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Stewardship Principles

God’s desire for you is that you would experience increase and multiplication in every area – closeness with Him, knowledge and revelation, relationships, family, career and finances all growing and increasing even as your soul increases (3 John 1:2). You are the light set on a hill, a witness to the world around you that God is who he says He is. When you are rewarded, it brings glory to God.
In God’s kingdom, you are a steward over resources that He has alrady given you. Are you faithful, and can you be trusted with more of what He has allotted for you to receive? Let’s find out what being a good steward means – and what it doesn’t mean.

Stewardship is not simply abstaining from luxuries that provide pleasure. Many have been taught that spending your money on pleasure items, such as taking kids to ball games, vacations, spending an evening at the livestock and rodeo, etc. is not good stewardship. To some, this is considered “wasting” money. This belief is due to a misunderstanding of biblical stewardship and not a result of being unable to afford some things.

Stewardship is not merely being “frugal.” Some people are always trying to find a bargain, to the point that they become obsessed with it and judgmental about others who pay more, thinking of themselves as better stewards. Interestingly, you’ll find that people who are so obsessed with being “thrifty” are many times people that are plagued by a poverty mentality. This level of thinking keeps them from enjoying what they do have because they’re so focused on what they can’t afford.

Stewardship is not what you have. Stewardship asks, “What are you doing with what you have?” The stewardship principle is “to manage resources in such a way that you increase them.” In the parable of the talents, it didn’t matter that the one with two talents didn’t bring back as much as the one with five—in fact, they both received the same reward.

The master’s anger was at the fact that the one he gave one talent to didn’t at least put the money in the bank and let it gain interest. We are all different, but we all do have at least one thing in common—God has entrusted us with resources. It’s up to us to apply the stewardship principle – to manage our resources in such a way that we increase them.

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Cor 16:1-2 KJV

What is a steward? A “steward” is one who ministers support of the family, having the products of business put in his hands for this purpose; one whose duty is to provide for the family to purchase and make provision. A steward is one who manages another’s wealth.

The New Testament words for steward means one who has been delegated full power or permission, commissioner, curator, guardian, overseer, one to whose care and honor anything has been instructed. It is one who has the care and tutelage of children, literally a “house-distributor”. A steward is the New Testament is “an employee in the capacity of overseer, a fiscal agent, a preacher of the Gospel, and superintendent.”

Stewardship is a biblical requirement for all Christians. In this covenantal walk, God has access to all that we have in the natural and we have access to all that God has in the Supernatural. Nothing is ours! It all belongs to Him – He can touch and use what He wants when He wants.

You can’t do just one thing right and expect overall positive results. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, you can’t just eat healthy food – you also have to stop eating unhealthy food, and adopt a healthy lifestyle (exercise). Stewardship involves the application of multiple godly principles working together to bring increase. This means we need to constantly be looking for strategies of stewardship to add to those we already utilize!

There are three strategies of stewardship we should employ in our efforts to manage our resources to the glory of God:

Free yourself from a “scarcity” mentality. Many Christians live in fear and worry. This is what made the man in Matthew 25 bury his talent—he was afraid of losing it. The scarcity mentality is sometimes brought on by past memories, like growing up poor. This thinking will prevent blessing, because it prevents giving. Within the scarcity mentality, people think they have nothing to give, nothing to share, and nothing to invest. There are people, economic forecasters, authors, journalists, who would have us think that our national resources are threatened. In reality, we have every reason to be optimistic and expectant about the amount of resources in the world today.

Look at the language that God uses in scripture:

“…abundant provision…” (romans 5:17)

“the lord is my shepherd, i shall not want…” (psalms 23:1)

“…good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over…” (luke 6:38)

“…abounding in every good work…” (ii corinthians 9:8)

“…sows generously, reaps generously…” (ii corinthians 9:6)

His resources are inexhaustible!

Set in motion your own increase by your willingness to decrease.

