Budgeting God's Way

Here is my first attempt at the first page of the handout we will use for the clients at the pregnancy center: (What do you think?)

Budgeting God’s Way:

Are you feeling overwhelmed by money issues? Do you have a hard time making ends meet?

Frugality, simplicity and wise money management are a commitment and a lifestyle. There are no easy fixes. You have to decide now that you are willing to take control of your life and set things straight so that you are able to live responsibly, in a manner pleasing to God.

Ever wonder why are we even here on this earth, struggling with money, weight, and other compulsions that seem to be beyond our control sometimes? The Bible tells us that God created all things and considered them good. (Genesis 1:31)

What happened?

Adam and Eve, the very first two people on this earth, sinned and disobeyed God because they wanted more than what God allowed them to have. When sin entered their hearts, it fractured their communication with God; they lost the great paradise where they lived; and, they had to make sacrifices to communicate with Him.

Then the greatest thing happened, God loved us so much (see John 3:16) that He sent His son, Jesus Christ to pay the final price for our sins by His death on the cross. All we have to do is to believe in Him and by the grace of God, we will be saved and allowed to experience eternal life in Heaven.

But what about now? How does all this affect you today? Being a true believer in Christ also means confessing your sins, asking forgiveness and following God’s commandments. Our true belief is clear through our actions.

God gave us the Bible to let us know exactly what He expects of us. The first commandment in Exodus 20:3 says “You shall have no other gods before Me.” When we make money or our possessions our first priority, we are putting those things before God.

As Christians, God helps us resist temptation by placing in our heart the Holy Spirit who helps us know right from wrong when we pray for guidance and strength. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Note that the fruits end at self-control.

Part of walking in fellowship with God is having self-control over destructive behaviors that drag us down, like spending beyond the money or resources we have. This is not easy and this is the part where we are reminded that no one is perfect. We all struggle with sinful areas of our life that Satan would love to use to pull us away from God. By constantly confessing those sins and praying for forgiveness, we open the communication with God that sin blocks.

King Solomon gave us this prayer in Proverbs 30: 7-9:

            Two things I request of You

            (Deprive me not before I die)

            Remove falsehood and lies far from me;

            Give me neither poverty or riches –

            Feed me with the food allotted me;

            Lest I be full and deny You,

            And say, Who is the Lord?”

            Or lest I be poor and steal,

            And profane the name of my God.
 

How easy it is to start the comparison game. When we look to others for our contentment & self-worth, noting that they have more of this or that, we will NEVER be happy because there is ALWAYS someone with more. When you get control of your spending, respecting the resources God gave you, contentment will follow. You might not be rich but you, at least, should be able to pay your expenses, save and give to others in need.
 

Now to the practical application: 

What exactly is a budget? How does it come to life?

 

 

Comments

  1. Great start, Sarah. Good to be reminded of the scripture fundamentals of good stewardship :)

  2. Great job getting it going. I can’t wait to read the next part.

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