Budgeting

I. KNOWING YOUR FINANCIAL CONDITION IS IMPORTANT

A.  TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR NEEDS

Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.  When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, the lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats will bring the price of a field, and there will be goats’ milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and sustenance for your maidens (Proverbs 27:23-27)

B.  TO BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH YOUR OBJECTIVES

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him (Luke 14:28-29).

II.      OUR LIVES SHOULD EXHIBIT ORDER

But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner (1 Corinthians 14:40).

A.  LORD IS NOT A GOD OF CONFUSION

For God is not a God of confusion . . . (1 Corinthians 14:33).

III.      PLANNING ENCOURAGED

Prepare plans by consultation . . . (Proverbs 20:18).

The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage . . . (Proverbs 21:5).

Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts (Proverbs 24:3-4, TLB).