10 biblical principles of financial management for the christian (rev jack sin)

1. God’s Sovereignity in His covenant and His Enabling for us (Deut 8:18)
2. Seek God first in all…

1. God’s Sovereignity in His covenant and His Enabling for us (Deut 8:18)

18But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

2. Seek God first in all our vocation or financial ambitions/goals (Jeremiah 45:5)

5And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

but does that mean that as Christians we arent supposed to have ambition…?

i’ve personally struggled with this in the past 2 years or so. Here’s Paul’s experience (Acts 20:24)

24But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

so Paul did have an ambition, and that was to do Christ’s work.
to be honest, i was thinking other ambitions..like career goals etc. i suppose yeah this shd be one of my goals..but i’m not quite there yet

3. Beware of the spirit of covetousness (or of self-interest) (Luke 12:15)

15And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

4. Cultivate a heart of Godly contentment and satisfaction (1 Tim 6:6-10)

6But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

5. Give due diligence and industry to all that you do (Proverbs 6:6-10, 1 Thess 4:11-12)

6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

11And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

12That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

6. Remember our accountability to God one day as faithful stewards of the ?menifold (omg cant read my own writing) of God (1 Cor 4:1-2)

1Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.2Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

consider the parable of the master who gave his servants 1, 2 and 5 talents of silver (Matthew 25: 14-29). to the servants who multiplied what they were given, he said “Well done, good and faithful servant” but to the servant who did not, “Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed”

7. Diversify your possessions/assets for maximum returns (Ecc 11:1-2)

1Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

2Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

8. Trust, Delight, Commit your decisions for the Lord (Psalms 37:3-5)

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

9. Honour God with our substance (whether time, talent, treasure) and let the Lord bless us in His own good time (Proverbs 3:9-10)

9 Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.

10. OVERRIDING PRINCIPLE: Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:21)

31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

So, in summary, the 10 principles are:

1. God’s Sovereignity in His covenant and His Enabling for us (Deut 8:18)

2. Seek God first in all our vocation or financial ambitions/goals (Jeremiah 45:5)

3. Beware of the spirit of covetousness (or of self-interest) (Luke 12:15)

4. Cultivate a heart of Godly contentment and satisfaction (1 Tim 6:6-10)

5. Give due diligence and industry to all that you do (Proverbs 6:6-10, 1 Thess 4:11-12)

6. Remember our accountability to God one day as faithful stewards of the ?menifold of God (1 Cor 4:1-2)

7. Diversify your possessions/assets for maximum returns (Ecc 11:1-2)

8. Trust, Delight, Commit your decisions for the Lord (Psalms 37:3-5)

9. Honour God with our substance (whether time, talent, treasure) and let the Lord bless us in His own good time (Proverbs 3:9-10)

10. OVERRIDING PRINCIPLE: Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:21)

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