A Glorious Beginning (Part 4) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: A Glorious Beginning (Part 4)
Hope you are being blessed by the series of teachings this month. We shall continue the topic we began last week: Do you have a Financial Budget? However, today, under this umbrella, we shall be considering the need to invest for the future and be accountable.
Invest for the Future
Foolish spending is one major cause of borrowing and lack. To avoid such spending, occasional investments must be made. Setting aside some amount from earnings is necessary. Even the Lord Jesus had a treasurer (John 13:29), who kept some amount in case of need. The Lord Himself admonishes: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? (Luke 19:23). in order to avoid begging or borrowing tomorrow. Benjamin Franklin said “…He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.” Don’t bring sorrow into your home by being a borrower. Impulsive or foolish spending does not demonstrate your honour for God concerning the finances He placed in your care (James 1: 17)
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God believes in accountability and budgeting. How do I know? He stated so in His Word (the Bible). We need to “count the cost “ (Luke 14:28) of our financial transactions. God Himself keeps records and accounts of things (Acts 10:4) and passed on this practice to men on earth (Esther 6:1). We shall be asked to give account (Romans 14:12).
You need to be accountable, not just to yourself, but to God, Who is the supplier of all your provisions including money; and to your spouse who is your partner in the home. Women, wives, mothers, choose to be accountable, list out your income, expenses and review them from time to time to assess whether your financial transactions are prudent or whether you need to adjust your spending pattern. Make a budget monthly, weekly and daily, and record your spending. I have a little dairy I carry around with me and record any money spent. That way at the end of the month I can easily recollect all I spent money on during the month. “Accountability pays. The Lord says: …thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many… (Matthew 25:21). Being faithful financially qualifies you to receive more money from the Lord, and from men too. I always make sure I submit a breakdown of expenses to my dear husband whether he asks for it or not.
I remember one day, many years ago, my husband came to my office with a cheque book and said “I have watched you over the years, you have been so faithful financially. You are so different from many other women, so prudent in spending and not a waster. God wants to lift you. This is the cheque book to our accounts all the leaves have been signed, any time you want money, don’t ask, I trust you absolutely and the Spirit of God is inside you.” Then he left. I said to myself “God, this is an awesome responsibility” and the Lord said to me “Because you have been faithful in little, you have been promoted. How faithful you are with this responsibility will determine how great your promotion will be tomorrow.” Up till today, my dear husband does not ask me how I spend money because he trusts me. He had watched me and found me faithful in time past. Because of his trusting me, I see to it that I don’t transact money in any area without his knowledge.
You need the grace of God to do what is required to enjoy a glorious financial future. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored)
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.