I Promise Devotion – 1/13/2016

This week’s #ipromise principle:  Forgiveness is a promise to live not a problem to solve.

Today’s #ipromise principle:  Doing the right thing today does not change the wrong of yesterday, but it changes today, and perhaps, tomorrow with it.

Money issues are not easy to deal with.  Financial problems and arguments rank high in the causes people claim for their divorces.  Suicides are often connected to bad financial decisions.  Money problems cause many emotional problems.  Scripture teaches clearly that “the love of money is root of all kinds of evil.”   Money is not evil, but the love of it is and it will destroy you.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:33-34

Stop digging.  If you are in a financial hole you must choose to stop doing what put you there.  Stop today.  A common reason people refuse to make this common sense decision is that it does not change yesterday.  People believe that there must be another way out because stopping today does not change the depth of the hole.  You are right about the depth of the hole.  It will not change today, but it will change tomorrow simply because you did not dig for one more day.

I want to encourage you to allow each day to have its own blessings and troubles as you work through experiencing financial change in your life.  Your family will not get out of debt in one decision but in a 1,000 small ones.  Some days you will want to pull out the plastic destroyer of tomorrow and charge a feel good moment for today.  Choose God instead.  Choose his righteousness.  Choose to trust him for the good in your life.

He promises us that if we seek him and his righteousness first – above and before our wordly desires and pleasures – he will add everything we need into our lives.  I encourage you today to choose the Lord not money in your financial changes.  Make it personal.

Choose to enjoy the Lord Himself and the blessing you have in this day.  With that spirit, you will begin seeing yesterday and tomorrow very differently.

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