So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Today's Morsel: It is amazing to me that my parents tried to teach me to save at such an early age. We give children piggy banks and say, "Make sure to save your money in here." How many of you still use a piggy bank? My kids use to love Christmas around our house, because I would always open my piggy bank and let them have what was inside of it. They each got half. For kids, fifty bucks each was a great gift! Statistics says that almost all families are in debt. Many people have maxed out the use of at least two (2) of their credit cards, and are at the verge of having to file for bankruptcy to avoid jail. How does a born again believer get themselves into such debt? It's easy if we do not apply the Word of God to our lives, and exercise self control. Solomon said that he that hath no rule (control) over his own spirit is like a city broken down and without walls (Proverbs 25:28). We must control money and not let money control us. Just because we have plastic (credit cards) we must not allow it to be used for the wrong reasons. How much of your pay do you invest into God's kingdom? Are you a supporter of the things of God, or does your pay all go for things that you want? If you aren't investing anything into God's kingdom, you can't expect to receive any interest or dividends to help you out. Paul said that if we have the Spirit of God within us, then we are no longer indebted to the flesh to live after the flesh. But now, we must live after and according to the Spirit. Therefore, if you allow the Spirit of God to lead you, you will find that you aren't going to be in debt, because the things of this world will no longer appeal to your spirit like the things of God dos.
Here are a few debt trap warning signs.
1. You are living on credit
2. You pay your bills late
3. You are not a giver
4. You are not a saver
5. You dream of getting rich quick and living an extravagant lifestyle
6. You worry about money
7. You over spend, and over-draw your checking account
Remember, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away!
Sing: There was a time on earth when in the book of heaven, an old account was standing for sin yet unforgiv'n, my name was at the top and many things below, I went unto the keeper and settled it long ago.
Long ago, down on my knees, long ago, I settled it all. Yes, the old account was settled long ago; and my record's clear today, for He washed my sins away, when the old account was settled long ago.