Psalms 115:13-15 KJV
1. Financial freedom manifest itself in every aspect of a Christian’s life.
a. Many Christians recognize financial bondage, but do not know how to get free.
b. God promises peace, He is the master of the universe and by His wisdom He will lead us. Colossians 3:15-17 KJV
c. God wants us free from worry and tension that comes from financial pressure, like overdue bills and a list of people who have your phone number, address and email for collection purposes.
d. God allows us to learn from our poor management and stewardship. Luke 16:1-12 AMP
16 Now Jesus was also saying to the disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a manager [of his estate], and accusations [against this man] were brought to him, that this man was squandering his [master’s] possessions.
2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management [of my affairs], for you can no longer be [my] manager.’
3 The manager [of the estate] said to himself, ‘What will I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig [for a living], and I am ashamed to beg.
4 I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from the management, people [who are my master’s debtors] will welcome me into their homes.’
5 So he summoned his master’s debtors one by one, and he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 He said, ‘A hundred measures of [olive] oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
8 And his master commended the unjust manager [not for his misdeeds, but] because he had acted shrewdly [by preparing for his future unemployment];
for the sons of this age [the non-believers] are shrewder in relation to their own kind [that is, to the ways of the secular world] than are the sons of light [the believers].
9 And I tell you [learn from this], make friends for yourselves [for eternity] by means of the wealth of unrighteousness [that is, use material resources as a way to further the work of God],
so that when it runs out, they will welcome you into the eternal dwellings.
10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little thing is also dishonest in much.
11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of earthly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?
12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that [earthly wealth] which belongs to another [whether God or man, and of which you are a trustee], who will give you that which is your own? Luke 16:1-12 AMP
e. Once a Christian obtains financial freedom, no bondage to debt, oppression, envy, and greed, he will be positioned to be a light and a witness to the world. I Corinthians 4:2 KJV
f. When we let go and allow God to manage our finances, He will lead us in peace and manifest His promises in our lives. We will never again desire to live outside of His will. Deuteronomy 28:12-13 KJV
a. God is the God of order not chaos – look at the physical world. Everything has order and is planned. Atoms stay together because of God’s scientific instruction.
b. God is the owner and we are His managers and we must do things His way by going to His Word for our plans, are you ready!!!
c. God calls us to be different, to sacrifice in order to accomplish His kingdom’s work. It is impossible to live undisciplined and be responsible in God’s work.
d. Lack of self-discipline affects our mental, physical, and spiritual lives and shows up in everything we do. Finances, marriage, family, church, Bible study, prayer, and work. Why? Because lack of self-discipline and laziness is a character defect.
3. Financial planning:
a. Knowledge – God wants us to be knowledgeable about the assets He has entrusted to us. (Proverbs 27:22-23 AMP)
22 Even though you pound a [hardened, arrogant] fool [who rejects wisdom] in a mortar with a pestle like grain, Yet his foolishness will not leave him.
23 Be diligent to know the condition of your flocks,
And pay attention to your herds; Proverbs 27:22-23 AMP
b. God has called us to plan, work and commit our lives to Him. He then promises that our works will be established. (Proverbs 16:3 AMP)
c. God teaches us to think and plan ahead to avoid mistakes and pressures. (Luke 14:28-31 AMP)
28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a watchtower [for his guards], does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to finish it?
29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is unable to finish [the building], all who see it will begin to ridicule him,
30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’
31 Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one who is coming against him with twenty thousand? Luke 14:28-31 AMP
d. God teaches us to be content and satisfied with what He has provided. (Philippians 4:11-13)
4. Take away from today’s message:
a. Develop a budget attitude.
b. Overcome laziness.
c. Be disciplined.