In order for us to develop some financial courage we will have to get over the idea that it is not spiritual to talk about money. People afflicted by the spirit of poverty find it difficult to talk about money. A lot of churches struggle to communicate financial needs or even take a biblical offering for a need or vision the church is undertaking. Jesus spoke about money a lot. There are over 3,000 references to money in the Bible. People with a poverty spirit don’t like to talk about money. On the other hand, prosperous people enjoy talking about money.
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 forefathers, as it is today (Deuteronomy 8:18).
So let’s take a closer look at this. You mean God gives us the power and creativity to get wealth, but we are not supposed to talk about it? No…it is OK to talk about money. Certainly we need to keep money in its proper perspective. To prosperous people money is important and interesting. They enjoy talking about and learning about money. They are unashamed to have a good conversation with their children and friends about the ins and outs of money. How are we going to learn about managing money without talking about it?
Don’t shrink back from talking to your children about money. Teach them to earn, tithe, give and save. As insecure parents we mistakenly tell our children we can’t afford something instead of having the courage to say “no” to things they are requesting. The truth is we could afford what they are asking for, but we have decided to spend that money on something else…maybe missions. Just tell them no, they can’t have the item instead of telling them you can’t afford it. This makes it seem like God is a cheapskate. It will be a good life lesson for them.