Finances: How is your heart? (A Self-Evaluation)

“A person’s net worth doesn’t tell you anything about his heart. Some of the most materialistic people I have encountered were poor. By the same token, some of the most heavenly minded, sold-out-to-God, nonmaterialistic people I know are quite wealthy. 

God wants us to go after Him. It is the theme of this book: It’s the heart that matters.

– “The Blessed Life” (The Simple Secrets of Achieving Guaranteed Financial Results)

    by Robert Morris

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How’s your heart doing? Is it pumping and throbbing fairly well? Right at this moment, thousands of things are happening in your heart.

I think our hearts is one of the most beautiful and complex creations of God. More than a vital part of our physical wellness, our hearts are home to our thoughts, emotions, and innermost part of our beings. It’s where darkness, “dirt”, and “sand” often wander or remain, especially in the holes of our hearts.

The good news is that is can also be a place where light, goodness, forgiveness, and pure love flow. Some hearts are hardened through time and experiences (anger, unforgiveness, pride, bitterness, pain, disappointments, etc. ) and some hearts are considerably made anew (through enlightenment and transformation), like a freshly baked bread – soft and “porous” to God, His Word, and presence.

Today, I pray that you’ll have one of those freshly baked, soft and “porous” hearts that are willing to honestly evaluate yourselves especially when it comes to your finances.

Every time I feel like worries are starting to creep in, especially when it comes to my finances, the questions below helps me check the real condition of my heart. I hope the self-evaluation below will help you in your financial and personal walk.

(The text below is from the book, “The Blessed Life” by Robert Morris.)

A SELF-EVALUATION TEST:

How can you know where your heart is? First ask yourself these questions: Am I looking to God or to people to meet my needs? Do I get angry or resentful with people who don’t help me as I want them to? Do I blame others for my circumstances?

These are all warning indicators of looking to men rather than to God as our source of provision. When people have been looking to men rather than God to meet their needs, they are ultimately disappointed. Then they become bitter.

We must also discern the presence of a spirit of pride or poverty in our lives. It is vital to our spiritual health and effectiveness in God’s kingdom that those spirits be replaced by a heart of gratitude. Here are some tests to help you discern the difference:

When you think about your situation in life…

Pride says, “I deserve more!”

Poverty says, “I should feel guilty.”

Gratitude says, “Thank you!” (Gratitude is an attitude of thankfulness that always acknowledge God’s provision.)
When someone says, “Wow, you have a nice house!”

Pride says, “We were going to build a bigger one.”

Poverty says, “It was a foreclosure.”

Gratitude says, “Thank you. The Lord has blessed us!”
When someone says, “That’s a nice suit!”

Pride says, “It’s tailor-made.”

Poverty says, “It was half price.”

Gratitude says, “Thank you!”
Pride wants people to think that we paid more. Poverty wants people to think we paid less. Gratitude doesn’t care what people think; it only cares what God thinks! How about just telling the truth? When someone remarks about something you exercise stewardship over, just tell the truth and be grateful.

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