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We are inundated with financial advice. The list of sources for the latest and greatest on how to make and manage money is all around us. The vast majority of what I read can be condensed to this formula – do this or that to increase your earnings and to have more money. It is stated or packaged or even disguised in thousands of ways, but the common denominator is usually the same.
However, The Bible does not offer this advice. The Scripture tells us primarily what we are to believe about money. This is a profound difference than telling us what to do.
Romans 12:1-2 says we are not to be conformed to the world but transformed by the renewing of our minds. This means we must change our beliefs if we expect to be truly changed. One simple application of this for 2017 is to ask yourself, “Is the financial choice I am making honoring to Christ and His kingdom?”
The only way you can confidently know is if you know God’s Word. For instance, the Bible instructs us in I Timothy 6:17:
“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.”
This is a radically different message than striving to become the millionaire next door. Far better in this coming year to commit to learn God’s principles of financial management and put your hope in Him, not in wealth.
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