Let me start by saying that it was difficult to create this list.
Think about it, I am trying to pick the best verses from the Bible about a particular topic.
Are there really best verses, or are there just those that have impacted us more than others?
I tend to think the latter.
So, this list is just that. These are the 5 Bible verses on money that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life.
Each one of them has had a strong impact on many decisions in my life.
I hope you allow them to impact you as well and that they give you a better glimpse into what the bible says about money.
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1 Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
If you have lived much life at all, you are probably well aware that putting your trust in the economy, your employer, or your bank account is not a good idea. They are all fair-weather friends. They all can be helping you greatly one minute, and then the next everything has changed.
God, however, is always faithful. That is why we should always be trusting Him as our supply! It doesn’t matter if there is a financial crisis, if you get laid off, or your 401k loses 37% overnight – God will still supply your needs. Just like He promised.
2 Malachi 3:10
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
It is a bold step of faith to start tithing. Cynics sometimes argue that tithing is not required in the New Testament. I actually agree, since our salvation is no longer based on works, but on faith in Jesus. But to be quite honest, as New Testament believers, 10% should just be a mile-marker on our giving journey. After all, God owns it all and no matter where we are as far as what we are giving, we should always be striving to give more. From my own personal tithing experience, I found that stepping out in Faith in this area and testing Him proved to be quite fruitful and yielded a pretty amazing testimony.
3 1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
This verse is so often misquoted that it is almost laughable. Money is not evil. The love of it is. Having a million in your bank account doesn’t mean that you love it. Having $5 in your account doesn’t prove that you don’t.
For example, Warren Buffett has billions in his accounts, but he is giving almost all of it away to benefit the lives of others. On the other hand, I have heard stories of people getting killed over a matter of $20. It is a matter of the heart that only God can judge.
4 Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Giving sets us free, while hoarding entraps us (James 5:2). Giving changes the lives of others (John 3:16). Giving brings blessing back to us (Luke 6:38). Giving allows us to store up treasures in Heaven rather than here on the earth (Matthew 19:21). Giving really is fun – we need to be in on it.
5 Proverbs 22:7
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
The freedom of being debt free has always been so incredibly enticing to me that I have been willing to give up a whole lot in exchange for it. The last 3+ years, my wife and I have been diligently chopping away at it, passing up opportunities to spend as frivolously as some of our peers have done. Getting out of debt is not easy and often requires a fight, but the freedom that comes with it is so worth it.
Need more money bible verses?
There actually are thousands of mentions of money in the Bible. So, if you want to dive deep and dig into more scriptures about money check these out:
- What the Bible says about financial debt
- Tithing in the New Testament
- 21 scriptures on giving and generosity
- Is Retirement in the Bible?
- Bible verses about Stewardship
- Bible verses about co-signing loans
- The Parable of the talents
- Bible verses about bankruptcy
- Bible verses about running a business
- What the Bible says about worrying about money
- 7 scriptures about money management
- Why Jesus drove the money-changers out
- What the Bible says about helping vs enabling
- The widows mite story
- The Parable of the Sower
- What are treasures in heaven?
- What the Apostle Paul teaches up about Giving
- 10 encouraging bible scriptures
- 25 inspirational bible verses
- 21 Bible verses about God’s love
- 5 Bible promises that everything is going to work out
- 15 verses to start your day off right
- Some of the most famous Bible verses.
All verses from the NIV
Thanks, Bob. This post was encouraging.
Thanks for the post! I would like to personally interject my own little thought about the tithe. I actually (very respectfully) disagree that it isn’t required. I do completely understand your thoughts on it. So again it is simply a respectful disagreement. Back in Genesis (before the law even existed) Abraham gave tithe to Melchizedek. So my thoughts are if it was important enough for Abraham who was before the law and works, just maybe it is that important for us. I will completely agree, the dividends of tithing far outweigh not tithing!
Amanda, we are in agreement. For more on this discussion, check out this post… https://seedtime.com/tithing-in-the-new-testament/
Matthew w Thompson says
Praise the Lord my brother, First of all Abraham tithed a tithe after he was blessed first. Not according to the traditional teaching on tithing that wants you to believe God will bless you after you tithe. Second Abraham knew how to tithe because of his upbringing in the land of mesopotamia. Remember him and is father was worshipping false gods (Jos. 24:2) Do some studying on Mesopotamia and there false gods and you will see that they worshipped and tithed to other gods. Thirdly, Abraham tithed on spoils of war not income, but Abraham was rich but he did not tithe on any of his riches. Fourthly, the word “increase ” has been taking out of context. The traditional church teaches that the tithe is 10% of you income but that is not true. The meaning of the word “tithe” is tenth part. Everything that was tithed was by the work of the LORD’s hand not man’s. God’s creation was tithed upon not man’s labor. When you read your bible you will see the the word say’s that the “land produced” not man. God’s creation does not need man’s help, it will produce all by itself. God never left anything undone in his creation. Even the animals produce all by themselves man has no part but to bring a tenth of God’s creation to the storehouse so his people will have much provision. That goes to show you that man will not get any glory that he steals today from God. The word “increase(tĕbuw’ah)” and “wages (sakar)” should be carefully studied. If we are suppose to tithe on our income than why didn’t the writers of the books of the bible use “wages” meaning contract for labor. Makes you think. You are right if people want to tithe there is nothing wrong with it but don’t make it a law. It’s free will giving. If a church financing is going down then it’s not the people its the teaching. Man can not stop God’s divine purpose. When the teaching is true to every word in the bible and the saints become loving the LORD with all their heart then then giving is not a problem. The church that I attend (I am not going to say what church because God’s going to get the glory not the church name.) don’t ask for tithes or offering or pass a plate around. We have 4 boxes in back of the church so what God puts on your heart so be it. Not bragging but facts goes to show we bring and average of 6 million in a year out of free will offering. It’s not about the church, it’s about your community and witnessing the gospel. If you got time study to word “Corban” (Mark 7:11) please do so. This is not taught in the church to much because of the fear of people helping their family first before they give to the church. We are first held accountable to take care of the first ministry which God gave us and that’s family. Well brother I know it’s long but just some thoughts. God bless, Brother Matthew PS. Email is ([email protected])
The love of money is the root of all evil.
