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Re: Debt
I can certainly see why it is said that the love of money is the root of all evil. Once you acquire wealth or goods purchased with it, there is a never ending thirst for more. You will never have your fill of earthly desires. Those who choose God over money will one day acquire heavenly wealth beyond measure. As it says in Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. vs 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. How easy it is to be obsessed and allow ourselves to lust after earthly possessions. In the long run these possessons leave us cold and empty.

Storing up treasure in heaven is not limited to tithing but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God. There is a sense in which giving money to God's work is like investing in heaven. But our intention should be to seek the fulfillment of God's purposes in all we do, not merely what we do with our money.

Psalms 37:21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously. Another important biblical truth. Psalms 119: 36 says "Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. In Proverbs 19:1 it says "Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

What Proverbs 19:1 is saying as follows: A blameless life is far more valuable than wealth, but most people don't act as if they believe this. Afraid of not getting everything they want, they will pay any price to increase their wealth (to obtain more goods) cheating on their taxes, stealing from stores or employers,withholding tithes,refusing to give. But when we know and love God, we realize that a lower standard of living or even poverty is a small price to pay for personal integrity. Do your actions show that you sacrifice your integrity to increase your wealth? What changes do you need to make in order to get your priorites straight and to perhaps get out of debt. This advice is for myself, since I too fall short in this area. Thank you God for your word and wisdom.

Government leaders, businesses, families even churches get trapped into thinking money is the answer to every problem. We throw money at our problems. But just as the thrill of wine is only temporary, the soothing effect of the last purchase soon wears off and we have to buy more. Do we see ourselves here? Scripture recognizes that money is necessary for survival, but it warns against the love of money (Matthew 6:24, 1 Tim 6:10; Heb 13:5) Money is dangerous because it deceives us into thinking that wealth is the easiest way to get everything we want. The love of money is sinful because we trust money rather than God to solve our problems. Those who pursue its empty promises will one day discover that they have nothing because they are spiritually bankrupt.

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