PART 1: FAITH’ING IT
So, you have created your budget, and it’s broken! By that, you know (in God) that something is not right, or the numbers simply don’t tally. There appears to be a shortage of income, or your debt is growing, not shrinking.
In this extract, we discuss the difference between a ‘go-it-alone budget’ and a ‘Faith Budget’.
The first is literally what it says on the box – it’s a numbers exercise of keeping your expenses below your income, and deciding where to spend your money based on your own thoughts and preferences.
A Faith Budget starts with a fundamental truth, “Lord, you own it all; and we owe it all to you.” We know God will never leave us, nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6); and He will always provide for our needs (Matthew 6:25-34).
There are three components to a Faith Budget:
- Prayer in preparation: the more you pray and listen, the better your budget will be!
- Stick to Kingdom principles:
- honour the tithe (Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:6-12; Matthew 23:23)
- look for ways to express Generosity (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)
- plan carefully (Proverbs 21:5)
- save wisely (Proverbs 21:20)
- spend responsibly (Hebrews 13:5)
3. A Faith Budget always produces a blessing for others and yourself! Your life will flow with testimony after testimony of what God has done, and you could never have ‘budgeted’ for that blessing! (Malachi 3:10 and 2 Corinthians 9:8 are key scriptures to read here.)
Speak to others in your LifeGroup about their stories of God’s provision and blessing…the thing about Faith is that it requires letting go of the reins. He knows best, and has the best for you!