Luke 14:28-30 (NIV)
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Last week we learned how to take authority over our relationships. This week, we are taking authority over our finances. Do you have a plan for your finances or are you haphazardly spending? Today’s scripture instructs us to have a financial plan before moving ahead with decisions that can have a lasting impact. To dive deeper, our lenten series encourages us to consult and partner with God on everything, especially our finances. It is necessary to be a good steward over what God blesses us with. Stewardship is defined as “the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property” and infers that we do not own the property. We are tillers and laborers of God’s land and He is expecting that we oversee his property with care and attention.When we start to idolize money and focus on selfish desires, we can become jaded or misled regarding God’s vision for our lives. Furthermore, worrying about our finances demonstrates little faith in God’s power, so today God wants us to be reminded that He comes to bless, provide, and pay all debts against us.
Consider the following:
Our first step to financial freedom is understanding that all we possess belongs to God. Since everything we possess belongs to God, then we must be sure to give God his rightful portion, which means we must tithe! Tithing is essential because God says you can have 90%, I just want 10%. Second is praying and asking God to help us come up with a plan that allows for us to tithe and handle our other financial responsibilities. Below we’ve included a tithing chart to help you get started. Remember, God wants a cheerful giver, which is why God looks at our heart, so just start! Thirdly, God wants us to serve the less fortunate with obedience and unwavering faith. God will follow through with His promise to “open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Malachi 3:10). Know that this scripture is referencing more than just financial overflow. When you give just to give, God will beat your giving in your tithe, your time, and your talent! As the hymn goes, “You can't beat God's giving, no matter how you try. And just as sure as you are living and the Lord is in heaven on high. The more you give, the more He gives to you, but keep on giving because it's really true that you can't beat God's giving, no matter how you try.”
If you want to take authority over your finances, say this short prayer: God, please give me authority over my finances. I bind up every debt, area of lack, and negative mindset. I cover my finances with your blood. I believe that things will be restored and multiplied in your name. Amen.