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Being purposeful with finances 1

'The wise have wealth...but fools spend whatever they get.' Proverbs 21:20 NLT

It's important to be wise about our future, and to develop good habits. One of the things that's important for us to learn to manage well is our money. Proverbs 21:20 says: 'The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get' (NLT). God isn't against us having wealth and possessions, but he is concerned when we don't use them well. In the proverb, those who planned well and saved are described positively, but those who wasted their resources are harshly described as 'fools'.

So does that mean we should hoard as much as we can? No, because one of the ways we can use our money (or any of the resources God's blessed us with) is to use it to help God's Kingdom. God doesn't demand that we give a certain amount. 'Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver' (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV). It's about finding a balance - we need to work out what we need to live on, what to give, and what to save. And to do that, we need God's wisdom.

If you need financial wisdom, remember this: 'If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you' (James 1:5 NLT).

So what now? Is there something you do regularly that you could give up (a cup of coffee, a movie, a takeaway) and use the money for a worthy cause, or save it towards something special. Be purposeful about your finances.

Soulfood: Gen 28:1-22 Gen 29 Gen 30:1-24 Luke 9:28-36 Ps 141 Pro 4:18-19,

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