Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Should We Just Spend Extra Money Any Way We Want?

If you have extra money and you want to buy something is it OK or does the Bible say there some restrictions to spending my money and having nice things and enjoying myself?

"The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, the ears of the wise seek it out." Proverbs 18:15

A discerning person makes sense of things, they can tell the good from the bad.

To seek knowledge is to weigh and consider every purchase before you buy it. Take some time and get information.

In our age of electronic data it is easy to get reviews and ratings on products, but the discerning goes beyond that.

They consider these questions...

     * Is it a necessity?
     * Is it the best value?
     * Will the purchase cause a burden of debt?
     * Does it add to the health of the family and relationships?
     * Does it glorify God for you to have it?
     * Does it mean expensive maintenance?
     * Will it enhance your ability to serve God and others?
     * Can you do without it?
     * Will it consume large quantities of your time?
     * Will it louse value quickly?
     * Could God have another purpose for this extra money than this purchase?

To seek and acquire knowledge takes time. To ask questions and get answers takes time. The wise are patient and do not fall in to the pressure of "act now or miss out." The discerning can see through the sleight of hand, confusion and smoke used to pressure a hasty purchase.

If the bills are paid, savings established, tithes and offerings given, and if the questions above and those like them are answered in the positive way then it may be that God intends to bless you with the purchase.

If there is doubt or lack of clarity it is best to pray and wait for the Lord to make the direction clear.

(c) Adron

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