Break the Cycle – Part 2
God’s Economy vs. World Economy
Economy – the wealth and resources of a country or region including production and distribution of goods and services.
(John 17:14-17 NKJV) I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (15) I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. (16) They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
- We are in this world, but we are not of this world.
World – (Gk) “Kosmos” – the order or arrangement
(Galatians 1:4 AMPC) Who gave (yielded) Himself up [to atone] for our sins [and to save and sanctify us], in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father—
- There are two kingdoms at work in the earth today.
(John 18:36 NKJV) Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
- We belong to the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus is Lord.
(Colossians 1:13 NLT) For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son,
- We have the choice to function in God’s economy or in the world’s economy.
(Matthew 6:33 AMPC) But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
- When we choose to function in God’s Kingdom, we can receive the protections that God provides in that Kingdom.
(Psalms 27:1,5 NKJV) The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (5) For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
(Psalms 32:7 NKJV) You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
(Exodus 8:22 NKJV) And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the land.
(Exodus 9:25-26 NKJV) And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every herb of the field and broke every tree of the field. (26) Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail.
It’s Time to Get Out of Debt!
(Romans 13:8 NKJV) Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
(Romans 13:8 AMPC) Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another…
We cannot build a doctrine out of one verse, but we can see this principle throughout the Bible.
(Deuteronomy 15:6 NKJV) For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
(Deuteronomy 28:12 NKJV) The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
(Deuteronomy 28:13 NLT) If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.
(Deuteronomy 28:43-44 NLT) (43) “The foreigners living among you will become stronger and stronger, while you become weaker and weaker. (44) They will lend money to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, and you will be the tail!
(Proverbs 22:7 NKJV) The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.
(Proverbs 22:7 BBE) The man of wealth has rule over the poor, and he who gets into debt is a servant to his creditor.
Investment – When we do something at the expense of today to prosper tomorrow.
Debt – When we do something today at the expense of tomorrow.
- Most debt requires the signing of a contract or a covenant.
(Exodus 34:10-12 NKJV) And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. (11) Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. (12) Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst.
One in five Americans believe they will still have debt when they die. God has a better way!
- God has a way to bring us out of debt!
(Leviticus 25:11-13 NKJV) (11) That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. (12) For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field. (13) ‘In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.
(Luke 4:18-19 AMPC) The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], (19) To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound]. [Isa 61:1-2]