Tuesday, August 4, 2009

God's Economy

From The Word For You Today.

A big credit card company has a TV commercial with the slogan, "You can have it all now!" Sound familiar? Not much has changed. Satan said to Adam and Eve, "If you want that apple, take it."

Leave payday till "some day." Go ahead; put it on your credit card. Better yet, get this new low-interest card and pay nothing for one year. That's right, folks, no interest and no payments for one full year."

If you're the typical overextended family carrying a per capita credit card debt of $10,000-20,000, don't take the bait. It's time for getting out of debt, not deeper into it. If you want help, try using these four Bible principles:

(1) "Don't be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry" (Col. 3:5). Stop craving things you don't need. Instead, try enjoying what you've got.

(2) If you're not tithing, start now! You'll be switching from the world's faltering economy to God's fail-safe economy. When you tithe He promises to protect your interests and send blessings "there shall not be room enough to receive" (Mal. 3:8-12).

(3) "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it" (Ps. 24:1) and He guarantees to "supply all your need" (Php. 4:19). So before you go shopping, try praying! Ask god for what you need then wait for Him to respond.

(4) Begin giving away some of what you've got. "It is possible to give away and become richer ... [and] to hold on too tightly and lose everything ... the liberal man shall be rich" (Prov. 11:24-25).

Go ahead, do it! Obey God, be patient, and watch what happens.

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