Nuts and bolts of christian finance 5


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Nuts and bolts of christian finance 5

  1. 1. Gospel Baptist Tabernacle 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 Where the Love of God abounds, everyone is welcome. Children’s Church taught by Paul and Marsha Davis during preaching. February 2, 2014 1
  2. 2. Work able God’s Plan to supply the needs of His children Manage Giving Mindset and Attitude 2
  3. 3. Don’t forget the most basic and most important Truth that we have learned. God owns me and my stuff. I am a servant of the Most High God. 3
  4. 4. In Gen 39, we find the account of Joseph, as a slave in Egypt. His brothers had sold him to a slave caravan, who carried him into Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh. Joseph was a slave, but his master saw that he was smart and that God blessed all that Joseph did. Potiphar made Joseph steward, or manager, over all that he owned. He trusted Joseph to manage it honestly and wisely. 4
  5. 5. Just like Joseph was for Potiphar, we are managers of God's provision. Joseph was sold into slavery, but -- We have asked God to purchase us and make us His servants. God bought us with the Blood of Jesus. And He places certain things into our hands. It all belongs to God; we are simply His stewards. 5
  6. 6. Job 41:11 NIV Who has a claim against Me that I must pay? Everything under Heaven belongs to Me. God owns me and my stuff. God owns everything that exists, and He has appointed men to care for it for a time. The careful, res ponsible use of all that God puts in our Use it all as God would have it used. 6
  7. 7. As God's servants, we have an obligation to be wise stewards. And to be wise stewards will bring blessing. From a strictly practical point of view, it boils down to this: There is more value in taking care of things we have, than in getting more. 7
  8. 8. Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. That’s a promise and it’s a fact, as we live His Way. God does supply all our need, but it is up to us to take care of all that He supplies, so that we have it when we need it. That is called stewardship or management. 8
  9. 9. If God gives me $200 this week and I don’t have any bills due, I could spend $50 on groceries and have $150 left to spend as I wish; Right? Wrong! What about the light bill coming due? What about the phone bill coming due in two weeks? Need money to fix it. God already supplied, and I spent the money. 9
  10. 10. God won’t give you the money again when you need it. He gives it to you as you work, and expects you to plan ahead and save it. Most people’s biggest problem is wasting God’s Provision. Prioritize your spending. 10
  11. 11. Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. That is the problem with most people's finances: those little foxes that take a little here and a little there and leave you wondering where it went. Those little foxes spoil the vineyard of our financial well-being and leave us broke. 11
  12. 12. Fox # 1. Wasteful habits: Prov 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Lazy worker Wasteful person 12
  13. 13. Perhaps, buying something new when the old is still perfectly good, just because he is tired of it. And then sell the old to someone at a huge loss and think he made some money. 13
  14. 14. Waste can be something as small as throwing out food that isn't spoiled; To something big and expensive. Something small like $3 - $5 a day for lunch, when you could carry your lunch for $1. 14
  15. 15. Expensive hobby Big vacation “It’s in the budget;” Spending too much on Christmas or birthdays You may need to take it out. 15
  16. 16. We need to learn to watch for the little foxes that eat up our extra money before we realize it. $2/day = $14/wk = $60/mo = $730/yr Save that $2/day @5% for 10 years and you have $9,300 $2 isn’t much money, but $9,300 is quite a bit. We throw away $2 without even thinking about. 16
  17. 17. You have wasted $15 in five minutes. 17
  18. 18. Track your spending for a month. Write down everything you spend money for. Add it up for the month. 18
  19. 19. Don’t waste God’s Provision and then wonder why you don’t have the necessities of life. Save for future needs. 19