Each of us will spend the majority of our waking hours earning, managing, or spending money. No wonder Jesus talked about money and possessions more than any other subject.
I want to show you five biblical principles that will bless your finances and help you grow richer in the next 90 days. And, no, the list does not include winning the lottery or finding out that you had a rich uncle that unexpectedly left you a fortune. These principles are not about getting rich but about growing richer. Chances are that you are far richer than 90% of the people in the world right now. In fact, if you earn the average American household income, then you are richer than 95% of the people in the world. However, just because you may have more than people who do not live in America does not change the fact that you worry over finances.
So how can you grow richer in the next 90 days?
Believe Like A Trust Fund Baby
Trust fund babies have parents that supply everything they need. They have faith that “father” will take care of them; therefore, they need not worry. Our Heavenly Father has promised to take care of us. He has more than enough. Growing richer begins with trusting God. The Apostle Paul stated it this way in Romans 8:15: So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family —calling him “Father, dear Father.”
Get Some Blessed Money
The Bible clearly teaches that God blesses my money when I tithe. Living without God’s blessings leaves my money under a curse. When I put God first he lifts the curse.
… trust the power of God rather than human wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:5
Human wisdom is at odds with what the Bible teaches about giving and generosity. It says that I can’t afford to give the first tenth of my income. It says I will not have enough money to pay my bills and l will always lack. Human wisdom says that 90% could not possibly go as far as 100%.
Tithing is primarily an act of worship. God promises to make the 90% go further than the 100%. He promises to bless my money when I give and to rebuke the devourer for my sake. Ultimately, I must decide if I am going to trust God or human wisdom.
Guard Your Heart
You cannot serve both God and Money. Luke 16:13b
The word “money” referred to the ancient god of wealth. People trusted money for significance, power, purpose, provision, and happiness. Jesus said you can’t serve God and the materialistic gods of this world at the same time.
Jesus contrasted two different hearts; one trusted God for significance, supply, happiness, and purpose and the other trusted money for those things. Money and material things will always tempt us to trust in them for the things that are reserved only for God to give. It is simply a test of the heart.
Live Like A Millionaire
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires. Psalm 37:4
A millionaire delights in his or her money and possessions. If we are going to grow richer we must delight in the Lord. How do you delight in the Lord? Pursue God and the things of God. Take delight in the Bible. Love what God loves. God loves people. God loves it when we obey and trust him. God loves it when we depend totally on Him.
Write Out Your Plan
The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get. Proverbs 21:20
Wise spending is planned spending. Yes, there are always unexpected bills but when we do not plan our spending we tend to get angry with God when life happens. The tires of tithers still wear out. We must plan for the unexpected. Living so that there is a little margin in your life lowers stress, improves your mood, and makes everyone happier to see you. Having a budget helps you plan for the future, get out of debt, and control your spending.
Applying these five principles will help you grow richer, feel content, and enjoy life more. I would love to hear your story. What have you learned that helps you grow richer?