Become a Candidate for Increase 09 May Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another.
I remember back before Ken and I knew we could trust God to take care of us financially, I thought it was my job to worry about how we were going to pay our bills. I spent a great deal of my time thinking things like, What are we going to do about this or that bill? I think I felt obligated to worry! Then I found out it wasnt Gods will for me to worry! His will is for us to believe Him to care for us. I also learned that as believers, were not to seek after material riches. Were not to pursue money like people do who are without God. They have to pursue it. They dont have a covenant with God, so if they dont seek material goods, they wont get them! But were not like those people. Were not in the world without God and without a covenant (Ephesians 2:12-13). We have Gods promise of provision. He has assured us in His Word that He will not only meet our needs, but give us abundance. Its important for us to remember, however, that a covenant is always between two parties. It has two sides to it. A covenant says, If youll do this, then Ill do that. Gods part of the covenant is to prosper usspirit, soul and body, as well as financially. Our part is not to seek after prosperity, but to seek first His kingdom, His way of doing and being right! Our part is to say, Lord, Ill do whatever You tell me to do. Ill obey Your Word and do what is right in Your sighteven if it looks like it will cost me. Of course, obeying Gods Word never costs in the long run. It pays! You always put yourself in a position for increase when you seek after God and do things His way. Ill be honest with you though, there will be times when you cant see how that increase is going to come. Ken and I know. Weve been there. When we first read Romans 13:8, we werent too excited about it. At that time in our lives, it looked to us like wed never be able to do anything financial without borrowing money. We thought, How will we ever buy a car? How will we get a home? How will we finance our ministry? Were doomed! But we had already decided to obey God no matter what the cost, so we committed to Him to get out of debt even though we thought it would be to our disadvantage. Of course, that decision has since turned out to be one of the wisest financial decisions weve ever made. Thats the way it always is. Obeying God always works to your advantage in the end! So start today putting yourself in a position to increase. Give His Word first place in your life. Commit to getting out of debt and living debt free. Make the adjustments the Holy Spirit tells you to make. Make yourself a candidate for increase!2 Samuel 1-2; 1 Corinthians 15I keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love him. Romans 13:8, The Amplified Bible
Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:21-40