In this world there are certain regulators that govern how we live our lives. Those regulators include things like sleep, food, the speed of travel, and access to various kinds of resources. One of the most significant regulators in life is money. How much money we have and the way we use it can significantly shape our earthly existence. That may be why God has so much to say about money in the Bible.
Money and material possessions are the second most referenced topic in Scripture. In fact, Howard Dayton, co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries, compiled a topical overview of 2,350 verses from the Bible that comment on money and possessions. Since it has such a profound impact on our lives, let’s focus on some key principles from God’s Word regarding money.
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Principle #1 – God created everything and He ultimately owns it all. Our role is to be good stewards of the things that God provides.
Psalm 24:1: 1 Peter 4:10:
Principle #2 – God loves us and so He will supply the money and things we need in life.
Philippians 4:19: James 1:17:
Principle #3 – God has delegated authority to mankind on the earth. He expects us to use our resources wisely to benefit not only ourselves and our families, but others as well.
Genesis 1:26. Mark 12:30-31:
Principle #4 – God expects His people to be givers.
Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 19:17:
Principle #5 – If we plant a seed through our giving, that seed will be multiplied back to us in the time of harvest.
Malachi 3:10, Luke 6:38
Principle # 6 – We are to be thankful for what we have. We are not to be greedy for more or envious of other’s material things.
1 Timothy 6:6, Hebrews 13:5
Principle #7 – God wants us to be free from burdensome debt.
Proverbs 22:7, Romans 13:8
Principle #8 – God wants us to work to provide for our families.
1 Timothy 5:8, 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Principle #9 – A godly person leaves a legacy.
Proverbs 13:22, Psalm 37:25
Principle #10 – The final Biblical principle we will examine regarding money is that it is a resource to be used and not an idol to be worshiped.
Matthew 6:19-21’ Matthew 6:33
If our heart is for God, then He will be our treasure. When we put the Lord first, our money will be used to honor Him, to provide for our family, and then to care for those in need as we are directed by the Holy Spirit. As we do these things, God will provide for our needs and will bless us with good things that will bring peace and joy to our lives.
NOW YOU KNOW.