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Session 15

Debt Is a Choice

Read: Galatians 5:1-14

Retail therapy is much like it sounds—shopping to improve mood or disposition. The world tells us we deserve nice things regardless of whether we can afford them. With no money down, you can finance a car, charge a vacation or buy a bedroom suite.

It is easy to get caught up in buying new things to make ourselves feel better, maxing out credit cards along the way. When the pressure to pay the bills becomes overwhelming, we buy something new to cheer us up. It can quickly become a vicious cycle.

As followers of Jesus, we can be free of the burden of debt. Jesus died to free us from all forms of slavery, credit card companies included.

Financial imprisonment is a choice. It’s a choice to give into the temporary satisfaction of spending instead of the lasting contentment that comes from following Jesus. In Galatians 5:1, the apostle Paul tells the church of Galatia to stand firm and to not be burdened again by slavery. This verse still applies to us today. God wants more for us than financial stress and a pile of bills. Jesus died for us to live in freedom, including freedom from debt.

 

Think About:

1. How have your financial burdens made you feel enslaved?

2. What do you wish you had the financial freedom to do?

3. What steps can you take to get there?

 

Pray:

Dear Jesus, You alone can fulfill the longings of my heart. Give me the courage to live in freedom instead of going back to old vices.


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Following Jesus Is Radical

Following Jesus Is Radical

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2

Everything Belongs to Jesus

Everything Belongs to Jesus

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3

It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

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Jesus Says We Should Tithe

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

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God Doesn’t Need Our Money

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

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Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

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Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

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Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

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Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

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We All Need Help Sometimes

We All Need Help Sometimes

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Know Where Your Money Goes

Know Where Your Money Goes

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How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

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You Can’t Love Both God and Money

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

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God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

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Debt Is a Choice

Debt Is a Choice

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Broke People Can’t Bless People

Broke People Can’t Bless People

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Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

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Fund Your Future

Fund Your Future

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Every Cent Counts

Every Cent Counts

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20

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

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Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

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Less Is More

Less Is More

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Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

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Give Your Best

Give Your Best

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What Can Destroy You?

What Can Destroy You?

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God Never Fails

God Never Fails

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Work With Purpose

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Do Whatever It Takes

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