For the first time in YEARS I am approaching a point in my life where all the bills i.e.,credit cards, loans, etc.are reaching an end...All caught up!..All paid off!...When I first got saved years ago I deliberately made changes in my life...I grew up mentally, spiritually and then financially was the last frontier for me...I know nothing about Wall Street and probably should learn more in this direction however I'm just concentrating on my street! Then I backslid for quite a while including financially...I just didn't care...Those bills from the past have caught up with me and will be taken care of...One of them is almost completed also...Since my new life began again several years ago i have grown leaps and bounds spiritually but that nagging feeling was on the back of my mind....The bills..lol We can debate the issue of tithing but I wont listen!...I believe for me its important to have GREAT faith...To trust GOD...To show this Faith...Things do get better for me when I tithe...Ive experienced it many years ago when I was saved, it declined when I declined...It has returned because I have returned...I gave back to GOD!....The hardest part was tithing when I was financially down years ago when everything was going to the wrong places such as divorce lawyers...I did it first thing!...I did it fast before I got a chance to think about it...LOL...Guess what?...It worked!...The money ALWAYS seem to come right when I needed it desperately....With three kids it was imperative!....I think back and almost long for those days....NOT!...LOL The Bible has a lot to say about managing finances... Concerning borrowing, the Bible generally advises against it.... See Proverbs 6:1-5; 20:16; 22￼, 26-27 ("The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.... Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you").... As for taking bribes, Proverbs 17:23 says: "A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice"....Over and over again, the Bible warns against the accumulation of wealth, but encourages us to seek spiritual riches instead.... Proverbs 28:20: "A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished." See also Proverbs 10:15; 11:4; 18:11; 23:5. Ecclesiastes 5:10 addresses the futility of grasping at riches: "Whoever has money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income").... First Timothy 6:6-11 also warns against the foolish trap of desiring wealth. Rather than desiring to heap riches upon ourselves, the biblical model is one of giving, not getting. "Remember this: 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 Corinthians 9:6-7)..... We are also encouraged to be good stewards of what God has given us.... In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus told the parable of the dishonest steward as a way of warning us against poor stewardship. The moral of the story is "So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?"..... We are also responsible to provide for our own household, as 1 Timothy 5:8 reminds us: "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." In summary, what does the Bible say about managing money?... The answer can be summarized with a single word-wisdom.... We are to be wise with our money.... We are to save money, but not hoard it.... We are to spend money, but with discretion and control.... We are to give back to the Lord, joyfully and sacrificially.... We are to use our money to help others, but with discernment and the guidance of God's Spirit.... It is not wrong to be rich, but it is wrong to love money.... It is not wrong to be poor, but it is wrong to waste money on trivial things.... The Bible's consistent message on managing money is to be wise. It is wise to seek counsel in all our endeavors with GOD, with Christ, with relationships, with Finances...Besides I don't mind giving back to a God such as mine, such as yours, such as OURS...OUR lord Jesus Christ....Amen
Amen brother, my wife and I are curretly raising 4 children, and not tithing is a scary road to travel. We still hav debt, but we are working hard to resovle all our financial issues with God at the head. Thanks for writing.