Todd Harper, President and one of the founders of Generous Giving writes that “money’s power lies in its ability to deceive and that Jesus cautioned us in Mark 4:19 that the deceitfulness of wealth could choke the word of God, causing our lives to be unfruitful.“
Harper stresses that “money can tempt us to waste our lives in a lesser pursuit than the abundant life God invites us to. But I have seen many who have broken the power of money by embracing what the Apostle Paul calls the ‘life that is truly’ life.”
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Harper explains that there are three ways you can begin to stop stressing so much about money— “whether you’re the top one percent, the bottom or anywhere in between.”
1. Trust what God’s Word says about money, reject the rest.
That may sound simplistic, but much of money’s grip on our hearts is tied to the cultural messages around us. The Bible shines light and brings freedom; it’s our biggest tool against letting our world shape how we perceive money. It should be seen as a resource to provide for our families and advance the kingdom of God.
2. Give generously.
Generosity has the power to break the grip money has on us. It brings us joy and redirecting our affections. Investing our time, talents and treasures into God’s kingdom makes us more excited about God’s kingdom. Put simply, when we give our love for God and others expands. Maybe that is why these words of Jesus resonate so deeply with the generous one percenters. Remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
(SOURCE: Relevant Magazine – MORE HERE)
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