A very happy new year to you all.
Last year I spoke about getting your body in shape. Well let’s talk about getting our finance in shape. Do you really want to get your finances in shape?
I have a few questions for you:
1.Was getting your finances in shape one of your New Year’s resolution?
2. Do you wish you had more money available to give to the Gospel?
3.Do you long to be free of the credit-card debt that has a hold on your life?
4. Do you allow debt to keep you from being obedient to God in the area of tithes and offering?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, I want you to know you shouldn’t feel alone, because most of the world, including the Christian community, longs for more financial freedom and less debt.
The fact is, most of the world is in financial debt. Nations are in debt, families are in debt, churches are in debt. But you don’t have to fall into this pattern of slavery and bondage. You can be financially free. If you really want freedom in this area, you just have to realise that to get free and stay free will require a firm commitment on your part to make some tough decisions regarding your spending habits.
Many people declare they want to be financially free. But when it’s time to say no to something they really want to buy and to wait until later when they can pay for it, their flesh cries out to have it now. I WANT IT NOW
But that is when the true level of your commitment becomes evident. At that time, you must decide: Will you stick with your commitment to exercise discipline and self-control and thereby stay debt-free or avoid incurring new debt? Or will you succumb to the flesh and make that purchase using your credit card, thereby adding to your debt load? It may be difficult to stick with your commitment to do what it takes to become free of debt, but if you exercise discipline and self-control in these types of decisions, afterward you’ll be happy you did when you’re on a solid foundation in your finances, and you’ll never stop thanking God for helping you do what you committed to do until you reached your goal—–financial freedom for life.
For most people, credit is easy to get, all they need to do is to apply for a credit card. Its also easy to use, but it isn’t so easy to get free from the debt that builds up from using it. It’s all so convenient and so deceiving as the message is hurled at people. “why delay purchasing what you want now when you can charge it, enjoy it, and pay for it later? But the reality is that debt is a destroyer if not properly managed, as is evidenced by the nearly two million credit card holders who declare bankruptcy each year, and one of the largest contributors to these bankruptcies is last minute emotional spending on credit card.
So, do you really wish you had more available money to give to the gospel or to meet the needs of others? Do you long to be free from the load of debt that has a hold on your life? Are you burdened by the struggle to pay your tithe?
If your answer is yes, it’s time to ask God for specific wisdom regarding what needs to be adjusted in your life.
Just because the rest of the world has fallen into the trap and so many people live like this doesn’t mean you have to remain trapped in the prison of debt. The truth is how you handle your finances is a very spiritual issue. According to Luke 16:11 your finances, how you manage and respect them is a test God uses to assess whether or not you are ready for higher levels of blessing, prosperity, responsibility, and authority. Jesus clearly taught that God watches how you manage your money and that this helps Him determine if you are ready for promotion. This is precisely what Jesus meant in Luke 16:11 when He said If, then, you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will entrust you with true riches?
Lord I am so thankful that you have spoken to my heart today about my finances. The Holy Spirit has been speaking to my heart about getting my finances into better shape, and I now see how crucial it is that I pass this very important test. I want you to trust me with promotion to higher levels of responsibility, authority, and spiritual power. I ask you to help me prove my self trustworthy by demonstrating my readiness for promotion by the way I handle my finances. Thank you for granting me divine wisdom, strategies and strength to help me to stay the course until I am finally debt-free
I pray this in Jesus Name.
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