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The Credit Trap
September 22, 2020
Proverbs 23:17-19 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:
It is easier than ever to get credit cards now days. Many credit card companies call, write, text, or in some way entice us, wanting us to use their cards. Why are they so interested in us using these little pieces of plastic? It is because they know, the average person will run up more bills on these accounts than they can pay back in a month’s time. This is especially true during the Holiday Seasons. Then when the accounts are not paid by month’s end, they get to charge you interest.
Many people paying payments to credit card companies are barely covering the interest monthly. Some are still paying off last year’s Christmas, while charging ahead into this year’s holiday debt. Once someone is caught in this high interest nightmare, it often seems impossible to get out. However, is that what they tell you in their promotions? Do they say, “Hello we are offering you credit at an outrageous interest rate so you can buy whatever you want and pay us monthly for it until you die?” Well of course they do not say that. They tell you all about the benefits and the low interest for the first three months.
Why do people often get themselves in this situation? Envy! Many times, it is because people see what the world has and they want it, even if they do not need it. Our verses today refer to this very thing. “Let not thine heart envy sinners… For surely there is an end.” The Answer is in this verse as well. It says, “but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.” To fear God is to honor and trust His ways. The rewards in life will be greater than anything purchased on credit can buy. That is when you will really discover your possibilities.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
I know some who say Christians are not to be in debt at all. For many today this seems impossible. Nevertheless, being a good steward of what God entrusts us with means at least keeping our debt to a minimum. Give people your time and love this coming Holiday Season. If that is not enough for someone, should you be buying them expensive gifts? Let’s not owe our life to the world. Why should we since we gave our life to God.
GOD TALKING TO ME: September 22, 2020
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Zechariah 1 – 10 / Proverbs 23:17-19
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ecc. 3-4 / 2 Co. 13
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