Nice! All of them are great. Times like these we tend to forget that it is better to give than to recieve. It feels pretty good too.
Omuya Kingsley says
Very very happy indeed. Amazing teachings!!!
Great post! It’s amazing how many scriptures are in the Word of God concerning money and money management. I enjoyed reading this.
Every time I think about slowing down on paying off my debts number 5 comes to mind. I don’t want to be anyones slave
These 5 verses cover our part and God’s part for realising the financial blessings that God has already stored up for us. They sum it all up for me: I do my part and give God the opportunity to proof Himself as He promised.
Dr. Ron Warner says
I so much enjoyed reading the 5 Bible verses about money that every christian should know. I will add them to my personal favorite verse: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”. 3 John 2 (KJV)
Just Todd says
Great article. Your point on tithing reminds me of an awesome personal experience. The verse truly drives home the point. Keep up the great work!
Prince Emmanuel says
We thank u for wat u are doing for its transforming our wallet keep up the good work God bless u
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I enjoyed this site and the verses will be helpful in my study.
I also need help finding the verse,where can I find the verse about the devil being a thief and having to pay back ? times what he stole?
These verses were very helpful to me. I recently was saved and my faith in god is the strongest it has ever been. Ive struggled my whole entire life, and really putting your life in gods hands is the thing to do believe in him, love and cherish him he is the most amazing thing I have ever experiencedd in my whole life. I believe he has seen my struggle and I also believe that he is helping me slowly but surely. Remember its all in GODS timing……
GOOD READ. TNX.
Abraham Doss says
Thank you so much for this great opportunity.
According to Acts 8,money cannot buy anything in kingdom of God. Not because you Give that you are a child of God. Know God first. If you real know God and his power and love people, Give will not be your problem. I see that those insisting on giving every day making people busy in their mind if they don’t have money.we should rather compel Christians to love and share their loves. And where there is love,there is blessings of the Lord.
Dr. Fening Okwae Ken says
I am blessed by your message.
God bless you
This is a timeless post that will always speak to those in financial crisis. I found this post while searching for verses to read during financial hardships and am thankful to have stumbled up this. May God bless you.
marilyn October 11 2009 at 5;20 pm
I thank you for these financial information it has been very helpfull to me in these trying times keep up the good work thank you and may god bless you .
Farai E Marova says
Bob thank you very much this is such a good inspiration to me as today I was fasting on God’s financial break through in my life and I am so sure because of you God has spoken to me about my life and finances thank you so so so much and may God richly and abundantly bless you and your wife!
K Williams says
These Bible verses are so great and true!!!! I have received inspiration as well as motivation!!!!!!!
I truly appreciate this list. It is good to have God’s scripture remind me that God is in control of my life and my finances and that He is my provider.
Kalisha A. tucker says
Awesome word, the 5 bible verses every Christian should know about. Thank you so much. My initial response was Lord forgive me, and please help to increase our faith. Reading this has been eye-opening.
David Weah says
I just read somethings that touches my heart, thank God for your work, you are making great inpart for the kingdom of God, keep it up.
Buchi Calistus says
May God richly bless you and your family for making this a point of duty to impact knwoladge on people’s life.
D. Jackson says
Thanks so much for posting these bible scriptures…Iam going thru a serious financial crisis right now, and it has me going thru a lot of stress, but Iam a firm believer of god,and believe that he will never leave nor forsake me, there are times where I do get discouraged , but scriptures like the ones you posted keeps me hanging on, once again thank you , and God Bless you for posting these up.
Thanks for the biblical understanding of money. I will dig out further to know christian ways of earning money.
Hi thanks I really appreciate this post.I do believe its good to give and I”m thankful for God’s Blessings. Keep up the good work.
Came across this while I was searching for something else… thank you for reminding us of these principles. I am so tired of hearing “Christians” say that God wants us to be rich! God wants us to be blessed, but that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with money! When we can trust God to provide and use what we have to help others, that’s when we’ll be happy.
Hey, thanks alot for these verses, I really appreciate them.
Especially the verse regarding that its more blessed to give than to receive.
These verses constantly remind us not to put our money Before God and reminds us to be generous. Thanks and God bless, keep up the good work!
Nice. I appreciate this post. I’m in debt big time, and I’m working on getting out of it, and never going back. I’m convinced it was sin. Anyways, you said something about “we no longer have to work for our salvation, it’s through faith now”. It’s always been through faith, even in the OT. Just throwing that out there. Anyways, good read, and thanks.
