Part One: What are we going to do about money?

I’ve been working over 43 years – a long time in most people’s book. Our recent retreat focused me on the plight most young families face: What are we going to do about money? Where do we get it, how do we spend it and why do we always seem behind the eight ball?

Money ends up being important. Jesus talked about it often. The Old Testament sages frequently addressed it. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that has lost almost complete touch with how to deal with money.

So I’m motivated. I look around and see that our Enemy is robbing families right and left, and eventually the relationships within the families will suffer. When you see this happen, it makes you angry, because it obstructs the purposes of God. It is normal for God to bless his people with resources, for their benefit as well as the community. So what are we to do if we want to stop the robbery?

Over the next few weeks I hope to address one by one the various Biblical principles that can align your finances with the will of God. Proverbs 21:2 says that “every way that a man takes seems right in his own eyes,” but most of the time, that way is not aligned with God’s divine principles. The result? Less than God’s best and a win for Satan.

I’m tired of seeing loss. It is one thing to lose because of inability. It is altogether a different thing to lose because of ignorance. We all share the responsibility to dig into God’s word to find the ways that are pleasing – the ways that are solid and true. But we old folks have a special responsibility to highlight the pitfalls we’ve discovered as well as spotlight the remarkable joy that God wants for every household.

So PLEASE accept my invitation to travel with me down this road. The only road that is worth traveling is God’s road, and I say that without equivocation. If I look back at my own searching over the years, my experience affirms God’s singular truth. If I look back at the trials and successes of those around me, I come to the same conclusion: you can’t travel down your own make believe road and not have serious loss – even catastrophic. So PLEASE stay with me!

Why do I plead with you? Because I know from experience that Satan hates Godly patterns. He hates them. Even as you read this, you may be unconsciously pushing away a listening ear. Don’t do that. Sure, why should you listen to anyone on this subject – particularly someone you know? That’s one push-back. And yes, if you listen, God might ask you to forgo that new Ipad or Iphone or Wii or trip to Disneyworld. So just don’t listen. Forgive me, but that is falling into the Enemy’s hands, and the Enemy truly is a robber and murderer who wants to rob you and destroy you. So I plead with you: listen to what God wants to tell you and act!

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1 Response to Part One: What are we going to do about money?

  1. I’m listening. I pray I will have the courage to apply these teaching that I have seen you live.

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