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God’s word has a lot to say about money. He tells us what we should do with it: how we should spend, how we should save.
Blessing or cursing?
Money isn’t evil — it’s the love of money that is evil. When we hoard it up on ourselves, when we don’t honor the kingdom or support our local church with it, that’s when it becomes evil. God’s word teaches us if we will give the first 10% (tithe) to the church, the rest will be blessed. If we don’t, it has a curse on it. So many are cursed with a curse of poverty. They always lack: they will always be in a situation where they will never have enough. Something will always be off. Even if they have a lot of money, there will be no fulfillment in their lives.
The first thing we need to get right with God is that the first 10% (tithe) belongs to Him. The rest will be blessed, and we can do with it as we please. I would hope that we would save at least 10%, then live off the 80% left. God wants us to do only well. He wants us to be blessed. He wants our children and families to be blessed. That begins with us receiving Jesus into our hearts and being born again. Then we begin to follow Him and serve Him. Part of that is honoring God with our money and recognizing He is the owner of everything.
So let’s be faithful with tithing and really experience His blessing in our lives.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 7:53 AM CDT
In life there will be things we like and things we don’t like.
The good and the not so good:
In our job there will be things we like about it and things we don’t like about it. When I worked at UPS, I didn’t like the job but I did like the paycheck. No matter what we do, we will find this is true. So what do we do?
We persevere: we make ourselves do what we don’t like to do. Sometimes we endure so that we can succeed in life — be successful at our job. What we learn is that nothing is perfect. We can always find fault if we want to.
So, what is necessary is an attitude adjustment, so that we don’t focus on what we don’t like or what we think is wrong. We focus on the bigger picture. When I worked at UPS, I had to focus on what they payed me and on providing for my family and paying my bills. When we focus on the immediate, we lose our perspective on what is important. We look so much for perfection and we believe we have to, are supposed to, like everything. We are not and we won’t. If we want to find fault, we will.
Just look to the big picture, the benefits, instead of always what’s wrong. It will help us and benefit us.
Just a thought,
Published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 7:18 AM CDT
Materialism: a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.
This is really the thing that defines our society as a whole. This mindset has also crept into the Church as well, where people seek to possess things, to have more stuff rather than have a true relationship with God.
Needs vs wants:
God promises to meet our needs if we seek Him first — if we make a decision that He comes before anything else. So many get discouraged, maybe even disillusioned with God, because they don’t have everything they want. There is a difference between needs and wants. A need is a basic necessity of life (food, clothing, shelter). A want is anything outside of a need.
You can’t allow yourself to be disappointed in God because you believe He hasn’t lived up to what you think the Bible teaches. So much of what we believe is not biblical. I call this a fake faith. A fake faith is believing in something God never said. God will perform only His word. He can’t perform someone else’s word — only His. Much of what people believe today about God is not in His word, made-up fables that cause people to be discouraged. God promises to meet our needs if we keep His word. His word teaches we must tithe (10% of our income goes to the Church, nowhere else), then give offerings. His promises are conditional — certain conditions have to be met, then He becomes your provider.
Let’s learn what the Bible actually teaches and then become doers of that. I believe what we will discover is a very loving, merciful God who does care about us.
Just a thought,
Published on Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 7:04 AM CDT