You Asked For It: Getting Back on Track Financially
THE PATH TO FINANCIAL STRESS
Luke 15:11-14 (Lexham) A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that is coming to me.’ So he divided his assets between them. And after not many days, the younger son gathered everything and went on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth by living wastefully. And after he had spent everything, there was a severe famine throughout that country, and he began to be in need.
- We believe a lie about money.
- We isolate ourselves financially.
- We live undisciplined and wasteful.
- Life throws us a curve-ball.
GETTING BACK ON TRACK
Haggai 1:5-6, 9 (VOICE) Think very carefully about your choices. You have planted a large crop, but your harvest is small . . . . You earn a salary, but the money runs out quickly, as if there are holes in your pocket . . . I will tell you why: My house has remained in ruins while each of you has been chasing after your own concerns.
- We must put God first again. Israel didn’t realize it, but life caught their attention and God was no longer first.
Matthew 6:33 (CEV) But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.
- How are you spending your time?
- Where are you using your talents?
- What gets your treasure?
Malachi 3:8-10 (ERV) “People should not steal things from God, but you stole things from me. You say, ‘What did we steal from you?’ You should have given me one-tenth of your things. You should have given me special gifts. In this way your whole nation has stolen things from me, so bad things are happening to you.” The Lord All-Powerful says, “Try this test. Bring one-tenth of your things to me. Put them in the treasury. Bring food to my house. Test me! If you do these things, I will surely bless you. Good things will come to you like rain falling from the sky. You will have more than enough of everything.”
- Acknowledge the reality of where you are.
Proverbs 27:23-24 (CW) Keep an eye on the condition of your flocks and give careful attention to your herds. They could quickly perish and your riches would be gone.
- Develop a plan of attack. Do something about it. You need a budget and accountability. We need to bring structure back into the areas we’ve been undisciplined.
Proverbs 27:12 (NIV) The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
- Do it now.
Proverbs 6:2-5 (CW) If you got caught by your own impulsiveness and financially obligated yourself to someone by giving your word, then do this, my son, to get out of whatever you got yourself into: Humble yourself and plead your case. Don’t ignore the situation or allow yourself to rest until you’ve done this. Free yourself as quickly as possible, like a dear running from the hunter.
- Ask your Heavenly Father for help.
Psalm 107:28-31 (CSB) Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper, and the waves of the sea were hushed. They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet. Then he guided them to the harbor they longed for. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity.