The Money Trap

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This lesson examines the pressure put on a relationship because of bad money management and provides suggestions on how couples can better address financial issues using a Christian perspective.

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The Money Trap

  1. 1. In Love for Life Building or Rebuilding a Great Marriage Mike Mazzalongo #6 – The Money Trap
  2. 2. Reasons for money disputes •  Different ideas and training
  3. 3. Reasons for money disputes •  Different ideas and training •  No discussion before marriage
  4. 4. Reasons for money disputes •  Different ideas and training •  No discussion before marriage •  Different economic backgrounds
  5. 5. Earning Power" Lifestyle" =" Conflict"
  6. 6. If our earning power cannot support our lifestyle, we’re in danger of being caught in the Money Trap.
  7. 7. How the Trap Works 1.  External forces •  Early experiences •  Easy credit •  Abundance of merchandise
  8. 8. How the Trap Works 1.  External forces 2.  Internal forces •  Greed" •  Laziness" •  Jealousy" •  Lack of self-control" •  Pride" •  Selfishness" " " New " You too!" The Best" Easy" NOW!!!" #1"
  9. 9. How the “Trap” is Sprung 1.  Images of the ideal lifestyle
  10. 10. How the “Trap” is Sprung 1.  Images of the ideal lifestyle 2.  Accessibility
  11. 11. How the “Trap” is Sprung 1.  Images of the ideal lifestyle 2.  Accessibility 3.  Easy credit “Get it with credit”!
  12. 12. Our lifestyle should be based on our earning power.
  13. 13. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue
  14. 14. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue •  Obsession
  15. 15. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue •  Obsession •  Arguments
  16. 16. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue •  Obsession •  Arguments •  Sexual disinterest
  17. 17. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  •  •  •  Fatigue Obsession Arguments Sexual disinterest •  Financial ruin
  18. 18. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  •  •  •  •  Fatigue Obsession Arguments Sexual disinterest Financial ruin •  Spiritual discouragement
  19. 19. Bad Solutions 1."
  20. 20. Bad Solutions 2."
  21. 21. Bad Solutions 3."
  22. 22. Bad Solutions 4."
  23. 23. Bad Solutions 5."
  24. 24. Good Solutions 1.  Establish your style of living based on your current earning power. “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.” !! - Proverbs 22:7 ! "
  25. 25. Putting it into Practice Requires: • Honesty
  26. 26. Putting it into Practice Requires: •  Honesty • Self-control
  27. 27. Putting it into Practice Requires: •  Honesty •  Self-control • Alertness
  28. 28. Putting it into Practice Requires: •  Honesty •  Self-control •  Alertness • Contentment
  29. 29. Good Solutions 1.  Establish your style of living based on your current earning power 2.  Making financial priorities  “9 Honor the LORD from your wealth
 And from the first of all your produce;
 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty
 And your vats will overflow with new wine.” " - Proverbs 3:9-10!
  30. 30. Good Solutions 1.  Establish your style of living based on your current earning power 2.  Making financial priorities 1.  Give first portion to God
  31. 31. Good Solutions 1.  Establish your style of living based on your current earning power 2.  Making financial priorities 1.  Give first portion to God 2.  Establish a reasonable budget
  32. 32. Summary Spending + Earning = Debt = Pressure
  33. 33. Negative/Positive Strategy •  Negative – barnyard approach •  Priority/self-control/budget
  34. 34. Don’t get caught in the Money Trap.

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