It’s hard to be hit by a train when you see it coming. Most people will step out of the way of a speeding train, but they will stay in the path of runaway poverty and failure. Some unseen need for self-sabotage will compel them to borrow money at an interest rate guaranteed to keep them poor and in debt their entire life. Some will behave in ways to injure themselves and others, adding to the cost of their lifestyle. There is hope to break this cycle of poverty through a change of mindset, a renewed sense of purpose and a series of bold actions focused on service, obedience to God’s law and the betterment of those that you are responsible for.
To gain control of your finances, you must first give your mind over to God, and look to His Spirit to help you to submit your mind. The concept of submitting the mind is at least as old as the first writings of the Bible. Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom (a.k.a. understanding mind) and the result was real world wealth and honor.
1 King 3;11-14 “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
Solomon was rewarded because his focus was not on the reward.
1 Kings 3;9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
Solomon knew his limitations. He knew that it to lead, he needed the best instruction available to man. He knew that to get the highest results, you must go to the highest source; God.