Finance & Economics: The Battle for Resources

God is the wealthy owner of all things
The Battle for Resources

Efficiency, Purpose & Productivity vs. Waste, Indifference & Laziness

Key Verse10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.  (Psalm 50:10-12)
Controls

  • Flow of funds and the allocation of resources
  • Economic stability
  • Opportunity to work and the reward for labor
Influences

  • Economic Prosperity
  • Leisure time available
  • Economic incentives for productivity
Key to the Kingdom – God’s Majesty

  • God is the wealthy owner of all things.
  • We are caretakers and stewards of His wealth.
  • Direct the flow of talent, time and resources to God honoring projects and activities.
Satan’s Attacks

  • Encourage greed, destruction and laziness.
  • Destroy wealth and enslave people with predators and debt.
  • Make funds flow to those who promote evil, destruction and lies.
Victory in Christ

  • Use time, talent and resources for God’s glory.
  • Ask God to teach profitability and to rebuke the predators.
  • Invest in the building of God’s kingdom.
  • Give generously to churches, missionaries and good works.
  • Take care of the widows, orphans and poor.
Be a good steward

  • Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.  (Isaiah 48:17)
Do business until Christ returns   (Luke 19:12-27)Jesus gave the example of a nobleman who commanded his servants to take care of his kingdom, until he returned.

  • The nobleman rewarded the faithful – “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.”
  • The nobleman punished the unfaithful – “But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.”

One Response to Finance & Economics: The Battle for Resources

  1. Nathans1 says:

    This is great advice to be a faithful steward of your money! :)