Update aug. 2006
God’s Spiritual laws
1 Should Christians prosper?
2 Jesus Christ – poor or rich?
3 Gods prescription for prosperity
4 God's way or the world’s way?
5 God wants us to change our attitude to money!
6 How do we change and renew our minds?
7 Gods perspective on work and discipline.
8.We reap what we sow.
9. The blessings of tithing
10.We can’t out give God.
11.Giving, God’s way
12.God’s laws of receiving.
13.God’s laws of banking and investment.
14.Applying God’s laws of prosperity.
15. Causes of poverty, poor and undeveloped nations, poor individuals.
16. What the bible says concerning money.
17. Money influences on character and personality.
18. Scriptures on finances.
19. Important steps on the road from poverty to plentiful.
It all begins in your heart and mind. Your very attitude concerning money must be changed first of all. Selfish desire for money spent for self-satisfaction shall be changed into joyful giving to others – giving to the family, the poor, to the spreading of the gospel by all means, tithing and giving to Gods house with joy.
Spend your money after the will of God. Let Holy Spirit guide you WHEN and WHERE to spend your money. Do not invest in the temporary, invest in eternity.
Avoid buying unnecessary things.
Do not spend money in self-gratification, but only to cover need.
Spend LESS money than you earn.
Prosperity concerns many aspects of life: financially – spiritually – physically – mentally – emotionally.
1. Should Christians prosper?
God created all the wealth of this earth. Did He create it for unbelievers, for hardhearted, sinful men and women who curse Him, deny Him and disobey His laws? Does He really want them to prosper and His children to do without? Of course not. God our Father wants all the best for His children, the born again believers, the Christians.
If our heavenly Father was willing to give us His only Son. He has already given us the best and He is now more than willing to give us all the rest. Romans. 8:32 He that spared not His own son, but delivered HIM up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things.
2. Jesus Christ – poor or wealthy?
Was Jesus poor?
No! – By Him and to Him all things are created. Col.1: 16 …all things were created by HIM and for Him.
He owned the whole world and He still does.
2.Cor. 8:9.Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor that through His poverty you become rich.
3. Gods prescription for prosperity.
Many of us have accepted Jesus as Saviour, but we never truly allowed Jesus to be Lord over every area of our lives.
Our Father wants us to surrender our lives totally to HIM. He does not want us to put family, money, hobbies or anything else ahead of Him. Exodus 20:3. You shall have no other Gods before me....
God’s laws of prosperity will only work to the degree that we keep Him first in our lives.
God does not want us to be destroyed in selfish desire.
That’s the reason why God always demands the first priority. Always keep God
first – Mt 6:33 seek first the
4. Gods way or the world’s way?
The Worlds way – or Gods way?
God wants us to repent and renew our minds to think in Gods ways on prosperity.
Christians who wants prosperity in the world’s way will end up in "prosperity theology."
Christians who wants prosperity in Gods way will honour God with their finances.
It is very important that we understand the idea, that God owns all the silver and gold in the World, and we own nothing and that God just let us "use" things.
Haggai 2:8 the silver is mine and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts.
Do not say: "My possessions belongs to me, I earned them." For God says in Deuteronomy 8:17-18 and you say in your heart: "my power and the might of mine hand has gotten me this wealth. Verse 18: but you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is HE that gives you power to get wealth. That He may establish His covenant He swore to your fathers.
The world’s way to gain wealth is to trust in my own power, Gods way is to trust Him.
Mark 10:24. How hard it is for them that trust in riches
to enter into the
The key word here is "trust in riches" instead of trust in God. The rich young man loved (trusted) more in his money than he loved (trusted) God.
God’s law of prosperity requires of us to trust in HIM instead of trust in riches.
God’s ways are diametrically opposed to the world’s ways. Instead of trusting in worldly riches our Father wants us to trust in Him and to share what we have with others.
1.Timothy 6:17-18 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy that they do good that they be rich in good works ready to DISTRIBUTE...
Ecclesiastes 5:13 there is a sore evil, which I have seen under the sun, namely riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
Accumulation of money is wrong and will at last hurt us.
Also hoarding is wrong, hoarding of food, gasoline, money etc. This will expose our fear and shows that we do not trust in God.
God’s laws of prosperity will show us exactly how to "profit" during times of economic crisis.
Isaiah 48:17 I am the Lord your God which teaches you to profit...
