Practical Tips for Godly Lifestyle Adjustment

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Check those that are good reminders for you:

  • Live simply and within your means. (1 Timothy 6:6–8)
  • Do not covet the possessions of others. (Exodus 20:17)
  • Follow this wise advice: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
  • When considering making a purchase, ask yourself: “Do I really need this?” Learn to discern between your needs and your wants. (1 Timothy 6:8–10; Hebrews 13:5)
  • Examine your home for evidence of hoarding. (Luke 12:16–21)
  • Give away anything that owns you. (Matthew 19:21)
  • Do not fall for commercial advertising. Shop wisely based on good counsel. (Proverbs 11:14)
  • Avoid fads. Stick with the classics that are always in style. (Colossians 2:8; Romans 12:1–2)
  • Analyze the cost of seemingly small expenditures, such as eating out, buying name-brand clothing, etc. These purchases can add up to substantial sums of money. (Proverbs 27:23–24)
  • In making major purchases, be sure to shop around, compare prices, gain knowledge and get at least three prices or bids before making your final decision. (Proverbs 24:3–4)
  • Actively de-accumulate by going through your closets, drawers, storage spaces, garage, basement, etc. (Matthew 6:19–20)
  • Be willing to pray before making special purchases.
  • Give God the opportunity to lead you or provide for you in an unexpected but more affordable way. (1 Peter 5:7)
  • Be willing to purchase or use pre-owned items. You can often save substantial money by getting what someone else previously paid full price for. (Proverbs 13:22)

Adapted with permission from Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

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