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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