INTRODUCTION

Did you know that God hs His own unique economy? It consists of three essential elements:

1. His over all areas of my life.

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Lordship

2. My commitment to being a .

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faithful steward

3. My growth in living .

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generously

A wise saying goes something like this: “If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.” It’s actually very true. You cannot more than you .

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spend, earn

God’s principles help us learn to live in His economy. The simple key is this: Spend less than you earn and a portion of all that you earn over a long period of time.

How can we learn to save money? Larry Burkett used to say that saving money is actually a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with other, so that you do not do what you want.” – Galatians 5:16-17

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  – Galatians 5:22-23

In God’s Economy, self-control is not “self” controlling “self.” It’s the controlling self.

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Holy Spirit

“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” - Ecclesiastes 5:10

“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” – Proverbs 25:28

As we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), we experience the power of self-control. It becomes like a wall of around you.

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protection

Having a relationship with God provides whatever the circumstances.

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contentment

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” - Philippians 4:12

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13



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