Money is important and most times it can be a good thing but sometimes it can get us into trouble. It can be a source of joy to some and a source of depression and sadness for others.
I have noticed over the years that the more generous you are, the more you will find your money going further. It seems like a contradiction, after all, how can giving away your money end with you having more money at the end of the day. Well, it seems to be almost like a law of nature. It’s incredible then that when reading verses on money that I found the following…
The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.
Some people call this karma. Others like to call it the law of attraction. The truth is that this is a law put in place by God. Money can be a blessing and a curse depending on how you view your money and how you handle your money. – Proverbs 11:24-25
The Debt Trap
There are many of us who are in debt up to our eye balls, whether it’s credit cards, overdrafts or loans of any kind. These debts can slowly begin to grow and then they can very quickly drown us. I believe that these debts can be caused by our own unwillingness to trust God to provide. We as humans often have great anxiety regarding money and often we do something irrational out of our worry which can actually end up making our situation worse than before. When we attempt to do things in our own strength and out of a place of our own thoughts and fears, we most likely will end up worse off.
I believe that God can get you out of financial debt. All we have to do is keep in mind the laws he has put in place and start trusting Him to provide instead of going and getting ourselves deeper in debt through our fears. Another problem is that many people in this day and age seek acceptance and approval from friends and peers by trying to keep up with the Jones’. This ends up with them buying things they don’t really need or have the money for.
Here are a few points that may help you.
- Stop buying what you can’t afford: If you cannot afford to buy what you want with cash then you can’t afford it. It’s that simple. Instead of getting credit to buy said item rather find space in your budget to start a savings pocket and save up for a few months and then go buy that thing you having been eyeing out. You may even find that in the six months it took you to save that you come to the realization that you do not really even want it anymore.
- Do not buy on impulse: Todays culture is rooted in an “instant gratification” mind-set. When we see something we want we just get it regardless of the implications. Instead of buying impulsively you can ask yourself these three questions, 1. Do I need it? 2. Can I afford this in cash? And 3. Why do I want it?
- Pray about your situation: In James 4:2 it says, “You have not, because you ask not.” So my advice to you is to pray and ask God to help you to get out of your financial debt. Keep asking until you begin to see results and then continue praying more. The bible tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). So that is what we should do. I believe the more we seek God on things in our lives the more miracles we’ll witness. I also believe is that we would not get ourselves into half the financial trouble we often find ourselves in if we first sought Gods advice on the matter.
The heading of this post said, He already has gotten us out of debt. You may be asking yourself what I meant by that especially if you are in debt. The truth is that there is another kind of debt that God has already gotten us out of, but the debt I am talking about here is not financial but rather a spiritual debt. The debt of sin which is death. By sending His Son Jesus, God has already paid our most significant debt. He has given us a way of being free from the consequences of that debt. Saving us from our debt is a big part of God’s plan and I believe that it slides down into the realm of our finances too. God can do all things and I believe that He wants us to ask, not only for freedom from our financial debts but also from our spiritual debts.
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