There is a spiritual principle that governs life: decrease so that you may increase. Not only does the principle of decreasing to increase apply when tithing, but also to giving and investing. The only way to receive something into your hand is to open it and let go of what’s inside. The journey to financial freedom requires periodic seasons of decrease (sacrifice). Jesus says it like this in Luke 6:38” “…give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

This stewardship strategy governs all areas of life, not just finances. Don’t be discouraged by a season of decrease. If you are tithing, giving, saving and investing according to the Word of God, decrease is your seed to increase. That’s a promise!

let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Focus on your personal potential for increase. Biblical success starts on the inside. Sometimes we have to have a paradigm shift in order to discover our personal potential, simply because it is our culture to be “outwardly” oriented. God’s desire for you is that you would experience increase and multiplication in every area of life. He is a God of increase and multiplication. During this year, we will see an outpouring of His favor and grace. One drop of His favor can take you places your degree can’t take you, your experience can’t earn you, and your networking and hard work could not reach! His favor and grace will open up the things He has for those who are in position and trusting Him! Applying these principles of stewardship to your life will position you to receive all that God has for you according to His Word. God bless you!

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Stewardship: Wisdom & Wealth

with me (wisdom) are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Proverbs 8:18

How many of you knew that wisdom has a connection with wealth? This is so relevant right now because 2015 is the year of favor and grace. One moment of His favor can take you places your degree can’t take you, your experience can’t earn you, and your networking and hard work could not reach. It’s your season of biblical increase! We must get connected with godly wisdom to manage our resources in such a way that they steadily increase over time. God’s favor and grace will release the floodgates for those who are in position by faith and trusting Him!
God’s desire for you is that you would experience increase and multiplication in every area – closeness to Him, knowledge and revelation, relationships, family, career and finances all growing and increasing proportionately as your soul increases (3 John 1:2). You are the light on a hill, a witness to the world that God is who he says He is. When you are rewarded, it brings glory to His name!

..the Lord shall increase you the more and the more, you and your children” Psalms 115:14

In God’s kingdom, you are a steward over resources that He has already given you. Stewardship is the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God to be used in his service for the benefit of his kingdom. Wisdom plays an crucial part in being a good steward. In fact, wisdom is one of the most important godly traits that a Christian can pursue! Look at Proverbs 4:

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her [wisdom], and she will promote you; She [wisdom] will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She [wisdom] will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she [wisdom] will deliver to you.” Proverbs 4:7-9

All of the things to be desired on this earth are gotten first by wisdom – godly wisdom. Being a victorious Christian requires godly wisdom. Being a successful steward requires godly wisdom. Godly wisdom is connected to wealth and increase.

The need or desire for money is the motivation for most crimes. From embezzlement to prostitution, poverty is a common thread of evil. I ask myself why so many Christians are comfortable in the presence of this enemy – poverty. Many people are quick and willing to stand up against other forms of evil but we are so tolerant of the never-ending presence of poverty in their lives. Poverty is to be regarded as an enemy. Webster defines poverty as: the condition of being poor or needy; a deficiency in necessary properties; inadequacy; scarcity. It is obvious that God’s plans and promises for us are diametrically opposed to the condition of poverty.

People want to change their financial status without changing their modes and methods. These people fail to realize that thinking and doing the same thing will get you the same results. As a matter of fact, one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The foundational attitude for opposing poverty is the ongoing pursuit of wisdom. Lack and insufficiency are signs that something needs to change.

Until you genuinely believe that the challenge to change is less painful than continuing to struggle, you won’t change your financial status. Resistance to change limits our capacity to increase. For example, secretaries who resist learning to operate new computer systems find themselves unable to increase their salaries.

In genesis 13, Abraham unlocked his potential for increase when he and lot hit a ceiling. So much was the strife among their servants that it was inevitable that it would be the demise of both of them if something wasn’t done. Abraham was willing to decrease – letting lot make the first choice of land – so that he could increase in the end.

