What we WANT .v. what we NEED!(Deliver us from compulsive spending!)

‘’And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from… ‘Mat 6:13 NKJV

Jimmy Choo shoes

Prada bag

Vivienne Westwood costume

Versace Perfume

Brazilian lace wig

Berluti shoes

Savil row outfits

and what is that again that tickles a man’s fancy?

Shana earned a lot of money from a contract she secured for her bank.To celebrate her success,like most women her age,she decided to take her girls out on a shopping spree .They toured the best designer stores in town.With the many discount ,sales,purchase X, Y, Z for the price of X everywhere,the world around her enticed the excited lady to spend and spend until she lost count of her needs for tomorrow .She,with the help of her girlies surely did paint the town red!

I’m sure sometimes we’re guilty of loosing count and spending until we’re left gobsmacked by our very own acts, right? I don’t blame you.There is just so much in place to convince people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.Advertisers,manufactures and producers are with the aim of turning us the consumers into compulsive buyers.Sadly,our insatiable desire to accomodate this enticement is gradually destroying lives,homes and relationships.

In life,there is always a want and there is also a need.A want is something we would love to have even though it is not an immediate necessity.A want always seems appealing.Our minds even make them come into sight as a need.A need on the other hand is something that is essential, indispensable, required; a lack that must be fulfilled. It is something you have to have or without it your life will be exposed to hazardous risks.Food,clothes,shelter are few things each man needs to keep them functioning well.

Some other things however fall in both categories –a need and a want.If you choose to eat meat on a specific day of the week for instance, there certainly would be more than a few options on the shelves of a grocery store.Lamb fillet for a fiver a pack or Japanese Kobe-style meat for a whooping 60 quid at just 200 grammes.Now, honestly, what would be a need and what will be a want in this case? John.W.Frick once said, “Don’t tell me where your priorities are.Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”

We can’t spend all we want,run out of money and then blame God for our financial woes!Every money problem needs some taming or even counselling and help.There has been countless stories of rich folks who have ended their lives because they failed to tell between their wants and needs Spending frivolously, getting entwined in debts,they trapped themselves in a spider’s web they could scarcely escape.

Stress, worry, depression, loneliness,a feeling of incompleteness or low self-esteem should never trigger you into spending on what you don’t need. It’s terrific to look good, drive the nicest car, live in a mansion, etc but at what or whose expense? There is surely a time for everything .If you cannot afford the good life without entangling yourself in bad credit, then great!

Compulsive spending is only an alternative to momentary happiness. Of what use is it to be happy for a minute and the next have a bailiff calling at the door post or reliable collections threatening every now and then? The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty. But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. (Prov 21:5)

I pray God in His grace will teach us how to distinguish between a need and a want so we can live debt-free. I pray we will walk in a way that we won’t be given to the spirit that urges us to buy beyond our purse.The enemy’s goal is to constantly push us to a limit where we become slaves within ourselves.You can’t help him destroy you. Buying stuff with money we don’t have or that can go into a more worthy cause or even better, a financial return is a ruse of the enemy.It’s ultimate result is destruction.John 10:10!

The next time you’re on a compulsive shopping spree or in ‘high buying spirit’, have a breather, a re-think and question your motive:’do I really NEED this or do I just BADLY WANT it?’ Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.Prov 25:28

Like an ant,let’s consider our ways and be wise.Having no guide, overseer, or ruler, she provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest so when the time of need arises; she knows she has more than enough to see her through.

‘’Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.’’ Prov 4:25

Real richness is in how you spend your money. – Jacques Lipchitz

Spending a lot of money will get you trapped into thinking you are having a good time when all you are doing is spending a lot of money. – From Career Success WITHOUT a Real Job

©Adja A.R Dibassey 2011


8 responses to “What we WANT .v. what we NEED!(Deliver us from compulsive spending!)”

  1. ubersmomma Avatar

    uh-ho, do i need to return the mckenzie and nike tracksuits i bought today…lol, nah actually i mainly only buy in sales :-D. Thanks for your post Adjah!

    1. adjaamy Avatar

      Looool…Don’t think you should.:-).It’s only bad enough if it becomes a constant habit putting one into constant trouble.My pleasure.Thanks for stopping by too,well appreciated!:-)

  2. bINTOU Avatar

    well lol did u intentionally write dis for me???
    buh anyways dis kinda makes sense
    n i fink ur totally ryt
    good job
    proud of u

    1. adjaamy Avatar

      Lol…’Qui se sent morveux, se mouche’ Only the guilty blow their nose.Lol…Thanks my lovely.Thank God for His grace!

  3. Timothy Oladipo Avatar
    Timothy Oladipo

    Thanks Adja for another thought provoking write up. The Lord words and wisdom in you shall not dry up.

    Unfortunately whatever a man value most set the tone of his life. We have today substituted need for greed! The three basic questions we all need to ask before any purchase anything are:

    1. Do I need it? Not just because it’s in the sale!
    2. Even if I do need it.., ‘can I afford it?’ and stop living by faith! If God
    has not placed the order He is by no means going to pay for it.
    3. Lastly, what sort of value will this add to my life?

    In my write up, ‘Your value determines your destiny’ I stated that the source of our values are very important. When it comes down to it, you have two options for sources for your values. You can either get your values from the Word of God or the world. For every believer it is important we allow Christ to set our Values and not the culture of the world as we are surrounded with today.

    Three things will be flagged immediately If we allow the world to set our values; they can be summarised in three words. They are pleasure, possessions, prestige. The Church as we have it today have allowed the culture of the world to set her values. The first value of the world is pleasure. Our culture values pleasure. If it looks and feels good, then do it. If your neighbour or friend can get it then what is stopping you from getting it. If you haven’t got it then you are not in vogue! Please read on..,
    PART 1

    Part 2

    1. adjaamy Avatar

      Thanks Pastor Tim.One thing I love about you is that you bring out the completing part of the things God blesses me with.You bring a further insight and revelaton and I am sure learning from you.Thanks for being an encouragement.I pray many will be blessed by your ministry as I am.Much love and blessings,Adja Amy.

  4. Anthea Avatar

    lovely and truthful…i need 2 change some habits, i knew that i needed 2 before reading this but reading this has given me plenty of reasons why I actually need 2. thank u and dont stop!!! ♥ xx Anthea

  5. adjaamy Avatar

    Lol Tia…We are all in the struggle and through the grace of God we are getting to deliverance!:-)

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