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Does Your Financial Mindset Serve You?

Windows on Finance Part 5

Today I want to explore our beliefs around money. As I said in an earlier article, there is no Money 101 course where we get our beliefs around money from, rather it seems to come as a form of osmosis from our personal life experiences (often as children observing the financial experience of our parents) and our perceptions of our parents and friends attitudes and beliefs around money. Maybe it’s what we believe is “common knowledge” or “everyone knows is true.” Maybe our beliefs make sense in terms of our life experience.

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What have I to do with filthy Riches?

Windows on Finance Part 6

Welcome back. If you’ve just joined us, please read article 5 before you embark into this one, otherwise you might think I’m a subscriber to the “health, wealth and prosperity” club.

Last time we looked at the poverty and provision mindsets and found them both to be at odds with scripture - unless we’re seeking to be cursed or selfish! This left us with only one other possibility... prosperity! We also found Paul supporting this with a bit of a tirade on “abundance” in 2 Cor 9:8.

So to help us get a clearer handle on “prosperity” and “abundance” from a biblical perspective, a great place to start is in Genesis where God not only promises Abraham great wealth, He also puts it into context.

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Overcoming Mammon

Windows on Finance Part 9

How we relate to money is an indication of our understanding of God’s grace. God’s basic principles around money call for giving and receiving. These embody Grace, e.g. when you give something without expectation of return you are manifesting grace (unmerited favour). The world’s financial system of buying and selling demands exchange (value for value). So when we take something designed by man for buying and selling (i.e. money) and freely give it with no expectation of return, we have introduced money to grace and we have profaned the sacred properties ascribed to money by mammon and have declared to the spiritual and natural realm that mammon is not our source.

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The Big Recap

Windows on Finance Part 8

We’ve covered quite a bit of ground so far and I thought it would be a good idea just to pause and review where we’ve been. So let’s take another look at the foundations we’ve been laying.

We started out by asking who our Source was. By that I mean who do we look to for our provision? The example I used was, say someone is asking for an offering for a building project, do we look in our wallet or chequebook and make decisions based on what’s there or do we ask God how much we should give? This is a tough question but it does reveal where we’re expecting our provision to come from. Whilst there is nothing innately wrong with money, when we look to it for our provision instead of relying on God we have made mammon (the spiritual power behind money) higher than God.

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