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31 Christian Ways To Reduce Stress

12. Live Within Your Means - Proverb 3:9-10

12. Live within your means - Proverbs 3:9-10

Proverbs 3:9-10 -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.

We live in a day when it is easy and tempting to use credit cards or loans to pay for whatever we need or desire. There are so many people who have fallen into a trap that sometimes seems like there is not escape. I myself have been guilty of buying on contract instead of saving ahead.

I appreciate my father-in-laws example. He did not even have a credit card until after his kids were out of the house. He tried to pay all his bills on time or before the due date. And he did so on a small church preacher’s salary.

He wasn’t resentful for a small paycheck. He counted it a blessing to server the Lord and he was content with what he had. He saved back for and divided his pay check so that he could not only pay his bills and provide for his family but he could honor the Lord.

In fact, I believe that honoring the Lord is how he did so well. Most people give to the Lord out of their surplus. When the coffers are low they give a small offering. When the coffers are full they may give a bit more. But my father-in-law consistently gave his tithes and offerings each week in spite of the how much money was in his wallet. He set aside his tithes and offerings before he paid a single thing to anyone else. He gave of his firstfruits and not of his surplus.

I am not someone who preaches “health, wealth, and wisdom” theology because that contradicts the word of God. God teaches that we should rely on him and be content with whatever the situation. But I do believe that people would struggle less with finances and be much happier if they just honored God first with what he gives to them.

May God bless you this day as you honor him with your finances. May he help you be content and live within your means.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Jehovah Jireh, You are the God that provides for me. Help me to be content and live within my means. I want to honor you with my finances and offer you the service and offering you desire and deserve. Thank you for loving me and sending your Son, Jesus as a ransom for my sin. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Jehovah Jireh, You are the God that provides for me. Help me to be content and live within my means. I want to honor you with my finances and offer you the service and offering you desire and deserve. Thank you for loving me and sending your Son, Jesus as a ransom for my sin. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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