I don’t know about you, but I have thrown my hands up and said, “Lord, enough is enough! I can’t do this on my own! I don’t want to do this on my own! Take this burden from me! My life is yours!” more than once in my life. Yes! I’ve surrendered my life to Him more than once. It might sound silly to you, (it certainly does to me) since I know how clearly scripture is about “it is finished” and “His burden is light and that we can rest in Him”.
But there’s something mysterious that seems to happen when it comes to matters of money. I actually first met this interesting spirit of scarcity in the mid 90’s when I was still working as an investment advisor. I had a client with over $3million invested with me plus 2 waterfront million dollar plus homes fully paid for who worried constantly about every aspect of his money. He was afraid to spend it; afraid to lose it; and afraid of missing out on good investment returns all at the same time. I believe now that this is the spirit that glomps onto good people and manifests itself in ways of materialism as well as in ways of hoarding.
It is this spirit of scarcity that I believe has come on me and many others I’ve met who seem to keep surrendering their lives to Jesus in the area of finances, then seem to continue to carry the burden of running around doing ongoing mental calculations about the bank balance.
It’s fascinating to me how this scarcity mindset is actually more prevalent in people who you’d think had it all together. I’m talking about professionals and hard working middle-income people who have cars, homes, nice clothes and furnishings and are able to enjoy a lot of what the world has to offer. I don’t think there is anything wrong with enjoying these nice things. Jesus did say that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10 ESV).
The thief in the form of scarcity will make you think you don’t have enough, will run out, or need something now. And he’ll also make you feel bad for spending or wanting something else. He’ll also try to make you feel inferior or the opposite, prideful for either having or not having something.
We’re going to talk about this further on Financial Grace Radio on Monday, February 2, 2015 in an episode called, ‘Why Get Out of Debt Will Keep You Broke’. In the meantime, let’s suffice it to say, that I am surrendered to Jesus for all my life, and that the conniving, deceitful spirit of scarcity has been sent back to the pit in Jesus name. Enough is enough. I’m not going to sit back and let others fall victim to his subtle, holier than though sounding lies that keep God’s people in bondage.
I’m not saying that debt is a good thing – haha – no way. I’m saying that the popular message of ‘get out of debt, cut back your spending, save more for retirement’ is fuelling the spirit of scarcity. Obviously managing debt is critical – but we will turn ourselves into a third world society if we are successful in getting everyone to stop spending in order to get rid of consumer debt. We need spending, which means we need to learn how to increase our overall financial capacity to earn and manage. Scarcity, fear and attempts to control spending are a recipe for ongoing stress and struggle. There is an easier, quicker way and it’s not some new hot investment or business strategy. It does require a paradigm shift in your thinking on this critical topic though. I hope you can join me live or listen to the archive next week!
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