by Dr. Charles Stanley
January 9, 2005
Financial Wisdom: The Right View
One of the top stories played out on the evening news is the economy. No matter where you live - America, Canada, England, or Russia - the number one issue on most people's minds has to do with finances. Many times the problems we face in the financial area stem from being unwise stewards of God's money. We overextend ourselves without taking time to consider the future.
It takes wisdom and discipline to make it through today's maze of financial temptations, but it can be done. The key is simple, though the follow-through may require a sincere commitment on your part: always make sure you spend less than you earn. This means adopting a family budget and sticking to it.
Debt that remains for a long period of time stifles hope. Therefore, commit yourself to using cash whenever possible and avoid using credit cards. If you do use credit, pay your total bill at the end of the month. Remember the dark side of credit is that it only offers a temporary sense of security. Everyone must pay for what he has borrowed.
If you have overextended yourself financially, know that there is hope. Ask the Lord to help you organize a personal budget and stick with it. Gaining the right view of finances is not difficult, but it will require determination.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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