Financial serenity carries with it contentment.  Psalm 37:16-17 “Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.”

Believers are content. Psalm 84:10-12 “for a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside.  I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

Your desires are satisfied and your strength is renewed when you have financial serenity. Psalm 103:5 “who satisfies your years with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

Satisfaction is only from the Lord. Psalm 107:8-9 “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His loving kindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men!”

And Psalm 103:6 “The Lord performs righteous deeds, and judgments for all who are oppressed.”

So what is Godly giving? What if all we gave to others was waiting for us when we got to heaven?

I have been an accountant now for many years and I know the rules of checks and balances very well. But I also know that God honors our giving. Mal 3:10-12 “bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my House, and test Me now in this, “ says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. And all the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.”

Godly giving is giving of your time, your talent, and your money to the purposes of God and His kingdom. This is how His kingdom comes and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven. By your generosity, it is your giving that leads to your abundant living. Eccl 8:15 “So, I commend pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.”

Jesus said, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14

This is about living within your means. Paul said, “I have learned that whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content.”

He also said, “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.  And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang,” 1Tim 6:6-10.

It takes discipline.

Living within your means takes practice.

Being on a budget is painful but necessary.