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An article on managing your personal finances and being financially accountable and responsible

Accountability in My Finances
by Joyce Shoemaker

Being accountable with my finances! Wow! What would that look like? Why should I be accountable? The word “accountable” means to be obliged and to acknowledge responsibility for my actions. What would oblige me to be responsible with my finances? I recognized I had to acknowledge responsibility for my actions. First I had to acknowledge that I wasn’t accountable and then I had to take personal responsibility for making the change.

Jesus emphasized accountability in the parable of the talents, in Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus taught very clearly on the subjects of accountability and stewardship.

In the Old Testament, Psalm 50:10 also validates that God owns everything, even the cattle on a thousand hills. We must be good stewards with what He has given us. As we are faithful and accountable with His resources, He will give us more.

I was not being a good steward with what I had. I was out of control with my spending and unaccountable. It was through the review process of becoming involved with the Financial Freedom in 7 Weeks Plus course, that God began to move me from being unaccountable in my spending to becoming accountable for my part of our marriage finances, and to radically change how I handled and viewed our finances.

Malachi 3:3-10 spoke to me about remaining accountable in order to ensure that God will rebuke the devourer and pour out a blessing even more abundant than I can imagine or contain! And it’s not a blessing that I can squander personally, but a blessing that then becomes a resource for my husband and me to use for God’s Kingdom and for His Glory!


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