Will, thanks for commenting on salvation always being by faith. Paul says that no one will be justified by the works of the law–Abraham was justified by faith. Romans 4 and Galatians would be a good reference. Romans 4:16, “For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” The verses after that are also really helpful, and then verses 23-25, “Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.” One helpful way I have heard it explained, the Old Testament looks forward to the Lord Jesus, and the New Testament looks back to Him, but all of our salvation rests on Him. Praise God. This has been helpful for me tonight. How easy, and fearful, it is to look at my works and think that somehow God is pleased with me–no, Christ is my righteousness. HE was raised for our justification (and theirs in the OT).
Hello I appreciate this message, the funny thing is I was looking up scriptures that could relate to me and I remembered that in church the pastor will always make us recite Malichi 3:10 and I was not sure where to find it in the bible so i just started typing blessings so big you wont have enough room to recieve it and I stumbled onto your article not only did I find the scripture that I was looking for but I found 4 more. Thank God for you and may God bless you and your family.
God bless you!
Just one comment about Malachi 3:10. When God spoke this to our Jewish people through Malachi – they were in a terribly backslidden condition. God even had to make a bargain with the Jews and tell them that if they would tithe, He would give them rain from heaven and bless the land physically. But we don’t have to bargain with God today, because the Bible says in Ephesians 1:3 that “we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.”
18 The old rule is done away with. It was weak and useless. 19 The law didn’t make anything perfect. Now a better hope has been given to us. That hope brings us near to God. Heb. 7:18-19
In the new covenant we are not to test God, but to trust God. We now live by grace not by law.
The doctrine of “tithe” in the Christian life generates a sense of fulfilling an obligation, a commandment (law), creating an expectation of return. It prevents him from developing a true Agape to give, thereby limiting the flow of generosity in its whole.
Before 10% belonged to God. Now however 100% belongs to God.
BOB!!! It is two years later and your words are still empacting lives of those who are fortunate to read it. I googled lessons on finances because I am in so much debt I can’t even tithe. It’s killing me inside and I am so ashamed! My prayer is to clear up enough debt so that I can.
Dave R. says
Great post.. not to early, not to late, right on time.
Thanks for your words brother. I will share them as I attempted to collect a love offering from my church for our pastoral family.
wow, i am so encouraged by these verses and it is inspiring to see your works. i pray that God continues to use you and that a lot more people get inspired by these verses
great is our God & awesome in his words……loveu Lord,,thanks for posting…
Interestingly, Warren Buffett is an atheist.
In today’s society, everything is all about money, money, money. People like myself tend to forget what life is really about, and sadly some people don’t even have an idea. Reading this was a reminder to me of what is truly important. I’m only 18 and all I do is worry about my future and worry that I won’t make it. Now not only do I feel less stressed about my future financially, but I am also reminded to thank God for everything I have and to continue helping those that need it, whether they are more or less fortunate than I am. Giving is such a wonderful gift. Thank you for this post.
I actually came across this website because I wanted to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas, and it brought me straight to this website. So coming to this website to watch it was quite the blessing, as well as reading something that I really needed to read! So thank you, & God bless!
Brother in Christ says
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
God bless you all, for you are all appear to be continuing on the righteous path to Him.
Pastor Festus says
Wonderful tips.Holiness alone may not bring wealth but following these divine principles no doubt, will.
I came upon some money the other day, it was an unexpected bonus and I didn’t quite what to do with is. Since it is not part of my wages, I didn’t know if i should tithe with it. And since I do have a lot of bills to pay, I was kinda thinking that maybe I should just give 10% of what’s left after I pay my bills. But after reading your tips, God clearly spoke to me “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse..” I felt embarrassed for a moment but relieved also that at least I can do something about it. Thanks for the helpful tips. God has blessed me tremendously in so many ways. A small amount of money should not matter.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
There are times to think past “money” when we look at these verses. There is a wealth of knowledge to share with the weak. If that were not so, this article would not have touched so many people.
I believe God uses people to say what even the Church no longer preaches in their concern to be loving and compassionate. The truth. Which, sometimes is harsh, hurts or hits the bullseye no matter how loving it is said.
Having the courage and conviction to write these things, to apply wit to them and truth in just the right amount mixed with non-judgement, I believe is a gift from the Holy Spirit.
This was such an inspiring post! I have also learned that faith in God delivers us from financial burden even when it is looking pretty foggy at the end of the tunnel. Just hold on and He will clear the way. Thanks! You have motivated me even more to become debt free.
RL Anderson says
I’m in the military and with the money crisis we are facing as government employees it has made really view my spending and that of the young soldiers out there. I was googling through some sites for budget spreadsheets and came across your site. I absolutely love the information and that it is based biblically and that it’s a want. A personal want…to be financial stable and debt free. The bible has the answers and always will. Thank you.
Forgive my grammar . . .
Jane Hinrichs says
Fabulous, fabulous words and teaching. I agree wholeheartedly. I also applaud your candor in saying the NT doesn’t demand tithing but it is a good thing to do that helps us be free, gives God the opportunity to bless us, etc. Giving is so much fun. Giving tells God that Yes, i know you are in control and yes I know You are the Great Provider. I don’t need to figure it all out for God has the plan. I don’t think we can give too much. Oh Boy, God is so good and the best provider ever!
Thanks – an oasis of comfort in a desert of despair!
Thank you soo muchh Bob. this was very enlightning . this was very inspirational in my time of financial deficit. ive recently been yearning for a job becuase i thought money made the world go round. but i recently figured out by a bible verse that “TRUE WEALTH IS THE WEALTH IN CHRIST.” indeed lesson learned.
