Austin Pryor on Resisting Financial Temptation

I read something that I’m excited about sharing with you! In context, it was intended to explain to Christians how we can have greater success in resisting sin. But a parallel application can be made in the area of our stewardship — how we can more closely follow God’s principles for spending, saving, investing, and giving the money He has entrusted to us.

To be successful in these areas, there’s more involved than simply learning the rules of money management, isn’t there? To paraphrase well-known investor Warren Buffett, if it was simply a matter of gaining enough knowledge, all librarians would be rich!

We must also demonstrate the crucial element of self-control. Not just coming up with a budget that will get you debt-free and help you save for future needs, but living it out week by week. Not only devising an investing strategy, but sticking with it no matter what the markets are doing or the pundits are saying. Not just having good intentions about raising your giving from 10 percent to 15 percent, but making the sacrifices so it will actually happen.

It’d be easy to accomplish our goals if it weren’t for all those appealing opportunities to deviate from our plans. We’re so prone to make an exception “this time.” Or, as Oscar Wilde humorously put it, “I can resist anything except temptation.”

It’s in this very area that Sam Storms’ advice lifted my spirit. In his book, Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God, he put it this way:

We yearn for pleasure. We were built for excitement. Our passion for joy and satisfaction is relentless and inescapable. Although this passion for pleasure is not in itself sinful, it is the reason why we sin. We say “Yes” to temptation because it feels good …

Volitional restraint and abstinence are only effective against sin when the soul embraces a pleasure superior to the one denied. Finding fullness of joy and everlasting pleasure in God’s presence alone will serve to woo our wayward hearts from the power of the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Therefore, falling in love with the Son of God is the key to holiness.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Austin Pryor