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Friday, March 14, 2014

Money will Fade Away

"The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements." James 1:11

Money will fade away and all the happiness it promised to give the receiver most likely gone with it. All material wealth is temporary and can not be contained. That's why the Word says this: "Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a flower in the field." James 1:9-10

Why should the poor boast that God has honored them? What honor is there in being poor? While the rich are busy planning their next vacation or big purchase the poor have more time to build their character and grow spiritually in the fruit of the spirit and with this their's no regrets. When we have more physically we tend to be too distracted to spend the time needed with God to grow spiritually. We shouldn't spend all of our time thinking about gaining or earning more money that should not be are passion for living because that describes a worldly person who is seeking "success" defined by Forbes magazine. We as Christians should be basing are achievements by what the Word of God says. right?

"Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask Him be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do." James 1:2-8

It is a typical wordly trap to think that you can have financial success and be free of debt. How are you going to be happy without that big house, the newest cars, the yacht, country club membership, and all the parties? If you want true happiness it comes from contentment within, not a lot of stuff around you. I had an addiction to shopping on line. I would do it because I was bored and would just do it because I could. That spending added up really quickly and we tried the Dave Ramsey envelope system and he says pay it off quickly and do whatever it takes to erase your debt; well to me putting God first and my family was more important and so we decided that a better more Godly system would be to continue making our monthly payments and pay a little more on the ones that are closest to being payed off. That's been working because it doesn't take away from  my family and it doesn't drive me insane trying to just pay it off, pay it off. Getting in debt took time, but most likely not as much time as it's going to take to pay it off and stay out of debt. We've got to address the root of the problem and solve that problem. For me it was redirecting my attention to what's important: my family, not more stuff and then sticking to a budget and not using credit cards or getting any more loans no matter what! That's working for us.
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