Friendly reminder: Giving our OWN stuff away to the poor is honorable. However, what the bible DOESN’T say is, “hire politicians to take your neighbor’s money & property away and give it to someone else.
Jesus helped the poor through His church, not through Caesar.
i find these verses very helpful in my christian walk. I believe if christians base their giving on faith then indeed windows will be opened. Thank you very much Bob and God bless you for the knowledge you shared.
I really love this verse ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Seriously the joy and completeness you recieve when you give is the ultimate peace and blessing from GOD.
Nick Graff says
Awesome information. I just had a revelation: I recently took a small loan and after much financial struggle the last few years, we have not taken any loans. Since the loan, I have had some bad news on another topic financially, and it didn’t make sense. I prayed about it and I believe the Lord revealed to me that he was dissapointed that i took a loan after working so hard to train me not to take any loans the last few years.
This definitely helps with personal finances. I wonder if this is also applicable to our government’s debt crisis. Why our country is in such deep financial trouble? Is it excessive love for money? How does the national debt got so big and how to begin paying it down? Should govt tax more (tithe?) and give out more money in programs and subsidies, or should govt not receive, let people keep and give directly by cutting taxes. Or it is purely politics, where money is the root of all evils and power. God bless and thanks for the post.
Sherita Cotten says
I have been struggling financially for 2 years since I lost my job. Family and friends have been truly a blessing to me during my barren season. Often, I have felt like I was on a lost island. Many of these scriptures have help me tremendously. Pray for me that God gives me a financial blessing this Christmas season so I can be a blessing to others who are far more worse off than myself. Keep the encouragement coming. Bless you and yours.
Thanks for the post. This morning I was praying about a verse that would help me in the new year be a better steward. Your web site was the first thing that came up and the five verses and commentary resonated in my heart. Printed off two sets of them. One for my husband who liked them as well and one for me. Thank you for your ministry!
Deut 8:18 ALWAYS REMEMBER that is is the Lord your God who gives you power to become rich, and He does it to fulfill the covenant He made with your ancestors…
Deut 28:8 The lord will bless EVERYTHING you do and will full your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
Romans 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
Tithing may not necessarily open the door of blessings. Even pagan religions believe in tithing. God opens the door of eternal life and blessings to those who have placed their faith in Jesus as their Lord & Savior. Jesus is our grace period!
dennis asiedu III says
Indeed it is true tithing may be old testament but still it carries amazing blessings with it. And the reason why this is so powerful i discovered later was because Jesus is actually attached to tithe giving! Jesus rose on the Feast of First Fruits(ask any rabbi)! When Abraham met the King Of Salem in Gen 14: 17-20, he took communion and gave “a tithe of all”…and what did Jesus do just before He died. Even Jacob, after He had a dream on the stone…when u read carefully in Gen 28..u will find a picture of Jesus there…at the end of his experience he gave tithe! So with these few examples why cant tithe be relevant today? Dont miss this oppurtunity!
Dr. Willard S. Burke Sr., DM, PhD says
Since Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever, we owe Him tithes forever…
Hebrews 7: 21-28.
We don’t owe what’s been already paid.
Saying we owe means that Jesus death was not enough.
We must be generous, but not obligated, as we are not under the curse of the law anymore.
Great encouragement. Loved it.
I am nineteen years old. I earn about six hundred a month. Everyone always ask me how is that I have money in my bank because I used about 5/6 of my money to help bills and not for myself. My answer to their question is that I give to God and to those who are in need because I have little desires of this world to use of my money that I get. They say it is impossible, but I say it is possible through the blood of the lamb. God bless. Amen.
Angeline Martin says
May God to continue to bless u exceedingly & abundantly for ur obedience and discipline at such a young age
Terry Hagensee says
I am really grateful God sent me to this page, it really gives me joy and hope. My husband and I are Christians and have been struggling in our fianances and your page was very encouraging. This gives us more guidance on what God wants us to do and believe. I will be passing your page onto other family and friends dealing with the same issues. Thank you so much and may God shower you and your family with his blessings and with his love, wisdom, and peace.
Because we’re saved by grace and not by the law, having faith in Jesus alone, how can you practice tithing which is an old testament law, as a principle that increases wealth or causes blessings?
It isn’t tithing that causes an increase in wealth or blessing , it’s simply free-will giving of your finances and possessions that causes the increase.
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corithians 9:7)
Many so called pastors and such today, manipulates members of the body of Christ, placing a demand on tithing, rather it be direct or indirect.
This was a wonderful help to me! Thank you for the information and for all of the hard work that went into it! It is a blessing.
Wait, what about the following verse from Mark 8:36: “What profit have you if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? And also, what will you give in exchange for your very soul?”
Yes, I am a FIRM believer, but not a believer with a twist or one who wants a thing to accommodate my life. I want the truth.
We must remember LAGUAGE and that LANGUAGE and definitions have long changed since “it was written and so it shall be done’ AND we have also altered scriptures over time. In fact, have altered them several times. (as our needs and lives and beliefs were turned towards ourselves).
