Living Debt-Free

24 Sep

Proverbs 22:26-27 

Principle #: Threedebt_free

Don’t gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,

hocking your house against a lucky chance.

The time will come when you have to pay up;

you’ll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back.

There are many ways that a person can gamble.  It is far more than just buying a lottery ticket or going to a casino.  We gamble with our relationships by ignoring those closest to us and pursuing   our own interests.  We gamble with our health by lack of exercise and a poor diet.  We gamble with our finances when we “buy now and pay later” instead of living within our means.

Perhaps the most dangerous gamble is when we gamble with our minds. Philippians 4:8 gives this good advice.  “You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Travel back with me to the last few days of our lives.  What have we filled our minds with?  We live out whatever we invite into our minds.

We all gamble far more than we would ever admit.  God’s Word is the perfect antidote for gambling—in any form.  If we begin by filling our minds with the best, not the worst, we will discover that our attitude has changed for the better.  Let us so live that when the time to “pay up” arrives we have no unpaid debts to settle.

God’s Question: In what area do you need to give up gambling?

God’s Promise: Jesus paid the price for your life.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for the freedom of living free within Your love.

I am sorry I have ever “bought now-paid later.”

Thank You for Your blessed Word that keeps us “debt-free.”

Help me fill up on Your Word and overflow into others lives.

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