In Job 41:11 (NKJV), The LORD told Job, "Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine." That's pretty clear. God owns it all. Today's guest on Footsteps, Ron Frey, puts it this way "We're stewards, and if He call us to give it away, then release it, and see what He can do with it."
The principle of releasing what God has entrusted to us has multiple purposes. Not only are we glorifying God, submitting to His will, and participating in His Kingdom work, but the act of giving frees us from the bondage of money so that we may more easily follow Jesus.
So, are you holding on to money too tightly? "Release it." Or, as the author of Hebrews explains, "let us lay aside" that heavy weight of money "which so easily ensnares us."
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)
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