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8 Christian Principles about Personal Finance

Questioning the truth

                                                              Questioning the truth

 

Guest post by Marife Rosas

You might hear a saying before that says: “Money is the root of all evil”. Some say’s that if you are rich, it will be hard for you to go to heaven. I can’t blame them with those thoughts especially if you are like me who grew up in an environment wherein their past time is watching “unlimited teleserye”.

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching television as well, and it’s not a sin to do so. Is just that sometimes, we are unconsciously absorbing the wrong thoughts that “We need to be poor” so that we will become the protagonist (bida) of our life. Because sad to say, most of the time, teleserye portrays that rich people usually are corrupt, selfish, and full of pride; that’s why unconsciously, people are not aiming to improve because they are afraid to become the antagonist (kontrabida) in their own life .

 

But the Holy Bible is clear, It say’s “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”

1 Timothy 6:10. It’s clear that it’s not only about money, but Love of it. It means that when we love money more than God, that would be the fall comes in. But when we know that Money is only a powerful tool that can be used to bless other people around us, I am sure that you will never stop to aim high.

 

Today, I would like to share with you the 8 Truths that will help you to improve in your personal finance.

 

It doesn’t matter if you are just a student, a professional, employed, house wife, self-employed or entrepreneur. These 8 Christian Principles will be very applicable for you.

 

Have a Paradigm Shift

Keeping away from negative people, over-spenders, reading books, listening to audio books, attending seminars that will help you grow, and seeking Godly counselors are very helpful technique that will help you to gradually have a Paradigm shift. The bible say’s “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established” (Proverbs 15:22), and if you unconsciously gained the “Teleserye fever” this will be a cure. J

 

Acknowledge that God is the supplier of everything

Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 9:8 adds, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

We have to focus to the Lord and returning to him what is His through tithing, is one way for us to show our “living faith”. Because to just say by words is easy, in fact everyone can say that they believe, but not all does. That’s why it’s important for us to dare to be part of the few who Acknowledge it by their words, but most importantly with their actions too.

Deuteronomy 14:23 says, one purpose of tithing was to teach the people of Israel to put God first in their lives.

 

Appreciate what you have 

Take note of all the blessings that you already have, and commit to yourself that you will become a good steward of it. By doing this, you will prove to yourself the faithfulness of your God upon your life for giving you so much to be thankful for, but at the same time to remind yourself that there is a purpose why you get those blessings. You have to work as much as you can to maximize it for His honor and glory.

 

Dedicate a specific time to plan and work hard in your finances

It’s important for us to know where we are right now for us to know how near or far we are from the situation where want to go. And in personal finance, we can solve this by computing our cash flow, SALN, and learn how to manage it right, and if you think you need more, It would be a good idea if you will “Increase your cash flow” by starting with the God-given talents that you already possess, hone it, use it, and monetize from it and treat it as your first business. The Scriptures spell it out: “In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips tendeth only to peneury (poverty) (Proverbs 14:23)

 

Build  your back up

It’s important for us to understand that there will be rainy days in our finances and If we built our back up (savings) it will not be too difficult for us to face it.

Proverbs 21:20 says, “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.” And Proverbs 22:3 emphasizes, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

 

Be Disciplined and Rule over unwanted spending

I’m sure that all of us have goals of honoring God is whatever we do and for that to happen, it’s necessary for us to cut down our lifestyle. That means overcoming the problem of debt, and it means avoiding frivolous spending. Besides, Christians are to be people of control and discipline (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:6). One place that manifests itself is in our spending.

 

Trust in God’s purpose

The Bible says that the thief’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)

I truly believe that all of us have unique purpose in life. You have God-given talents / Purpose that only you can do. If you know that it is for His glory, no matter what other people are saying against you, or even the whole world might not understand you at first, but you are convinced that God can be glorified through that talent, I encourage you to share that to the world and be the blessing itself to other people. Many people are eagerly waiting for you.

 

Surrender

It’s necessary for us to plan for our life but at the end of the day, His plan will prevail, that’s why surrender is tremendously important for all of us to have peace of mind that no matter what we are doing right now, God is there to help us according to His plans.

 

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Marife Rosas is a Christian Infopreneur/ Author / Financial Advocate and  Founder of Christian Infopreneurs Academy. Please subscribe to her Facebook Page: https://web.facebook.com/AuthorMafe/ and if you want to know her more, check also her  Website: www.mariferosas.com. She also got a Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXMC6OtGu8JqfT0ZNhcvBpw

 

Btw, I have a new E-book entitled “Christian Infopreneurs Handbook” (How to Effectively Use your God given talents for Profit and Purpose) that I am giving away for FREE to all new subscribers of my blog, www.mariferosas.com .

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Common mistakes of employees during payday



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I am an employee for the last 6 yrs in my life and I notice that these are the bad habits that makes an employee have a weak savings account. Seeing the pattern is like getting out from the rat race.
1.Not paying yourself  first regardless of the SALARY amount.
– Every cut off I made sure that I put money to my savings and mutual funds. Why, because I want to afford the future. Paying myself first will give me a satisfaction. It is hard to build that in the first place specially if you don’t have discipline. But knowing that I can help the needy with my extra cash, use the excess funds to support my friends Mission trips abroad in spreading the gospel and lastly afford the future of my daughter will give me a lovely future. The question is can you afford the future?
2.Thinking about what to spend immediately.
– In our culture as Filipino we are so hyped up with the idea of consumerism. All super malls and well known boutiques or brands are here in the Philippines. They know how to feed our eyes! Marketing strategist were able to identify the behavior of every consumers that’s why massive sale also happens during the 15th and 30th of every month. You know why? Because they are aware when your money is available. Sad to say we keep on getting to their bait and most of the time we are experiencing the pecha de peligro.
3.Giving TOO MUCH to your parents/relative.
– There’s nothing wrong in giving but in reality most of us are in a sandwich generation. The reason behind it were very simple. You have an aging parents but since they don’t have sufficient amount of money at their age right now you need to support almost all the things they need now so that they can live while you are starting a family. Leaving you CASHLESS and savings less. Fast forward during your retirement age your kids will also suffer since you weren’t able to work on your finances while you are still working. Simple but it makes a lot of sense.
4.Not having a clear goal or visions.
– You are a restless  wanderer if you don’t have directions in life. You got goals in your health and your career but you don’t have any clear visions what to do with your money? I find that very odd. You need to go back to basics such as asking yourself. When do I want to be a millionaire? Where to invest in stocks?Where to retire at the age of 45? Can I afford the tuition fee of my son/daughter with my current salary now? Developing that kind of system will surely answer your current problem. I recommend you to take time to know where you at now.
5.Don’t have a good budget structure.
We normally do mental accounting upon receiving our salary and it is really fascinating  we just spend as much as possible. After 2-3 days some of us already feel that they need to file bankruptcy due to poor spending habits. Once you feel that pain in spending, have you ever tell yourself that
you won’t do it again then after the next cut off you see yourself doing the same bad habits? Once you study yourself start making small changes. Soon you will see the difference.


David Isaiah Angway is a Financial Evangelist

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