Biblical Principles of Money


Biblical Principles of Money: It is all God’s Money

God is the owner of all our resources including money. He is the creator of Heaven and Earth. Everything is under his control. Though the devil has some power in this world, He has to get God’s approval before He could touch the Children of God. Your money is not your own, it is God’s provision for you. You might have used your talents and skills to obtain that money, but it is God who gave you those gifts and talents and opportunities in the first place. Be a wise steward for the money that God has entrusted you.

When you understand that everything is God’s money, you will use it for His glory and you will not be extremely saddened when He takes it away from you.

Job 38:41-Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.

Psalms 24:1-(A Psalm of David.) The earth [is] the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Philippians 4:19-But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Haggai 2:8-The silver [is] mine, and the gold [is] mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

Biblical Principles of Money: Wealth by Proper means

The world runs after ways to earn money and get rich at the cost of integrity and values. All they want is money and so they do not care about human values and ethics. But, as Christians our calling is much higher and so are our standards. We should not do anything that is illegal. We should not compromise walking in obedience to God's Word in any circumstance, even at the cost of losing your business or job.

Proverbs 13:11-Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Biblical Principles of Money: Do Not Love Money

There is a difference between earning money and loving money. If you have less money in the bank, that doesn’t mean that you don’t love money. If you have more money in the bank, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you love money. Anything that you love more than God is an idol. When we keep chasing money more than God, it can become a modern day idol that distances us from God. We cannot serve God and money.

How to know whether you are a money lover?

Ask yourself the below questions.

Do you tithe or offer regularly?

Do you give a portion of your money to missionaries and for the many creative ways to share the Gospel?

Do you help the poor and needy in Jesus name?

Do you worry little when you lose your money?

Do you give cheerfully?

If the answer to the above questions is not a genuine “Yes”, you probably have to re-examine yourself for the love of money.

1 Timothy 6:10 - For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:9-10 - But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

Biblical Principles of Money: Do Not find security in Money

Do you think that you can be safe and lead a secure life if you have enough money stored in your bank? You are completely wrong. You can’t even keep your very heart beat safe by yourself. You must put your faith in God, not money or any other form of security.

Matthew 6:31-33 - Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

James 4

13Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:14Whereas ye know not whatshall beon the morrow. For whatisyour life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.15For that yeoughtto say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.16But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Biblical Principles of Money: Beware of Greed and Covetousness

The world wants to amass as much wealth as possible. They run after money and never content with what they already have. As Christians, our greatest treasures are in Heaven, not on earth. We are called to be different from the world. A Christian life should not be marked by greed, jealousy and covetousness. We are not called to live for money, but for God and for glorifying Him.

Hebrews 13:5- [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Luke 12:15-And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Biblical Principles of Money: Giving away cheerfully

God doesn’t need our money. After all, everything is from Him. So why do we have to give for God? For our own good, that we may have rewards in heaven and joy of earth.

Deuteronomy 16:17-Every man [shall give] as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

2 Corinthians 9:7-Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Hebrews 7:5-9-And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Biblical Principles of Money: Managing your finances and home

Christians must work and provide for their family and meet their needs in the name of Jesus. If your kids are starving and you are not a good father, you cannot effectively share the love of our father in heaven to the world.

1 Timothy 5:8- But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Biblical Principles of Money: Contentment

Why did the people of Israel wander in wilderness for 40 years and failed to reach the destination in their generation? The obvious answer is lack of contentment and murmuring. If manna doesn’t satisfy them, what else could? If the presence of God doesn’t satisfy you, what else could?

1 Timothy 6:6-8-But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Matthew 6:31-33-Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Ecclesiastes 5:12-The sleep of a labouring man [is] sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

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