by FullOfFire on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 3:46pm
There is a principle that is found in the Parable of the Talents that I have always found intriguiging and a bit odd. Matthew 25:29 says, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.” I always thought this seemed rather unfair to the servant who was wicked and lazy. However, God is beginning to show me how this unfolds in an area we know well as Americans; financial debt.
Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Now, let’s go over to Proverbs 22:7 which reads, “the borrower is servant to the lender.” Now, I find it very interesting to hear of all the stories of Dave Ramsey listeners and those who abide under the Spirit of unity, the Holy Spirit, in their household and commit themselves to getting out of slavery to their debts. There seems to be an interesting effect in that, many of these people start out paying off their debts with gusto and sometime in the middle of paying this stuff off, they get a large pay raise or get some cash from some previously forgotten uncle, or a new job that pays significantly higher, etc… Those who had some and put it to use for a righteous purpose, were given more and they now have an abundance.
This is a very odd principle but I contend that it is because those who were faithful in the small things decided to honor and obey their master even though they didn’t really understand everything about Him that He returned that honor and gives more. The more we try and manipulate something to happen with money, instead of trusting that God is our provision and source and getting on board with becoming free from our lenders, the harder it is to become free in this area. I have seen in my previous season as a single man and now as a married man, and heard many anecdotes about this being true. God is about freeing us in all areas that we are in bondage to any unclean spirit’ in this case, a spirit of poverty. It’s one thing to be willing to sell some possessions to get out of debt and to provide traction to the process; it’s quite another to sell possessions and think that this is what will get one out of debt or make one wealthy.
It’s interesting the lessons that come along with God’s debt reduction strategies for people. They always seem to include some form of breaking of addictions to having more stuff, thus breaking the back of greed. This learning of contentment is a form of disciplining His sons so they won’t agree with a spirit of poverty, think they never will have enough and then slide back into bondage by going back into debt for more stuff. Stuffitis is a form of insecurity. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” The more the LORD blesses, the less the obtaining of wealth and getting out of debt has trouble attached to it. We are still learning all this. Sometimes revelation in the spirit and the mind comes before it gets turned into wisdom through walking it out.