The word Tithe is NOT the same word as ‘money’ by any stretch NOR is it in its original form. Tithe was originated as a prehistoric Germanic word – ‘tehuntha’, meaning a small portion OF ANYTHING, later because of justification transformed to mean just plain one tenth, of anything. When English hit the scene, the word transformed a few times and ended up as ‘tithe’ and was defined to SPECIFICALLY mean giving up one tenth of ones belongings – not of one’s money and not for the church SPECIFICALLY as a means to be used to pay off taxes. It was NOT until much later when churches decided to apply the word to also include paying the church BECAUSE REMEMBER now…the church back then was indeed the leader of politics (thanks to Rome) and therefore to run, needed to by paid a fee in to do so. No different than the meaning of the word ‘tax’ since it could not run on bread alone. (excuse the pun).
I always say it is important if not urgent, NOT to simply take one sentence from the Bible and make it into something as it stands alone. A phrase standing alone spawns an endless amount of definitive posibilities. NO. We must take ALL preceeding paragraphs and chapters before it and building up to it into account since the Bible is an on-going story in which each and every paragraph / even word, corresponds to the next and leads up to the climax, just as in ANY form of writing. Remember, a scribe is a writer and writers are those with a talent for the written word and in descriptive transposing. Scribes were no different then as they are now. In fact, if we all thought in terms of the Bible being a work of writers, we all may find it easier to understand.
Let’s see now….
2 Chronicles 31:10
And Azariah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, “Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance.”
Yes, of course they had enough to eat, once the people began to SHARE their blessings with one another. The message, just as Jesus later spends his entire life trying to remind us all, is ABOUT SHARING with each other….NOT about going out and buying 2 cars, wearing all kinds of jewellery, being greedy and selfish – while justifying it (a sin beyond sins) by saying God said we could. The term ‘riches’ does not mean money either. It means ‘spirit’ . To have the spirit of God. God said give one tenth of the FIRST FRUITS of the harvest or of the livestock to him (him meaning the church ) BECAUSE he said the church does all the good works (for free) and therefore if we are to want to remain ‘rich’ in the ‘spirit’ …if we are to remain fulfilled in this way (rich) then sharing just our first harvest will do the trick each season. EACH HARVEST… NOT EVERY DAY OR WEEK. It became every day or week because the church must pay their taxes and without US they cannot do so nor survive. It is the abiltiy of the church to continue that is the blessing here. NOTHING TO DO WITH SALVATION OR SUDDENLY BEING RICH WITH ‘THINGS’. That is a man-made definition to satisfy our greed.
I encourage anyone to read the original masterpiece in its true original (at least its oldest found thus far) form, while having a book on ancient languages at their side to desipher definitions, since as I said, they have altered greatly over time.
Using defintions and thought patterns of our greedy times, does not at all reflect God and certainly not Jesus. I guarantee you will find it very interesting when you do so.
John Frainee says
I agree with you on the point of reading the Bible within the context of the entire Bible.
PASTOR FEMI JEDIDIAH O says
JOB 20:15 the devil hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
PASTOR FEMI JEDIDIAH O says
BLESS YOU BOB, I AM BLESS EVEV AS I AM ALSO SERCHING FOR UNDERSTANDING ON FINANCIAL BREAKTHRUGH. MAY HELP US ALL
Great scriptures and putting things into perspective! Good bread!
Anthony @ FiscallySound says
Bob, great article. I found this while looking for a publication that a friend wrote, and I am glad I did. I frequent this site but had not seen this post. I will be re-posting it on the FiscallySound Facebook page.
Nice article, Bob! Especially your explanation in Malachi 3:10. The Lord will certainly bless if you’re faithfully giving in church, including the tithe.
I can’t help noticing how some of the most rapaciously greedy, TV preachers use Malachi 3:10 to guilt folks back under the law and get the money running like a river into their ministries, Joyce Meyers makes around a cool $100 Mil a year and for her it’s just not enough, and she loves to quote Malachi 3:10! That scripture refers to food, not money. If you want to keep any part of the law, you are required to keep the whole box-n-dice!
God doesn’t need your money – period! Your local church needs a few bucks to pay the bills though and you are free to contribute to meeting these expenses as you feel is right for you. The whole idea of switching on a magic bank account by giving a 10th of your gross income (yes – I’ve heard that preached) is utter nonsense and departs from Grace. Christianity becomes the religion of money and rich pastors! Oh, as for Warren Buffet – he’s an agnostic at best, more like an atheist, bad example. Yes, Bill Gates gives oodles of his money away too and he is an atheist as well.
REGGIE PRITAM RADCLIFF says
GREAT WORK BOB ! MANY OF US, READ THE BIBLE DAILY, PRAY REGULARLY, GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS, VISIT THE SICK IN HOSPITALS & EVEN SHARE ‘THE GOOD WORD’ AND ALSO DO SOME OTHER GOOD WORKS, BUT IS THIS ENOUGH TO QUALIFY AS GOOD CHRISTIANS ? THE ANSWER IS ‘NO’. MANY OF US LACK FULL FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS EVIDENT WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A DIFFICULT SITUATION. WE ARE ALSO STINGY IN SHARING OUR FINANCES FOR THE CHURCH, MISSIONARIES, THE POOR AND THE NEEDY. MANY A TIME, WE SPEAK ROUGHLY TO THE UNFORTUNATE MAIDS, WHO DO THE HOUSEHOLD CHORES IN OUR HOMES AND MAKE OUR LIVES SO MUCH EASIER AND COMFORTABLE. WE EVEN PAY THEM AS LESS AS POSSIBLE. IS THIS CHRISTIANITY ? OUR LORD, DOES NOT EXPECT THIS. TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR FROM US.
