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Friday, September 18, 2009

How to Make Sure God Will NOT Supply Your Every Need

I can preach on nuclear physics and people will listen as if I am an authority. When I preach on money, I am an idiot. They believe that preachers can't know anything about money. I wonder where they think I shop.

There are few topics spoken of more than money in the Bible. They tell us what we must do in order to get our finances right. They tell us that God will supply our every need if we are faithful. They tell us that God will not supply our every need if we aren't.

Admittedly, God does not supply like we think He should when He has a deeper purpose. We may have been completely faithful to Him, yet He causes our finances to go south. He may be testing us so that we will prove ourselves faithful even though we are running short on cash. He may use us as a testimony that others are watching. Faith seems to shine brighter in the dark. Tough times reveal our faith to others more clearly than good times.

Most of the time, though, our lack of finances come because we have not followed God's principles for handling money. I will list them. Explaining each of them will take too much or my time and yours.

Proverbs 21:13- No regard for the poor.

Proverbs 28:20- Eager to get rich for riches sake.

Proverbs 22:3- Not seeing the danger ahead and taking financial precautions.

Proverbs 22:8- Too much debt.

Proverbs 28:22- Being stingy rather than generous.

Proverbs 18:9- Laziness. 

Proverbs 16:3- Not regarding your work as working for the Lord.

Philippians 4:12- Lack of contentment from all your stuff.

1 Timothy 6:5- Using the Lord as a means of financial gain.

Proverbs 21:20- Lack of savings.

Malachi 3:10- Not tithing.

Proverbs 22:4- No humility or fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 15:22- Not seeking counsel.

Proverbs 21:5- Hasty investments.

Proverbs 21:17- Loving pleasure too much.

You can take a look in your Bible at these fifteen principles which will cut off God's supply. Don't pick and choose which ones you like. Look at the whole list. Any one of them can leave you on your own. God always keeps His promises. He promised:

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

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