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Why faith matters in your financial life

Faith is often thought of in purely religious terms.  But it is much broader than that. 

In fact, every day, we express faith in a variety of ways that are not even consciously considered.

For example, we have faith that when we put the key in our car and turn it to the right that the car will start right up. 

We have faith that when we fly in an airplane that we will soar through the air and defy the laws of gravity and land safely at our destination.

As children, we have faith that our parents will provide for us even though we really don’t understand how all of that works.

This, then, is the key element of faith:  confidence in something that we don’t fully understand but we believe to be true.

Faith and Finances

When it comes to our financial lives, we must operate with a greater level of faith if want to win and succeed. 

We must grow in our confidence that it is possible and it is true that God can change us and provide for us even though we don’t really understand how all of that works either.

But what exactly should we believe? 

Let’s look at a few things you need to have faith in when it comes to your financial life. 

Faith That It’s Possible

Years ago I heard a man speak at a conference in Indiana.  His name was Del Tackett.  I do not remember much of the details of his entire speech, but one line impacted me greatly and I will never forget it. 

This is what asked:

“Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?”

Think about that question for a minute.

Del is a Christian apologist and was posing the question to a Christian audience.  (I highly recommend you consider looking up Del’s teaching and consider this question carefully.)  His question reaches into every area of your life. 

For today’s conversation, though, I want you to think about it in terms of what you believe (or have faith in) about your finances and money.

  • Do you really believe that what God says about money is really real for you?
  • Do you really believe that stewarding money God's way is possible for you?  Or is it merely wishful thinking?
  • Do you really believe that you have what it takes (in Christ) to win with money and thrive in your life (not just survive and get by)?

These questions bear so much weight on the outcomes that you see and the future that you experience.   

Faith is, by definition, “a confident expectation”.  Which begs the question:

How confident are you that, with God leading you to change the way you see and use money, that you can do this?  What expectations do you really have?

When it comes to faith and finances, many Christians lack a true faith.  They like the “idea” of stewardship, but they are not fully convinced in their own mind that God's way of managing money is really the right way to live. 

There is no confidence.  Nor is there a steadfast expectation.  The first sign of struggle or doubt and those without faith run for the doors. 

Or the shopping malls. 

Or the restaurants. 

Or anything other than to God.

Don’t let this be your story. 

Consider Del's question carefully and determine that it truly is possible for you to experience a new way of connecting your Faith and Finances. 

Is faith enough to get you where you want to go?  No!  You must do the work and it will be hard, grueling work sometimes. 

But without faith it is impossible to win and walk through those trials and come out hearing these words: 

"Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Have faith!  With God, you can do this. 

Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?

I hope that you do!

 

Struggling to connect your Faith and your Financial Life?  See if a Christian Financial Coach can help! 

Schedule a Free Consultation here.

 
 

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