Genesis 13:6-9, 6 but the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 7 and quarreling arose between abram’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of lot. The canaanites and perizzites were also living in the land at that time. 8 so abram said to lot, “let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 9 is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, i’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, i’ll go to the left.”

Remember, the same level of thinking that got you where you are won’t take you where you want to go. Think outside of the box. Wisdom’s voice may recommend difficult changes. Wisdom will not always placate us, but with wisdom is lasting wealth and prosperity. The willingness to welcome wisdom is the first step toward financial freedom.

Wisdom has a connection with wealth. This is so relevant right now because 2015 is the year of favor and grace. One moment of His favor can take you places your degree can’t take you, your experience can’t earn you, and your networking and hard work could not reach. It’s your season of biblical increase! We must get connected with godly wisdom to manage our resources in such a way that they steadily increase over time. God’s favor and grace will release the floodgates for those who are in position by faith and trusting Him!

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Stewardship: Increase & Multiplication

God is a God of increase and multiplication. This topic is so relevant because 2015 is the year of favor and grace. One moment of His favor can move you into places that your degree can’t take you, your experience, networking and even hard work could not take you. His favor and grace will release what He has for those believing Him this year! We must be ready, we must be faithful, and we must be trustworthy to receive more. In God’s kingdom, in order to receive more, you must be proven worthy with what you already have. In God’s kingdom, increase is determined by several interconnected things – the sovereign plan of God, walking by faith and stewardship.
God’s desire for you is that you would experience increase and multiplication in every area of life – your closeness with Him, spiritual knowledge and revelation, relationships, family, career and finances should all be growing and increasing even as your soul increases (3 John 1:2). You are the light set on a hill, a witness to the world around you that God is who he says He is. When you are rewarded, it brings glory to God. The Word of God states, “…He shall withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” (Psalm 84:11). God is the owner of all things. Whether we are talking about living things, material possessions or spiritual blessings, He owns them all. In God’s economy, there is always plenty to go around and no shortages or scarcity. He does not have to hold back from one person in order to give to another person. He can make something out of nothing. There is no favoritism with God, and no lack with God! When we walk in alignment with His principles, we position ourselves to receive all that He has for us. Let’s find out more about His principles of stewardship. When God created the earth, He commanded everything He created to multiply and become more. God also appointed man and woman to be the steward over the things He created. In Genesis 1:27-28, we read: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” ‘ What is the biblical understanding of stewardship? It is a divine-human partnership, with God as the senior partner. The stewardship principle we find in the Bible is “to manage resources in such a way that you increase them”. Really? Is that all? Yes! As simple as it may sound, biblical stewardship tests our character. Being a good steward will ask certain questions of your true values in life. Money is a clear indicator of what it is that we really value. The way we are handling our time, talents and money answers the question, “What are you doing with what you have?” and it also answers the question, “What do you really care about?” Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, “.. where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Can God trust you? Good stewardship is the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God to be used in His service for the benefit of his kingdom.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1 KJV

