8 Principles of Prudent Stewardship
Principle # 1: The Prudent Life with Positive Expectancy
Expectations, both positive and negative, are a powerful predictor of outcomes.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity; but of power, and of love and of a self discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Principle # 2: The Prudent Seek Wisdom
True Prosperity Does Not Come By Chance
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. Proverbs 3:13-17
Principle # 3: The Prudent Understand the Full Extent of Risk
Long-term outcomes lie in the balance of the pros and cons of today's decisions.
A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 and 27:12
Principle # 4: The Prudent Forego the Short-term for the Rewards of the Long-term Discipline
Immediate gratification is the destroyer of financial dreams.
Let them no longer trust in empty riches. They are only fooling themselves, for emptiness will be their only reward. Job 15:31
Principle # 5: The Prudent Manage their Stewardship
Stewardship is never accomplished when left up to chance. It is a well-planned strategy that balances values and long-term goals.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
Principle # 6: The Prudent Understand That To Give Is To Receive
Unconditional giving is the highest form of gratitude.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor 9:6-7 (NIV)
Principle # 7: The Prudent Leave a Legacy of Stewardship
Bringing up children in an environment of stewardship is one of the greatest gifts we can give. What we teach and live by example shapes the lives of generations to come.
In all things show them how to live by your life and by right teaching. Titus 2:7 (NLV)
Principle 8 – The Prudent Experience Peace through their Finances
Who Controls Your Money?
If they listen and obey God, then they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant. Job 36:11