April 5, 2017

Psalm 119:11 (NLT) — 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

A number of years ago Cleo and I went through Dave Ramsey’s money course called ‘Financial Peace’. Dave said that the first and foremost thing to work on was developing an ’emergency fund’. He said that a person should have a minimum of $1000 in this fund before you even think doing anything else with your money. The fund was for emergencies like the washer breaks down, a tire blows out on the car, some unexpected thing happens and you have to have money now.

Most emergencies are less than a $1ooo but people who don’t have an emergency fund have to borrow money to pay for the unexpected and then interest has to be paid and not a person is in debt. He said that eventually you will want to build that account up to month to three months wages. Why? Well what if you got laid off from your job? With an emergency fund it will give you time to find a new job without feeling the crush of having no cash flow. Obviously to  build an emergency fund it will take time, effort and most of all discipline. You might have to do without some things so that you can put that money away in the fund.

An emergency fund will help to keep you from slipping into debt. In our memory verse God’s word tucked away in our hearts via memorization is our emergency fund that keeps us from slipping into sin. It takes time to memorize so to do that you may have to cut out other activities.

That word ‘hidden’ was used to describe what Moses’ mom did with Moses after he was born. The Egyptians were to kill all the male Israelite babies. But baby Moses was so precious and valuable to his mother that she hid him for three months. See Exodus 2:2-3

Is the word of God precious and valuable to you and sin so awful to  you that you would take the time to hide it or store it away in your heart.

That word ‘hidden’ was used to describe what Rahab did with the two spies that came to her from the Israelites. She knew that her life depended on them making it back to Israel so she hid them from the soldiers that were looking for them. See Joshua Chapter 2

Do you see your life dependent on the word of God to keep you from sin?

Proverbs 22:17–18 (NLT) — 17 Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. 18 For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips.

If anger is your weakness here are verses to put into your emergency fund:

Proverbs 29:11 (NLT) — 11 Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.

Proverbs 19:11 (NLT) — 11 Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.

Proverbs 14:29 (NLT) — 29 People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

Ephesians 4:26–27 (NLT) — 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

Ephesians 4:31 (NLT) — 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Is your weakness anxiety?

Proverbs 12:25 (ESV) — 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) — 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT) — 17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

There are over 31,000 bible verses that you can use to overcome any temptation to sin that comes your way. Unlike not having enough money for an emergency fund there are enough verses to fill your fund to over flowing. That is like have 31,000 bullets to fire at the enemy! There really is no excuse to not have fund in your heart built up to the max.

Dwight L. Moody, “Sin will keep us from the Bible or the Bible will keep us from sin.”

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