Now it is time to quit the old ways of the world trusting in bank accounts, investments, real estate, pension, profit sharing plans, insurance, etc. And begin to do it in Gods way and following His laws of prosperity.
Riches gained after the worlds system will never satisfy. The more we get the more we want.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loves abundance with increase, this is also vanity.
5. God wants us to change our attitude to money, renew our minds. Romans. 12:2.
God wants us to think in HIS ways in money matters.
6. How do we change and renew our minds?
God’s laws of renewal: study the bible, meditation and prayer, exercising faith, confession of sins, and obedience to Holy Spirit and the word of God..
7. Gods perspective on work and discipline.
God wants us to work – and to be good at it.
One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-discipline. One must learn the lesson to have self-discipline in spending money. We are not supposed to live a life in luxury just because we are Christians and have a very, very rich Father in heaven.
8. We reap what we sow.
Prosperity in relation to sow and reap – natural seed – love – faith – money – goodness – friendship – knowledge – wisdom. The law of sowing and reaping works in every aspect of life.
Sow your good seed of money in good soil, that is, in the mission field, to the poor, etc.
Gal. 6:7.... Whatsoever a man sows, that he also shall reap.
Amazingly, people expect to harvest a lot of money without sowing a little tiny seed-corn. They think prayer is enough, but this is breaking the law of God. If you want to harvest money you must sow MONEY, not prayer in this case. If you want to harvest much money you must sow MUCH money, not much praying for money. By the way, we should pray much and all the time for the lost and needy. This is a very simple way of making money, give money with gladness, as the Holy Spirit leads you. Seek His guidance and you will sow your seed of money at the right place at the right time, and the right amount.
Remember also to sow: love – goodness – even the word of God – all kinds of good seed.
Sow your good seed of money to the mission field, to your church, to the poor, to your family, etc.
9. The blessing of tithing.
There is no direct command in the New Testament on tithing!
God lets us TEST HIM and promises enormous blessings IF WE DO!
Malachi 3:10 Bring yea all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and PROVE me now here with, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
God challenges us to prove HIM. It is the only place in the bible where God challenges us to PROVE Him.
We honour God by giving Him the first 10% of our income.
It is impossible for God to bless His children if we rob God of the tithing. The bible tells us the first tenth belongs to Him.
What you give as a gift for some special purpose is not tithing but is given BESIDES the tithing.
IN MINE HOUSE means bringing your tithing to your local church.
10. We cannot out give God
Acts 10:14. …And he (the angel) said to him (Cornelio) "Your prayers and your ALMS are come up for a memorial before God.
Mark 9:41 for whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
11. Giving - Gods way.
Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
12.God’s laws on receiving.
God gives us in such a way that our souls are not hurt.
James 4:3 and when you ask you do not receive it, because your motives are bad, you ask for things to consume it upon your lusts.
13. Gods laws on banking and investments.
Matthew 6:20 but lay up for yourself treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. V.21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Proverbs 19:17. When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back.
14. Applying God’ s laws on prosperity.
Look up scriptures in bible on prosperity - act in faith.
15. Causes of poverty, undeveloped and poor nations, and poor individuals.
b) Defiled homes.
c) Idol worship, all kind of in Eastern culture – western culture.
d) Driven by demon of lust, alcohol, narcotics, etc.
The higher percentage of confessing Christians in a country the more wealth and order in that same country. The more dominance of -isms and idolatry the more poverty and disorder and corruption in that same country.
Trust God for your finances.
Have trust in God’s laws of sowing and reaping – His laws of tithing – giving (offering) – and His laws of receiving.
16. What the bible says concerning money:
Money – and Christian ethic, should Christians prosper? Read 2.Cor.8: 9.
Money - and fasting and prayer and giving alms (Acts 10:4 and verse 30). Cornelio
Money – and Faith. 2.Cor. 9:10 seed to sow to increase manifold.
Money – and honesty, Luke 16:10-13, especially v.12.
Money - and self-discipline. Proverbs 6:9-10
Money – and time factor. Ecclesiastes 11:4 and 6
Money – and sowing and reaping. Galatians 6:7, 2.Corinthians 9:6
Money – and the world system contra the heavenly system. Luke 6:38, Matthew 6:19-20.
Money – and investment in earthly bank (Luke 12:21).
