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Bound (4 of 4)
Series: Clean Slate
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Bound by our past
• Bound by our personality
• Bound by our perspective
• Genesis 1:27, 28 (NLT)
"… fill the earth and govern it…."
• Balance my budget
• Reduce my debt
• Deuteronomy 15:5, 6 (NIV)
• John 15:2 (NIV)
• Isaiah 55:2 (NIV)
• Philippians 4:12 (TLB)
Each year we are given, we are given the chance, a chance to start fresh, a chance to start clean. We are given, given the gift of a new day and the power to make the most of each day given. The time is now and now is here. Everything changes, today.
When it comes to finances many of us are like this, bound. Maybe you are bound by debt. You are having trouble making all those minimum payments and it just seems like you are bound completely by debt and you see someone who has a real need and you'd like to lend them a helping hand but you feel like your hands are tied because you're bound by debt. Maybe you're bound by bad spending habits or you're bound by the fact that it seems like you can never get ahead and save for the future. You're always going from just paycheck to paycheck. You feel completely bound. Maybe you're bound by fear. You've seen your 401K tanked this last year and the economy go into recession and you're afraid of what's going to happen next. In fact, the experts tell us our whole economy is bound by fear right now. But I believe there are really three reasons why we get bound in our personal finances.
First, some of us are bound by our past. Some of you grew up in families where your parents never really taught you sound financial principles. The principles the bible talks about all the time like investing and saving and spending and budgeting and giving and you never really learned all these sound financial principles and in effect when you grew up you just practiced bad financial principles and maybe as a single adult you can get away with that for awhile, bad financial practices, but you take bad financial practices into a marriage relationship and they are magnified. They are devastating in the marriage relationship. That's why 50% of all divorces in marriage occur over financial issues. So many times we get bound by our past because some of you did not grow in families where your parents really took the time to teach you sound financial practices and it's really hurting you right now.
Now, some of us are bound by our personalities, by our bad personality traits. Some of you were born savers. I mean you pinch every penny. When you were a kid you saved your Halloween candy until the next Halloween, until it went bad and so you will probably never be bound by debt but you are still bound.