Understand God’s Word on Money, Possessions and Gifts

3 February 2012

Understand God’s Word on Money, Possessions and Gifts
Friday February 3, 2012
By Tammy Riggs

If we handle our money properly according to the principles of the Bible, our fellowship with Jesus Christ will grow and strengthen. If we squander our money, our fellowship with Him will suffer.

Many people today, including Christians, aren’t aware that the Bible is very specific about how we are to spend and save money, as well as, how we are to give to others.

Jesus spoke a lot on the subject of money, as a matter of fact, 16 of the 38 parables were on how to handle money and possessions. The Bible has over 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith and more than 2350 verses on possessions and money. Obviously the Lord’s perspective on the subject of money is ….money does matter.

First and for most we need to understand, nothing here on this earth belongs to us. The possessions, the clothing, the house you live in, the car you drive and the money you earn.   Many reading this will say, “I worked for these things. I earned the money and I bought them, they are MINE.”  So, let’s start from the beginning to better understand God’s word on money, possessions and spiritual gifts.

The Beginning. Genesis 1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1: ( 3-31) God also created light and darkness, water was divided by land, then God brought for grass, herbs and fruit trees, stars, living creatures, birds and sea creatures and other living creatures according to its kind: cattle, and creeping things and beast of the earth.  Our father then made man. (Please look up Genesis and read all verses)

Genesis 1: 27 – So God created man in His own image: on the image of God He created him: male and female He created them.

Genesis 2: 7 – And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.

So ask yourself, If God created all things, why would they not belong to him.

Psalm 50: (10 – 12) 10. Every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.  12. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.”

Have you taken the time to just look around and really see all that is around you? Our God is truly magnificent and powerful.

We are given a stewardship over the money and possessions we receive. There are two parties involved in a stewardship: the master who gives the object of the possession and who will one day ask for an accounting of the possession; and the other is the steward who receives and is entrusted with the possession and who must someday account for how it was invested.

God is the Master, He distributes gifts according to his own discretion. We are the stewards, we are accountable to Him in all that we do and all that we possess.

Deuteronomy 8: 17 – 18
.“then you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.   18. And you shall remember the Lord your God. For it is He who give you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Matthew 25: 14 – 29
. For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.

15. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

16. Then he who has received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.

17. And likewise he who had received two more also.

18. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.

19. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying,  “ Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.”

21. His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant: you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

22. He also who had received two talents came and said, “Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.”

23. His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things, Enter into the joy of your lord.”

24. Then he who had received the one talent cam and said, “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.”

25. “And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.”

26. Bus his lord answered and said to him, “You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.”

27. “So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.”

 28. “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”

1 Corinthians 4:1-2

 1.  “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”

 2.  “More over it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”

So as you can see from the Word of God, it is essential for us to be good steward of the possessions that the Lord blesses us with. We should also take time to thank the Lord for the blessing He bestows on us. We should be specific about our prayers of thanks.

Gifts or giving to others.  It is very important that we give to others.

Hebrews 13: 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Philippians 2: 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

1 John 3: 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

Matthew 25: 35 – 40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

It is very important that you understand how we handle our money affects our fellowship with the Lord. Luke 16: 11 “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of worldly wealth, who will commit (entrust) the true riches to you?”

As we continue over the next few months, we will cover ways that you can learn to cut expenses, pay off debt, save money and grow closer with Jesus Christ.

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