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Money Matters!

Does money matter to you? We can be spiritual about it or not.  Having resources like money will take care of our needs. We can be humble or covetous.  The word of God says in 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV) "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".  We should not be in love with money more than God.  Allowing money to be our God will take us away from growing in the faith.  Another scripture in Matthew 6:24 (KJV) "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon".  When it comes to money or finances, we must consider which one we serve.  Are we putting all of our money into buying items we don't need and just want? Are we giving less to our church because we spent all the money during the month before the month's end?  If we think about it, it may seem like we are doing the right thing regarding our money.  There are some essential items to review to determine whether our money or finances are going how they should.

Let's review some practical things that may keep us on track.  One thing is to determine what we are spending our money on.  We know the big bucket items in our budget include housing (house, apartment, utilities, cable, yard service, pest control, HOA), auto (automobile payments, insurance, gas, & maintenance), Food, Debt (credit cards, loans, etc.), Giving (Tithe and offering), and Savings.  There are other items to consider as well.  Debts are included because when we borrow or charge on our credit card, we are obligated to pay it back.  I included Giving as well because God blessed us with jobs and businesses, so it is an honor and a privilege to give tithes and offerings and give to other ministries as well.  I know where my blessings come from and it didn't come from getting the job because of education.  All that I have belongs to God.  Giving should be a part of every Christian budget plan.  If it is not, then perhaps adjustments need to be made to reduce expenses so that we are able to give tithes and offerings. 

We should track our expenses every other week to determine if we are on track to put our money aside for all of the other buckets such as entertainment, clothing, and miscellaneous items.  Some items will put us in a bind that will take money away from one bucket and put it in another bucket.  We don't want to be in a position to rob Peter to pay Paul.  Let's be in a position to have more than enough funds to take care of our needs each month and have plenty left over for the next month.  

Having money won't destroy us but will allow us to bless the kingdom of God. Matthew 16:19 (NKJV) says, I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.  We can bind lack and loose prosperity.  God wants us to prosper in every area of our life.  Be blessed! 


Grace & peace,

Meliton Barron

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