What to do When you're Worried about Money!
Published on Feb 9, 2016
Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slK6H... --~-- What do you do when you’re worried about MONEY? Hey what’s up everyone, my name is Allen Parr and today we are talking about what to do when we are worried about our money and so I want to give you 4 practical steps to apply and the first is to… 1. Check your priorities a. There is a beautiful passage of scripture in the book of Haggai (the book is only one chapter…please read) where God says, “I want you to think about what is happening around you. You’re planting so much but you’re not seeing much in return. And the reason he says is because all of y’all are living in these luxurious homes while the temple you were supposed to build for me lies in ruins (nice home vs. ruined home on screen). b. IMPLICATION: You are SO concerned about pushing your agenda forward that my priorities continue to lie on the back-burner. c. Two things that happen when we don’t put God first i. So God says, “I have a way of making the money you bring in fall through the holes in your pants. ii. He even says, “whatever you bring in I’m going to blow it away.” Then He says… iii. There are some blessings that I want to release in your life but I’m going to withhold them until you make my agenda a priority in your life. d. It so it could very well be that God desperately wants you to put Him first in some area of your life and He’s using this frustration with your finances to get your attention (see also Mt. 6:33). 2. Assess what you CAN control a. This one is huge. Many of us are worried about money when our mismanagement of it is the source of our own stress. b. Paul said, we are supposed to be content “with food and clothing we should be content.” i. BUDGET: (Prov. 27:23-24 – SCREEN) – So I want to I challenge you if you are stressed out about your finances to look closely at your current budget and you may find a few hundred dollars each month that you can save that will relieve some of the financial stress you are under. ii. Secondly, we as Christians love to say, “well I’m just trusting God for my finances.” iii. SECOND JOB: But the same Bible says “faith without works is dead.” In other words, it’s more than just trusting God. You may have to work a second job in order to relieve ourselves from some of the stress that we’re under. iv. The Bible has a lot of positive things to say about work and a lot of negative things to say about laziness. c. And so I love to think of it this way, “work as if everything depended on you and trust as if everything depended upon God.” 3. Stop worrying & Trust God – It’s been said that “worrying pulls tomorrow’s cloud over today’s sunshine.” Jesus had a lot to say about this subject in Matt. 6 so I want to give you 6 quick facts about worrying. , “ a. Statistics prove that over 90% of what we worry about never comes to pass. b. Wastes time c. Unproductive d. Adds tension to your relationships e. Hinders you from enjoying life as God intended f. Leads to more worrying and stress So my encouragement to you is to stay present and resist the temptation to allow the enemy to steal your joy and wreak havoc in your mind with the proverbial what if game. 4. Accept your financial difficulty as a tool God uses to develop your faith a. Jesus said, “In this life you WILL have trouble. b. Peter said, “Stop being surprised when these difficulties come because Christians all over the world are experiencing the same troubles.” c. And James said, “God is using this difficulty to develop perseverance in your life. d. And so if you’re struggling with your finances today, you’re stressed out and frustrated, just know that God may be using this difficulty in your life to elevate your faith from middle school faith to high school faith so that the next time these difficulties come you will be able to look back and see how faithful God was in your past which will give you the confidence you need to know that if He’s done it in the past He’ll do it again. SCREEN: Worry has been described as “a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained” If you enjoyed this video please share it with a friend. Also feel free to check out some of my other videos on my YouTube channel and subscribe it you like them. Thank you so much for watching!