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Nine Financial Fixes

By Alex Peterson

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Under financial pressure? Struggling to stay on top of your bills? Here are nine fixes that just might help bring you through.

Trust in God—He wants to take care of you and supply your needs. “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Live right in both your personal and business life. God’s blessings are conditional. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33 NLT). “All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 28:2).

Give to others, including to God’s work. Be fair and generous to those under your care. “Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Appreciate what you’ve already got. “Keep offering praise to God in the name of Jesus.” (Hebrews 13:15 CEV).

Manage your possessions wisely and plan ahead. God expects us to take good care of what He’s entrusted us with. “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty” (Proverbs 21:5). “Take a lesson from the ants …They labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter” (Proverbs 6:6,8 NLT).

Live economically and avoid waste. “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15 NIV).

Make a budget and stick to it. Don’t spend money that you don’t have on things that would be nice but aren’t necessary. Going into debt or living for today, hoping that you’ll be able to pay off your debt tomorrow, can lead to financial ruin. “The borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).

Do your part, and expect God to do the rest. “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4).

Keep praying. Sometimes God lets us experience financial difficulties so that we will draw closer to Him, include Him more in our everyday activities, and learn to depend more on Him. We can show Him that we are depending on Him by praying earnestly. When we pray with our whole heart, God promises to go to work on our behalf. “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

 
 

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