2 Josh and Becky quickly found themselves in a sea of debt. “Too often we succumbed to the temptation to ‘buy now, pay later.’ What we discovered, sadly, was that it became ‘buy now, regret later.’” With some wise planning, frugal living and cautious spending, Josh and Becky will be able to chisel away at their debt. It will take time— several years—but it can be done. However, their situation is one to be avoided. Like many people, Josh and Becky’s problem is not a lack of money, but how they view their money and what they do with it. The Bible offers many lessons about money. An important one, especially in this day and age when consumer debt is at an all time high, is to avoid indulgence. Wisely the Bible reminds us that achieving financial freedom and security means controlling the tendency to spend more than what can be afforded. The apostle Paul writes: “But… all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints” (Ephesians 5:3). The Bible addresses finances because the writers of Scripture know that money matters.
Here are seven Bible secrets for achieving financial security and stability. 1 Live by This Truth: God has the Power to Supply All Your Needs This is clearly the teaching of the Bible: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Our Creator has filled our universe with abundance. If you live in a state of constant worry and frustration over financial matters, consider whether or not your view of God is too negative and limiting. The Bible never speaks in terms of God’s limitations, but in terms of His infinite ability to meet your needs. Consider these passages in Scripture, which stress God’s desire to bless your life with abundance and fullness: • Malachi 3:10—“ ‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’ ” 3