I recently spoke of giving, of knowing to whom to appropriately give and when. This morning, I'm going to address debt. How can we give, when we have this vulture hovering over us? Scripture counsels not to borrow. DR Tony Evans addresses this monster so eloquently in his article, The Reality of Debt, found this morning at One Place.
Scripture and quotes are taken from The Reality of Debt, by DR Tony Evans, The Urban Alternative at One Place.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.
The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
"Financially speaking, there are three kinds of people: the haves, the have-nots, and those who have not paid for what they have! Debt has become a way of life in the American landscape..." DR Evans states that there are all kinds of reasons why we accumulate debt, but "debt is first and foremost a spiritual issue—we are in debt because we have refused to obey God..." "We can be set free from the tyranny of debt, and there are four steps that can help us: plant, plan, prioritize, and pray... Knowing the truth about debt is the first step toward financial freedom." If you are struggling with debt, DR Evans may have solutions for you. It can be made quite simple: We may not have, because we owe. We cannot give, because we owe. The Living Word can help you find release from the debt vulture. In truth, we were created to be quite free of it.