Up to R150 000 can get you closer to the life you want. This is the SMS I received this morning. I receive so many of these messages which tell me that I am going to be so much better off by borrowing money from financial institutions. I will be able to settle debts and pay school fees and go on holidays. This is what people are confronted with daily. This is what the enemy wants us to fill our minds with. He wants us to believe that by borrowing money we are going to be better off, and people have been able to make it look so attractive. We don’t realise that we aren’t going to be better off at all. We are going to be in bondage to the company we owe that money to. How can more debt cause you to be better off?

Proverbs 22:7, The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

As soon as you borrow money from someone they automatically have a claim on your income. You want to buy a car so you apply for finance and the car becomes yours. But technically it isn’t yours. Until you have repaid all the debt that car belongs to the finance company. In order to keep using the car you have to repay the loan instalment every month. You are in bondage to the finance company. Until the debt is repaid they have the right to a certain portion of your income.

If you borrow money so that you can go on holiday, your holiday is going to be gone and forgotten and you are still going to be repaying that debt.

Proverbs 23:4-5, Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Proverbs 11:28, He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.

Ecclesiastes 5:10, Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

1 Timothy 6:9-10, But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.

The first part of 1 Timothy 6:10 in the KJV says, For the love of money is the root of all evil.

There are people who strive to have a lot of money. The word ‘millionaire’ is like a juicy carrot dangled before a donkey to make it move. The poor donkey keeps moving forward but doesn’t realise that he will never reach the carrot. The carrot dries out and withers and he still has not reached it. Just like that, if a person lusts after money, he is never going to have enough. Enough is an illusion. Enough does not exist. Money can be gone in a moment. Look what happens when stock markets crash! People lose everything they invested. Every time there a stock market collapses there are  multiple suicides. These are the people who cannot recognise that they have worth apart from what they own. Their money becomes their identity. They are a slave to the money and when the money is gone they believe that they have no more value.

Proverbs 11:4, Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

When we die we cannot take any money or possessions with us.

Job 1:21, Naked came I from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be blessed.

Psalm 62:10, ..if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Proverbs 21:26, All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.

Don’t get attached to the money you make. It might be gone tomorrow, or you might even be gone tomorrow.

Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measure back to you.

Don’t ever be afraid to give. If you give you receive, and God loves a cheerful giver.

There you are, that’s my view on money today.