Who Do You Trust?

A recent YouGov poll reveals that Americans have a profound lack of trust in both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The New American Standard Dictionary defines trust as, “A firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.”

Trusting the Lord is the hallmark of our faith.

Proverbs 3:5 states it clearly, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Think about it, how many of our difficulties, defeats and dilemmas stem from our failure to trust the lord with all of our heart?

One area where many of us fail to trust the Lord is with our finances.

For many years I went about my life living as I thought according to God’s commandments, praying, reading the Word even leading Bible studies.  However, when it came to money, I failed to live out God expectations.  In essence I did not trust God with my money.

But that was the problem my money is not my money.  The funds that we “earn” working our jobs, investing our money or even enjoying the jackpot from the lottery are given to us by God because He trust us to act as stewards of what He has given to on His behalf.

Paul make the case for stewardship in 2 Corinthians 9:6 when he says; “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Trusting God and being a good steward of our finances will reap these bountifully results:

1. Trusting God –  Will Give Us More Money 

God does not want us to live pay check to pay check with nothing saved for a vacation or a rainy day.  Trusting God with our money requires us to save.  1st Corinthians 16:2 gives us a great plan for saving. “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come”.

This command is really simple when we get paid, save some of it.  If your funds are tight start with saving a dollar per paid period with the goal of increasing it by one dollar each time you get paid.

Soon you will be amazed how the dollars will add up and you trust in the Lord will increase as you realize that He will make a way for you to save when you thought that your funds were too tight to ever consider saving.     

2. Trusting God – Will Get You Out of Debt

Being a good steward of finances calls us to pay off debt.  Psalms 37:21 tells us The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but

the righteous is generous and gives.

God wants His children to be debt free.  However, the question is with student loan, credit card, car and other debts how do we work our way out to the financial pit many of us find ourselves in?

God has graced many talented people to help His children get out of debt.  I am big fan of Dave Ramsey and His Financial Peace University click on this link to find a church near you that are conducting financial peace classes.

3. Trusting God –  Will Make You A Generous Financial Giver 

Being a godly steward of our finances will make you a more generous giver with God and with yourself.

A Word About Tithing:

Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

Let’s be clear tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30;Numbers 18:26Deuteronomy 14:242 Chronicles 31:5).

In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.

The New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says gifts should be “in keeping with income” as we discovered in 1 Corinthians 16:2, when it says that we should take put something aside.

We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the church.

However, despite the teachings of New Testament I still tithe.

Why Do I Tithe?

I tithe not because of a legalist commandment that requires me to give at least 10 percent.  I tithe for one reason and one reason only because I trust God with my money.    

Tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

God trust me to be a good steward of the money He has given me.  And because God trust me, I trust I trust Him.

Trust the Lord with your money, it will give you an eternal return on your investment.

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