Pastor Wayne says
Great article with solid Biblical truth! As I was reading the comments I noticed that back in 2008 this article was a real blessing but there are many comments in the last couple years that tell us how this article is wrong. How can the Word be true three years ago but not any longer? The truth is the Word still works and will work even in tough economic times. Have faith in it and trust God. He will guide you and help you! God Bless!
Well, to us the unthinkable happened. We’ve hit rock bottom. I was retrenched and my husband was forced to leave his job too since we lost our place of residence and could not afford a home within travelling distance.
I would love for our financial position to improve. One thing I have learnt in this situation is that it is easy for us to say we trust the Lord for provision but… a total different story when the tyre hits the road. We’ve both been without an income for more than 9 months, and yet have had food to eat every single day – proof of his provision..yet.. I’d love to say that based on this I have learnt to trust Him, but I’m not there yet. I still worry whether my family will have enough to eat and to wear each day.
We didn’t have much of an emergency fund so it dried out fast. To make things worse, we were forced to purchase a car just 2 months prior to my lay-off. Our old junk car fell apart, we didn’t have much choice. And to have any chance of an income we cannot afford to lose our only transport now either.
If we knew these principles and lived them before, I’m sure we would’ve invested better, had a stronger emergency fund and probably had some savings to buy a second hand car cash. All this would’ve made the difficult position we are in now slightly less burdensome.
Please pray that our faith will be strengthened in the Provider, so we might too have a chance to manage our finances with wisdom the second time around.
Carina, may God bless and strengthen you in your faith. I myself have been in the middle of such a crisis for an extended time, and I therefore am well aware of the battle that can rage inside. As I type, I am reminded of Peter who did the impossible and walked on water until he took his eyes of the Lord. May you, and I, continue to focus on Jesus alone, the very One whose love cannot be exceeded, the very One who has promised never to leave us, even the One whose return for us is certain.
May you be an encouragement to your family through your visible faith.
Grace and peace…
I also can attest that tithing brings blessings. God gives us 100% and only asks for 10. Once we understand that it’s all His anyway, tithing becomes easy. Lets give our tithes for the glory of God.
It is so true about tithing, in fact my wife and I have not only give 10% to God, but we also give an additional 5% as our first fruits to God. As a result I have always been blessed by God. What I have learn that it is my obedience to God that brings the blessing as well as Faith.
Thank you sooo much for this! I’m going through a tough financial time right now. Unemployment ran out 6 months ago, undiagnosed illness, surgery to repair a previous surgery, husband out of work due to neck problems that he has to have surgery on next month, and his disability hasn’t gone through yet. All scary and tough things. I know that God is my supplier, but I’m only human and kind find myself freaking out, then God reminds me who He is! Thank you for the scripture!!! God bless
Tai Game Mien Phi says
Thank you sooo much for this! I’m going through a tough financial time right now. Unemployment ran out 6 months ago, undiagnosed illness, surgery to repair a previous surgery, husband out of work due to neck problems that he has to have surgery on next month, and his disability hasn’t gone through yet. All scary and tough things. I know that God is my supplier, but I’m only human and kind find myself freaking out, then God reminds me who He is! Thank you for the scripture!!! God bless
Johan Hollander says
The Bible is full of instructions on how to behave, the most important of them in the Old Testament being the Ten Commandments and in the New Testament the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ teachings about ethics. These are good instructions for anyone. If we followed them, the world would be a much better place. What will happen – financially speaking – if we fail to follow the instructions given in the Bible? This is a question people rarely think to ask, but it is important. If we reject the teachings of Jesus and the other useful instructions found in the Bible, our lack of knowledge can be costly for the national economy.
Ron Bosley says
I am a christian with no problems tithing. I was trying to find scripture on the church itself on how the church should be responsable to show how much money it takes in and where it is being spent. You see I am in a church it does not show how much money it takes ever.
I would like scripture to back this up. Could you lease help me out.
As a Bible student, I don’t believe there is any such scripture. The church I attend will provide an accounting to any tither that asks for it. If you have concerns, I would encourage you to walk into the office and ask what information they might be able to provide. Depending upon the answers you get, you might be satisfied, or you might feel your tithe should be placed elsewhere. “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16) might apply?
Grace and peace,
“You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.”
So many people forget that one, so then, can there be Christian Bankers?
Whose is the earth to sell? Whose is the water to own? Whose are the words to copyright? Did man create the earth in that he could claime ownership of it and sell it at a profit?
Did man create the water in that he could sell it?
Did man create the ability to think, or does he just enjoy its use?
Man has forgotten that he is a REproducer of life, not the producer of it, thus he is second and should humble himself in accordance to divine law.
TAMEEKA GILBERT says
Blessed be the name of our Lord.
I am 25 and I too am excited to be debt free. I am in debt now, tired of the nagging calls since after my unwise impatient choice of quitting my job…but God is so full of grace. I am very GRATEFUL for the powerful website. I am coming out of debt!! slowly but surely..oh you forget to mention not only its not easy but painful! haha OUCH…
Thanks much and keep up the good work. Thank you!
The article is interesting. It sheds a different light on issues concerning money in relation to faith, especially since there are those who hold a conviction that being wealthy is somehow not related to being Godly?
#5 was a guiding light for me as I worked to become debt free and I can testify to it’s truth. Being debt free has liberated me in so many non-financial ways. I’m less stressed and am able to be more patient with my children because I’m not worried about how I’m going to pay a bunch of bills. I get so much more accomplished with my time, money and attention because I can ‘keep the main thing the main thing’ and not focus on how I’m going to rob Peter to pay Paul. In hindsight, I can see just how very expensive debt was in many aspects of my life. It was HARD but so worth the struggle.
