When teaching about money, I address the audience in 3’s. For instance, money is Spiritual, Emotional and Practical.
In this post, I address the first and most important. Money is SPIRITUAL.
I was standing in line and waiting for the clerk to call me up to the desk. I had my paperwork all filled out. Being nervous, I had begun to perspire. As I think about it now, I might have been praying. I was at a Best Buy in the Easton Shopping Plaza in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. As I saw it then, my future was in the hands of the credit issuing bank. I was in line to get another credit card because I wanted some stuff. I had a tough week at work and I was sure that acquiring things would solve my problems.
Over the years, I believed that having stuff brought happiness. I didn’t grow up knowing that God freely gave me time, talent and treasure to manage for Him. I thought it was mine. I was far from a good steward, or manager. Entitlement shaped my character. I tried to avoid any responsibility that came with the gifts from God. In retrospect, I did experience the good and bad consequences that resulted with how I managed them but I didn’t have a context or a why. If I would have known how much God loved me as His unique creation. Maybe I would not have tried to please myself or attempted to impress others with all the stuff I bought.
Spiritually deficient, I was clueless about how God viewed money and how money actually worked. I had a broke mentality and a fearful disposition. I looked inward and outward for success, but never upward. My definition of success meant acquiring stuff through the path of least resistance. Like my Lead Pastor, Craig Altman mentions in our First Step class — I had a desire to be the boss. To me, I didn’t need God if I could build my own kingdom.
Have you had a broke mentality?
Are you asking yourself about a better way to live?
In America and around the world, you are not alone. 70% of Americans today live paycheck-to-paycheck. That means they are just getting by bringing in enough income to cover the outgo. You might be saying to yourself, “Well, a man can only earn so much money or I simply don’t get paid enough or ( enter your excuse here)!” Let me assure you that its not about the amount you earn or don’t earn. Did you know that 80% of those earning high incomes and living in luxury neighborhoods are living paycheck-to-paycheck too? The problem is not the money. It’s how we understand it and how we manage it. In my financial freedom workshops, I show a video called, “The Customer is King” from Bluefish TV. It illustrates the reality of what we are conditioned to believe about ourselves and the demanding attitude of “consumerism”. Consumerism can be crippling. Just ask the 70-80% living paycheck-to-paycheck.
I have mentored hundreds of people over the years. Many of them are searching for success through the wrong things. Their beliefs, attitudes and actions prove they’re searching inward and outward for meaning, just as I did. Like a small child in the dark, they become overwhelmed by fear, just like I was. Fearful of not having enough. Fearful of where the shelter, food and clothing will come from for their family. Fearful of the mountain that lies before them as they climb their way out of debt.
How about the comparison game? You and I have both played it. We compare the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the homes we take residence in, the restaurants we frequent, the smartphone we use, the location of our football seats, our social circles and, yes, even the charity events we attend. The comparison game can be a driving force in our life. I get wrapped up in it also and I teach this stuff. It’s not how the Creator of the universe wants you nor I to live. I understand these issues to be based in fear and they are linked to how we understand the spiritual aspects of money.
Let’s expose fear for what it really is. It’s False Evidence Appearing Real and we combat it in life in these 3 battlefields:
- The World — There are false prosperity prophets, mixed messages and we are the most marketed to nation in the world. We wrestle with constant comparison!
- Our Flesh — A feed me mentality. America … Once a land of high production, we are now a land of consumption and it is just how the flesh likes it. I want it NOW! We desire constant stimulation!
- Our Common Enemy — It’s Satan. He attacks us with weapons of mass distraction. This angel of light, the accuser of the brethren, the tempter, the great liar can blow up our homefront. We experience constant attacks!
You and I can win the battle against fear. Go to the Holy Bible and read all of the book of 1 John 4. Pay close attention to verse 18.
God loves us perfectly right where we are today. Because God loves us, fear is cast out. The love that we receive when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives as Savior and as Lord give us victory against the world, our flesh and our common enemy. We have victory over the old way of believing the FALSE EVIDENCE (APPEARING REAL). We can be and will be FEARLESS in managing God’s money. You don’t have to fear no matter our current bank statement, investments, address, cars or clothes. With Jesus’ victory through the cross and His resurrection at Easter, we are fearless!
Life is more peaceful relying on provision through God not through finances. When I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and believing in Him for salvation my life forever changed. I learned that what I have comes from Him and not myself. If I am to work, it is God that allows it. If I am to earn a certain outcome, it is God who provides it. Let’s be fearless, together, in Jesus Christ!
Ask yourself these 3 questions. I’d love to hear your comments below.
- In what ways will I develop my faith to be fearless?
- In what ways will I trust Jesus Christ with my finances?
- What next step am I going to take today to become fearless in my finances?