Read: Proverbs 22:7 and 1 John 2:15-17
Pray: Lord (re)position me to realise my calling, for intimacy with You and for financial independence.
Being without debt is a special blessing from the Lord (Deuteronomy 15:6 & 28:12). But the Bible accepts that even those who serve the Lord may end up in debt (cf. Leviticus 25 and 2 Kings 4:1). Because of high start-up and production costs in agriculture, one bad harvest can lead to a great deal of debt. The Bible does not forbid debt, but certainly encourages us to avoid it.
Financial independence means you are money’s master and that money is not your master. It means not incurring debt to satisfy your own selfish and greedy desires. It means that the debt you do have is “good” and will help you get out of debt again. It means having the freedom to use your money to do what the Lord expects you to do and that your financial position does not tempt you to be dishonest (cf. Proverbs 30:7-9). Financial independence is doing God’s will with God’s money, all ten tithes of it.
Two giants rob us of financial independence: debt and that which usually causes debt, namely greed. Greed is idol worship and must be rooted out of our lives (Ephesians 5:5). Our battle against debt is half-won when we succeed in doing so.
A lot of debt is a terrible thing. It causes sleeplessness and heaps of temptation – the temptation to be dishonest, to pay your labourers too little, to participate in the Lotto, to stop tithing, to start drinking, etcetera. Uncontrollable debt makes you feel like a loser and stops you from living your calling. You need all your time and energy to stay out of trouble. There is nothing left with which to realise your calling. Debt takes over your mind, making it difficult for you to concentrate when you pray. Debt bedevils our intimacy with God.
If you are not free financially, you must dwell before the throne with this prayer: Lord, (re)position me for financial freedom. Be sensitive to His answer. He wants to help you become financially independent in the right way. He will show you what to see, teach you what you need to know and show you what you need to do. This does not necessarily mean getting out of debt overnight. But, do what the Lord tells you to do and you will be filled with a new hope and a new expectation. Allow Him to move your mind and your body, your assets and your liabilities, your vision and your plans. You cannot expect financial freedom if everything remains the same.
If you and I are earnest about paying our debt, we will discover how serious God is about performing miracles and blessing us with financial freedom.
Prayer: Father, you are The Agriculturalist. Prune away all my greed because it stops me from bearing fruit and fulfilling my calling. Position me for financial freedom so that I will do Your will with Your money.
Dwell before the throne and ask the LORD to position the agricultural community for financial freedom. Pray that agriculturalists will create wealth and be a blessing to Africa. Pray against all that undermines the profitability of agriculture.
Pray for Africa: Focus on the agricultural community of Egypt. Pray that Living and Farming God’s Way will characterise the rural and agricultural community from the Cape to Cairo.