Instrument rated for finances. Just when you get ahead a little bit, your car breaks down, your house needs a new roof, and your boiler gives up the ghost. We all experience it. But the instrument-rated believer can fly through financial storms because he has absolute confidence in his gauges and radio. If he looks at them and doubts their accuracy, he's in serious difficulty. This must all be settled on the ground while he is going through the checklist. He must not take off into the storm if all is not in good order.
When it comes to money matters, check your craft. Do you know what the Bible really says about your finances? To fly through or above a financial storm, you must practise Biblical stewardship, know what God has promised to you, and stand on it in faith. 'Give, and it will be given to you' (Luke 6:38 NKJV). Giving is an act of obedience. It honours God. But there are some things God will not do. He will not be generous with you if you have been stingy with Him or others. The Bible says, 'The blessing of the Lord makes one rich.' You ask, 'How rich does God want me to be?' That depends on four things: your spiritual maturity, your God-given assignment in life, your willingness to put God in first place when it comes to finances, and exercising your faith.
Giving is like sowing (2 Corinthians 9:6). When a seed is sown it produces a harvest. But the farmer has to go and get that harvest. Similarly, faith, plus obedience, draws the harvest of God's blessing into your life.
SoulFood: Acts 6-7, Matt 27:26-32, Ps 75, Pro 10:22-23
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011