Money – and investment in the heavenly bank. Mt.6: 19-20 and Mt.19: 21.
Money – and interest. Proverbs 28:8, Exodus 22:25 and Deuteronomy 23:19 (the sin of taking interest)
Money – and to give security, guarantee, bail. Proverbs 22:26 and 11:15 and 20:16
Money - and Tithing. Malachi 3:10, Luke 11:42. Proverbs 3:9
Money – and offering, Acts 10:4.
Money - and giving. Proverbs 28:27, Philippians 4:17-19, Luke 6:38
Money - and robbing God. Malachi 3:10
Money – and your children. Psalm 37:25
Money – and greed. Psalm 127:2
Money - and steeling. John 12:6 and 1.Cor. 6:10.
Money – and gambling. Proverbs 16:33
Money – and the just. Proverbs 15:6
Money – honesty. Proverbs 21:6
Money – and right motives. Luke 6:35 and Luke 6:38 give and it shall be given unto you
Money – and eternal lost (Judas). Mt.27: 3-5 and John 17:12.
Money – and sin against Holy Spirit. Acts 5:1-5.
Money- and the patriarchs. (Abraham, Jacob, Job, David, Salomon)
Money - and Inflation. Matthew 6:19-21.
Money – and Work. Proverbs 28:19
Money – and laziness. Proverbs 6:6 and 9. Proverbs 24:33-34
Money – and sleeping long in the morning. Proverbs 6:10 and 6:10, Proverbs 24:33-34
Money – and debt. Proverbs 22:7
Money – and love of money. 1.Timothy 6:10 and Hebrews 13:5
Money – and hidden riches. Isaiah 45:3
Money –and inheritance. Proverbs 13:22, 19:14, 14:18.
Money – and so-called poor and rich countries. Idol worship contra large percent of Christians in the nation. Deuteronomy 31:16-20.
Money – and Jesus. He became poor that we become rich. He owned the whole world – He created all the money. Col.1: 16
Money – and God Yahweh. Haggai 2:8 the silver is mine and the gold is mine...
Money – and gathering little by little. Proverbs 13:11
Money – and the officials (tax). Mt. 22:21, Mk.12: 17, Lk.20: 25, Rom.13: 7
Money – and motivation. Proverbs 4:4 jalousie
Money – and envy (rich in a hurry). Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 28:22
Money – and Gods blessing. Proverbs 10:22
Money – and family curse. Exodus 20:5
Money - and broken wows. Psalm 15:4 He that swears to his own hurt, and changes not)
Money – and priority. Luke 12:31 seek yea first the kingdom of God…
Money - and your character (a good and fruitful character can receive much blessing of wealth without doing harm to your soul).
Money – and contentment (Godliness with contentment is a great gain) 1.Tim.6: 6.
Money – and the church. Philippians 4:15. Accounting, Numbers 18:26 tithe of the tithe
Money - and the ministers. 1.Tim. 3:3 and Titus 1:7
Money - and order. Fil.4: 15.Accounting with debit and credit
Money - and marriage. Proverbs 31:10 ff.
Money – and drinking and overeating. Proverbs 23:20 drunkards …
Money – and guarantee. Proverbs 6:1 ff., 11:15, 17:18, 20:16, 27:13
Money – and your enemy. Proverbs 25:21
Money – and work. Proverbs 18:9 1.Tom.5: 18, Proverbs 14:23 Psalm 127:2.
Money – and how to borrow to God Yahweh. Proverbs 19:17.
Money – and the receiving of the word of God. Matthew 13:23
Money – and priority. Ecclesiastes 11:4, and 11:6 Proverbs 24:27
Money – and wealth under curse and under blessing. Deuteronomy 28.
Money - and church leaders: Keep church money and private money strictly divided! John 12:6 … Judas the treasure keeper was a thief
Money - and the fall of Satan. Ezekiel 28:4-5
Money – and love of money. 1.Timothy 6:10 …is the root of ALL evil…
17.Money, influences on character, personality:
The cheerful giver.
The modest and undemanding.
The prodigal or lavishness.
The orderly, in money matters
The wise, in money matters.
The Foolish, in money matters, he never learns by mistakes.
The ambitious of power.
The controlling (Monopolies etc.)
The compulsory saving
The collector of items.
