Most income earners would agree that to live on less than you make is one of the first and hardest heart commitment that must be made to get out of debt.
Many would also agree that this same heart commitment is necessary before even committing to create supplemental or replacement income. This commitment must be made to fulfill the biblical exhortation found in 1 Timothy 6:18, where we read that the rich in the church must be taught to,
“…do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate…”.
Even though you may not understand fully everything revealed in the 1 Tim. 6:18 passage, what is clear is that THE RICH – a relative term to be explained later – must be instructed, directed, commanded and even warned to;
- not trust in riches
- be humble (vs. 17)
- be willing and anxious to seek opportunities to communicate (give), or share with others (vs. 18)
We believe to Live Recession Proof Now is a Biblical Mandate to Glorify God through Industry and Enterprise and there is great virtue in living on less so we have to SHARE with others.
In the Bible, God expects his children to earn a living. But, the goal of them earning a living is not just to take care of their families – even the heathen do that! They should work to have resources to be a support and blessing to others.
In one example of such a command in scripture, notice how the Holy Spirit directs the people in Ephesus who refused to work. The command was not just that they get a job so that they can take care of their own needs. In Eph_4:28 we read,
“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Notice how the phrase “that he may have to give” goes beyond the simple virtue or work ethic of “get a job so you can take care your family”. Rooted right in the motivation for “get a job” is, SO THAT you may have to give.
So, what does this have to do with spending less than you make? Everything! Your motivation to discipline your spending habits must become other centered to remain biblical and produce success!
Many Christians would admit that they have tried to spend less than they earn. Yet, the increasing amount of debt in the Christian community, the many ministries that go unfunded or supported, and the multitude of financial statistics that show that only a small percentage of Western Christians spend less than they make, continue to remind us that we are losing this battle!
At Live Recession Proof Now, we believe the main reason for this failure is that there is a lack of resolve and will power that can only come from the Christian being MOTIVATED from the Word of God.
Module 1 (LIVE), provides the Biblical foundation and internal motivation necessary to develop a recession-proof mindset and recession-proof virtues like Diligence, Wisdom, Contentment, Discipline, and Self-Control. Without these virtues, and a biblical motivation, it is impossible for the Christian to sustain the commitment to LIVE on less than you make.
In Module 1 (LIVE) some of the things you will learn or be reminded of, are the following:
- If you are a Christian, you “own”nothing
- The way you handle money has everything to do with LIVING in this life
- The way you handle money has everything to do with how and whereyou spend eternity
- The way Christians handle money has everything to do with why so many of us lack the inner shalom (peace) promised by Christ and the Scriptures
- Why the Glory of God is the BEST motivation to live on less than you make
- How the “add to your faith”character traits found in 2 Pet. 1 provides the foundation for Recession Proof Living
- And much, much, more……
Without the Heart commitment to spend less than you earn, you will not be able to Live Recession Proof Now, and obey the command to Glorify God through Industry & Enterprise!
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