Friday, February 28, 2014

What does the bible says about money and investing?

Today i would like to share with you the biblical money code.This is not  about getting rich quick but it's not about playing it safe either. This code has been used by successful investment giants including Warren Buffet and John Templeton, to accrue billions. The "Biblical Money Code" guides investors through the confusing attitudes regarding money and wealth by looking at what the Bible actually says about how we are to use the resources we have been given.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains (1 Timothy 6:10).

Money is not evil
The Bible does not say money is evil, but it's the love of money that leads people to make poor investment choices that can lead people into "wealth-stealing investments," or the "fear-and-greed" market cycles that often leave people destitute. The video takes a look at King Solomon and the wisdom found in Proverbs. Those who want to honor God with their money can learn how to become wealthy without falling in love with money. It starts with "looking well" into your investments which is based on Proverbs 14.
People are hungry to learn how to honor God with their money, and the video has gone viral. Not only does it teach Sean's three-prong system for investing, and his "12-12-12 plan for investing" – he does it for free. It's a clear example of his giving to bless others which he also talks about

1.Recognize God's will.
 Recognize that God wants to make you rich (3 John 2, Proverbs 10:22).
 Recognize that Jesus died to make you rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
 Recognize that God will supply your needs (Philippians 4:19).

2 . Recognize that the number one way to prosperity is that God will lead you so that you must follow your conscience. 
You have fantastic talents and abilities, and God can show you exactly what you must do. You might be laid off but get a raise in your new job. On these occasions God's Spirit gives a witness in your spirit on what career to pursue -- and you can prosper by following your conscience (and leadership of the Holy Spirit). In the times that you have such a witness, get alone and pray seriously each day, for several days before, to be sure that God was witnessing to your conscience. Notice that Abraham obeyed the leading of God in Genesis 12:4. Proverbs 4:23, "Above all things keep your heart [listen to the "small still voice" within you] for out of it are the issues of life." Read Galatians 3:13-14 and Romans 8:16-17.

3. Be a specialist in your career: 
Manage the money you make and learn the investment cycles. Now for the three types of money in the Bible and the three secrets to prosperity: after Abraham followed God (Genesis 12:4), God prospered Abraham in Genesis 13:2 with cattle (his career), silver (the money he made) and gold (investments).

The cattle represents your career and notice that this comes first in The Bible.The secret to your career is to become a specialist. Proverbs 13:15 says that "good understanding gives favor". You must get your college degree and stick with the same career to become a specialist. Proverbs 12:8 says that a man shall be commended for his prudence, not for his hard work. You must learn to "work smarter, not just harder." Notice that in Proverbs 24:27, God wants you to establish your career before you get married. Deuteronomy 8:18, "But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today."

The silver represents managing the money you make and the Bible secret is to live on a budget. Proverbs 21:17 says that "he who loves pleasure will be poor". You must balance your bills with your income. Also use credit wisely because proverbs 22:7 says that "the borrower is slave to the lender".

Next is the gold and this represents an investment. The Bible has a lot to say about investment cycles. Forty years in the Bible is considered to be a generation.For instance, "in the 40th year" (after the exodus) the Israelites entered the promise land (Deut. 1:3).  Moses was 80 years old at the exodus. He had just spent 40 years in the desert, and before that---40 years in Egypt, (Acts 7:23-30). He died in the "the 40th year," (after the exodus, Num. 33:38). Thus, Moses life was divided into 3 equal periods of 40 years.

This formula highlights the creation pattern of the seventh day as set apart as special. Moreover, a period of 40 or 100 years is considered to be a generation in the bible. (The significance of the 100 years appears in the 4th and 5th 'steps'.) The bible frequently mentions 40-year periods. The 40 years the Israelites spent in the wilderness after they came out of Egypt is particularly pertinent to our study. The exodus from Egypt was in 1446 BC. God said that that year was to be the beginning of a new calendar for them, (Ex. 12:2). Events thereafter were dated from the exodus until at least the time of King Solomon. 

For instance, "in the 40th year" (after the exodus) the Israelites entered the promise land (Deut. 1:3).  Moses was 80 years old at the exodus. He had just spent 40 years in the desert, and before that---40 years in Egypt, (Acts 7:23-30). He died in the "the 40th year," (after the exodus, Num. 33:38). Thus, Moses life was divided into 3 equal periods of 40 years. 

King Solomon began to build the temple "in the 480th year" (after the exodus, 1Kg. 6:1). Now, 480 equals 12 x 40 years, or 12 generations. Solomon himself reigned 40 years, as did his father David, and King Saul before him. Many more examples could be given, but the point is this: The ongoing 40-year cycles of the 360-prophetic calendar are clearly found in the bible; and moreover, they begin at the start of a new calendar reference point inaugurated at the exodus, (Ex. 12:2). Even more significantly, the conception/birth of Christ is exactly 36 (6 x 6) generations later, or 36 x 40 years, or 360 x 4. (I.e., from 1446 to 6 BC). Both 36, 4, 360, and 40 are prime calendar numbers. Many more examples could be cited.

4. Associate with people that inspire you and teach you to prosper. 
 It is important to note that Lot who traveled with Abraham also prospered in his career due to the law of association. Lot did not manage the money he made; all of his workers were drunk and fought with Abraham's men, and the two had to go different paths. Lot lost everything in Genesis 19 because Lot did not learn to follow his conscience, be a specialist, manage the money he made nor learn investment cycles. This goes to show that you can be blessed by the law of association but unless one matures spiritually, one will always be driven with circumstances (Abraham ignored circumstances Romans 4:19).

Major verses that show economic and housing cycles in the Bible are Genesis 41, Proverbs 22:2-3, Ecclesiastes 3:2,6 and the Early Church that sold their homes before a huge recession under Claudius Caesar.
Proverbs 22:2-3,

"Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty".
Ecclesiastes 3:1,3,6,

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away".

5. Review:    
 The three types of money in Abraham's life was the cattle, the silver and the gold. They represent your career, managing the money you make including investments. The ideals are to become a specialist in your career, live on a budget (plan) and investment cycles.

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