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For those of you who want to get the best deals have fun today! Do not look for me! I would not be out there with a bunch of fighting people for anything! In fact, this begins my month of hibernating. Here are some things to think about during the busiest shopping season! In America, almost one in five believe they will never repay their debt in their lifetime! What a burden to carry around!

No where in the Bible does it say that money is evil. It does say the love of money is evil. God knew with our free will and our greed we would get ourselves in trouble. Money can boss us around, distract us, claim divine status in our life and keep us from things of God.

The Bible does not say that debt is a sin BUT there are warnings about the dangers of debt. Deuteronomy 15: 6, "For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none..." Deuteronomy 28: 12, "The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none." I know there are cases in which debt is not an option such as medical emergencies, job layoffs and even bankruptcy. As Christians we have a moral obligation to repay to the best of our ability.

I believe God will help us get out of debt but we have to do our part! We can begin with a personal relationship with Him. We have to stop spending more than we have and accept the financial shape we are in before we can begin to see God's blessings. We have to accept responsibility for what we have done. Ask Jesus to show you the lessons you need to grow. There is a freedom that comes with being debt free. Remember, it took a while to get in debt and it will take a while to get out of debt. You learn to lean on God for your daily needs. Luke 1: 37, "For with God nothing will be impossible."


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