Take a 5 minute break. Sit back, enjoy the worship music, and focus on Him and His goodness.
Success and Prosperity:
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:18
9 Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, 10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in the Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 30:9-10
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalms 1:1-3
Do not let this Book of Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding. Nehemiah 2:20
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4
Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:4-6
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land. Isaiah 1:19
10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. Deuteronomy 15: 10-11
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. Proverbs 22:9
He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses. Proverbs 28:27
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 1 Corinthians 16:2
1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? 40 The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
Provision, Worry and Anxiety:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7
26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; 27 If you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. Proverbs 22:26-27 (Pay cash)
Planning and Budgeting:
A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps. Proverbs 14:15
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly. Proverbs 13:16
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers food at harvest.
4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. 5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. Proverbs 10:4-5
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. Proverbs 19:2
A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him. Proverbs 28:22
(Stay away from “Get rich quick” schemes)
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer. Proverbs 30:25
(We can take a little wisdom from the ants)
28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Luke 14:28-30
He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgement.
Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. Luke 15:13
Contentment: (Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:12 (We all need a little dose of humility)
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 (Never seen a hearst pulling a U-Haul)