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10, December 2022

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Instant gratification leads to long-term misery

‘My God shall supply all your need.’ Philippians 4:19 NKJV

God promised to supply your need, not your greed. When you get into debt by buying things you shouldn’t, don’t expect Him to bail you out. No responsible parent would do that, and God is a responsible parent. He gives you choices, and He points out consequences. He told Adam and Eve not to eat the forbidden fruit. Then Satan came along and said, ‘God doesn’t really mean it, you can do what you want and be okay.’

Sound familiar? Advertisers do the same thing. One furniture company offers a house full of furniture with no monthly payments for two years. This is a trap that will get you deeper into debt. If you can’t afford it now, how will you pay for it two years from now? The Bible says:

(1) Don’t be greedy for the things of this life, for greed is a form of idolatry. (see Colossians 3:5). Instead of craving things you don’t need, enjoy the things you have.

(2) If you’re not sowing into God’s kingdom, start now! You will be exchanging the world’s economy for God’s economy. When you give back to Him, He promises to protect your interests and bless you. ‘There shall not be room enough to receive.’ (Malachi 3:10 KJV)

(3) Before you spend money, try praying. Ask God about what you need, then wait for Him to respond.

(4) Start sharing some of what you have. ‘One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.’ (Proverbs 11:24–25 NIV) Obey God. Be patient and watch what happens.

SoulFood: Josh 14–15 John 15:5–17 Ps 148:1–6 Pro 29:11–15

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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