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Your Finances and Biblical Prosperity

People sometimes equate money with Biblical prosperity. They sometimes measure it with the way their money piles up in their bank accounts. This is absolutely wrong.

Biblical prosperity cannot be found in the form of finances. It is something that can be found inside one’s self. Ironically, the very thing that man desires becomes the root of all evil.

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:6-10.

Money seems to be able to buy everything, but only when it is too late that you’ll understand that it cannot buy you true happiness. Happiness cannot be measured by the amount of money in your wallet. Biblical prosperity will elude you forever if you keep on looking for money to be happy.

Understand that even the poorest among the poor finds it easy to get Biblical prosperity. Why is that so? It is because they are happy with whatever God decides to bestow upon them. God provides people with ways to have all this. It is up to man to decide if he indeed wants that Biblical prosperity in his life.

The state of your finances can very well provide you with Biblical prosperity. How? Look beyond the numbers. Choose to look at how wonderful a life God provided you. Count your blessings. And surely, you’ll say that indeed you have found your kind of Biblical prosperity.

Read your Bible every day. Find that it comes to those who are ready to have it. It is not as elusive as some people have described it to be. As a matter of fact, it is one of the easiest to achieve.

Stop doing your Mathematics in the wrong way. Be guided with the philosophy behind it. Subtract your greed, envy and fears. Add appreciation, belief and values. With this, you’ll end up with blessings you have never asked to have. This is Biblical prosperity.

And of course, ensure that your prosperity will last by sharing it with others. Live by it and let others live.

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Cor. 9 6,7

Always remember that there are also those who seek the Divine Providence of prosperity. Be their selfless guiding light, the way God did it for you.

Understanding Your Money Personality is the Key to Being in Control of Your Finances

Your money personality is a combination of your money beliefs and your values. The way in which you think and act with your money are behaviours that you have developed in response to key events or circumstances that happened during your upbringing. Your personality has been influenced by the things you have learned about money from other people, mainly your family. Your personal experiences with money in the past and the stage of life that you are at are also part of these influences.

Understanding these behaviours is the key to controlling your finances and being comfortable with money. There are many labels given to money personality types such as spenders, savers, shoppers, debtors and investors. Others have called the personalities hoarders, achievers, entrepreneurs, thrill seekers. Author, Brent Kessel, identifies eight personality types with a more spiritual connection.

Members of one family can have very different money personalities from one another. Take the four member family whose parents never had a lot of money but saw that the family were all provided for and were loved. There was nothing special or grand but they were well fed and never wanted for clothing, even if it wasn’t top draw. There may have been an influence of the Depression in the way they brought the children up making sure that if money was not available the item had to be saved for. Debt was out.

This family sounds the ideal for teaching money skills but son number one became someone who was influenced by the number of gadgets a person has, the smart car, the latest LCD TV and so on. He became convinced that people with these things had money so became the opposite of his parents and borrowed to have the latest must be seen gadget. He was also generous to a fault.

Number two son was more like his parents but the third son became somewhat miserly. The daughter was the baby of the family and had been doted on by her brothers. She became a bit snobbish not wanting to live in a house in the ‘wrong’ area, or one that didn’t have certain features (to be blunt – like the one she was brought up in).

Why are they all so different? What were their influences that made them such different money personalities? Each child will have had their own experiences and outside influences that made them the type of people they were as adults. Subtle changes in family finances over time may also have been an influence.

We are all a mix of different personalities but there is likely to be a dominant trait that makes you treat money the way you do. Taking the step of understanding your own money personality will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and could help explain how you manage your money.