Good day. If your money management is out of sync, it can lead to debt, despair, and dread.
When times are tough, or if you are facing a financial crisis or need to make important financial decisions, you need to put your hope in God.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Today I want to share a few practical insights with you, out of the Word of God, that will help you rise above the worries of life, give you the courage to face your fears, and the wisdom to put your hope in God.
1. Don’t worry
If you are overwhelmed with debt or stressed out with money issues, that are stirring up your anxiety levels, I need to encourage you not to worry, but to cast your cares on Jesus.
Jesus said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?… your heavenly Father knows what you need… But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33)
Worry will weigh you down. Rather put your faith in God. Seek Him and you will find Him. Instead of holding onto your worries, let go of them, and hand them over to God.
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Let go of your problems. Invite God in. Cast your burdens on the Lord. He will help you.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)
Don’t worry. Rather pray…
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6)
God wants you to bother Him with your problems. He is genuinely interested in you.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
2. Face your fears
Debt can lead to a lot of fear and stress.
Your financial problems may look like a giant in your life. Be brave! Face your giant!
I know that facing a financial burden in your own strength can be daunting. But, you do not need to face your fears alone, you don’t need to fight your battle alone. God wants to help you!
You might have a Goliath of a financial problem. Face your fear. God knows what is up. He is interested in you. Even if things are a mess, own up to them.
When an ostrich faces a fearful situation, it will bury its head in the sand. Don’t be like this! Stand up and face the fears.
Be brave. Be strong. Have courage.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
God is all-powerful. He is in control. He can do all things. He knows exactly what you are facing.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18)
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
If God is not at the center of your life, it can be tough to face your fears alone.
But you can come into a relationship with Him, because of what Jesus did for you.
Sin cut us off from God, but Jesus paid the full price on the cross so that we can be forgiven and can be connected to God. If you take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can rest assured that God is with you and that He will help you in your battle.
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You can be an overcomer.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
So, with God at your side, you do not need to panic. You can face your fear with God at your side, knowing that nothing is too difficult for Him.
3. Don’t put your hope in money. Put your hope in God
Money does not fix everything:
On one side of the spectrum, a lack of money and high debt levels can cause stress, but on the other end of the spectrum, a lot of money may lead you into temptation and even lead you astray – away from God.
“O God, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)
Work hard. Plan for success. Aim high. But stay grounded.
Don’t let go of God. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep God at the center.
Be content and trust God.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Know that God gives you the ability to be successful.
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”(Deuteronomy 8:18)
Money may buy you a lot of “stuff”, but money cannot save you.
“What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul” (Matthew 16:26)
Many spend their lives chasing money.
Money cannot fill the void. Money cannot bring lasting peace, joy, and fulfillment.
Only God can do that! Remember that one day you will die, and you cannot take any of your possessions with you.
On the day of judgment, it will not matter if you have loads of money or nothing at all.
“Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.” (Proverbs 11:4)
So don’t trust in money. Put your trust in God. Let God be your source and the center of your life.
“Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.” (Proverbs 11:28)
Trust in God. You may have messed up. Repent. Get right with God and move forward.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Don’t worry. Face your fears. Don’t put your hope in money. Put your hope in God.
God wants to walk the journey with you! Let God be your supply!
I want to encourage you to apply these truths from God’s Word to your life. With God at your side, you can build toward a fruitful financial future.
Have a great week.
God bless you.
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