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Managing Begins With Developing New Habits (7 of 7)
Series: Biblical Money Management
Introduction: We are on a journey to building our personal financial house according to biblical principles. How now should we live? Our ideas about life and money will shape our life and destiny. Our everyday living habits have a great shaping power on our future, especially our habits concerning our use of finances.
I. MANAGING MY RECEIVING
A. MANAGEMENT IS A DISCIPLINE
1. Biblical money management is a discipline that touches every area of my life and requires constant focus.
2. Managing is managing resources by biblical principles that allow God to bless me and other people through me.
3. Rom. 12:2, NLT Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
B. MANAGING BEGINS WITH DEVELOPING NEW HABITS
1. What is a habit?
a. Habit is a disposition or tendency leading us to do easily, naturally, and with growing certainty, what we do often. A habit is a law of our being, a kind of second nature" which grows up within us. A custom is the frequent repetition of the same act. A custom develops a habit. A custom of giving produces a habit of liberality. Frequent repetitions of an act develop that act into something that is second nature to us.
b. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda describes his battle with bad habits: "I took a pack of cigarettes from my pocket, stared at it and said, 'Who's stronger, you or me?' The answer was me. I stopped smoking. Then I took a vodka martini and said to it, 'Who's stronger, you or me?' Again the answer was me. I quit drinking. Then I went on a diet. I looked at a big plate of linguine with clam sauce and said, 'Who's stronger, you or me?' And a little clam looked up at me and answered, 'I am.' I can't beat linguine.
2. Col. 3:5,8-9 Therefo ...
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