It is quite obvious, that most countries in the world today are going through serious economic challenges. These economic challenges will affect everyone, including God’s people. In this lesson, we will take a look at the Biblical principles of financial management that can help us to survive these tough times.
“But thou shalt __________________ the ____________ thy __________: for it is he that giveth thee _______________ to get _____________, ”
The first Biblical principle of financial management is that we should recognize that God owns everything. All that we have belongs to God, including the strength that we use to gain wealth (see also Psalm 24:1).
“And God said, Let us make _______________ in our image, after our ________________: and let them have __________________ over . . . . all the earth”
God made man and placed him on this earth as a steward or manager of His possessions. Man is supposed to use the re-sources of the earth for his good and for the glory of God (see Psalm 8:6, 7; Jeremiah 9:23).
1 Corinthians 4:2
“Moreover it is required in ________________, that a man be found _________________.”
What God require of us, is faithful and wise use of what He has blessed us with.
“And all the ______________ of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the _______________: it is ______________ unto the LORD.”
“Will a man ______________ God? Yet ye have ____________ me. But ye say, Wherein have we ______________ thee? In ___________ and _____________.”
The Bible mentions two things here that define part of our obligation to God in regards to our resources—tithe and offerings. The tithe refers to 1/10th (10%)—a specified amount of what we own. Because Israel was a farming community, they were required to return 1/10th of their crop or animals. But, in our time, it is interpreted to mean 1/10th (10%) of our income/increase. Offering refers to a freewill amount that we give to God. Therefore, it is not a set amount. It can be more or less than the tithe, based on our willingness and/or ability to give.
“Woe unto you, ______________ and ________________, hypocrites! for ye pay ______________ of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the ________________ matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the ___________________ undone.”
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for paying more attention to paying of tithe than to exercising faith, mercy and judgment. How-ever, though Jesus emphasized the need to pay more attention to the weightier matters of the law (faith, mercy and judgment) He still recognized that they had an obligation to the others (including paying of tithe).
“But the _________________ of the children of Israel, . . . ., I have given to the ________________ to inherit: ”
1 Corinthians 9:13, 14
“Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which _______________ the ___________________ should live of the _________________.”
Among the children of Israel, the tithe was used to support the Levites—the tribe that was asked to dedicate their entire lives to the services of the temple. Because the Levites were not given any land to inherit and they could not farm or work for a living as the other Israelites could, God made provision for them by allowing them to partake of the tithes and offerings that were brought in to the temple by the Israelites. Today, the tithe and offering is used to support the gospel ministers (who dedicate their entire lives to the preaching of the gospel) and to the work of the Church on earth. Without the faithfulness of God’s people in returning their tithe and giving a liberal offering, the work of God’s Church would suffer for want of resources.
“Ye are _______________ with a _____________: for ye have ________________ me, even this whole _____________.”
“. . . . prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not _____________ you the ______________ of ________________, and pour you out a ________________, that there shall not be _________________ enough to _______________ it .”
“He that hath pity upon the __________ lendeth unto the ________; and that which he hath given will he ___________ him again.”
1 Timothy 6:6-10
“But _________________ with ______________ is great gain.”
It is very important for us to develop a spirit of contentment—to depend on God to provide for us, while being content with what we have. While nothing is wrong with having abun-dance, it’s better to depend on God to provide for us in an honest way, than to seek dishonest gain (see also Philippians 4:11).
“. . . . the ____________ is servant to the ______________.”
As far as possible, we should avoid debt. We should practice to live within our income until God blesses us with more.
Philippians 4:19 (see also Isaiah 33:15, 16)
“But my God shall _______________ all your ________________ according to his _________________ in glory by Christ Jesus.”