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How to keep from losing your money
By John Chopores
A lose woman can cost you much money and you lose the respect of many of your friends and business partners! Cf.
Prov. 5:3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
"wormwood" was very bitter and a kind of poison!
A " two-edged sword" cuts
both ways; the woman as well as the man can be harmed by a sexual affair.
Prov. 5:10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
We see here that
spending your time and money on a "immoral woman" can cause your
money to end-up in the hands of people, who are not of your family!
Prov. 5:11 And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,
All humans get old. How do you want to look back at your life? Will you have used your time and money for the good?
Also, this verse could also be talking about STD's that one can get from an "immoral woman".
Sin has a way of not being open and seen until it is too late.
Cf. Hosea 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.
That is one of the reasons that God warns us in the Bible of these things, so we can know about them ahead of time, and stay clear of them!
Cf. Prov. 5:1 ¶ My son! to my wisdom give attention, To mine understanding incline thine ear,
Prov.2:2 To observe thoughtfulness, And knowledge do thy lips keep. [YLT].
10 ¶ When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things,
Prov. 5:12 And say: "How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!
13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
The Bible, as well humans, can be out teachers!
Prov. 5:14 I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation."[NJV].
Not just ruin, but "total" ruin!
Being thankful to God can help us keep wealth!
Cf. Deuteronomy 8:17 "then you say in your heart, `My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'
All good things are from God. Cf. James 1:17 Every gift which is good, and every perfect boon, is from above, and comes down from the Father, who is the source of all Light. In Him there is no variation nor the slightest suggestion of change.[WEY].
Deuteronomy 8:18 "And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
In the making and keeping of wealth, the thoughts play a big part.
It would seem, that the "power to get wealth", is one of the gifts of God!
When people only seek for wealth, they miss much and get very little!
Cf. 2 Chronicles 1:11 And God said to Solomon: "Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life--but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king--
We should also ask
ourselves, do we want wealth just for ourselves?
2 Chronicles 1:12 "wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like." [NKJV].
When we seek wealth for more than just ourselves, we can get more than just the wealth!
Another way to keep wealth is to spend it wisely!
Cf. James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Pro. 23:20 Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
Know that it is much easier to spent money, than to save it!
Cf. Pro. 21:17 ¶ He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.[NKJV].
Proverbs 21:20 ¶ There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Luke 15:13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.
Luke 15:14 And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. [RSV].
It is good to have a clear head, when dealing with money!
Cf. Prov.20: 1 ¶ Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 23:29 ¶ Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Proverbs 23:30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.
Proverbs 23:31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;
Proverbs 23:32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.
Proverbs 23:33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. [NKJV].
Wine and immoral women can take all of your time and money!
Cf. Hosea 4:11 "Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart. [NKJV].