Peace is something many of us hope for and dream about, yet may have no idea where to find it. God wants us to experience peace in our lives on many different levels, including our financial lives. Those of us who struggle with money management know the feelings of fear and frustration when we look at our checkbook. However, we don’t have to go through this type of pain; the authority God has vested in every believer extends to our finances.
Many people trust God in most areas, except in their finances, but it’s a mistake to think anyone can handle money wisely without His help. Financial peace is achievable when we trust the Holy Spirit in all our money-related decisions. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV). Jesus had plenty to say about money during His ministry; the Holy Spirit reminds us of those teachings.
The basics of wise money management include living below our means, saving, and giving generously. The world doesn’t understand the concept of generous financial giving to help others, and therefore fears it. We actually have the power to determine our own financial rate of return. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). It’s impossible to give with the right motivation without being blessed in return.
Avoiding debt is another way we’re empowered to prosper. We’re God’s holy people set aside from the world; one of the ways we’re different is that when others are broke and struggling, we’re financially blessed and prosperous. “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). Being too deep in debt puts us in financial bondage; paying off what we owe gives us authority over money so that it won’t rule over us. Putting God’s Word on this to work in our lives gives us a level of financial freedom others don’t have.
It’s easy to spot people who are motivated by greed and dissatisfaction with what they’ve already been blessed with. Because of wrong-thinking, they spend their lives trying to “keep up with the Joneses” in accumulating material wealth, even if it means maxing out the credit cards. An attitude of thankfulness for what we have puts everything in a new perspective. “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth” (1 Timothy 6:6, NLT). This mindset also spares our budget and gives us financial wiggle room.
When it comes to being financially blessed, most people take matters into their own hands and attempt to build wealth though self-effort. Without the wisdom and understanding the Holy Spirit provides, the results can be disastrous. Money is notoriously undependable, and can let us down if we rely on it. Wealth-building God’s way gives us better results. “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).
We don’t have to handle our finances as if we were powerless to change a bad situation. Standing on God’s Word concerning money is how we use the authority He initially gave us at the beginning. Trusting Him in this gives us peace and enriches our lives in amazing ways.