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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.

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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  • 1. In Love for Life Building or Rebuilding a Great Marriage Mike Mazzalongo #6 – The Money Trap
  • 2. Reasons for money disputes •  Different ideas and training
  • 3. Reasons for money disputes •  Different ideas and training •  No discussion before marriage
  • 4. Reasons for money disputes •  Different ideas and training •  No discussion before marriage •  Different economic backgrounds
  • 5. Earning Power" Lifestyle" =" Conflict"
  • 6. If our earning power cannot support our lifestyle, we’re in danger of being caught in the Money Trap.
  • 7. How the Trap Works 1.  External forces •  Early experiences •  Easy credit •  Abundance of merchandise
  • 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. How the “Trap” is Sprung 1.  Images of the ideal lifestyle
  • 10. How the “Trap” is Sprung 1.  Images of the ideal lifestyle 2.  Accessibility
  • 11. How the “Trap” is Sprung 1.  Images of the ideal lifestyle 2.  Accessibility 3.  Easy credit “Get it with credit”!
  • 12. Our lifestyle should be based on our earning power.
  • 13. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue
  • 14. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue •  Obsession
  • 15. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue •  Obsession •  Arguments
  • 16. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  Fatigue •  Obsession •  Arguments •  Sexual disinterest
  • 17. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  •  •  •  Fatigue Obsession Arguments Sexual disinterest •  Financial ruin
  • 18. Symptoms of Financial Pressure •  •  •  •  •  Fatigue Obsession Arguments Sexual disinterest Financial ruin •  Spiritual discouragement
  • 19. Bad Solutions 1."
  • 20. Bad Solutions 2."
  • 21. Bad Solutions 3."
  • 22. Bad Solutions 4."
  • 23. Bad Solutions 5."
  • 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. Putting it into Practice Requires: • Honesty
  • 26. Putting it into Practice Requires: •  Honesty • Self-control
  • 27. Putting it into Practice Requires: •  Honesty •  Self-control • Alertness
  • 28. Putting it into Practice Requires: •  Honesty •  Self-control •  Alertness • Contentment
  • 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. 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. 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. Summary Spending + Earning = Debt = Pressure
  • 33. Negative/Positive Strategy •  Negative – barnyard approach •  Priority/self-control/budget
  • 34. Don’t get caught in the Money Trap.