ID-100349074Luke 7:41-43 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said. 

Debt can be crippling. The people who are most susceptible are the working class. Everything they bring in goes right back out. People who are living paycheck to paycheck can’t afford for a crisis to happen. When a crisis occurs it’s probably another dip into debt to get out of the crisis while digging a deeper hole.

It’s not God’s desire for his children to be drowning in debt. God had even made provision for debt forgiveness every seven years. Deuteronomy 15:1-2 “At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money. This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites. They must not demand payment from their neighbors or relatives, for the Lord’s time of release has arrived.

Jesus talked about this release from Debt. He gave a parable of a man who owed a year’s wage of debt and one who owed a month’s wages. Neither one of them had the money to pay back their debts. Which one do you thank was more grateful?!

Jesus taught us how to pray when he said, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive those that are indebted to us.” I think there is a direct relation to our financial debt and our spiritual debt.

  1. If we can ever learn how to release our praise I believe he will release our debt. Jesus followed this parable with a real live example of a sinful woman (indebted) pouring her love and adoration on Jesus while the host ignored him. She had been forgiven much while the religious host saw himself as a “little” sinner. He didn’t think he owed Jesus any praise. When you realize just how much you owe Jesus you can’t help but give him praise.
  2. When you learn how to release people who owe you that’s when God releases you from debt. Father forgive us our debt as we forgive those indebted to us! As we release people God releases us.
  3. When we learn how to release our purse Jesus releases our debt. This indebted woman poured a whole bottle of perfume on Jesus feet. The only thing required from a host was water for his feet and oil for his hair. The host gave Jesus nothing. This woman poured the equivalent of a years wage on Jesus’ feet then wiped them dry with her hair. In his debt reduction plan Dave Ramsey suggests that we snowball our debt. Payoff little bills first then add that money to bigger bills. He also suggests building a crisis fund with three months wages. But the thing that stands out the most from Dave Ramsey is that he suggests that people who are in debt become tithers. He suggests that we give God a tenth of our income because we need God’s favor to release us from our debt. When God sees the release of our generosity it will cause him to release you. Jesus told the indebted woman, “Go your debt is forgiven because your faith has saved you!”

Dear God,

I need your help to get out of this debt. Loose me from the snare of debt. Help me to stop digging deeper holes and instead establish better credit. Today I choose to release praise, people, and my purse or wallet☺️. I know that in the same measure that I give out that it shall come back to me in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over. Men shall put money back into my bosom when I learn the secret of forgiving those who are indebted to me so that you can release me from my debts.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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