“For real, though?! You want ME to write about finances?” This was my initial thought when I saw that I was chosen to write this blog. I felt like I have made so many mistakes in the area of finances, therefore how could I expound on anything other than being broke? But thank God he does not leave us to our own thoughts and fears! Hallelujah! He reminded me that I am administrative by nature, I budget down to the cent, I know how to pray scripture to cover my finances, I know all the right things to do… I just chose to disobey, placing me in various situations that were financially unfavorable! As I strive to submit my life to Christ, as all of you are, I find that obedience and faith still equal favor! So, here are a few tips and testimonies that will help you to denounce the spirit of doubt and poverty in order to obtain the financial prosperity that God desires for you.

Pay your tithes and give your offerings BY FAITH!! Even when you give to the Lord give by faith, otherwise you will find yourself bitter, giving ungratefully, or robbing God all together! The word says in Malachi 3:8, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” For those who struggle with stealing from man, that’s one issue! But for those of us who have ever stolen from God by not tithing and giving our offering, we’ve literally stolen from God. I’ve been guilty of it (thank you Lord for deliverance). I did not fully believe God’s word concerning tithing/offering, and taking $100 out of my check seemed ridiculous if I “needed” it to go towards something else. Totally the wrong mindset. It’s stealing from the work of the Kingdom! Jesus said to his parents, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” It’s a business! And like any business, the work needs to be funded. Stop allowing your tight fist to bring a curse upon you and your household because you refuse to give God back what he’s given to you. Furthermore, let’s deal with the fact that it says “and offerings”. The common misconception is that tithes are what’s required, not the offering. But the offering is where you have the great opportunity to exercise your faith! REMINDER: Make sure you are tithing from your whole increase (before taxes and other fees are taken out) Don’t get tricked!

The bible says in 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 ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Whatever you give, God is not slack to return something back to you. It may not always be a monetary return, so do not box him in. He may return it in peace, favor, joy, rest, or open doors. He is just great like that!

Let me take a moment to address the prophetic word that was given. The warning at the beginning of the year was to look out for get-rich-quick schemes and fast cash, etc. This again goes back to faith. When we grow weary of waiting, or our credit score is not rising as fast as we want, or an emergency comes up, sometimes we look for what seems like the easiest, fastest answer. Please, take heed to the instructions. Pray, and ask God what his plan is! He knew you’d be in this position, so go to him for the solution! Money is the answer to all things (Ecclesiastes 10:19) but the solution to none. We would rather have a solution to a financial strain, because that solution will keep us from ending up in the same predicament again.

It is not God’s will for his people to be the ones lacking!! The world does not have “one up” on the children of God, as the devil would have us to believe. So, here is my last and final tip to keep you on the side of prosperity!

Your Budget is your very good friend! You and your Budget should go everywhere together. Your Budget should know all of your business, so don’t lie to it or yourself. Be honest with your Budget. Share intimate things with your Budget like your hopes and dreams, short-term and long-term goals. That way, you can work together to achieve them. Your Budget is a very strict, “by-the-rules” kind of friend so don’t always look to get over on it. If the Budget says, “No extra spending, skip the fast food stop, wait to get your hair done next week, let your sister give you a FREE manicure…” LISTEN to it! Pray about your Budget and submit to it! And lastly, declare and speak life to your Budget, by faith. Our Father in heaven is not wasteful, and we can be the same!

I hope this blog was helpful! I believe that you will prosper from the wisdom that the word has to give. Be sure to daily apply all that we learned this month concerning finances! We WILL be the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman! Amen!

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