Faith and Finances: Introduction

God has truly blessed me with the gift of budgeting and being able to spend money wisely. You may be wondering how faith and finances go together. Well, I believe that God is my ultimate provider, and that I am a manager of what He has blessed me with here on this earth. Meaning, that I should be wise with what I’m spending, and how I’m spending. God desires to be glorified in all areas of our lives, including our finances.

Back in the fall of 2014, I attended a Bible study at a campus ministry that I went to once a week. On this particular night, there was a guest speaker that shared with us the importance of tithing, and giving our finances to God. He spoke of how he had prayed for certain things, and God answered. He went from not having much, to eventually getting numerous promotions at his job. I noticed that not only was he surrendering his finances completely to God, but he was also praying God’s Word over his finances.

10c781b96ae9c77494b8d0398a70ac0aSo, I decided to do the same thing. I wanted to test this practice out. I began to see God’s favor in my finances, and it became normal for me. There have been times where I needed a specific amount of money, and God will either use someone to bless me with that exact amount, or He will bless me with an opportunity that will allow me to make that exact amount of money. There have also been times where God has exceeded my expectations and blessed me with much more than I prayed for.

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

 

I was having a conversation with one of my [former] co-workers a couple of years ago. She told me about some things that she was going through, and how someone had asked for prayer for something that she thought was so miniscule. “I just don’t feel like God cares about little things like that,” she said. I told her that the same God who knows the number of hairs on your head, cares about that too.

I know this because like I said, I tested it. I went through a time where I gained 10 pounds in just a few months. I welcomed the weight gain, but I was no longer able to fit most of my clothes. However, shopping was not in my budget! So, I took it to God. I prayed about something as “small” as clothing, because God said that He clothes the lillies in the field, and that He will also take care of me (Matthew 6:28-30 – NLT). I prayed for a specific amount, and God faithfully blessed me with even more than I prayed for, just a couple weeks later.

He used this situation to build my faith and to show me that He truly is concerned with our concerns. Even with all that is happening in today’s world, and everything else that I could have prayed for, God still answered my prayers about things that others would consider trivial.

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Have you ever felt like my coworker? Like perhaps God doesn’t care about something that you deem as small? He’s not too busy. And He’s not too far away. God genuinely cares about every detail concerning your life, just as a loving parent cares about their child.

If a child could no longer fit their clothes, a loving parent would do what they could to provide for them. They would starve before they allowed their child to go hungry. Whether that child broke their arm or got a paper cut, a loving parent still cares about how their child feels in that moment, and wants to be there for them.

In the same way, God cares. His plan is not to allow you to go on suffering and struggling, but to give you an abundant life! It says it in John 10:10 (KJV):

“The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Don’t be afraid to tell God about whatever is on your mind. He is listening. He’s not too busy to provide your need or to give you your desires. In what ways can you trust God with your finances? Is it believing that He will continue to provide for you? Are you searching for a new job? Do you desire more?

When you begin to view your finances as God’s finances, and His gift to you, it becomes more natural to surrender. If your money is really God’s money, then you can have peace in knowing that He will continuously take care of you and not allow you to fail. If your money is God’s money, then you will be more willing to use it to bless others, and to give back to God’s Kingdom.

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Stay tuned for more ways to practically surrender your finances to God! And in the meantime, study what God has to say about finances. The promises in His Word apply directly to you! 🙂

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

Malachi 3:10 (NLT)

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