Seek God's Favor In Your Finances
I remember when I did not seek God's favor in finances. Instead, I tried to carry it all on my own. And as the head of household and a sole entrepreneur in my own company, the responsibilities became more than I could handle.
"If we seek good we find favor with God." Proverbs 11:2 NIV.
God is our refuge Psalm 91:4. God supplies all of our needs Philippians 4:19 NIV. Before seeking God I walked around stressed when it was time to order office supplies, go to the grocery store, purchase needed software or fill a need around the house. God goes before us Deuteronomy 3:18 -I asked His favor to open doors that seem to be closed including finances. I have learned to seek God first in all I do. In essence, we are giving our burden to Christ as he told us to do.
Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We also have to wait with expectancy. If you ask and do not believe then you are limiting your own resources. Matthew 13:58 "And he (Jesus) did not do many miracles there because of their (the people) lack of faith." Waiting on God will eliminate the silent money leaks Credit Card Debt- Credit cards take up future income. Because these options seem like a blessing at the time it is really a trap for future income. You are responsible for paying back the debt. Lease agreements are also a promise of future income. If you have to lease an equipment or a car you are throwing money out of the window. Most lease agreements force a future purchase. If you are making lease payments you will have to save the money for the future purchase. Many people start all over with a never-ending lease and interest. Don't fall for the "it's tax deductible." The deduction is not worth the interest you pay in the end. What happens when income slows down? Stock- stock can include inventory, supplies, and surprise household items. We so often try to separate work from home that we don't pay attention to the supplies and items in the home for which we have duplicates. Knowing what you have on hand in business and personal life will save you thousands of dollars and space. He will provide. I often find myself amazed and thankful for his creativity. If we are not keeping our eyes and hearts open we often miss what God will do.