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5 Understandings That Must Rule Every Money Decision…

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Have You Ever Had A Set Of Rules Or Guidelines That You Refused To Compromise? Here Is A List Of Guidelines That Must Govern Every Money Decision… I Will Illustrate It To You By Introducing You In A Deeper Fashion To John Wesley…

John Wesley (June 28, 1703 – March 2, 1791) Was A Church Of England Cleric And Christian Theologian Who, Along With His Brother Charles, Is Largely Credited With Founding The Methodist Movement. The “Methodists,” Also Called The Holy Club, Were Known For Fasting Two Days A Week. He had a set of Financial Principles Which Continue To Challenge Us Today…

Wesley Was Known For These Three Principles:

  • Gain All You Can.
  • Save All You Can.
  • Give All You Can.

He Practiced The “Give All You Can” Principle Passionately, Setting And Maintaining The Same Standard Of Living Throughout His Entire Life And Giving Away Everything Above That Threshold. Even When Wesley Earned Many Times More Than That Modest Standard, He Continued Steadfastly Living On That Income And Giving The Rest Away…

His Philosophy… “What Should Rise Is Not The Christian’s Standard Of Living But The Standard Of Giving.”

5 Understandings Which Must Guide Our “Money Decisions”

1. Care For Your Family: 

1 Tim. 5:8 (Kjvs) But If Any Provide Not For His Own, And Specially For Those Of His Own House, He Hath Denied The Faith, And Is Worse Than An Infidel.

We Believers Should Make Sure The Family Has The Necessities And Conveniences Of Life, That Is, “A Sufficiency Of Plain, Wholesome Food To Eat, And Clean Raiment To Put On” As Well As A Place To Live. The Believer Must Also Insure That The Family Has Enough To Live On If Something Were To Happen To The Breadwinner.

2. Be Content With “Basics”…

1 Tim. 6:8 (Kjvs) And Having Food And Raiment Let Us Be Therewith Content.

1 Tim. 6:8 (Message) If We Have Bread On The Table And Shoes On Our Feet, That’s Enough.

The Word Translated Raiment Is Literally Coverings And Thus Includes Lodging As Well As Clothes. “It Plainly Follows Whatever Is More Than These Is, In The Sense Of The Apostle, Riches – Whatever Is Above The Plain Necessities, Or At Most, Conveniences, Of Life. Whoever Has Sufficient Food To Eat, And Raiment To Put On, With A Place To Lay His Head, And Something Over, Is Rich.”

3. Respect Has Qualifications… While Honor Has None…

Rom. 12:17 (Nlt) Never Pay Back Evil For Evil To Anyone. Do Things In Such A Way That Everyone Can See You Are Honorable.

The Proper Handling Of Money Demonstrates Honor, Even When Others Have Behaved Dishonorably…

4. Avoid Debt At All Costs…

Rom. 13:8 (Kjvs) Owe No Man Any Thing, But To Love One Another: For He That Loveth Another Hath Fulfilled The Law.

Rom. 13:8 (Message) Don’t Run Up Debts, Except For The Huge Debt Of Love You Owe Each Other. When You Love Others, You Complete What The Law Has Been After All Along.

Avoid Debt At All Cost… Believers Need To Have Adequate Tools, Stock, Or Capital For The Carrying On In The Business Of Life…

5. Be A Blessing To Others…

Gal. 6:10 (Kjvs) As We Have Therefore Opportunity, Let Us Do Good Unto All Men, Especially Unto Them Who Are Of The Household Of Faith.

After You Have Provided For Your Family And The Creditors In Life… The Next Obligation Is To Use Any Money That Is Left To Meet The Needs Of Others.

The 5 Guidelines That Must Govern Our Financial Decisions

  1. Care For Your Family:
  2. Be Content With “Basics”…
  3. Respect Has Qualifications… While Honor Has None…
  4. Avoid Debt At All Costs…
  5. Be A Blessing To Others…

Robb Thompson

By: Robb Thompson

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