10 Things to do to build financial freedomBy Randell Tiongson on March 30th, 2019
Are you troubled with financial problems? Do you want to break free from financial stress? Here are 10 practical and helpful ideas that will help you achieve financial freedom and even more importantly, financial peace.
#10 Get a Grip on Desire
If you are feeling overly anxious and depressed, indulgent spending won’t make things better. In fact, after the initial rush of exhilaration, buyer’s remorse can set in and actually make things worse. So get a grip on unnecessary spending. After all: “Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.” — Proverbs 21:17, ESV
Keep this in mind: it’s not the cost of an item that determines whether it’s an indulgence. It’s how much you need it. So before you make a purchase ask yourself this question every time, “Do I really need this?” If the answer is no, put it back and you will notice your pace quickens on your way to financial freedom.
#9 Forget About Your ‘Sosyal’ Friends & Relatives!
It may be that your luxurious friends and relatives are in debt too (and you can be sure they won’t give you money!) If you look at your their nice SUV, fancy bags, extravagant vacations or whatever it may be, and your wallet starts to tingle, remember what Solomon wrote in the bible: “Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.” — Ecclesiastes 4:4, ESV
#8 Start Tithing and Keep on Tithing
If you don’t want to be ruled by money and possessions, then you must establish the mentality that God owns everything and that we are just stewards of what He gives us. Generosity is the antidote to greed, and generosity begins with a tithe. Generosity is also the trademark of a man who is not a slave to wealth.
A tithe is simply a first portion of our income that we give back to God. Proverbs 3:9, ESV says, “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce.” In today’s language, that means we should give the “first of all our income.” And the word “tithe” literally means “a tenth (or 10%).” So, this is the amount I use as a guide for tithing.
Tithing says, “God, I trust you by giving to you first.” If you don’t trust God with your money, then you will trust in your money. I like what Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
#7 Commit Yourself to Becoming Debt Free
It’s impossible to be spiritually free when you are financially bound. Financial experts like Dave Ramsey and Larry Burkett suggest to stop using your credit cards and pay for everything with cash debit card while you pay off your existing debt to prevent additional debt from piling up. And don’t get any more credit or credit cards until all existing debt has been eliminated. The same goes to other debt like personal loans.
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” — Proverbs 22:7, ESV
Debt-free living is still God’s plan for His people today, and the blessings of becoming debt free go far beyond the financial area. They extend to spiritual and marital realms as well.
#6 Save, Save, Save
“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” — Proverbs 21:20, NLT
Saving is making provisions for tomorrow. The easiest, most effective way to save is to simply do it every time you receive income. And be sure to save for both the long-term and the short-term. Long-term savings are intended to fund long-term needs such as retirement. Short-term savings should be in an account that is easily accessible for planned future spending like replacing appliances, making major home repairs and other emergencies.
#5 Spend Wisely
The old cliche’ is so true: Spend less than what you make! You will never be free from the money trap if you don’t apply that one simple rule. Dave Ramsey says that 90% of people in our culture buy things they can’t afford. That is staggering.
The most helpful tool to keep you from spending more than you make is to simply make a spending plan, also known as a budget. John Maxwell has the best quote I’ve heard on budgeting. He says, “A budget is people telling their money where to go instead of wondering where it went.”
#4 Invest Wisely
The best advice I have received when it comes to investing is to diversify. Ecclesiastes 11:2, NLT says, “But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.”
Never risk money you can’t afford to lose. It is probably not a good idea to make uninformed or hasty investment decisions, either. Do your homework, educate yourself and learn the investment game before you play it. Never invest in something you do not understand.
#3 Avoid Indulgences
As a responsible adult, we must learn to discern the difference between needs, wants and desires in every financial transaction we make. Before buying, determine whether the purchase is a need or want. For many years, when Carla and I were trying to get out of debt, we continually asked ourselves before we bought something, “Is this a need or a want?” Lots of small, wise decisions over a long enough period of time will be what gets you where you want to be.
#2 Gain Victory Through Vision
When asked if she knew of anything worse than being blind, Helen Keller once said, “Yes, being able to see and having no vision.” Dave Ramsey says, “The ability to see doesn’t mean having 20/20 vision; it means being able to have a clear picture of your vision and how you plan to achieve it.”
And the number one thing you can do to find financial freedom…
#1 Each Day, Pray Before You Pay
Emotional and spiritual balance will lead to financial freedom. So ask God to guide you and give you strength to follow the first nine steps. Don’t be resentful for what you don’t have. Instead, be grateful for what God has provided already. Financial freedom grows out of an attitude of gratitude.
Do not hesitate messaging me if you need me to pray for your financial freedom!
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