"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."
(Romans 13:8 KJV)
"Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."
(Proverbs 3:9-10 KJV)
Indebtedness, written for April 25, 2015 on the web site, gives you a start on seeing where you might reduce the amount you spend each month. You can read it by scrolling down on this website. (There is no print function but you can copy it and paste it into any word processor file.) Review it so you can understand what Our Awesome God has to say about indebtedness and how to start getting it under control. Get your finances totaled so you know what you are buying and how much you are paying for each need you and your family have. Get rid of the “wants” so you can focus on the needs and paying off the debts.
Now let us focus on giving to God. Remember, God, the Creator, owns it all and gives some of it to each of us. We are trying to see how much He wants us to keep and how it should be used. Our Awesome God wants us to give our "first fruits" (or most important things) to Him, willingly and joyfully as a part of our worship of Him. But when all the bills are paid each month, do you and your family have any money left? If not, you are buying more than you need because Our Awesome God has promised to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19). If you have debt, it probably includes more than your need but it is already spent and the money owed is not yours, it belongs to your creditor. When you have paid your debts and paid for your real needs, there may be money left for giving and for your wants. Give God the part of it that you are happy to give, knowing that you are giving up some of your wants and none of your needs. There is no set percentage but give something! The next time, the money left may be different. If it is less, maybe half, give less, like half of what you gave before. If it is double, give double. This is called proportional giving. God wants to bless us with more blessings because, whatever the amount, we have given Him from what is most important to us.
We should get our finances and especially our debts under control first so that, eventually, we "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another..." (Romans 13:8). As your debts are paid off, your proportional giving will increase and you will find yourself giving a tithe (10%) and more to Our Awesome God. Giving a little money as it becomes available is important to a Christian Child of the King. As you work through getting out of debt, be about the work of the Kingdom of God and God will bless you that way also.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study and AWANA for children. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting.
Flo & Bill