• Biblical Finance Class - Giving Part 4

    This is the last course, Biblical Finance Class - Giving Part 4, on giving and tithing in the series. Through these classes I hope you see the importance of giving and trusting in God. Here is a fact that I thought was amazing, 8/10 people who give to churches have zero credit card debt. So that could mean there is a correlation between generosity and fiscal health. You be the judge. If you want to become a better giver here are two questions to ask yourself:
    1) What does giving to God first help you do? 

    Giving to God first can really help get things in perspective pertaining to who's money you are handling. Is it your money or is it money God has entrusted you with? If you realize the the latter, you can see how handling of money is greater than just you. This will hopefully be a catalyst to organizing your finances. The best way to do this is to budget which is telling your money what to do before you get it. Tithing/giving can and in my opinion, should be at the top of your budget.

    Tithing also illustrates faith and trust in God. It shows that you believe He will do what He said He would assuming your heart is in the right place and motives are pure. It's always best to consult Him first on any issue and when it comes to generosity the same principle applies.

    What other reasons come to your mind?

    2) What is the root cause of why I do or don't give?

    Determining the root cause of an issue is very important! Why you give or don't give is best understood by digging deep within yourself to answer question 2. There are many techniques to come to a resolution but the one I like and have used is the 5 Why Principle. This is, asking yourself why to an answer of a question you've asked yourself and proceeding with this self questioning for at least 4 more "whys". After asking yourself why, almost toddler-like, you are bound to get to the root and most authentic reason. For example:

    1. Why do I want to lose 5 pounds? I want to look better in clothes.
    2. Why do I want to look better in clothes? So more women would like me.
    3. Why do I want more women to like me? Because it makes me feel better about myself.
    4. Why does women liking me make me feel better about myself? Because I lack confidence.
    5. Why do I lack confidence? Because...

    You can see from this example the real reason for wanting to lose 5 pounds had nothing to do with clothes but more to do with confidence. Confidence was the root cause! This technique is only effective if you're honest with yourself which can be hard for most of us. Apply this principle to question two and see what you come up with. I believe it will help you get to the bottom of your feelings and/or thoughts. It has helped me on many occasions.

    Enjoy the video below! If you missed Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3 please be sure to catch them! Let me know your thoughts on the conclusion, Biblical Finance Class - Giving Part 4. Be blessed!

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    Reference Scriptures:

    Malachi 3:8-12 NKJV
    “Will a man rob God?
    Yet you have robbed Me!
    But you say,
    ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
    In tithes and offerings.
    You are cursed with a curse,
    For you have robbed Me,
    Even this whole nation.
    10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
    That there may be food in My house,
    And try Me now in this,”
    Says the Lord of hosts,
    “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
    And pour out for you such blessing
    That there will not be room enough to receive it.

    11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
    So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
    Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
    Says the Lord of hosts;
    12 “And all nations will call you blessed,
    For you will be a delightful land,”
    Says the Lord of hosts.

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