Give cheerfully & liberally!
God loves it when we give cheerfully whatever we have determined in our hearts to give. Why? Because he knows that when we give from our hearts it sets in motion a universal principle that applies to us all, regardless of how rich or poor we think we are. (II Cor. 9:6-7; Luke [6:38])
Three Phases of Giving
· Tithing (the foundation phase)
· Impact Giving (the accumulating wealth phase)
· Legacy Giving (the strategic income phase)
Guard Your Heart
In the end, we will not be taking money and possessions with us. Guard your most precious, eternal possession—your heart! God knows our propensities. He gives us commands in his Word that so that we don’t hurt ourselves! Here are some principles regarding giving from the heart in Scripture that we should follow as we pursue financial freedom:
Principle #1: Give regularly and generously—not just because there is a need to give to, but because our hearts have a tendency of holding on to riches. Hoarding means saving money without having a specific need in mind. This is actually a form of idolatry—and idolatry is simply giving first place in our hearts to something other than God. Matthew [6:21]; I Timothy [6:17])
Principle #2: Check your motives. Give because you genuinely care about people, not for any selfish reason. Jesus said, “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:2-4)
Principle #3: Be content with what you have. The tenth commandment is, “Thou shalt not covet.” Coveting means taking delight in something in a wrong way. I Timothy [6:10] says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Notice that it’s not money itself that is evil, but the love of money. There is nothing wrong with having money and possessions, but when those things have you, then there is a big problem.
Recommended Course: Financial Peace University
This course was a financial life-changer for us as we raised our five children. To this day, we have no consumer debt, no student loans, and no car loans--just a small mortgage that we are paying quickly paying down. There are a total of 7 steps. Steps 1-3 are outlined above. Steps 4 through 7 are about planning for retirement, college funds, paying off your mortgage, and wealth building.
Recommended Book: Financial Peace Revisited
Purchase this book if you are unable to attend the course. It could be one of the most valuable purchases you'll ever make. All 7 “baby steps” are listed in chapter 21 for quick reference, then you’ll find some financial management forms in the back of the book.
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