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What The Bible says about money
Where do material blessings come from?
Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV
"remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability
to produce wealth."
Can money get in the way of more important things? Jeremiah
Wealth can become the center of our life and take God's place.
"This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man boast of his
wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man
boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises
kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,"
declares the Lord."
Wealth can give us wrong attitudes about
Luke 12:15 NIV
"Then [Jesus] said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against
all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance
of his possessions."
cannot serve both God and Money.
I Timothy 6:9, NIV
"People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and
into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin
Though not impossible, it's difficult for the rich to enter
heaven - God's kingdom. Mark 10:23-25, NIV.
"Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard
it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples
were amazed at His words. Then Jesus said, "Children, how
hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel
to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter
the kingdom of God!"
The love of money leads to evil. I Timothy
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people,
eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves
with many griefs."
Greed often accompanies prosperity and can lead to crime.James
"What is causing the quarrels and fights among
you? Isn't it because there is a whole army of evil desires within
you? You want what you don't have, so you kill to get it. You
long for what others have, and can't afford it, so you start a
fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don't
have what you want is that you don't ask God for it."
tithing . . .
the more you give, the greater your heavenly reward. Luke
"Sell your possessions and give to the poor: Provide purses for
yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will
not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
asks us to return tithe [10%] and offerings to Him and in return
He promises unlimited blessings.
Malachi 3:8-10, NIV.
"Will a man rob God?" Yet you rob Me. "But you ask, "How
do we rob You?" In tithes and offerings." Bring the whole
tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house.
Test Me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not
throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing
that you will not have room enough for it."
Matthew 23:23, NIV.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You give a tenth of your spices, mint, dill and cummin. But you
have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice,
mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter,
without neglecting the former."
may all, rich and poor, honor God?
Proverbs 3:9, NIV.
"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all
your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and
your vats will brim over with new wine."
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What investment strategy does God recommend?
I Timothy 6:17-19, NIV.
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant
nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to
put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything
for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good
deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they
will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the
coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly
teachings don't advise investements that are safe or investments
of limited liability. His teachings always encourage stepping
out in faith but always coulpled with wisdom. In fact there is
no safe investment.
is not related to amount of money or possessions. Philippians
"I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have
learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether
it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything
God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength
valuable reminder for property owners.
Leviticus 25:23, TLB
"And remember, the land is Mine, so you may not sell it permanently.
You are merely My tenants and sharecroppers!"
If we put God first, He will take care of all our needs.
Matthew 6:33, NIV.
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these
things will be given to you as well."
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