation. If God loves you enough to send his own son to die for you, don’t you think he loves you enough to take care of your needs? 

If you’re serious about being set free from financial fears, you must choose to do what God has clearly told you to do. He said, “I will do this—the promise—if you will obey the premise.” 

Next Steps

We all need a plan for our money. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is just that plan! In this class, you will learn to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future and give like never before. As a result of this class, the average family pays off $5,300 and saves $2,700. If you would like more information about Financial Peace University, sign up for class emails.

 

 

FinancesJeff Cranston