Holy Spirit Finances concerning Work

God tells us to work.

In fact, he tells us to work unto the Lord.

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Colossians 3:23 KJV

This means that we are to work enthusiastically for our employer and / or for our customers even if we do not like them personally. God wants us to have a mindset that we are working for him not just working for a company. We are serving him not just people.

Work is not easy.

"An empty stable stays clean - but there is no income from an empty stable." Proverbs 14:4 TLB

"Idle hands are the devil's workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece." Proverbs 16:26 TLB

"Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings." Proverbs 22:29 TLB

"Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed." Proverbs 12:24 TLB

God  Finances on Career vs. Accumulating things

  1. God tells us to get skills and begin to use those skills and build our career before we seek to accumulate things.

"Develop your business first before building your house."

Proverbs 24:27 TLB


God Finances about Debt

God tells us to spend less than we make.

Sometimes there are unusual circumstances where we have to live on our savings or where we go in debt (without spending on unneeded things). But if it is possible, God wants us to live on what we make. Then his plan is for us to focus on living under what we make while pursuing a larger income.

  1. God tells us to save.

Save for future needs - "The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets." Proverbs 21:20 TLB

"Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy fellow. Learn from their ways and be wise! For though they have no king to make them work, yet they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter." Proverbs 6:6-8 TLB

Save for blessing our family after death - "When a good man dies, he leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren." Proverbs 13:22a TLB

  1. God wants us to avoid debt.

"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another." Romans 13:8a KJV

The wisdom of God says not to get into debt buying things we do not need and certainly not things that will not appreciate in value. For example, getting into debt to get a college education is not the same as getting into debt to go on vacation. The more you avoid debt, the more blessed you are emotionally and financially.

  1. Debt is stressful.

"The borrower is the servant of the lender." Proverbs 22:7

We do not know what tomorrow will bring. Going into tomorrow in debt is not God's best for us.

"Look here, you people who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business. How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow?'" James 4:13-14a TLB

How do you know that you will be able to pay your loan debts when they come due? If God has advised you not to get into a debt situation and you did not listen or you did not hear him - then he is not obligated to always quickly get you out of your tight financial situations.

Biblical Finances concerning Over-working

  1. God tells us to rest.

"It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest." Psalm 127:2 TLB

"Don't weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird." Proverbs 23:4-5 TLB

Biblical Finances concerning Pursuing Wisdom 1 kings4:29

  1. God wants us to seek wisdom.

"Wisdom is knowing and doing right." Proverbs 3:21 TLB

"Have two goals: wisdom - that is knowing and doing right - and common sense. Don't let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy, and are a feather in your cap. They keep you safe from defeat and disaster and from stumbling off the trail. With them on guard you can sleep without fear; you need not be afraid of disaster or plots of wicked men, for the Lord is with you; he protects you." Proverbs 3:21-26 TLB

"Wisdom gives: A long, good life, riches, honor, pleasure, peace. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who eat her fruit; happy is the man who keeps on eating it." Proverbs 3:16-18 TLB

"A wise man is mightier than a strong man. Wisdom is mightier than strength." Proverbs 24:5 TLB

"He who loves wisdom loves his own best interest and will be a success." Proverbs 19:8 TLB

"How can men be wise? The only way to begin is by reverence for God. For growth in wisdom comes from obeying his laws. Praise his name forever." Psalm 111:10 TLB

"Determination to be wise is the first step toward becoming wise!" Proverbs 4:7 TLB

"My son, honey whets the appetite, and so does wisdom! When you enjoy becoming wise, there is hope for you! A bright future lies ahead." Proverbs 24:13-14 TLB.