God’s promise for this year is that your borders will be filled with peace and that you’ll enjoy the finest wheat. He also promises that His word will spread swiftly1.  In other words, not only will you receive the best that He has for you, but in addition, He will also set people before you whom you will be able to bless as well. We need to make preparations for all these good things, however it is one thing for Him to want to give it to us, but it’s a totally different one for us to be ready to receive it.  If God gives you a girlfriend or boyfriend, are you getting ready to love them, respect them and provide for them?  Many aren’t any more blessed because they lack the preparation in character and heart to maintain it.

The first thing we need to do is put all idleness aside, since adversity abounds in the house of the slothful2. We all know that poverty is not good, nor is it to be desired. No one likes to go through troubles or affliction in order to provide for their family and reach their dreams.  Therefore it’s vital to strip from our mind the idea that prosperity isn’t of God. If we believe that financial stability isn’t a good thing than why bother sending our children to school? If poverty is such a good thing then let’s just ask the government to lower the minimum wage, instead of increasing it. Poverty is no good because it leads to a number of other unfortunate evils: theft, division and even wars.  We must learn to be diligent and to thrive financially.

All is lost because of a lack of good decision-making.  God has given us talents to produce and prosper in life, but we need to learn to work hard, otherwise we’ll end up gravely sinning by wasting our talents away and another righteous man will reap what was originally saved up for us3.

We must also convey this mindset unto our children.  The Lord teaches us in the book of Proverbs about how our financial rearing needs to be adjusted while we are children.  I thank God wholeheartedly because ever since I was a young boy, my Mom has always taught me how to manage my finances correctly.

This applies to everyone: men, women, children but especially women since they’re usually the ones that manage a household’s income and they’re our children’s first teachers. Ladies, please bless your homes with proper money management so that God might provide all that you need to build your house up4.

The Bible highlights the need that there is of staying away from foolishness and not disdaining correction, which is counterproductive and quickly leads to poverty and shame.  Allow the Lord to teach you about good spending habits and self-control in every area of your life. This will lead you to enjoy a life full of honor5. Tell the Lord right now, “I will cherish every word of every teaching you give me. I will treasure them in my life and rebuke poverty and shame off of it.”

There’s nothing wrong with thinking in abundance because that mindset is for the diligent!  It’s designed to bear a good testimony of our faith because those that don’t think things out and lack good judgment are quickly led by impulse buying and end up squandering their assets6.  The Word of God also urges us not to engage in shady deals based on lies, because not only is it a sin but it also leads down a path of death.  So what do you think, prosperity is a very serious matter, right? You’re not wrong but totally right!!  Many people have fallen prey to grave situations because they haven’t learned to prosper God’s way. He desires your welfare in every sense of the word and He also desires you to reach it the right way.  Of course the love of money is a sin and it’s the path to devastation, because our motives need to be right. It’s not about hoarding but about sharing.  We need to adjust our financial attitude and not just live to covet and store-up wealth for our own life.

Another important point is to learn to live happily with what we have right now, while at the same time working hard to improve our quality of life. Don’t be living off appearances trying to deceive others with a financial status that you really don’t possess. Integrity and effort must prevail at all times.

Plan your expenses!  Don’t be buying on impulse7.  Ask yourselves together with your spouse: What do you want to have?  When will you have it?  What will happen if you don’t reach it?  It really is worth doing, so as to not let money affect your joy.  Set goals and don’t be led astray by deals and impulse-buying, otherwise you’ll end up living frustrated, bitter and envious of what other people have.  Heed the teachings of the Lord and learn to say no when they pressure you into buy something outside of your means.  There’s no shame in being honest, however poverty and shame will be your portion if you don’t measure yourself wisely.

Wise people don’t waste by binge buying, but they make the most out of purchases they do make.  Jesus, with all of His power, He still collected everything that was left over after multiplying the loaves of bread and the fish to feed the multitude.  Learn to make the best use of what you have right now; this will lead you to a righteous life full of abundance8. Don’t let bread go to waste in your house because of a lack of good judgment.

Another good tip is to surround your self with people that don’t squander. Those that spend it all on wining and dining end up fasting in the end9.  God doesn’t want you to go poor, but He does want to prosper and bless you, otherwise you’ll end up with even more difficulties then those with which you started.  Moreover, always remember to bless your parents financially. Don’t be leaving them behind when they need you the most. Bear in mind that they provided for you and taught you in life.

If we look more closely we’ll find that poverty is a product of certain flaws such as: laziness, negligence, irresponsibility, lack of order, ignorance, which means that poverty is not something to boast about10. Seek after virtues that will lead you to a better life: hard work, effort, wise counsel, good company and wisdom; this way everything you do will prosper and abundance will be your natural outcome!

Honor, financial responsibility and a respectable life only come to those that are solicitous, attentive, prepared, sharp and skillful at what they do. You must leave all negligence and foolishness aside, which will only lead to shame and poverty11.  Being a Christian means representing God, who is omniscient, so we can’t afford to be idle; we must be diligent!

Now, if what you want is to be poor than learn to be foolish, stubborn and negligent, and make friends with drunkards and unreliable people. God is totally ready to bless you, but you must be ready and able to take advantage of that blessing.  Just tell Him right now, “Father forgive me for sometimes squandering and wasting what you’ve given to me. I ask you to please give me wisdom and knowledge for everything that you entrust to me. I’m ready for your blessing!”  And finally ask Jesus into your heart because that’ll be the wisest and most diligent decision that you’ll ever make in life!

1 Psalms 147:14-15 says, “He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat. He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.”

2 Ecclesiastes 10:18 says, “Because of laziness the building decays and through idleness of hands the house leaks.”

3 Proverbs 13:22-25 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste. He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly. The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.”

4 Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”

5 Proverbs 13:18-19 says, “Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, but he who regards a rebuke will be honored. A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.”

6 Proverbs 21:5-6 says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.”

7 Proverbs 20:21 says, “An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.”

8 Proverbs 21:20-21 says, “There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it. He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.”

9 Proverbs 23:20-22 says, “Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.  Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”

10 Proverbs 10:4-5 says, “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son. He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.”

11 Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.”