Have you ever wondered why some people always seem to be in debt, no matter how much money they make? Many times, chronic indebtedness is due to a lack of self-control or discipline in someone’s life. Some view self discipline as self-torture, but actually with finances, the reverse is true – self-discipline is freeing. When you discipline yourself in regard to money, it allows you to expand to the full measure of what God wants for you.
The First Finance Manual: God’s Word
In The Message, Proverbs 13:18 says, “Refuse discipline and end up homeless; embrace correction and live an honored life.” There are many good references to help you in your quest for discipline in your finances. The Bible is the first resource. If you are not tithing, that should be your first opportunity to use self-discipline. Write the tithe check before you write the others, so you are not tempted to think you don’t have the money to give to God this month. All of it belongs to God anyway, but giving the tithe back to Him as an act of worship demonstrates your thanksgiving for what He has given you. As an act of obedience, it also demonstrates your self-discipline.
Finances Minus Self-Control Equals CHAOS
“A person without self control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked-out.” (Proverbs 25:28, The Message) When you lack self-control, there is a sense of confusion. There may be uncertainty of how much money is in the bank and stress between spouses. There is also a false wealth associated with those that lack discipline in their finances. Because of indulgent purchases, others think you have plenty of money; however in reality, you may have a fancy house or car, but you are struggling to find grocery money each week.
Living in Wisdom
“Mark a life of discipline and live wisely.” (Proverbs 8:33, The Message) A life marked with financial discipline includes a balanced bank account. Keep good records, and balance your account to the penny, every month. Establish a budget or spending plan. Know how your money will be spent, in this order – tithing, saving, and spending. Allow you and your spouse to become partners concerning money matters. You should be in agreement concerning your finances.
Self-control and self-discipline may seem difficult at times. However, once your finances are under control, God will receive glory through your life, and you will become the person He truly wants you to be. The book of Hebrews says it this way, “At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for the well-trained find themselves mature in their relationship with God.” (Hebrews 12:11, The Message)
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