Luke 16:10-11 NLT
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
You will never live out your purpose
if you keep spending like someone else!
4 Stages of living within your means:
Stage 1: Get Serious
Proverbs 10:4 NIV
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Proverbs 13:11 NLT
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.
Stage 2: Quit Playing
Deuteronomy 5:21 NLT
You must not covet your neighbor’s wife. You must not covet your neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
Philippians 2:3 NLT
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Stage 3: Stop Charging
Proverbs 22:7 NLT
Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
James 4:13-15 NIV
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Stage 4: Start Planning
Proverbs 21:5 NLT
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Proverbs 21:20 NIV
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.