We know that faith resides in the present tense. Faith is the substance of what? It’s not “a substance” but faith is “the substance.” It’s the substance of that chair, that outfit, your joy, your peace…everything that you are believing God for is made up of your faith. Faith is the substance of things. It is the material, yet unseen, but still material. Faith is the substance (the “stuff”) of things hoped for . What are you hoping for? The things you desire, need and want are made up of faith. If faith is the substance of things, and God made all things, then He must have used faith when He made ALL things. Take away the “faith stuff” and you have “no stuff”. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH My call, and your call, as a believer is to extend His Kingdom influence into every realm of society. We are His ambassadors to a world who desperately needs to know the King. As the “just,” you have an appointed way to live (The Word of God). If you are living any other way, it is out of alignment with the course that God has for your abundant life. My lifestyle, or my typical way of doing things, is “by faith.” My family, money, career, education, children – everything that includes the way I live is to be “by faith”. The degree of your success is going to be based on your understanding of how to operate the “system”. Not the system of the world, but God’s system, made up of the Word of God, and navigated by faith! God’s system has a prescribed way of living. It is recorded in His instruction manual – the Bible! It’s time to recognize that the Word is a book of evidence and confirmation because the Word of God is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence (or confirmation) of things not seen. What does this have to do with stewardship? Everything! Faith has to operate within a system- the kingdom of God. When Jesus states that “his kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36), He is speaking of the beginning source of His Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is the extension of God’s rule or dominion in the earth and universe. It’s the territory or area over which a king rules or reigns. Kings commission others to act on their behalf. That’s you, and me, as His stewards! As a King, Jesus has commissioned us to act on His behalf. What is His commission? He has commissioned us to preach the gospel to every creature, occupy territory and extend the kingdom of God into the earth, and to manage resources in such a way that you increase them. If God rules in your life, you are Kingdom property, and no enemy may touch you because you are under the rule of the King. If God rules in your house, then your house is Kingdom property and anyone who threatens it has to answer to the King. If God rules in your business, your business is Kingdom property and under the rule of the King. He owns it all! God desires that you experience increase and multiplication in your spiritual life, home and relationships, business and career. He wants you to have these things more than you want to obtain them! So the question is not, Can I trust God? God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. God has unlimited resources. God loves you with an everlasting love. The question is, can God trust you with more? Growth and maturity in Christ is brought about by walking in faith and aligning your values with God’s values. Your faith and values will be shown by your stewardship of the things that God has given to you. We must study stewardship principles so that we can get into alignment with what God says about stewardship, so that we value what He values, and so that we can walk out our faith by what the Word says in how we should manage the resources He has trusted us with right now! If you are faithful with few, you will be faithful with much – and that means God will trust you with more! When you manage His resources in such a way that you increase them, God can – and will – trust you with more. God has shown me that this year, 2015, is the year of favor and grace. God has unprecedented things that He is going to release from the heavenly channels of blessing to those are who positioned to act as His ambassador, his faithful stewards, and His mouthpiece in the world! People of God, be faithful – He is going to trust you with so much more!

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Stewardship: Four Potentials

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Luke 16:10-17 NIV

God is a God of increase and multiplication. This topic is so relevant right now because 2015 is the year of favor and grace. One moment of His favor can take you places your degree can’t take you, your experience can’t earn you, and your networking and hard work could not reach. It’s your season of biblical increase! His favor and grace will release the floodgates for those in position and trusting Him!

..the Lord shall increase you the more and the more, you and your children” Psalms 115:14

God’s desire for you is that you would experience increase and multiplication in every area – closeness to Him, knowledge and revelation, relationships, family, career and finances all growing and increasing proportionately as your soul increases (3 John 1:2). You are the light on a hill, a witness to the world that God is who he says He is. When you are rewarded, it brings glory to His name! In God’s kingdom, you are a steward over resources that He has already given you. Stewardship is the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God to be used in his service for the benefit of his kingdom. Stewardship is not what you have; instead, stewardship deals with how you manage and maximize what you have. There are four potentials that lie within all of us that I want to talk about with you. One. Earning potential We all have earning potential – especially if we live in a free market society. There is a misconception that all American millionaires are like Mr. Howell on Gilligan’s island – stuffy and spoiled, never having worked a day in his life. Many people think that everyone who is wealthy inherits their wealth and doesn’t know anything about “real life.” The truth is, many of today’s millionaires are ordinary people, live a normal lifestyle, own their own business and stay involved with the day-to-day running of that business. Many have been married to the same person for many years and attend church regularly. Over a million of these “ordinary” millionaires live in America today, which tells us there are unlimited opportunities to earn here.

