Manage Your Money God’s Way - How to change your resolutions from dreams to reality.

January 7, 2017

It’s a new year—time to make resolutions that won’t last more than 2 weeks, unless you are dedicated. One of the top ten resolutions people make is to get control of their finances.

Ephesians 4:22 tells us, “That you should put away the old self of your former way of life.” Many times our “old self” is the way we are slaves to all the consumerism the world throws at us. One of the best ways to get your finances in order is to understand that God plays a role in how you manage the money and possessions he’s given to you and one day you will be accountable to him.

Here are some tips to help you KEEP your 2017 financial resolutions:

  • Don’t set a lot of resolutions. Pick one or two you will really keep.
  • Define the reason you want to make the change. Being forced into a resolution by other people rarely works long term.
  • Make sure your resolution is achievable. Saving $1,000 for an emergency fund is a great resolution. You probably can’t do it in a month.
  • Make your resolution part of a long term goal. That $1,000 emergency fund can be part of a bigger picture to save a year’s salary.
  • Be VERY specific about the goal. Define your savings in terms of how much, how often, when and where to help you get serious.
  • Check your progress on a regular basis. This is where you do a routine sanity check against the specifics you defined regarding how much, how often, when and where.
  • Pray for strength and wisdom.

So while many resolutions come and go, if you truly make a resolution that is God centered and wrapped in prayer, if you are very specific about the details, and if you do a regular progress check it is much easier to keep the resolution.  

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