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DocReits January 30, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Hi Derek,

A great topic and a very timely one for all who have struggles with finances. In keeping with your theme:

“Bible scriptures for financial troubles that I pray will keep you grounded in your walk with the Lord!”

It might be appropriate here to suggest ways to avoid “financial troubles”, thereby eliminating worries, fears and the need to use God to bail us out of something we could have avoided by temperance in spending or diligence in working.

I forget who said it, but I have always remembered this quote on not getting into financial binds, no matter your income, “You will always have enough money if you spend less than what you make.” Sounds simple right? Why then is it so difficult?

The unfortunate reality is that most Americans, including Christians, are not willing or do not have the discipline to live within their means. Savings during the last decade was near zero for the American family, and has finally come up to 2-5% of annual income more recently.

Wealth is not evil. It is good! I am not a ‘name it and claim it’ guy. I believe that some people are called to be poor in finances and rich toward God. I think it is more of a blessing, though, to have the means to bless others.

Many Christians are just dumb with money. They don’t save, they spend way too much based upon their income, they give in to their passions to meet the world’s standard of having to have more and better. They lack discipline to budget and maybe clip some coupons or they just do not have a work ethic.

Please do not think I am talking about those who are ill, handicapped or otherwise unable to work. I am not. It is the 90% of the “other” Christians in financial troubles I address, with these Scripture references:

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” Pr12:11

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” 2Th3:10

It is not a curse to be materially rich…

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes RICH.”Pr10:4 Emphasis mine…

“The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor”Pr21:25

The Lord empowers mankind to make wealth…

“You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deut 8:18

Think you need that new 3/4 ton 4×4 listing @ $45,000 on a $50,000/year income?….

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” Jm 4:3

How about putting money away for your children and grandchildren? Where will that money come from if you do not make enough money and save(“enough” here, once again, refers to the above quote about spending less than one makes).

“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.” Pr 13:22

Anyway, God has seen me hitting my knees for years while working my way through 8 years of University, feeding 5 mouths and making as little as 50 dollars/week. We managed the apartment, got odd jobs, and saw God through a church member deliver some groceries when we were getting near zero.

No, I am not saying God is not able to deliver us out of financial troubles, because I have proved Him over and over in that regard.

I am suggesting we are often our worst enemies at getting into financial troubles in the first place.

Blessings,

DocReits





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