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Two Habits That Spell Disaster for Your Finances

Aug 18, 2007
In today's culture, it's very easy to compartmentalize our lives. In fact, many organization specialists say that this is the best way to keep track of the many elements of our busy lives. That's because having a system works.

But you need to keep in mind that all the areas of your life are linked. For instance, poor relationships can cause serious health problems. And poor parenting skills will hurt your children's chances for success.

Well, your finances are part of your overall world. When other areas are negatively hit, it causes serious problems with your finances. With that in mind, there are two habits most people don't connect to finances, but I've found will often cause major financial trouble.

The two habits are not going to church and sexual immorality. I know that sounds off the wall. Most of you are probably saying, "Those have nothing to do with finances." But they do. In fact, I've seen how both of them can work together to destroy your finances.

While this principle is one I've seen over and over again in practice, there is a Scriptural basis for the connection. Hebrews 13:1 says, "Let love of the brethren continue," which means you need to continue fellowshipping with believers on a regular basis. Then in verse 4, the same chapter discusses adultery. And verse 5 discusses the love of money.

While these verses don't draw a direct connection, it does discuss them together. And I believe the practical connection illustrates a biblical truth: When Christians stop going to church and fellowshipping with believers, they fall into all kinds of trouble. And the consequences of their sin often result in financial problems.

In fact, in my experience, I've seen immorality push people out of church. And I've seen it destroy their finances. I know of one couple that recently divorced because of marital infidelity and both of them are struggling financially. And, at one point, both of them pulled out of their church.

I've seen other cases where a Christian couple wasn't tied into a church and the husband got involved in Internet immorality. He soon lost his job and put his family in serious financial trouble.

One habit doesn't necessarily mean the others will always happen. I've seen very godly people who were very involved in church go through terrible financial times (Job is a great example). But, as trends go, I've seen a lot of cases where all three go hand in hand.

The good news is you can save yourself from a lot of heartache and financial ruin simply by staying closely plugged into a group of Bible-believing Christians. They can help you stay out of immoral situations with personal accountability and help you through any tough times that do come along.
About the Author
Steve Kroening writes for Success magazine and also publishes Wisdom's Edge. You can get Biblical tips on health, finance, relationships, parenting, and success, delivered to your email inbox every week. Simply visit http://www.wisdomsedge.com and sign up for this free e-zine.
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