managing personal finance

Last Sunday in our Lancaster Gate community church we looked at our personal finances and how we manage them. The more we recognise that God does not want us to divorce all our possessions (our stuff) and money from our relationship with Him, the more we will be able to bond. Our faith will become more ‘tangible’.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
(Matthew 6:21)

This is a huge principle. This is not an indictment, or a judgement. This is just a self evident truth. When people invest their money into something a bit of their heart goes to that thing. It commands their attention. Where we send our money our attention follows.

When people buy shares in a company. Even they don’t know so much about all the internal workings of the business, their eyes go to the little abbreviation which symbolises the company in the financial pages.

(the sound is fine on the video…BUT at the start of the message the radio mic is on mute for a few minutes… sound starts again at 9mins 16secs in.)

God is not interested in getting our money, but he is interested in capturing our hearts and our hearts are connected to our personal finances. I think we sometimes some of us try to pretend otherwise out of a false belief that money is ‘not of God.’

—Tithing is a spiritual law given by God to humankind to assist people in finding abundance, fulfillment, and gratitude in their everyday lives.

The law of tithing is to give 10 percent of one’s increase back to God, with God represented on the physical level by the source of one’s spiritual teachings — often a church, synagogue, mosque, or a spiritual teacher.

—When a person tithes, the universe that works under the spiritual law of tithing says, “If you have that much to give, that means you are open to receive more.”

—To be rich towards God is to give ‘our extra’ what we don’t need to those who are in need. — —Use your stuff as a tool to allow you to join in achieving a vision that is greater than your own comfort. The decision on how much EXTRA we have is always going to be down to us, and our conscience. When you see someone with just the shirt on their back and their hand stretched out in need, something tells you that you’ve got some blessings to share.

You have a little time, a little window of opportunity while you are here, so…

Turn your temporary worldly wealth into eternal wealth.

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4 Responses to managing personal finance

  1. Mitty Tohma May 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Thanks Simon, it’s a tough one to master… its the ‘mind over matter’, we can see this clearly through our True Father’s lifestyle…

    “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” Philippians 4:12-13

  2. Thea Künzig May 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Dear Simon, why did you turn the Mic away? Couldn’t hear any of your sermon… 🙁

  3. Russell Earl Kelly May 3, 2010 at 3:26 am #

    There are no New Covenant post Calvary tithing principles. And gospel workers are allowed to own property contrary to Numbers 18.

    True HOLY biblical tithes were always only food from inside God’s holy land of Israel which God had miraculously increased. Though money was essential for sanctuary worship, money was not a tithe-able item. Jesus, Peter and Paul did not tithe.

    NT post Calvary giving for the Church is primarily sacrificial. For many that means more than ten per cent; others are sacrificially giving even though less.

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    Matthew Huish May 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    In response to Russell’s comment, I think Numbers 18 is a rather refreshing.

    God elected the Levites to be the priestly class, and as such gave them certain privileges, but only on certain conditions. It was a rather wise move, if you ask me: The job of the priests is to serve as the mediators between God and man, helping elevate the spirituality of the ordinary folk. If they do their job well, the people will tithe and the Levites will be taken care of; if they fail in their spiritual ministry, their welfare is at jeopardy.

    The Levites should be monastic, sacrificing worldly possesions for the sake of their spiritual ministry, but if they do their job well, they will be rewarded with financial security and even abundance. I think this can be encouraging for our church leaders; if they forsake material wealth now for the sake of their mission, they will be later rewarded for their ministerial success.

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