Bob, this was really helpful, it is so good to be reminded of scriptures Phillipians 4:19 means such alot to me, I really try to remember and hold on to it, when we are having financial problems. We are trying at the moment to get out of debt and your courses are really helping us.
Thank you Bob for sharing God’s inspired Word. The Bible is my life manual. I read and study the New Living Translation of the Bible daily and God reveals new meaning to me and for me to apply to my life just about every day. I am truly blessed and so very thankful that I belong to Jesus!
i think every christian should read this post, most Christians believe that thinking about about money or having makes them sinful, that is why i LOVE the bible verse (1 Timothy 6:10) and the the way you explained it. May the good Lord continue to use you for His good works.
Great post. Spending quiet time, focusing on these scriptures allows me to see/read them in a different way. I always thought of being a borrower or owing a lender as taking a loan, but it can be seen in so many other ways, such as routine ongoing bills for necessary things, or medical bills. I am still a “borrower” even though I have not taken out a loan. With God’s help, all the medical bills will be repaid.
Thank you very encouraging . I always enjoy your posts keep up the good work!! Since reading your posts I have made great and difficult changes concerning my finances and things are a lot better thank you and God bless you .
I enjoyed reading this, and learned so much. I can’t wait for someone to misquote & say “money is the root of all evil”, so I can let them know it us the love of money and not having money. I am not one that has a lot of money, but God does take care of my needs. Thanks for this new course.
Thanks. It was awesome to know of good things about money from Bible. I get loads of peace when I read Bible.
This article is spot-on. I’m encouraged to keep handling my money Biblically. All Christians should strive for such a lifestyle. Good luck on your debt free journey!
Such helpful scriptures to stand on during trying financial times.. I am writing these down in my notebook to keep in my room and read daily. I will also keep repeating these verses to really get them in my spirit to the point where I am able to shut down doubt immediately in the realm of finances. Thank you for this list and your commentary! I am believing to be debt free within the next few years by applying God’s Word to my finances!
Thanks for these verses, I’ve found them to be very upliftting and inspring …I especially liked the giving verses .God blessings!
Mark Bassey says
Great job bro, it’s such an encouraging piece of a wonderful time spent in searching the scriptures in order to help us as christians set our priorties right financially. Thanx so much. God bless. May God in His infinite mercy help us to set ourselves free from debt. Mark Bassey.
This post has really helped me. I have recently subscribed to the 3 week course and I have faith that my business will be taking a new twist.
I have been looking for verses to discuss at our Christian business fellowship. This will be a great way to start a discussion at our upcoming conference.
God bless you!
I am looking forward to my next lesson.
Malachi 3:10 is the law. We are not under the law. We are
under grace. The New Covenant says we are givers. God does not say
Joy Ijere says
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9:6 and 8 that “[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
Certainly God cannot be teasing us. This is like an investment plan God has given us, its left for us to take it, invest and reap in bountifully. Great!
Ryan Merrill says
One of my personal favorites is “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6.21
Great write up.. Our worries tend to make us forget God’s ability to carry us through.
The mystery behind giving and refilling is indeed beyond the physical. Give and it shall
Be given unto you, good measure press down shaken to gather
Shall men give into your bossom.
Benita Garnett says
This has truly blessed me so much. I thank the Holy Spirit for guiding me here. Be bless and may God continue to use you.
Luke 6:24 ESV / 9 helpful votes
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
I backslid a long time ago coz i wanted to avoid hypocrisy. I am slowly coming back to God though. However despite my decision to backslide, i have never questioned the tithing that Malachi 3.10 requires us to do. I guess for me tithing is a matter of obedience rather than earning God’s love. I think that rule was meant to test obedience to God and keep money in perspective. I have therefore always tithed not because a church asked me to ( i stopped going like 7 years ago) but because God said to.
For those who do not trust churches, you can give that tithe to people who will use it to help others. It does not have to be a church (many of which are corrupt nowadays).
Nchise Delphine Nchang says
I so much enjoyed reading the 5 Bible verses about money that every christian should know. I will add them to my personal verse which i love so much: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”. 3 John 2 (KJV)
I just search for this lovely page now due to financial issues me and my family ar facing. Though I dont pay my tithe but frm now on I hv make up my mind to be doing so and also sowing seeds. Which I strongly believe that God will surely open his way for me.
Thanks God please you. Festus.
The 5 bible verses, beleiving and have faith to live with it and surely will help us to have a much more meaningful life. All glory to God.
Thanks for a very comforting, useful, and encouraging article, Bob! The best part of giving, whether it is money to the poor, clothes to The Salvation Army, food to your local food bank, or just doing a favor like helping someone stuck in the snow, or lifting something heavy into their truck at Home Depot, or carrying a little old lady’s groceries, is the warm feeling you get inside. Maybe that’s your spirit basking in the love and reward of The Holy Spirit, as you do His work.
What great verses to ponder and keep in mind on a day to day basis. In the economy we live in, we have to be very mindful and dependent on what God wants from us and the money that he has given us charge over. Great site!
