3 Steps to Financial Peace

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Most of us grew up with a skewed understanding of money and possessions. Consequently, a wrong perspective has landed us in a financial crisis and fiscal uncertainty. Would you agree that your current way of viewing and managing your money isn’t getting you where you want to be financially? Remember doing more of what you’ve always done will only get you more of what you’ve already gotten. Do you need help? Perhaps a new paradigm is in order.

Here are three steps to move you from financial stress to financial peace.

1. Examine your heart.
Our use of money is a mirror of our heart. It’s been said, “Follow the money.” When you follow the money it will reveal what you are devoted to and what is important to you. Your use of money is the best indicator of your heart’s desires. The adventure to a life of blessing that comes through generosity always begins with a heart that is open to God and selfless to others.

We will be generous precisely to the extent that we have a proper view of God and his involvement in our daily life. If we separate God from life, then we’ll feel obligated to hoard our wealth because we are in charge of everything. But if we understand that he is the Lord of all of life, including the tiniest details, and then we are free from the need to trust in our wealth. We can give it away, knowing that we’ll have everything we need when we really need it. A proper view of God leads to a generous view of life, which is why giving ought to be as natural for the disciple as breathing.

2. Consider your actions.
Once you have looked at your heart, then it’s time to consider your actions. God has been generous to us; therefore, we are to be generous to others. God has blessed us; therefore, we are to bless others. When we are generous, God often gives us more so we can give more. Randy Alcorn in his book The Treasure Principle wrote, “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living but to raise my standard of giving.”

Being generous is to stretch ourselves beyond the norm, beyond what is expected. Instead of giving the minimum you stretch yourself to take larger steps of faith. Instead of giving 10% to the church you give 11% or 12% or 15% or 20% and increasing every year. Being generous is the desire to help others, responding spontaneously when you see a need. Being generous is a lifestyle that flows out of knowing the greatest giver of all—God.

3. Enjoy your reward.
When the heart is right and we are generous with what God has provided, then we can enjoy our reward. We live in such a way now that our future experience in heaven is enriched. But the return is not just for the distant future. We will have benefits for today, too. True life is real life, abundant life, life that goes beyond mere existence, life as God intend it to be, a supernatural life. Generous Christians discover this life while stingy Christians never enjoy it. Those who dare to become generous end up benefiting from life on a level that those who hoard their wealth never experience.

About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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