Why Can I Memorize Scripture But I Forget To Pay My Bills? Learning to Live Clean, Sober…and Responsibly

Do you struggle with the everyday responsibilities of life such as managing your finances?

Are you clean and sober, however, can’t seem to live responsibly in all areas of your life?  

Are you dedicated to memorizing scripture meanwhile forgetting to pay your bills?

Why-Can-I-Memorize-Scripture-But-I-Forget-To-Pay-My-BillsThese are common issues in someone that hasn’t fully found balance in their life.

Ashley is a 25-year old that loves Jesus and is dedicated to reading her bible and memorizing scripture.

After 7 years of living in bondage, she was able to put down her cocaine and alcohol addiction and turn her life over to Christ’s care and control.  Ashley has been sober for 3 years.

Celebrate Recovery Principle 3 states “Consciously choose to commit ALL my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

Ashley attends Celebrate Recovery regularly and has managed to commit some of her life’s issues to Christ’s care and control; however, she hasn’t committed all of her life to Christ’s care and control.

What is missing in Ashley’s life?  Ashley is missing balance and financial freedom.  The key component to living a responsible life is finding balance.

The Lord not only requires Ashley to live a clean, sober life, but He also requires her to maintain responsibility in all areas of her life.

Memorizing scripture is great and extremely important; however, what is more important than memorizing scripture is learning to apply the scriptures she learns to her everyday life.

Ashley has definitely made a u-turn in her life; however, she still struggles with forgetting to pay her bills.  It seems that every month she forgets to pay bills, resulting in a domino effect of delinquent payments and late fees.

The enemy wants nothing more than to distract Ashley from managing her finances and paying her bills, which ultimately holds her in financial bondage.

Financial bondage squeezes and chokes the very life out of living.  Maintaining healthy finances are required to enjoy life—that is why Ashley’s bills are called “living expenses. “

Messed up finance, consequently resulting in a lack of money, will limit Ashely’s choices in life.  The essence of financial freedom is to afford the choices and privileges she deserves as a child of God.

God came to give Ashley life and life more abundantly.  In John 10:10 Jesus says “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”


God is not only a God that gives life more abundantly; He is also a God that delivers.  The same God, who delivered Ashley from sin, iniquity, addictions, and habits, can and will deliver Ashley financially.

The Lord does not take pleasure in His children being in bondage of any kind, including Ashley.  He created her to live in freedom so that He may fulfill his God-ordained plan and purpose for her life.

God wants to bring peace and contentment to Ashley’s life.  Finding true balance spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially will allow every area of her life to flourish in a positive light.

Ashley should always seek to learn, grow and make wise choices.  Trusting God to help her achieve a level of balance and financial freedom is imperative.

Ashley can begin to find balance and financial freedom by starting with a simple prayer to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The prayer could go something like this, “Lord, help me to find balance in my life.  I am dedicated to serving you, maintaining my sobriety, but I struggle with the everyday things of life such as managing my finances and paying my bills.  I want to surrender every area of my life to you, Lord, including my bills and my finances.  I no longer want to live in financial bondage, but want to have complete freedom in you, Lord”

Consider this scripture:

Psalm 18:2

“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

If you have a similar story, begin to cry out to the Lord, asking Him to deliver you from financial bondage and to help you find balance in your life.

In addition to asking God for help, another way to find victory over financial bondage is to obtain an accountability partner.  Obtaining an accountability partner is defined by allowing someone you trust to help you to maintain your finances and hold you accountable for paying your bills.

At CrossRoads Freedom Center we know that many men who have struggled with alcohol or chemical addiction often have financial struggles as well.  Just like Ashley, it’s easy to get into a downward spiral of late payments, missed payments, and bad credit.  Eventually it just seems too overwhelming to even think about.

But ignoring the problems in our lives is never the solution… at least not for very long!  That’s why one of the bible studies the CrossRoads men go through includes several months focused on biblical understanding of how we are to handle the resources God has given us.  The study is called Every Man A Warrior by Lonnie Berger.

In addition to addressing our relationship with God and our families, it also addresses our relationship to money.


Are you ready to try things God’s way and trust him with your finances?  A good first step is to get involved in a bible study like Every Man a Warrior or another group where you can be honest with other men about your struggles.

If you live in the Frederick, MD area, click here and contact us and we’ll let you know what bible studies and men’s’ groups are available at CrossRoads.

It just might be the thing you need to bring balance back into your life.

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