The self-disciplined, in money matters
What type do you belong to? Be honest with yourself. Do you want a change? The good thing about it is: it’s possible to change. The necessary steps to take are: repenting, deciding for a change and work on it. Success or fiasco, it all depends on attitude. Mans own decision is crucial.
18. Scriptures on finances:
Biblical business principles.
How the Christian should treat money.
Proverbs 22:7. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich, cease from your own wisdom.
Proverbs 23:21 for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Proverbs 24:27 Prepare your work without (outdoors) and make it fit for yourself in the field, and afterwards builds your house.
Proverbs 24:30-31 I went by the field of a slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding. V31. And lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stonewall thereof was broken down.
Proverbs 24:33-34 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, v34 so shall poverty come as one that travels and your want as an armed man.
Proverbs 27:23-24 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds, for riches are not forever, and does the crown endure to every generation?
Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
Proverbs 28:19 He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he that follows after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
Proverbs 28:22 He that haste to be rich, has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.
Proverbs 28:27 He that gives unto the poor shall not lack, but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.
Proverbs 30:8.... give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me.
Proverbs 31:10 ff. who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies (pearls)
Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of Spirit.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observes the wind shall not sow, and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.
Ecclesiastes 11:6. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hand, for you know not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Proverbs 11:24. There is that scatters, yet increases. And there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithe into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove me now herewith, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Romans 13:7. Pay then, what you owe them. Pay them your personal and property taxes, and respect and honour to them all. (Good News translation)
Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Luke 6:35. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend hoping for nothing again and your reward shall be greater...
Matthew 6:33. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
2. Corinthians 9:6 He who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly and he who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Galatians 6:7.... whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the Lord with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase. V.10 So shall your barns be filled with plenty and your presses shall burst out with new vine.
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise.
Proverbs 6:9. How long will you sleep, o sluggard? ...V.11 So shall poverty come....
Proverbs 8:18 Riches and honour are with me (Wisdom), yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Proverbs 10:22. The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he that gathers by labour shall increase.
Proverbs 14:23 Work and you will earn a living; if you sit around talking you will be poor. (Good News Translation)
Proverbs 15:6. In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 16:33. The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
Proverbs 17:18. Only a man with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts. (Good News Translation)
Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. .
Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends unto the Lord, and that which he has given will He pay him again.
Proverbs 20:16. Anyone stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger's debts ought to have his own property held to guarantee payment. (Good News Translation)
Proverbs 21:6. The riches you get by dishonesty soon disappear, but not before they lead you into the jaws of death. (Good News Translation)
Proverbs 3:27 When you possibly can, do good to those who need it, never tell your neighbour to wait until tomorrow if you can help him now. (Good News Translation)
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have...
1.Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
2.Corinthians 9:7 Each one should give, then as he has decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty, for God loves the one who gives gladly, and God is able to give more than you need, so that you will always have what you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause...
Proverbs 25:21 If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty give him water to drink, for you shall heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward you.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters.... you cannot serve God and Mammon.
Psalm 127:2. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows, for so He gives His beloved while he sleeps.
Genesis 3:19. In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread...
1.Timothy ...for the labourer is worthy of his reward.
Acts 10:4 Cornelio ... your prayers and your alms are come up for a memorial before God.
1. Tim. 6:6 Godliness with contentment is a great gain.
Guarantee for debt:
Proverbs 27:13. Anyone stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger's debts, deserves to have his own property held to guarantee payment.
Proverbs 6:1-2 Have you promised to be responsible for someone else's debts, my son? Have you been caught by your own words, trapped by your own promises? Well then my son you are in that man's power, but this is how to get out of it, hurry to him, and beg him to release you.
Proverbs 11:15. If you promise to pay a stranger's debt, you will regret it, you are better off if you don't get involved.
Proverbs 17:18. Only a man with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts.
Invest in eternity:
Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, where thieves break through and steals. But lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
Mark 10:29-30 Verily I say unto you, there is no that has left house, or brethren, and sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospels. V.30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life.
Luke 14:33 ... none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has.
Tithing in the bible:
Matthew 23:23 How terrible for you Pharisees! You give God a tenth of the seasoning herbs, such as mint and rue and all the other herbs, but you neglect justice and love for God. These you should practice, without neglecting the others.
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it.
Hebrews 7:2. To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all....
Numbers 18:26 ...when you take of the children of Israel the tithes, which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall offer up an heave offering of it For the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe.
