Turning Off The Tap (3 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Turning Off The Tap (3 of 4)
Series: Escaping Financial Bondage
Jeff Strite
Deuteronomy 15:1-11

OPEN: Little Tommy told his mother he had decided what he wanted when he grew up.
"Well, honey," she responded "what's that?"
He said, "I'd like to have a million dollars, a big house, and no bathtubs."
"No bathtubs?" asked his mother. "Why not?"
"Because," he said," when I grow up I want to be filthy rich."

APPLY: Now Deuteronomy 15 is a unique passage in the Old Testament. God is telling Israel… that if they did things His way they might not be "filthy" rich" - but they'd be fairly well off. God told Israel that if they did things the way He said they should "… the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you." Deuteronomy 15:6

In other words, if God's people followed God's financial principles they'd be ok financially.
But what are those financial principles?

1st principle: God wants His people to limit their debt.
God recognized that people would borrow money and get into debt once in a while. But He didn't want their debt to be such as would dominate their lives and destroy their potential. He decreed that debts were to be cancelled every 7 years. He also decreed that every 50th year was to be a Year Of Jubilee. In that year any property that had been sold was revert to its original owner.

My point is this: God never intended us to believe that debt is immoral. But God never intended us to believe that debt should be NORMAL.
Debt is not normal for us.
Debt is NOT where you and I should be.

God told Israel that if they obeyed him… they would "borrow from NONE."
That's where God wants us to be.
He wants you and I to get to the point where we don't need to borrow.

But how do you get there?
How do I come to point where I'm not borrowing money?
And if I'm in debt how do I get out of it?

Well the only way to ...

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