Most successful earners are passionate about their work, are inspired to do it, and do it with excellence. Successful people view what they do as their contribution to the world. You may be in a situation where your job offers little hope for increase. In some situations it’s wise to consider second business opportunities.

Don’t be afraid to set and pursue higher goals.

You have earning potential and something to contribute to the world! Failure to tap into your earning potential results in a lifestyle of lack. Let’s look at the Word of God:

7for you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. we did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. for even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: if a man will not work, he shall not eat.” II Thessalonians 3:7-10

Two. Management potential

Too often, people manage on a crisis basis, in other words, only managing as a reaction to circumstances. As a result, life’s important goals are delayed by urgent, less important demands placed on them.

Learn to allocate your time. Time management is a skill. Napoleon said something interesting about time that i shared with the business class we have on tuesday mornings: “strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less chary (mindful) of the latter than the former; space we can recover, time never.”

Use your time, energy, attention and finances on those things you care most about.

The ability to choose what matters most and put our resources into it is a management potential we all possess.

People who deny their management potential and who fail to balance the important things may make a lot of money and then lose their family.

Challenge: for the next week, keep a calendar or a log. On it, note your family time, work time, prayer time, study time, play time, and exercise time. Challenge yourself to see if you’re setting aside time for the things that matter most.

The willingness to manage by priority will put your resources in alignment with what matters most.

Matthew 6:21, 21for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Three. Planning potential

Different people want different things. Even your spouse may not want what you want in the order you want it in. What is it that you want and in what order?

      • Cash in reserve
      • Insurance
      • College for children
      • Retirement>
      • Vacations/travel
      • Percentage of giving
      • Automobiles
      • House/land

This “want” list assumes we first want God’s presence in our lives and peace in our homes. Planning is a matter of personal preference. What is wasteful to some is valuable to others: for example, some people may criticize the idea of going on vacation and see it as a waste of money; other people won’t share your value of owning land or livestock. God has given you your own desires and wisdom gives us the ability to prioritize them and then go for it!

Four. Investment potential

Everyone has investment potential. Our investment potential does not begin with stocks and bonds; it begins with our investment in ourselves. Decisions to further education, sharpen skills, increase our vocabulary, enhance our physical appearance, learn another trade, be physically fit, pray daily, read regularly – these are all investment choices that we make to make ourselves more valuable to ourselves and to others. Self-investment is important because you are the “earner” and the “getter,” and God has given you the ability to get wealth, according to Deuteronomy 8:18.

but remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”

Guard yourself against personal burnout, spiritual starvation and/or mental fatigue.

There is an investment opportunity called “passive productivity.” It allows you to do nothing except invest in a successful, growing enterprise and your money works for you multiplying over and over again. Knowing where these opportunities are requires you to tap into your investment potential.

Investments are so much more than monetary decisions. You may think of buying gifts for your wife as an important investment into your marriage. A vacation with your wife should be considered making memories that are well worth a financial investment. It’s not foolish to invest in yourself, your marriage, or your children. Give yourself permission to put money into things and events that improve yourself and enhance relationships with those you love!

It’s your season of biblical increase! 2015 is the year of favor and grace. His favor and grace will release the floodgates for those in position and trusting Him! God’s desire for you is that you would experience increase and multiplication in every area. When you tap into your four potentials – earning, management, planning and investment – the rewards will bring glory to His name in all who are watching your life! Stay tuned to our ministry as we continue to study stewardship principles. It’s your time for favor!

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The Wealth of Wisdom

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth,
who will trust you with true riches?
And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property,
who will give you property of your own?
"No servant can serve two masters.
Either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Money."
Luke 16:10-17 NIV

Stewardship is the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God to be used in His service for the benefit of His Kingdom.

As followers of Christ, we are called to have dominion and to practice good stewardship of the resources God has entrusted us with. Whether you have few resources or many, God is not as concerned with the “how much” as He is with the “how.” Jesus measures our stewardship by what we have been given, not by what others have been given. We are only measured against ourselves and what God has empowered us to do. If we want to increase, we have to learn to manage what we have wisely.

