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Series: Biblical Money Management
Introduction: God has called all believers to be good stewards. "…Give an account of your stewardship for you can no longer be a steward." Like the sirens sweet songs that lured Greek sailors to wreck their ships upon the rocks, the sweet of allure of financial gain and financial freedom causes many to shipwreck. True financial freedom comes when I use my money to acquire freedom for others instead of increasing my lifestyle pleasures. When is the best time to set our life in order, to manage what we have, and to become successful God's way and enjoy it? The best time to plant an oak tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is now! Even so for our finances, the best time was yesterday. The next best time is today, now! Do away with our somedays: Someday I'm going to. Someday after the next raise on my check. Someday when my ship comes. The illusive "someday" must be traded in for "today." The Matthew 25 parable paints a picture of stewardship. Out of three stewards, two were good and one was a failure. The poor steward hid his money in a hole in the ground. He mismanaged what he was given. God will take it away if we mismanage and He will reward us for proper management.
I. BIBLICAL MONEY MANAGEMENT BASICS
A. MANAGEMENT IS A DISCIPLINE
1. Biblical money management is a discipline that touches every area of my life and requires constant focus.
2. Identifying the problems:
a. You have a desire to give but have nothing to give: money problem
b. You have a desire to give but have tied up your resources and cannot give: management problem
c. You have no desire to give, no desire for biblical management for any part of your life: heart problem
3. Biblical money management is the result of life management required of those who know Christ as savior and Lord.
a. Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, ...
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