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Larry Burkett has organized an invaluable collection of relevant Scriptures into one easy-to-use reference volume. Topically arranged Bible passages and a concordance focus attention on key ...
Larry Burkett has organized an invaluable collection of relevant Scriptures into one easy-to-use reference volume. Topically arranged Bible passages and a concordance focus attention on key issues of finance and stewardship. Covers more than 70 topics.
Our relationship with God is determined in great part by our attitudes. Having right attitudes doesn't just mean learning to live on a budget and tithing to the Lord. Right attitudes include total commitment to God, listening to the counsel of other people (including husbands or wives), dealing fairly and honestly with other people, being humble and thankful, and forgiving others (in terms of debts that are owed). The right attitudes God will honor are spiritual values being reflected through finances.
God calls each of us to a radical lifestyle—total commitment to Him. You can determine a great deal about spiritual commitment by what Christians treasure. God's Word says that our treasures will be wherever our hearts are. All that truly matters is what we can do for the kingdom of God. Certainly, the things we accumulate are not important. They are simply tools for us to use in accomplishing God's work.
Sometimes commitment breaks down when a sacrifice is required. We must make a choice about our commitment and there are only two choices. We cannot serve God and mammon.
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Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Peter answered and said to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?" And Jesus said to them, ... "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life."
"He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.... No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
Luke 16:10, 13
I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord ... and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.... But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
James 1:2–4, 22
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.
1 Peter 1:14–15
The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:17
Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
1 John 3:22
In the area of finances, contentment does not mean complacency. Complacency means that I have a problem and I suffer through it with a good attitude; but contentment means I know that I'm in the center of God's will. I change the things I can. The things I can't change I am willing to accept and be content with because I know the One who is in control. The secret of a happy life is learning how to deal with both the good times and the bad and, like the apostle Paul, knowing how to be content with either.
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He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
He said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.
The Lord is my portion; I have promised to keep Thy words.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and turmoil with it.
A sated man loathes honey, but to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.
Two things I asked of Thee, do not refuse me before I die: keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, lest I be full and deny Thee and say, "Who is the Lord?" Or lest I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.
The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much. But the full stomach of the rich does not allow him to sleep.
Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages."
"I have coveted no one's silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious, free from the love of money.
1 Timothy 3:3
Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
1 Timothy 6:6–8
Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you."
Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness.
1 Peter 5:2
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness.
2 Peter 1:5–6
COUNSEL OF OTHERS
Balance is what God teaches us—the balance between verses that say it is a wise person who seeks the counsel of many others and verses that warn if we listen to too many people we will go astray. Somewhere in between is the balance. God wants us to be open, listen to people with the same value systems, but not follow their direction for our lives too closely; rather, use it cautiously—as counsel in finding God's direction.
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How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.
Where there is no guidance, the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
He who speaks the truth tells what is right, but a false witness, deceit.
Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.
Through presumption comes nothing but strife, but with those who receive counsel is wisdom.
Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
The naive believes everything, but the prudent man considers his steps.
Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.
Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.
Prepare plans by consultation, and make war by wise guidance.
By wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend. Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.
A poor, yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.
"If your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer."
So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.
The first step in establishing the principle of fairness is to recognize that all people are important, regardless of their position. God is not concerned about what others think is fair, only what He thinks is fair. From God's perspective, fairness is determined by your attitude toward other people and the way you treat them. Do you treat others the way you would want them to treat you if the situations were reversed?
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Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.
"That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night."
Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle and all his goods which he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to another land away from his brother Jacob. For their property had become too great for them to live together, and the land where they sojourned could not sustain them because of their livestock.
"Nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute."
"Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the Lord your God."
"You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it."
"You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous."
"You shall not see your countryman's ox or his sheep straying away, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly bring them back to your countryman. And if your countryman is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall remain with you until your countryman looks for it; then you shall restore it to him."
"You shall not see your countryman's donkey or his ox fallen down on the way, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly help him to raise them up."
"You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow's garment in pledge."
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold.
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor.
The Lord protects the strangers; he supports the fatherless and the widow; but He thwarts the way of the wicked.
Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course.
What is desirable in a man is his kindness, and it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
"Do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place."
"Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity."
Thus has the Lord of hosts said, "Dispense true justice, and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another."
"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a certain king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. And when he had begun to settle them, there was brought to him one who owed him ten thousand talents. But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. The slave therefore falling down, prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you everything.' And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.' So his fellow slave fell down and began to entreat him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you.' He was unwilling however, but went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. Then summoning him, his lord said to him, 'You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you entreated me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had mercy on you?' And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."
He was saying to them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you; and more shall be given you besides."
Excerpted from The Word on Finances by Larry Burkett. Copyright © 1994 Christian Financial Concepts. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers.
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1. Attitudes, Right
2. Attitudes, Wrong
4. Giving and Providing Offerings
5. God's Blessings and Curses
8. Work and Wages
Posted January 28, 2000
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