Nehemiah 10:38 ...when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
The Levite’s Tithe. The Aaron’s Tithe:
The tribe of Levi were chosen by God to serve in the temple. They were the priesthood.
Question: Does your ministry or church tithe?
The answer is in Numbers 18:26-29. The Levite priests were commanded to pay tithe from the tithe they received from the people.
Luke 18:12. I give tithe of all that I possess....
(The Pharisee paid tithe, the tax collector did not, but he was just!)
Luke 12:32-34 Fear not little flock.... v33 sell that ye have, and give alms, provide yourself bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief can approach, neither moth corrupts v34 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Acts 20:35.... it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labour working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have (substance) to give to him that needs.
Philippians 4:19 and with all His abundant wealth through Jesus Christ, my God will supply all your needs. (Good News Translation)
Matthew 6:3 but when you give alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does. V.4 That your alms may be in secret and your Father, which sees in secret Himself, shall reward you openly.
Matthew 6:1 make certain you do not perform your religious duties (giving alms) in public so that people will see what you do. If you do these things publicly, you will not have any reward from your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:42. When someone asks you for something, give it to him, when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.
Stealing money from the church and end up in hell for the reason of money:
John 12:6 this he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what put therein.
Judas was lost forever because of the love of money and he became a thief and a traitor for thirty silver pieces
The sin Ananias and Sapphira committed was not that they kept half of their fortune hidden, but the sin they committed was, they lied to the Holy Spirit and this sin cannot be forgiven, neither in this life or the next, which is eternity. Acts 5: 1-11
About taking interest:
Psalm 15:5 ...He makes loans without charging interest and cannot be bribed to testify against the innocent. Whosoever does these things will always be secure.
Exodus 22:25. If you lend money to any of my people who are poor, do not act like a moneylender and require him to pay interest.
Proverbs 28:8 If you get rich by charging interest and taking advantage of people your wealth will go to someone who is kind to the poor.
Isaiah 45:3 And I will give you treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, which call you by your name, AM God of Israel.
2.Corinthian 9:10 and God who supplies seed to sow and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity.
Isaiah 33:6 ...the fear of the lord is your treasure.
Psalm 119:127 Therefore I love your commandments above gold, ye, above fine gold.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 If you love money you will never be satisfied, if you long to be rich you will never get all you want. It is vanity
Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of the labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much, but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Ecclesiastes 5:13 Here is a terrible thing that I have seen in this world, people save up their money for a time when they may need it v.14 and loose it all in some unlucky deal and end up with nothing left to pass on to their children.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 If God gives a man wealth and property and lets him enjoy them, he should be grateful and enjoy what he has worked for. It is a gift from God.
Matthew 6:25 This is why I tell you not to be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive or about cloths for your body... look at the birds... they do not sow or harvest, yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Are you not worth much more than birds?
Proverbs 23:4. Be wise enough not to wear yourself out trying to get rich, your money can be gone in a flash....
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he would hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon (the money god).
1.Timothy 6:10 for the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
About paying tax:
Mt.22: 21 and Mk.12: 17 and Lk.20.25.... Well, then pay the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor and pay God what belongs to God
Rom.13: 7 pay then what you owe them, pay them your personal and property taxes...
Luke 16:10-13 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much, and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. V.11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? V.12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
More scriptures in relation to finances:
Proverbs 22:1 Good name is rather to be chosen than great riches….
Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver….
Ecclesiastes 5:12…. but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Psalm 119:127 Therefore I love your commandments above gold, yea above fine gold.
Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon. (The money god)
19. Important steps on the road from poverty to plentiful:
How to think like a wealthy man!
Repent, turn away from your sins and become a wholehearted Christian.
Change your way of thinking in money affairs,
Renew your mind by reading the word of God – study the Bible.
Make a change from the worlds system into Gods way.
Understand the divine principles of sowing and reaping.
Pay your tithe first, not last.
Pay your tithing to your own local church
Love Jesus more than your money – the rich young man did not! Luke 18:23.
Begin to sow – much or little – it does not matter, but do continually sow, make it a lifestyle.
Begin to invest in the "heavenly stock market" and do it with joy.
Learn the right priority in spending and giving money.
Use long term planning. Aim for getting rid of all debt!
Learn how to receive money richly! Without doing any harm to your soul.
Have faith and exercise faith in economy.