Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.
Song of Solomon 2:15
I love to cook. It allows me to serve in a different way. When my family eats a good meal, it brings me satisfaction and joy that I was able to provide it for them. In cooking, one of the worst things you can do is leave out a vital ingredient. What would mash potatoes be without butter, or pizza without cheese? It is the little things that make the biggest difference. In life, the big things are easy to spot, but the little things make the biggest impact. The Word says that little foxes spoil the vine. Some people are trying to grow their finances but little foxes have been eating the roots. Credit cards, wasteful spending, bills that add no value and provide little enjoyment. One of the reasons people have so many financial problems is that they are trying to please themselves with stuff. Joy does not come from the outside, but it is a gift that flows out of your love and relationship with God. You need to become a master over your finances. Finances are a gift to you by God to provide for your family, honor your God through tithes and offerings, and bless others. When we do not have a purpose for our money, we waste it on stuff. These are the little foxes that spoil the vine. Churches and missions all over the world are suffering because God’s people are full of debt. It is not because they are poor. They have just allowed too many foxes into their lives. What finances they receive are being spent on credit cards and debt services instead of the Kingdom of God. It is time to change. Change begins with you. Take back control over your finances and kill the foxes. Here are a couple of suggestions. Write on a paper your bills and expenses. Look for the foxes. Maybe you are paying extra for cable or phone services that you do not use. Look for areas to reduce your expenses. Then setup a budget on your daily expenses. Most of people’s money goes to things like eating out, or buying expensive cups of coffee. It is ok to bless yourself but have a limit. Learn to place a boundary upon your expenses. You cannot be eating $15 meals two times a day and expect to store up and build. Set a place to store extra money. If you put a daily limit of $15 a day for personal expenses and you only spend $10 that day, put the extra money in a jar or coffee can and save a little for the future. Don’t take it out and spend it the next day. Think about the future. You can do it. Take control over your spending and see how God has already blessed you. God cannot override what you allow. When you show God you are serious with your finances, God will help you destroy the foxes of debts and lack out of your life. It takes commitment and faithfulness, but it is worth the sacrifice. You can do it. God’s Spirit will give you the strength. Kill the foxes.
Prayer: Father, I thank you for your blessings. You have blessed me with skills and talents that bring increase. Lord Jesus, I need help. I desire to serve you and not myself. I have allowed foxes to come and spoil your financial blessings. I desire to retake this land and remove debts. Your Word says that we should owe no one anything except the debt of love. I ask You for strength and wisdom to change my financial behavior. I want to give to Your Kingdom to do the work of ministry. I start today by setting boundaries and storing up little by little. In Jesus name, amen
Now go do something great for God