Neutralizing Mammon Daily Devotion

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

Luke 6:38 (NASB)

The way Christians manage their finances is totally different from the way of unbelievers. The Christian way is to give, the unbelievers’ way is to hoard. Our concern now is to know how a Christian should live on earth so that he may never be in want. Has not God promised us this? As the birds of the air have no lack of food or the lilies of the field of beautiful garments, so God’s children should not lack anything. If they are in need, there must be a loophole somewhere. Those brothers who have a problem with income are usually those who have not managed their finances according to God’s principle.

After you once sell your all and follow the Lord, you should henceforth hold to this principle throughout your life. You should manage your finances in God’s way or else you will get into trouble. Many of God’s children need to learn this lesson. We must learn how to live on the riches of God.

How should a Christian manage his finances? Read Luke 6:38. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again.”

As believers, we look to God for all our supplies. We live only through His mercy. The wealthy cannot depend on their wealth for food and clothing. During wartime, we have seen many rich people short in both of these. Paul exhorts us not to have our hope set on the uncertainty of riches nor be desirous of getting rich, for to do so will only pierce us with many sorrows (see 1 Tim. 6:7-10, 17-19). Only those who put their trust in the Lord, though they have no savings, shall not be in want. The Lord is well able to supply all their needs. But they do need to know that God’s supply does have a condition attached to it.

If God is able to feed so many birds of the sky, He certainly can support us. No one but God could feed all the birds of the sky and nourish all the lilies of the field. He alone has the superabundance of riches to take care of the birds and the lilies as well as His own children. He would not have us be in such straitened circumstances that we can hardly live. Whoever has fallen into privation has not managed his finances according to God’s principle. God has appointed a way for us to use our money. If we do not follow this law of spending, we will naturally fall into poverty. Only by following this law of God shall we be kept from want.

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