Friday, December 4, 2009

It's All His

GOD Is the Creator and Rightful Owner of Everything

The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts. — Haggai 2:8

The first thing that every believer should do with what he or she has is to transfer ownership of every possession to God. This includes money, property, education, talents, etc. This step is fundamental getting started on a "journey to financial freedom." Nothing can relieve our concerns and worries about our possessions like transferring ownership to God.

I was at a conference a few years ago where a speaker talked about his first car. He had invested all his money in his car and constantly pampered and cleaned it. When a storm came at night he would lie awake hoping there would be no hail to dent his car. When he parked it at a mall he would worry that someone might steal it. He thought the car would bring him immense joy, but because 1 did not understand that God owns everything, it was a source of constant worry.

Then he came upon the principle that God owns everything, including his car. Therefore, he prayed and admitted that God owned the car and he was only a steward of it. Soon after that decision, his ran out of gas on a dark, isolated highway at night. As he walked away, with great relief he prayed "Lord, I hope no one does anything to damage Your car."

Unless we realize that everything belongs to God, our possessions and finances will lead us into bondage of fear and worry, not freedom. Transferring ownership to God is absolutely necessary if are to have a "journey into financial freedom."

Another way that transferring ownership of all our possessions to God brings freedom is knowing if it all belongs to Him, then He must have some ideas as to how He wants us to use and manage His resources. Indeed the Bible reveals specific principles on how God wants His property to be used and managed. Bible study coupled with prayer will give us guidance and great confidence in handling resources God has entrusted to us.