Biblical Finance and Health: What Does the Bible Say about Kingdom Economics, Money, and Good Health?
The Bible has a lot to say about money, finances, and how to care for our bodies. Jesus talked about money in 16 of His 38 parables. In these parables, He discussed how to handle both our money and our possessions. In the four Gospels, 1 out of every 10 verses directly relates to money or possessions.
Regarding our health and bodies, we see God’s initial thoughts and declarations going all the way back to the garden when He proclaimed that mankind was “made in His image, and [that] it was good.”
More than likely you have heard something similar to the following statements:
Regarding Money and Finances—
- Tithing and giving are optional
- Tithing is Old Testament law and isn’t required anymore
- You should tithe 10%
Regarding Bodies and Health—
- Your body is a temple
- We have a spirit of self-control
- We are transformed by the renewing of our mind
Today, there seems to be a myriad of investment opportunities, as well as there are diets. The information can be conflicting, but possibly the most heartbreaking is that Christians today are living with debt, financial burdens, chronic health issues, depression, and anxiety, to name just a few.
The enemy is wreaking havoc on God’s children, attempting to chain them down with heavy yokes. But the Word of God says that we are victorious! So how do these two seemingly opposing circumstances come together?
We will unpack what the Bible has to say about both of these subjects and look at where to go for practical application.
Let’s begin by defining biblical finance, and biblical health and wellness…
Biblical Finance— In the Bible, God lays out basic principles about how we are to manage our money. The very first principle is to understand that we are stewards of the talents (money) that He has given us. He is the source and always has our best interests at heart.
Therefore, what He instructs us to do with our finances and how we live, we must both trust and do. The Bible gives many examples as to how this worked for those who followed, such as Job… and how it did not, such as the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-31.
Are you able to trust your finances to the Lord’s economic plan?
Finances are possibly the one area that is most difficult to trust to the Lord. However, God tells us to do exactly that, and a great blessing and promise are on the other side.
“‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’”—Malachi 3:10
Biblical Health and Wellness— Our health, be it physical or mental, impacts our spiritual lives. There is a balance of keeping all of these aspects aligned and healthy.
When we have something as minor as a cold, or a life-threatening illness, emotional and physical exhaustion manifests and takes a toll on our bodies.
Our physical symptoms relate to emotional struggles and vice versa. Our mind, will, emotions, and the physical body are linked together with our spiritual life. God wants us to live healthily and to prosper so that we can fulfill our God-ordained calling to further His Kingdom.
God’s Words of Encouragement…
Biblical Promises for Finances—
- “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”—Proverbs 3:9-10
- “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’”—Malachi 3:10
- “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”—Acts 20:35
Biblical Promises for Health—
- “Beloved, I pray that you prosper in all things, just as your soul prospers.”—3 John 1:2
- “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”—Philippians 4:19
- “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”—Proverbs 17:22
- “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”—Proverbs 3:7-8
The connection between our health and wealth is apparent. Look further into the questions below for practical steps to gain peace and prosper in both. Honor is the currency of Heaven. When you honor the Lord with your finances, and in your health, breakthroughs will happen.
Fundamentally, God tells us to follow His instruction…”My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for the length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.”—Proverbs 3:1-
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Q: I pray, and nothing changes with my finances/health? I need practical advice.
A: God’s Word warns about the spiritual toll that being in debt can take. He tells us to avoid borrowing and living outside of our means. He also instructs us to give. Rejoice in what He has given you and thank Him, and begin looking at your finances through a biblical lens.
Q: Why do trials keep happening?
A: Trials will come. We can’t always stop that. It’s about continuing to persevere in the face of trials, knowing God’s promotion is on the other side. Job’s story is a perfect example of a blessed life, an unimaginable trial, followed by a breakthrough of promotion.
Q: What are some practical ways to start living healthy?
A: The Bible tells us to remember, pray, walk in obedience, and trust in God. These biblical principles apply to your health. Starting your day with prayer and meditation helps align your mind and body with God’s will, and you begin to build a relationship with His instruction about seeking Him in all things.
Q: How can I pray for my finances and health?
A: First, recognize what lies you believe from the enemy about your situation. Ask God to reveal these to you and then come out of agreement with them.
Then declare and decree the promises of God over your finances and health, coming into alignment with His truth.
Q: What is wealth transfer?
A: The Lord of all creation has given us great abundance, wealth, and an inheritance. He has called us to be good stewards of this plentiful supply. Take an inventory of “contaminants” in your life; clean them out, and start sowing into good soil.
Q: I have more questions. Where do I go?
A: You can download our FREE One New Man guide that answers questions about the feasts, the Jewish calendar, and more.
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When we obey God’s commands, it should not surprise us when there is a promotion of health and wealth. James tells us to wait expectedly. He wants to bless you, so begin to operate by His instructions.
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“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”—Ecclesiastes 12:13