January 15, 2005
Principles of Prosperity
Remember the truth that God owns it all? When we have a firm grasp of this concept and apply it to our thinking and handling of money, we will have mastered the first principle of prosperity. If we realize that everything we see in our world is His, then we realize that we literally own nothing; we are merely stewards handling our Master's wealth. As money managers, we must understand that we do not have the right to dictate how we spend or invest it; only God does. He is still in control, and He wants to have the final word.
The second principle of prosperity is that God wants His resources used in a way that glorifies Him. Not only does He own it all and have the right to tell us how to manage it, but He also expects us to obey. Our obedience in money matters brings God glory. The Lord wants us to keep this in mind as we put His resources into circulation to accomplish His work, to meet basic needs, and to provide enjoyment.
So, for the New Year, ask God these three questions: How much do You want to be designated for Your work? What proportion should go to meet the basic needs and the needs of others? How much do You want me to utilize to enjoy life?
When we accept that God owns it all, that we are His money managers, and that our resources are to be used to glorify Him, then we will be satisfied with His choices for the money we have.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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