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Money Management

John Hagee

The Bible has much to say on how to manage your money. All good and perfect things come from above, and this certainly includes your income. Your financial situation is not a mistake; it is a direct reflection of your life and how you spend it (literally and spiritually).

The Bible has this to say about the source of your finances:

Deuteronomy 8:17-18, “Then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

So, if all income comes from the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), and the One who controls your very next breath...do you remember Him with your tithes and offering? Or are you too busy planning that extra Hawaiian vacation or maybe upgrading your car?

Malachi 3:10, "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’”

Trust God first; don’t make Him your last-ditch effort. Don’t remember the house of God only when you’re walking through the darkest valley. When your check comes in from work, make your tithes a priority. Don’t pay them after your country club dues or after you hit up the mall. When you pay your tithes first, you are telling God that He is a priority in your life above all others. You are thus honoring Him with your living and your giving.

Exodus 20:3 tells us, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” It also says in Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So where is your money going? What god are you serving?

God says that He will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). He doesn’t have any problem getting money to you; but He might have problems getting money through you. How are you handling the funds that He has entrusted you with? Are you helping to further the Kingdom of God, or are you foolishly wasting valuable resources?

Certainly God wants you to have a rich and abundant life filled with joy, but do you own your possessions...or do your possessions own you?

Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

If you seek God first and place Him above all else (as we are commanded to do), then you are releasing God to open His hand towards you and to bless you with blessings you cannot contain. You can never out-give God. What is in God’s hand is far greater than what is in yours.

There is a principle found throughout the Bible called “giver’s gain.” If you read through the stories you have probably heard for years, you will note that many (otherwise ordinary people just like you and me) gave their last meal, their last coin, the last shirt off their backs...and they were blessed by God far beyond their deserving.

If you are looking for a barn-bursting harvest, you need to understand this principle. Givers gain. And just a side note, there is no verse that says “hoarders are happy.” In fact, we are reminded that the things of this earth will stay right here as we are called away to our just reward.

If you are looking for answers on how to best manage your money, the Bible is the greatest manual you will ever find. It is the B.I.B.L.E. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. When you give yourself, your life and all that you have to Jesus Christ and stop trying to micro-manage your life (and the universe from your very limited point of view)...God will step in and make your life a thing of absolute beauty!

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