Money is a Big Deal

Money is a big deal.

It’s on our minds and we’re very sensitive toward the subject. We work to make a living as we provide for our families, give to God, achieve our goals, and impact generations that follow us.

Money is not bad, it’s a tool. When it’s done right, great things happen!

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

2 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭8‬

But the truth is, money is awkward for a lot of people. It controls them, changes them, and dictates to them what life will be like. This is short-sided and not what God has intended for us.

When we serve God, money serves us. When we have a plan, we tell money what to do and where to go.

As leaders, we must have this area of our lives in order. Stats show that money is the number one reason for divorce and harmful stress. With the responsibility that we have as leaders, we can’t afford to not have a plan with our money.

Having money goals will empower us to maximize the resources we have to bless our families, make a difference for others, and influence generations. Isn’t this what we all want? Yes!

“23. Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, 24. for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.”‬

Proverbs‬ ‭27‬:‭23‬-‭24

So here are three ways to maximize money goals.

1st – Have a plan you and your spouse agree on

For those that are married, unity is peace. When we have unity in our families, God can bless what we’re doing (see Palms 133). If unity was not powerful, then why does the enemy use division so much?

Unity with your spouse is the key to multiple blessings, including money. I encourage you to work on a plan and both be on the same page. Sumer and I meet once a month to discuss our budget, our plan, and how we’re doing. Consistent communication helps foster unity and the achievement of money goals.

2nd – Let God in your money

God cares about every detail of our lives and that includes money (see Psalms 37:23). Far too often we let God in other things, but not our money. This is a mistake because He promises to bless us in this area.

Our part is to honor Him and when we give to His work through tithes and offerings, we have His blessing and increase (see Malachi 3:10-12). This is not a money scheme or get-rich-quick scam. This is God’s hand moving in our finances just like He moves in our marriage, our parenting, our health, and our relationships. God has a plan for all of these areas in our lives.

3rd – Be consistent for the long-term gain

I have found that financial blessings happen over a period of time with a consistent plan and hard work. God can bless us supernaturally, but He requires us to be consistent and work on a plan with achievable goals.

This type of consistency shows itself over time, and the fruit of it will be generational. God’s blessing is consistent and gradual step by step in our lives. It builds and over time He multiples us.

For example, this is what happens in our marriage.

Think about it, when we got married, our love was just beginning. But over time we can grow more in love, we can grow more in tune with each other, and have a depth of connection that can never be separated.

This is how God works and this includes our money.

It’s consistent, steady and it grows for the long term.

I encourage you today, please do not take the bait for short-term gain and for doing money your way. That can end with emptiness and frustration. God wants to give you peace and fulfillment in this area of your life just like in all the other areas of your life.

So, move forward with money goals in 2023 and see what God does by the end of this year.

He’s with you and the best is yet to come,

Pastor David Norris

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