God's Manner of Finances
II Choronicles 20:20
And they rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, O Judea and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God , and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed."
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; :May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces."
Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.
Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Finances are the way God determines if people really honor Him. The lip service is removed. The actual giving of your finances is demonstration of your honor. In the Garden of Eden the tree Adam and Eve were instructed not to touch was in the center of Eden. It was honor to walk past it and not touch.
Abel brought of his first fruits as God had instructed. Cain didn't bring the right stuff and in so doing showed dishonor. If you'll remember, Cain's offering wasn't accepted.
Could it be that even though God is very loving, generous, forgiving, full of mercy and goodness, He still expects us to handle our finances according to His guidelines? And, to not do so is showing dishonor and not acceptable in His sight?
An easy, simple budget is 10% to God, 10% to Savings, and live on the rest. It is not as difficult as you may think. The only hard part is the commitment. Once you've made the firm commitment, God will make the rest work for you.
The promises of God are for everyone that accept Him as Savior AND Lord of their life. Being Savior means you believe that through Jesus you can be saved from hell. Being Lord means you believe Jesus enough to do what He says and allow His way to bring change about in your life here on earth.
Romans 10:9-10 still says:
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart mand believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
If you are ready to receive Him, God won't tell you no.