Today, we’ll begin a new study and deal with an elephant in the room—domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month and Pastor Ford will help us look at this important topic and become more aware of how to deal with it. He’ll urge us to quit turning a blind eye to those who need help, and to expose sin and seek recovery for those involved in these tragic situations.
When trying to get out of debt, will we do as the widow in the book of 2 Kings did? As Blind Bartimaeus and as Abraham did? What is it they did? They believed God to bring life to a dead situation. They didn’t try to figure out how God was going to do it. They just acted on what God said and held on in spite of all of the negative circumstances in their lives.
As we continue to look at how to get out of debt, we’ll learn that when we borrow, it entwines us and unites us together with someone other than God who’s going to direct our lives because of what we owe them.
As we start a new message today from Ephesians 4, Pastor Ford will remind us that those of us who know Christ are family and so we should act like it and be unified in the church. He explains that what we believe about God should control how we behave with other people.
When we allow God to use our stuff for His purposes, He takes our stuff and multiplies it to meet our needs. Learn more about how God honors us when we honor Him with our finances on today’s Treasured Truth.
If God loved us enough to set us free and to pay our sin debt, then He loves us enough to guide us, guard us, govern us, and to grace us, then to provide and protect us as we give generously to others and begin to honor Him with our money.
How can we know that we’re serious about getting out of debt? When we commit to giving God what is due to Him first. That’s how we know we’re serious and we can trust that God will honor us when we honor Him with our finances.
How do we begin to get out of debt? A good place to start is by crying out to God for His help. Yet, the problem is some of us cry out to Him, but we’re not serious. We’re waiting on God to do something to get us out of debt and God is waiting on us to do something to indicate to Him that we are serious and are desparate for His help.
Does being in debt distort our goals? Yes, because when we’re in debt, we can’t seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Why? Because we’ve gone into debt adding all of these things to ourselves, instead of letting the Lord add them to us in His time and through His provision.
As we conclude our message series on moving forward, Pastor Ford points out that many of us are not making any meaningful progress in life because we haven’t given over to the Lord what we ought to have given Him. He asks the question, “How can God ever make a powerful impact with your life if you’ve never given it to Him?”
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.