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We all know the story of the prodigal son, and what happened when he returned home to his father, broken and ashamed.

He took his inheritance and spent it on foolish, and many times wicked things, but when he returned home, his father was so pleased that he had come home, that he slaughtered the fattened calf, and made it a day of rejoicing.

So, what does God say about the squandering of the money that he has provided for you?

Luke 16:13 says: “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

1 Timothy 6:17: As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

1 Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

The economic crisis of the last 4 years has affected all of us in one way or another, and probably none of us have gone unscathed in the process. Many have lost jobs, lost money in savings and investments.

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Some pensions have lost money, or are gone altogether. It has hit some worse than others, but we all have felt the downturn. But God, being a provident God, takes care of our needs, even though it may be a far cry from what we are used to.

Many of us, however, still squander what money we do have coming in. The rich, the middle class, and yes, even the poor are all guilty of squandering.

I quick fix of self-indulgence creeps into everyone’s lives, sometimes not even knowing how we are going to pay our bills…nor do we know how we are going to replace that money that we spent in self-indulgence. The largest share of this squandering is impulse buying.

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How many times have we walked into a store, and just started picking up things that we don’t need?

It was difficult for many of us growing up, to adhere to the principals that our parents tried, (hopefully,) to teach us, about the correct way to handle our money. When we went out and got our first jobs, what were the first things we wanted to buy?

For some it was for nice clothes, for others it may have been a car, but for many, it was earmarked for partying and having a good time, just like the prodigal son.

Do you have any idea the amount of money that you may have squandered on partying?

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