Contentmentis crucial if you must stay out of debt. Jesus does not gather people to usethem, but rather to bless them. He is not an opportunist taking advantage ofpeople. No matter what debt you are in right now, God has the resources tobring you out of it within a twinkle of an eye. The truth is truth for all agesand all times. The day you get addicted to following the truth, you have committedthe author of life to take charge of your affairs.
Debt hasbecome an acceptable way of life for most people. Unfortunately, due to this mind-set,they will remain in bondage to it. To eliminate debt from your life, you mustchange the way you think about it. God does not want anyone to be in debt;however, if you are in over your head,He has a way out to deliver you out ofit once and for all.
There aretwo ways to get out of debt. You can usethe world’s system or the kingdom of God system. World in the bible doesn’t necessary refer to the physical world, but a way of doing things. In 1Corinthians7:31, the Greek definition for world is “worldly affairs”, which include thewhole circle of earthly goods and riches, while although fleeting, stir desire,seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ”.
The world’ssystem is influenced by Satan and is designed to keep you in bondage. Methodsof debt reduction include bankruptcy, second mortgages and ways to “manage”debt, such as consolidation and signature loans. These options may look good atfirst, they often lead to a dead-end.
It isdisheartening to see people developgreat faith for something like healing but quickly charge or obtain loans forthe items they desire, not the items they need. Often they don’t even consider trusting God for the increase necessary to purchase whatever it is that they want. Instead,people continually fall back on the things they can see and touch. Othersattempt to do things God’s way, but stop when it does not seem to be working. They have not implemented certain requirements – such as checking theirhearts for unforgiveness or offense, tithingor showing love towards others, for God to be able to work in their lives.
God hasproved Himself time and again throughout the Bible. He is not a respecter ofpersons (Romans 2 :11). If He delivered one person from debt, He’ll do it foryou as well. Rest assured that God has a way out for you, but it is up to youto take the time to hear from Him and then follow His instructions.
GOD’S WAYOR THE HIGHWAY
Matthew3:33 (AMP) says, “But see first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (Hisway of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will begiven you besides.” Your aim, or focus, should be directed towards God’s way of doing and being right. According tothe scripture, if you follow God’s way, then the things that you don’t havewill be given to you. These includes things such as money, promotion andfavour.
What doesthe Bible mean by “God’s way”, when itconcerns money? The parable of the sower, or farmer, in Mark 4 : 11 – 29reveals the answer to this question.
Basically,a farmer sows seed to produce a crop that will ultimately be sold. From theproceeds of the sale, he is then able to pay his bills and feed his family. Youcould say that he has to sow to make a living. Likewise, a sower (one who givesto the kingdom of God above his or her tithe) sows seed for a living. I encourage you to become asower who gives to live and lives to give.
Many peoplelook at their jobs as their only source of income. How well does it sustain you? Does it meet all of your needs,including everything God asks you to do? Probably not. Your job alone won’t getthe job done. It is therefore an avenue whereby you can collect seed. It istherefore an avenue whereby you cancollect seed.
Before yousow any type of financial seed, you must sow the word into your heart. TheBible calls the Word of God an incorruptible seed (1Peter 1:23). In otherwords, the Word will always produce a harvest. You should not consider sowingmoney if you have not first sown the Word into your heart. Why? You must have aclear understanding of the purpose for the blessings of sowing before you canbecome a willing and cheerful giver.
After the wordis sown in your heart, it must be cultivated. In following the farmer’sexample, he waters and fertilizes the seed after it is planted. He can’t affordto lie around and neglect his crops. Likewise, you can’t neglect the things ofGod, such as reading your Bible, praying and living a life that is pleasing toHim. A quick way to keep your seed from growing is to get caught up in sin.This could range from bitterness and gossip to lying, fornication or adultery.Sin of any type will block your harvest from manifesting.
Mark 4:2says “…so is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground”.Combining this scripture with Matthew 6:33, the verse could read, “seek ye first (seed time andharvest time)… and these things shall be added unto you”. This is God’s way ofdoing things. Before a farmer can harvest a crop, he first has to sow seeds.Likewise, before you can receive, you must give.
If you want to get out of debt, stop looking at theworld’s way of debt cancellation. Look to God’s way of seed, time and harvest.
Sowing intothe kingdom of GOD unleashes an awesomeforce. You may not start off giving large amount of money, but the $5, $10 or$20 you sow will release God’s unlimited power towards your debt reduction.Giving is loading your cloud and when your cloud is full, God turns it intoshowers. (Joel 2:23) (Eccl 11:1-3). These showers come in the forms of favour,breakthrough, divine ideas, etc.
Some Covenant Channels of Giving
WorshipOfferings We are admonish not to appear before the Lord emptyhanded. Our worship offering is not complete without our seeds beinginvolved.
Projectofferings Deuteronomy 16:16-17).
* Givingto the poor He that gives to the poor shall not lack. Proverbs19:17, Proverbs 28:27, Psalm 41:1-3
* Givingto charity: This is givingfor the common good. Job 38:3-18, 2Corinthian 9:8, Matthew 25:31-44
· * Givingto parents: Genesis 27:1-end
· * Kingdom Investment: Investingtowards the expansion of the kingdom. Haggai 1:3-11. Exodus 35:4,16,22.
* Prophet offerings
YOU REAPWHAT YOU SOW Luke 6:38
Givingprovokes the release of blessings and blessing is the cure to curses. Looking also at Luke 6:13, “And as ye wouldthat men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise”. If you want to bereleased from debts, start by releasing those who owe you. Verses 32-35 explainhow easy it is to do things for the people you like. But anybody can do that!You will receive a greater reward, however, if you do this for those you don’t seeas your friends.
Giving is not enriching the church butempowering the giver. Give to those who don’t give in return. The law of seed-time and harvest will never cease as long as the earth remains (Genesis8:22).
Whateveryou sow will produce a harvest (Luke 6:36-38). When someone treats you badly,don’t sow the same seed, instead, sow a good seed. You will reap a good harvestwhile the opportunity to sow “do-good” seeds instead of do-bad seeds.
Jesus saidthat when you give, it would be returned to you. The word promises that yourharvest will be pressed down, shaken together and running over. If you help oneperson get out of debt, God will usesomeone else to help you get out of debt.
As you follow God’s way today, I see unusualfavour from God flowing your way. (Genesis 7:11)
Finally,know that in this kingdom, it is either you are a giver or a beggar.