Understanding Money GOD’s Way

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

Note: this devotion is tagged, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, because it seeks to help us understand God’s way of living better.  This is the way we choose when we truly desire to be a nation under God’s sovereignty and beneficiaries of His covering. May God bless us to have ever greater understanding of His Kingdom Way so that we can enjoy living as one nation under God. ~ Elizabeth

5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] [Josh 1:5]   (HEB. 13:5 Amplified)

6 So we take courage and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified].  What can man do to me? [Ps. 27:1; 118:6] (HEB 13:6 Amplified)

31 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:31-34 NIV)

Money is not bad.  Money is not wrong.  Money is not evil, but the love of money is.  1 John 2:15-16 (NIV) says: 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  16 For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world?

It is not the money which is the problem; it is seeing money as the answer to all life’s problems and challenges and seeing its accumulation as the ultimate in life which can be attained.

Money is not the answer; God is.  God created us and wills us to live in the now. God is the One with the plan for our lives and the power to enable that which He has purposed to come to pass.  We have no power; we are not in control.  God is the one who promises to ensure we have enough and if He is God, then He cannot lie (for He is Truth!)  Money is a mere tool to accompany us during our time here on earth as an ambassador for God’s kingdom.  As believers God is with us from here to eternity.  Our trust needs to be in Him and nothing else.

We need to remember, that all we have belongs to God and not to us.  Psalm 24 (NIV)  begins with: 1 The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

When God enables us to have a certain amount of money, it’s not even up to us how that money should be spent. God is clear: everything we have comes from Him and still belongs to Him.  We are mere stewards.  God speaks to us, when we listen.  He sent His Holy Spirit to be our Guide. He will tell us what we are to spend and what we are to give, what we are to save and how we are to invest, IF we will seek to learn to hear His voice (and have faith and trust enough to follow).

SELAH! (Pause and calmly think of that.)   END

Remember to view the new song, “One Nation Under God” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  Share the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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