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What are evidences of financial bondage?

Evidences of Financial Bondage
identifying pressures that arise from the love of money

Whether through inner struggles with covetousness, small purchases beyond our income, or overwhelming pressure from debts, we’ve all felt the lure of greed. A person encounters significant difficulties if he places a greater value on money than he should.

Scripture states, “The love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:10).

The following pressures may indicate that we are under financial bondage:

  • Insecurity
    If we build our lives around people, positions, or possessions that can be taken away from us, we feel insecure.
  • Fear
    When we become aware of the possible ways we could lose our most cherished possessions, we become afraid.
  • Anxiety
    Physical and emotional tensions mount when we think about financial problems.
  • Loss of Sleep
    Worry and pressure from financial cares become greater at night and remove the possibility of peaceful sleep.
  • Ungratefulness
    Financial cares and concerns decrease the ability to appreciate or enjoy the benefits that God and others provide for us.
  • Enslavement
    Money and possessions have built-in demands for protection and maintenance. Thus, the things we own soon own us.
  • Envy
    Desiring to have what someone else has is envy. It is the by-product of comparison, robbing us of the ability to enjoy what God has given us.
  • Bitterness
    If we love money and possessions more than we love God, we will be prone to bitterness if what we have is taken or destroyed. When God is our most prized treasure, He can bring about good from the loss of “things” as He builds the character of Christ in our lives. (See Romans 8:28–29.)
  • Disillusionment
    When we attempt to use money to fulfill selfish dreams, we discover that what we thought would bring us joy and lasting fulfillment actually brings unforeseen disappointments and temporary pleasure.

Build Your Life on What Really Matters

Financial cares and concerns are a natural part of life. Nonetheless, when our lives are focused on God and His eternal kingdom, we can experience security in Christ. Eventually, money and temporal things will be taken away, but nothing can ever separate us from God’s love and provision. (See Romans 8:38–39 and John 14:16–17.)

“Let your conversation [behavior] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper . . .” (Hebrews 13:5–6).

Jesus addressed the conflicting interests of love for God and love of money. He said: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? . . . Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:24–26, 33).

This material is adapted from page 78 of the Training Faithful Men Resource Manual.

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