LIVING ETERNAL NOW TRUSTING GOD

If you invest in the right treasury (eternal, not temporal), adopt the right perspective, and serve the right Master you have nothing to worry about. In contrast, those who invest in the wrong treasury (temporal, not eternal), adopt a here-and-now perspective, and serve the wrong master (money, not God) have every reason to worry.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

Since we cannot serve two masters, our fear of not having enough reveals our true master.

Jesus specifically tells us not to worry about life’s necessities—food, drink, and clothes. Then He says,

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to youMatthew 6:33

According to our Lord, giving isn’t what leaves us short of material provision. Jesus promises to provide for givers in full measure.

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

How about this promise in Malachi?

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.Malachi 3:10

When we give away our treasures, we are seeking God’s Kingdom first. And therefore, “all these [material needs] will be added to” us.

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Paul told the Philippians, “I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” Philippians 4:18, CSB

Their financial gifts were gifts to God. Since they gave so generously to provide for him and his work, Paul was confident God would provide the same for them: “My God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, CSB). This is a familiar promise, but most people don’t realize that in context, it is specifically for givers who have stretched themselves to become sacrificial partners in Kingdom ministry. “For even in Thessalonica you sent gifts for my need several times” (v.16).

RANDY & NANCI ALCORN’S TESTIMONY

In some cases, God’s provision is obvious—we get an unexpected check in the mail or are given something we thought we’d have to buy. One time Nanci and I discovered an error we’d made in our bank balance, finding we had significantly more money than we realized.

In other cases, God’s provision is less obvious but equally generous. A washing machine that should have broken down a decade ago keeps working. A car with more than two hundred thousand miles runs for three years needing no repairs. A checking account that should have dried up long before the end of the month somehow makes it through. As God miraculously stretched the widow’s oil supply in Elisha’s day (2 Kings 4:1-7), and as He made the Israelites’ clothes and sandals last forty years in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 8:4), I’m convinced He sometimes graciously extends the life of things that would normally need replacement.

The God who fed a million-member family in the wilderness for forty years, fed five thousand with one boy’s lunch, and who is perfectly capable of turning water into wine and stones into bread, will not have any trouble providing whatever He knows you need.

Adapted from the article by Randy Alcorn, “If We Fear God, We Can Trust His Provision” August 8th, 2022 http://www.patheos.com

LIVE IN FINANCIAL FREEDOM

Below you will find a series of articles and events provided by Wealth with Purpose. Alex Cook is a man God has raised up for such a time as this. I am confident you will find the articles insightful and beneficial.  The 2020 events are held in Australia but Alex has recently introduced Wealth for Purpose in the UK and to a lesser extent the USA.
(Webinar Recording) – Get Ahead in 2020
With a new year well underway, its a good time to review your financial situation and ensure you’re on track. This webinar (recorded a week ago) will help you to get your finances into good order so you can get 2020 off to a flying start. God desires that we live with financial freedom. To do so, we should do a regular check up to ensure we’re managing what he has given us well.

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(Article) – The Coronavirus – Can we breath easy?
As 2020 gets into full swing it is news of a potentially devastating virus that has gone viral. As such, we thought it would be worth taking a look at the the potential economic and sharemarket impact of the Coronavirus.

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(Podcast) – Marriage & Money
In this short podcast Alex shares some tips on how couples can manage money wisely together. 

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(Article) – Francis Schaeffer’s Call to End the Sacred-Secular Divide
For Schaeffer, confronting the ills of culture was not simply done through direct proclamation. It was also accomplished by contributing to the world in a way that reflects the moral order of the universe. Creation is meant to be true—that is, the work people do is meant to point back to God.

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(Article) – Why Christians Schools Should Teach the Theology of Work
After ten years of teaching in higher education and interacting with students from a wide range of backgrounds, I’ve come to realize that most young people lack the resources for thinking clearly about their vocations. Unfortunately, this is also true at Christian colleges and universities.

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(Article) – 3 ways to sow a culture of thankfulness and generosity
Creating a culture of thanksgiving and generosity in your church is essential to having a healthy and kingdom-impacting ministry. A thankful and generous congregation is one that lives beyond itself.

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(Article) – Five healthy ways to run your church like a business
One of the most common responses we receive at ThomRainer.com is something like this statement: “You can’t run your church like a business.” I get it. Our goal is to glorify God. Our goal is to make disciples. Our goal is to be faithful to God’s Word. But there are indeed some business principles that correlate with church practices and biblical truth.
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EVENTS IN 2020
 STEWARDSHIP SUMMIT 2020

This is our annual flagship event for Church leaders. Hear from expert guest speakers on how you can build a radically generous Church.

Our desire is to an outpouring of generous Churches across this great nation of Australia.

Learn more here.

 
KINGDOMINVEST 2020

This is our annual conference focused on helping Christians live with financial health, get ahead, and build wealth so they can fund the advance of God’s kingdom.

Learn more here.



If you would like some 1-on-1 help with your personal finances then check out our financial planning services.