Anxiety versus Contentment 

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Do you ever feel anxious about money? Many of us do at some point in their lives. At least once. Some are anxious every day. And the amount of money they have doesn’t matter.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NLT) tells us, Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
Yet many times, those who are anxious about money think having more money will remove their anxiety. It won’t.
No amount of money will ever be enough. Money promises security, but it never delivers.
Hebrews 13:5-7 (NKJV) advises us Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Contentment doesn’t mean resting on our laurels. It means working to understand finances and God’s principles. It’s asking God for discernment and wisdom and testing what we hear against his Word. Contentment means being grateful for what we have, managing it according to his Word and trusting Him to meet our needs.

If we’re not managing our finances well, then we need to learn to manage them better. And there are plenty of resources to help us. We take Financial Peace University. We read books by Dave Ramsey and other inspired financial advisors whose teachings are based on solid Christian principles.
It means working with our church to bring this material to the congregation.
We continue to give as he directs. But we don’t give to get. That takes our eyes off
the Provider and puts it on the provision. One pastor described it as focusing on the blessing and not the Blesser.
We can’t bribe God or manipulate him into giving us more.
He wants us to give out of obedience, worship, and thanksgiving, to where he directs.
We receive blessings from him as his response to our love and worship and to our
faithful stewardship of all he has given us. And he has given us everything.
He owns it all.
How does the idea that God owns everything affect your view of money?


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