God’s Way To Financial Freedom - The Financial Comeback by Elder Michael Maultsby
Do you have a car loan, a student loan, a mortgage, or a personal loan? If you do and you don’t have enough money in the bank to pay them off, then you are in debt. That means that you have a deficit instead of a net worth. We have done these things ourselves by taking out loans or running up our credit cards to the max because we want to have an image of prosperity but instead we are in financial bondage.
Question, are you comfortable with your financial position, are you satisfied by being like 80% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck? If you are, then you are living in a dream world because there are people out there that don’t live pay check to pay check. They decided to take control of their financial situation and live “the good life.” Now I know what you might be saying, that their parents had money, or they inherited money. The fact of the matter is that there is small percentage of people in this world that are millionaires because of an inheritance. Most are self-made millionaires, and they’re average people like me and you. Well what’s the difference? They sacrificed, they weren’t satisfied living paycheck to paycheck, and they weren’t satisfied with being like everyone else.
They made a change. That’s what this message is all about, change. You’re looking in the mirror and seeing that a change is needed and having the guts to do it no matter what! This NFL preseason was an eye opener for me. There were two players that got my attention. One player trying out for the Cleveland Browns used his last dime to buy a membership at a 24 hour fitness club where he lived and worked out and walked on as an undrafted free agent. He used cleats he borrowed from one the players on the team. Another player trying out for the Oakland Raiders was playing in a pre-season game and broke his fingers. Instead of staying out of the game he asked the team doctor to put a cast on his hand so that he could go back in the game. One would ask what does this have to do with finances. The question is what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve financial independence?
These guys had a vision beyond the discomfort of their sacrifice. They knew if they could make the team they would be looking at worst a league minimum salary of $800,000. They also knew that if they were unable to play, that would have no chance of making the team. Success is never easy. There’s no easy way out, there no short cut. In first Corinthians 13:11 it’s written, When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. Your maturity is not based on your age but on what you’re willing to put away.
Change is not only necessary, it’s inevitable - sure to happen. Our change is going to be based on the information we receive. God’s Word is the final authority for life, health, relationships, and even finances. Most everything we do involves money; we can’t escape it, that’s what this system is based on. Ecclesiastes 10:19 says. A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things. Now, I am not telling you to be greedy for money, because money is not evil, it’s a tool. It’s the love of money that is the root of every kind of evil, 1Timothy 6:10. I am asking that you consider managing the money you have according to the principles laid out by God. God promises that if you are faithful over a few things, He will make you a ruler over many, Matthew 25:21.
Be blessed and empowered in the Lord.