Does God give us Money for our Cigarettes?

I was recently told about a Christian who was attempting to witness to an agnostic.  This Christian told the agnostic that God even gives me the money to buy my cigarettes.  Now people, God does not give us the money we need to support our habits and addictionsSatan may give us the money to support our addictions, but God does not.  God would tell us to take all that money we spend on our cigarettes (about $5.00 a pack now I think), and give it to the poor.  And the same goes for any other addictions we may have like coffee (the Christian’s drug of choice), alcohol, pornography, etc. God would certainly not want to support a habit that is physically or emotionally unhealthy for us and our neighbors.  God’s Word tells us to love our neighbors as we love our selves.  The last time I walked through the doors at the local mall, I couldn’t get in the doors without engulfing a cloud of smoke, and nearly choking to death on it.  No, God does not give us the money to buy our cigarettes!

Now, I myself have been convicted recently about my coffee habit once again, due to some urinary tract health issues.  I had been stopping on occasion at the local Sonic to get one of those specialty frosty coffee drinks at about $2.50 a pop, and I was up to about a pot a day at home.  Now that’s a lot of coffee.  Too much!  So I’m on day 4 of a 40 day coffee fast.  I completed one once before, failed another one miserably, and am now embarking on a third 40 day fast.  God help me break this coffee habit!  Now if we take all those $2.50’s and $5.00 and tithe at church, give it to the poor, or even buy something we really need, like a gallon of milk instead, we would be serving God much better, and loving ourselves much better than if we simply serve ourselves with these unhealthy habits.  If we don’t have enough money to pay our 10% tithe, give some to the poor, and buy our groceries, then we have no business buying things that only support unhealthy addictions.

One the other hand, I have recently been on the receiving end of a very generous Christian lady.  I had been trying to finish up my Masters Degree in Christian Counseling these last two months, and had very little income, when this God-sent lady bought us about a hundred dollars worth of groceries twice, filled up my car in gas several times, bought my severely expired car tag, and had my car serviced.  And this was not at my request, but at her insistence.  Now being a single parent, who am separated from my husband at this time, this was such a God send.  It made life a whole lot easier as I studied and took my final exams without having to worry about where our next meal was coming from.  It was quite humbling for me, but this lady doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk and puts her money where her mouth is.  Now this is a true Christian we could all make an example of.

We can always tell how faithful we are to God, by looking at our checkbooks, and expenditures.  Are we paying our tithes to the church, are we giving to other charities or helping the poor in addition to that, or are we instead supporting our own selfish habits and addictions?  We are responsible to God for how we spend our money, for how we care for our sisters and brothers, and for how much of our time and money we use to support our own selfish behaviors.  None of us are perfect and we all have bad habits we need to break, so I challenge all who read this to pick one thing you need to be set free from and go on a 40 day fast from it for God, for yourself, and for your sisters and brothers in Christ. No, God does not give us the money for our cigarettes, our coffee, our excess food, our alcohol, our pornography, our gambling, or any other self-and-other-destructive addictions!  God bless you all on your endeavors!


About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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