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Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday, December 08, 2019

December 8, 2019 GOOD STEWARDS WITH MONEY

Many of us struggle with money. We just don’t know why we can’t get ahead. We may believe we just don’t have enough to make ends meet…much less give to others. However, not tithing is the reason we are in a financial mess. When we don’t give God back the first of what we receive from Him every month, we are choosing to disobey what He has called us to do. We are telling Him we don’t trust Him enough to take care of us and our money because we want to control it ourselves. We should set aside our firsts for God because He is the reason we are blessed with the money in the first place. Being good stewards with our money means we give back to God with what He has blessed us with.

SCRIPTURE:
Deuteronomy 14:22 “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write down how much you make each month.
2. List the things you spend your money on.
3. Ask God to help you make tithing and giving a priority.
4. Pray and decide to put aside money for God first.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we are so blessed to have the money we have every month. Forgive us that we sometimes think we don’t make enough and we don’t give You what we should. Forgive us for not allowing You to handle our finances. Forgive us for not trusting in You with all we have. We want to obey You in all areas of our lives. Remind us we should give back to You the portion You require us to as an act of obedience and faith in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
If we need more money, we should trust God to help us with our finances by giving Him control and allowing Him to help us to make right financial choices.

We are to give back to God a portion of what He has blessed us with as an act of obedience and faith. God wants us to give to Him so He can bless us!

Malachi 3:10 “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!’” (NLT)

Tithing is mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament; however, so many of us forget to include that part of obedience in our lives.

When we tithe, we are honoring God. Whatever we have, we should give back to God a portion of it.

FOCUS:
Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” (NLT)
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