Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Source of Your Money

Have you ever worried about the money you make or don’t make at your job, or your financial future? I’m sure we all have at one time or another. Our faith is usually put to the test when it comes to money.  

Compliments of The Feathered Nest

The world view of money offers security, control and power. Putting your trust in the world’s value systems is going to end up being a disappointment for you. 

God’s word tells us that we should trust Him for our needs and not worry about them. By focusing on our spiritual life, God promises to take care of our physical life, just as he cares for the birds. 


Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  Matthew 6:26-27 (NJKV)



free scripture graphic, click for larger size

If your heart is set on material possessions and the pride they bring you, or you spend your life trying to achieve them, you’ll be living in a state of persistent insecurity and depriving yourself of God’s spiritual blessings.  


Make God the first priority in your life. Don’t worry about a future you have no control over. There is no comparison to what the world has to offer vs. God’s treasures and blessings for us.  


Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund, is a timeless book written in the 1970’s. I found her thoughts on money very interesting, and had never thought of it from this perspective. She says:

Don’t associate work with money. 
The source of your money is never your job. 
The source of your money is God. 

He owns it, He distributes it,
and He has promised over and over
to take care of our physical needs.  

The life of faith demands we do His will first – before we concern ourselves with supply. In the Christian life it’s not seeing is believing, it’s believing is seeing. 


FIRST seek “His kingdom, and His righteousness” and after that “all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)


When we work in obedience to Him, saying yes unreservedly before we see how, He will make it up in a thousand secret delightful ways. 


I write this post from the voice of experience. A number of years ago, I had to leave my job suddenly because of health problems. It was one of the biggest steps of faith I've ever had to take. God provided and met my needs in ways that I never expected or would have even thought of. 

It was a day by day, week by week and month by month process but He showed me that He was always there faithfully providing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today my friends. I hope this has caused you to reflect on God's provisions in your own life. Have a blessed week.


This post is linked to: Word Art Wednesday,   Monday Musings, Deep Roots at Home, Fellowship Fridays , A Cherished Keeper, Titus Tuesdays, Hearts4Home Whatever you want Wednesday
Faith Filled Friday

17 comments:

Bernadette Bliss said...

Yes Abby, our God is the true provider. I think all of use get tested in the area of finances. He is faithful. I love the graphics you posted this week. Thank you for them. Have a blessed week. B

Jennifer said...

Such a wonderful post Abby! How wonderful it is that God provides for us! It truly is an act of faith to allow ourselves to rest in the knowledge that God is in control of ALL things. Thank you for sharing!

Teresa Arsenault said...

Thank you for these encouraging words of wisdom today, Abby.
Blessing hugs,
Teresa

MaxineD said...

Thank you Abby, for your thoughts, which are so true, and for the graphics.
I have seen God provide time and again over the years - He is so faithful and merciful and generous!
Blessings
Maxine

my diary said...

nice post thanks for sharing ...looking for to visit more...blessings

Vee said...

Good and godly words for today. So many women make money their source, jobs their source, friends, even husbands. It is important to be reminded that God is our Source.

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card and very nice colours.
Gr, Elly

Jonia said...

Amen and so true Abby! Once we realize that our source for everything is God, we are so much better off! He supplies our need and we lean on him.

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Abby! Thanks for sharing this. I, luckily, am not a worrier, and have been blessed with the ability to give it all to Him. My mother and brother, however, are worriers. I tell them all the time that it is not of God, and how easy it is to lay it all on Him...but they don't. They carry it all, and it worries me (especially my Mom's heart). You're absolutely right, God WANTS us to give it all to Him. But how do you get Christian to not just believe this, but to actually DO IT? I haven't figured that one out yet. You know that saying "you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink".....well, that's it right there. They are saved, but NOT giving their woes to the only One who can do anything about them. Sad, I know! Something for me to pray about, and to just let them see the peace I know by doing this. Thanks for sharing! As always, it blesses me!
Thanks also for sharing your beautiful art with us at Word Art Wednesday. You are a faithful friend and blessing to us in our ministry here in blogland, and I praise God for you, Abby!
Hugs,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Wendy @ E1A said...

Really good, thought-provoking post.

I hope you don't mind me adding this post to my Inspirational Posts page?

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What a beautiful blog you have! Simply lovely!

And I was dee-lighted to find that you offer some of your graphics for others to use on their own blogs. Thank you!

I enjoyed your inspirational posting... and the personal aspect of how you saw Him providing day by day...moment by moment. It's thrilling to hear of his work in others, as He is doing in me.

Wishing you rich blessings and many glimpses of heaven in unexpected places.

Shelly said...

I just love your Scripture Thursday posts, Abby. (Actually I love all of your posts. lol) I've had to step out on faith many times and God is always there faithful to provide. He knows and cares about my every need. When I think about what it would be like to live without the assuance that God is there to meet my needs it makes me realize why so many people turn to alcohol and drugs to dull their pain and anxiety. Blessings and hugs!!!

What Joy Is Mine said...

Abby dear friend...what a great reminder that God does provide for our needs and we need not worry. Sometimes that is easier said than done but once we surrender our needs to be met by His perfect will and timing, its always an abundant blessing. So glad I stopped by. Have a blessed week.

Meredith said...

How lovely! My first peek at your blog and this is the passage I am teaching in my school Scripture classes after lunch! I can see I am going to love your blog.
Mx

Josiah's Mom said...

This may be an old blog post, but it's content is timeless. A great read!

Carolyn Briles said...

I needed to read this today. Thank you

Linda Born said...

Very timely reading for me, so much comfort in these reminders. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart!