There are many believers who are experiencing stress and anxiety because they are dealing with a ton of financial problems. They are in debt and it is causing embarrassment to them. Many desire to pay off their debt, but there is no way to do it. Some people are working hard, yet they still cannot come out of debt.
Pastor Glenn Pease, stated the following fact: “About one hundred and sixty five years ago, in January of 1835, the United States of America became the only major nation in modern history to do a certain thing. It was a thing she would love to be able to do again, for she paid off her national debt. It was done by the sale of public lands in the West. Unfortunately, that was a one time solution, and that was the only year our nation had no debt. Today the national debt is a major problem. Personal debt is also a major social issue. Studies have shown that the heavy burden of debt is a primary cause for depression, alcoholism, marital conflict and divorce, and all of the other negative effects of these problems.”
Howard Ruff, one of the leading financial advisers in America, was once in debt for half a million dollars. His father took his own life because of being in debt, but Howard went from bankruptcy to wealth and fame. He paid off every cent of his debt. He hated it so much he was driven to defeat it, and not be defeated by it.
The challenge many believers have is that they do not know how to get out of debt. The more they are working, the more debt they incur/get into. Just because the bank is full of money, does not mean it will pay your debts. You have to have some claim on that money to be able to write cheque, and pay off your obligations.
In 2 Kings 4:1-7, the widow of the sons of the prophet was embarrassed by the creditor who came to carry her children into slavery. It was God that assisted her to overcome that embarrassment. In Matthew 18:24-27, Jesus tells us a story of the servants who owed the king a lot of money. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
For many believers, there is nothing they can do to overcome debt. We need the favour and mercy of God. We need to take some actions to overcome debt and we need to pray for grace to avoid debt. May God help us in Jesus Name.