Stewardship will deal with how you manage and maximize what you have. Beloved, we serve a God who we can trust!

“…but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.”
(Ps 89:33-34 NIV)

However, I want to ask you a question that may suddenly jar you awake. Can God trust you?

As Luke 16:11 KJV states, “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” Can God trust you?

Stewardship is a Divine-Human Partnership, with God as the Senior Partner. A partnership is an association with another entity who teams together as one, especially against opposition. It’s more than membership, where one says “I belong,” but partnership is where one says, “I have invested and I participate actively to preserve not only my own investment, but my partners’ investment as well.”

Participation is where you co-create with God in the earth according to His pattern. Scripture brilliantly combines things in Heaven with things on earth (Eph 1:10) and requires all believers to be released as practical ministers of the Kingdom of God on the earth. You have a job to do for Jesus and one day we will stand before the Lord and give an account of our lives.

Jesus clearly defined Himself as KING. As a king, He can and has commissioned others to act on His behalf. WHAT IS HIS COMMISSION? To occupy territory and extend the kingdom of God into the earth. Therefore, if God rules in your life, you are “kingdom property.” If God rules in your house, your house is a part of the kingdom. If God rules in your business, your business is in the kingdom. This is how the kingdom of God is filling the earth – through continued succession where we are commissioned by God to bring his kingdom to earth. The church (or born-again believers) is the instrument or vehicle and means to express the kingdom of God. This is why we must be good stewards of what He has given us! We must operate all that we have in the kingdom.

The need or desire for money is the motivation for most crimes. From embezzlement to prostitution, poverty is a common thread of evil. I ask myself why so many Christians are comfortable in the presence of this enemy – poverty. Many people are quick and willing to stand up against other forms of evil, but are so tolerant of the never-ending presence of poverty in their lives. Poverty is to be regarded as the enemy to you and to God. Poverty is a real enemy and is the work of Satan.

Webster defines poverty as: the condition of being poor or needy; a deficiency in necessary properties; inadequacy; scarcity. It is obvious that God’s plans and promises for us are diametrically opposed to the condition of poverty.

With me (wisdom) are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.”
Proverbs 8:18

People often want to change their financial status without changing their modes and methods. These people fail to realize that thinking and doing the same thing will get you the same results. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I’m going to share with you a powerful principle from God’s Word that we need to get into our spirit.

The foundational attitude for opposing poverty is the ongoing pursuit of wisdom. Please re-read this sentence again and really process it: the foundational attitude to combat poverty is the ongoing pursuit of wisdom. Lack and insufficiency are signs that something needs to change. Until you genuinely believe that the challenge to change is less painful than continuing to struggle, you won’t change your financial status.

Resistance to change limits our capacity to increase. Secretaries who resist learning to operate new computer systems find themselves unable to increase their salaries. In Genesis 13, Abraham unlocked his potential for increase when he and Lot hit a ceiling. So much was the strife among their servants that it was inevitable that it would be the demise of both of them if something wasn’t done. Abraham was willing to decrease – letting Lot make the first choice of land – so that he could increase in the end (Genesis 13:6-9).

Remember, the same level of thinking that got you where you are won’t take you where you want to go. Think outside of the box. Wisdom’s voice may recommend difficult changes. Wisdom will not always placate us, but with wisdom is lasting wealth and prosperity.

As followers of Christ, we are called to have dominion and to practice good stewardship of the resources God has entrusted us with. Jesus measures our stewardship by what we have been given, not by what others have been given. We are only measured against ourselves and what God has empowered us to do. If we want to increase, we have to learn to manage what we have wisely. Godly wisdom carries with it the power to increase and combat poverty. Godly wisdom requires that we do the hard work of an honest self-examination and being willing to change. The willingness to welcome wisdom is the first step toward financial freedom.

 

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