I am very proud of your accomplishments with your website. Your writings are clear, informative and inspiring. I found your website at 3:00 am when I could not sleep as I lost my job with no unemployment. Reading how to start an internet business is giving me courage to brainstorm a business idea. God bless. Mary
To everyone who has not tithed regularly and are afraid you won’t have enough to pay the bills. The entire point of tithing is to show your faith in God. That money doesn’t rule your life, and that the stress of not having enough doesn’t rule your life either. God takes care of the sparrows, how much more will he take care of you, His children! Take trust! Tithe just 10% and see what happens. And if you want to start off smaller just to get your feet wet, then tithe just 5% the first month. If you survived that, then tithe 10% the next month. Or go up in smaller baby steps, but each time God provides for you, then up the tithe because the main thing is that you need to trust that He will take care of you, because He will!. Money in my bank account seems to be there when it shouldn’t. The only way I can explain it is that God has provided for me because I have trusted in Him.
Why would God entrust you with more, if you do not trust Him with what he has already given you?
Thanks, Bob. So many of these verses are so so true. Especially, “Proverbs 22:7
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
I will take that one to heart and definately work on clearing my debt for I surely feel like a servant every time I get paid and have to pay most of my check to the lenders.
Amen to that!
Thank you so much for the greatest readings on financial blessing and understanding. I have ever read.
understanding all five of these and putting them into action is my plan from this day forward. I have never had a love for money but a desire to overspend at times. So I have paid very close attention to the 5th one.
may God bless you.
Veronica Pollard says
I’m truly a giver more so than a receiver! I get really burdened down when my finances are low! I enjoyed your uplifting scriptures,sometimes I have to be reminded to trust God and pray for the things in my life that I have no control over! Someone close to me said if I had a million dollars I would give it all away,I chuckled and said most of it but not all!
Great message. Very inspiring. I love it
Thank you, Bob for all the helpfull information. May the Lord bless you!
The tithe was never about works, it’s about trust.
I don’t have a home church as of yet. I am going through a terrible situation with being disabled and my husband just up and leaving one day and never came back. I have given it to God, because I personally cannot live on what I get from SSDA. But, I have been blessed by the help of a few family memebers. While reading about tithing, I thougt about what was given to me. So, I just got up (just now) and put 10% of what was given to me. I am naming it my tithe offering. I may not have much of anything, but what I do have is a gift from God.
Bible verses on money. I truly enjoyed reading them and will apply them to my life. As a single parent I know God can supply and will supply all our needs. Thank you for sharing and sending God’s love
Thank you for this posting this, it has helped my family and I a lot.
A very good list the only other one I would add is Matthew 6:33.
Really useful article. I look forward to completing the ecourse and buying a copy of your book.
Thank you so much. This is indeed a great encouragement and the best tips on how a Christian should view and handle his/her finances– (all owned and given by God)
Awesome resource! Inspiring words! Thank You!
Hi Bob! I’m not sure how I found you, but I’ve been periodically reading your articles over the past two years. Although I appreciate your biblical advice about managing finances, this is the first time I’ve visited your site. Your “About” page & what you “remember” nearly brought me to tears! It was beautiful to see the first picture of you and your wife then the last picture with your entire family!! My spirit was moved by your transparency, humility and honesty. Furthermore, I mourned with you as you recalled every valley low on your financial journey & rejoiced with you for every mountain high! I turned 50 this year and it’s taken me this long to finally “get it”….God’s way is not only the right way but also the only way (in EVERY area of life!)! Anyway, my 2011 Mazda 6 will be paid off at the end of this month & I’m elated by the thought of receiving my title in the mail! Thank you for following the call of God in your early 20s and being the light on a hill for so many who need to find their way out of the darkness of debt. My faith and hope have been stirred like never before by your testimony. I’m encouraged, inspired and excited to see God faithfully respond to my obedience to handling my finances His way just like He did for you!
Wow Kimberly, thanks for the encouragement and kind words!! You made my day!
I just read something that touches my heart, thank God for your work.
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I understand that we don’t have to worry about money but honestly I don’t understand!I have been accepted in Universities in the UNITED KINGDOM but I could not attend because I did not have money to pay for my fees.When I cast all my burdens to God,he tells me that I can go to any school I wish to go to…I am sooo confused,I don’t know if God has been speaking to me or if the whole thing was in my head!!!
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” – really interesting quote and I wonder if the two bits to the phrase might even be taken separately: do the rich rule over the poor through the mechanism of lending? Unfortunately, in a capitalist society this might just be true…
I really enjoyed reading your article. People have demonized money long enough by calling it evil but this article has made it very clear what the connection between money and evil mean.
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Evabgekust Oatrucua says
Praise the Lord For His Mercy Endureth Forever. Reading through some of the comments – The Lord saved me in 1976 – it was then i was taught about tithing and giving. I can truly say you can’t beat God giving – He has given me as the scripture says in Luke 6:38 good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over Miracle Blessing. Giving Tithe & Offerings is God’s Financial System….
Emeka nwaeze says
This article extra motivates me. as a christian i am, i dont think i’ll forget these quotes in my life
Janine Musiime says
Thank you for sharing this subject of tithing which has been misinterpreted in our churches.
I always tithe with a free will and have received blessings from God.
It is obvious that God is keenly interested in our finances. He expects us to be very wise when mobilizing resources for any project. He can also bless his Children with wisdom and riches. We need money but why not seek God first?…
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Ridzi Arora says
Thank you so much for sharing this awesome article with us.
Very inspiring. We are also willing to do anything to live a debt free life.
Stirling Berry says
Those are some really good and classic Bible texts about money. I like that you also included a list of other Bible verses on various topics in this article.