by Pastor Kregg Hood
August 17, 2015
I’m reminded that going to God’s Word always helps me to do a better job of stewarding the money that he trusts me to handle. Sure, I’ve made my share of mistakes, but the Bible and God’s mercy always give us the insight and the encouragement to get back on track.
As you read the passsages below, remember that “the wealth is in the word.” When we stray with money (and who doesn’t?), read the Bible and be reminded of the Lord’s wise instructions, powerful promises and important commands.
Here are a few of the passages (and there are many, many more) that I like the most. If you really grab the truths in these verses and take them to heart, good things will come. For example, you will draw closer to the Lord, spend less, increase your saving, reduce your debts and prepare yourself to experience many more blessings.
The verses below are in no particular order, but, as you read and re-read them from time to time, you will descover new insights and fresh courage.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16:11 (NIV)
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first and best part of all your income. Then your barns will be full, and your vats will overflow with fresh wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 (GW)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,' if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained…I would have been unfaithful to God on high.” Job 31:24-28 (NIV)
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.” Psalm 37:21 (NIV)
“Don't withhold repayment of your debts. Don't say ‘some other time,’ if you can pay now.” Proverbs 3:27-28 (LB)
“Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)
“Plans succeed through good counsel ...” Proverbs 20:18 (NLT)
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)
“He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.” Proverbs 21:17 (NIV)
“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” Proverbs 21:20 (NLT)
“Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don't last forever, and the crown might not be secure for the next generation.” Proverbs 27:23-24 (NLT)
“Dreaming all the time instead of working is foolishness. And there is ruin in a flood of empty words...” Ecclesiastes 5:7 (NLT)
“Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless; it is like chasing the wind.” Ecclesiastes 6:9 (NLT)
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:2 (NIV)
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “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.” Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
“On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” I Corinthians 16:2 (NIV)
“For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched so that you can give even more generously. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out in thanksgiving to God.” II Corinthians 9:10-11 (NLT)
“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 (NIV)
“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.’” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)