Wholeness is a matter of being prosperous in every area of your life. Wholeness encompasses emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and financial soundness. What does the financial aspect of wholeness look like? In each of the next four posts, I will cover three of the twelve traits that indicate financial wholeness. If you want to be financially whole, these are the first three characteristics of financially whole people:
1. They recognize God as their source. I Timothy 6:17 says “Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. In other words, God is your source, not your job, your bank account or anyone else. When you have a paycheck coming in, sometimes it’s easy for us to think we are providing for ourselves. But if you have a job, you must remember that God led you to that job, He gave you the job, and He is your provider.
2. They realize God owns it all. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof.” You must realize that God owns everything you have. We are simply stewards over what God has loaned to us in this moment. When we know that God owns it all, it’s His money, His car, His home that we are charged to take care of. That should change our perspective and cause us to be more careful of how we treat the things that we have in our possession. We need to pray about what He would have us to do with HIS money, property, etc. We have to see that these things are in our possession, but we do not own them.
3. They honor God with their tithe. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this…and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” God requires that we give ten percent of our income to the local church. In the New Testament, Jesus told the Pharisees they ought to pay their tithes and also behave righteously (Luke 11:42). Even if you are not able to pay tithes at this time, you can be working towards that goal. I believe that God knows you heart. I believe that if you have a heart to obey God and pay tithes, and you pray and ask God to make a way for you to be able to do it, He will surely grant that prayer because that is according to His will (I John 5:14-15).
These are three basic characteristics of people who are financially whole. If we run our financial households based on the principles of the Bible, we will be financially successful. It’s important to lay a good foundation if you want financial stability. In my next post, I will share the next three characteristics of financial wholeness.
What is your definition of financial wholeness? Leave a comment below.
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