Stressed Out about Money?

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 NKJV

“God has not given us a spirit of fear.”2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

The solution to financial worry isn’t necessarily having more of it. Indeed, the more money you have, the more you have to lose. And the thought of losing it can cause you to worry more, not less. It’s a vicious cycle. Trying to find security in money is like tying a boat to a dock; when a big enough storm comes along, the ropes will break and it’ll be swept away. So since we all wonder when the next economic storm will hit, what’s the answer? More rope? Stronger rope? Tighter knots? No—that just gives you knots in your stomach! For the next few days let’s look at some biblical answers to money worries; Tackle your fear head-on. The Psalmist said, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Now, since David was a king he probably didn’t worry a lot about money, right? But he did worry about his enemies stalking him, catching him off guard and killing him. We each have different areas of worry, and the ones that control us are called “core fears.” Sometimes you can keep them at bay; other times they control and consume you and make you act in ways you’re not proud of. Christian financial advisor Ron Blue says that for years he was trapped by the fear of not having enough money, or losing what he had. Folks around him didn’t know it, but it’s what drove him. Today he’s a best-selling author and financial counselor to multitudes. But to get there he had to confront his core fear, and trust more in God than he did in himself. And so, do you. To overcome financial anxiety, you must:

(1) Understand where your anxiety comes from. Unless your name is Bill Gates, the chances are that you’ll experience some degree of financial anxiety. But when fear becomes your fixed state of mind, something’s wrong; it’s time to unwrap the package. Fear can be hereditary, passed from generation to gen­eration. And it can trap you in a cycle that’s hard to break. But you can break it! Gideon tore down the altar where his family had worshiped idols for generations—and they were angry with him when he did it (See Judges 6:25-30). But Gideon knew that in order to win in life, he must trust in nobody but God.

(2) Rise above your past failures. Have you made bad investments and now you’re afraid to take a risk? Are you hoarding as a hedge against future failure? Here’s the problem; nothing ventured, nothing gained! In baseball, the players who make the most home runs strike out more often than they score. But they know that Unless they step-up to the plate and swing the bat, they can’t win. A barn filled with seed doesn’t produce a harvest. Furthermore, when the farmer plants his seed, drought and frost and pests can wipe him out. Yet if he doesn’t plant, failure is guar­anteed. Getting the idea?

(3) Anticipate Gods goodness. As you get older you become more risk-averse, more inclined to look for a safe harbor. That’s understandable, but you can’t let fear control your life. David wrote, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Ps 23:6). When God’s goodness is what you’re believing for—God’s goodness is what you’ll “surely” get!

Source: The Word for You Today – SuperChannel, Orlando, FL, USA.

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