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Are You an Economic Atheist?

1. Giving is a process.

Generosity is not a pinnacle that you ever reach. You should always be taking steps forward in this area. And just as you can take steps forward, you can also take steps backward.

When you get off track, simply make the next right choice—choose to be generous.

2. You’ll always fight the emotions of doubt, greed and fear.

At least, that’s been my experience.

Andy Stanley says, “By nature, the concept of generosity is in direct conflict with the concept of self-preservation.”

It’s easy to second-guess yourself and have doubts, fear and regret about your giving.

But never forget this:

“There is no greater investment. Invest in kingdom business. Reap eternal dividends.”

3. If you want God to be God of your life, let Him first be God of your money.

Check out Matthew 6:21:

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Notice, your heart follows your treasure. Not vice versa.

When you give Him a chance to work in your finances, he’ll simultaneously work in your heart.

4. Take the next step.

You’re seldom defeated as long as you’re moving forward.

The next step will look different for everyone. For you, it might be a first-time gift. For someone else, it might be an exceedingly generous gift.

But that’s not the important part. What’s important is that you start giving cheerfully, without reluctance or compulsion, as the Holy Spirt prompts (2 Corinthians 9:7).

God wants to bless you in every way. But He can’t do so if you aren’t trusting Him in every area of your life.

“God can’t be your God if money is your God.”

QUESTION: What next step is God calling you to take with your giving? What can you do to defeat the Economic Atheist inside of you?    

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Larry Poole serves as the Director of Generosity for Northpark Church located in Raleigh, NC. He coaches pastors, churches, and individuals on the spiritual discipline of generosity. His passion is helping the local church become fully funded so that it can more effectively accomplish the Great Commission. You can connect with Larry on Twitter at @tweetlarrypoole or through his blog at www.larrypoolespeaks.com.