Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Monday, May 18, 2009
My storehouses are filled with plenty. I honor the Lord with my possessions and with the first fruits of all my increase. (Proverbs 3:9-10) I am willing and obedient and I do enjoy the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:19; 1 Timothy 6:17) I have sought first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Now all those things I had need of are being added to me. (Matthew 6:33)
We need to decide do we believe what God tells us through his word, or do we believe what the world tells us.
We can only prosper and succeed to the degree which we can see ourselves prosperous and successful. We are the ones who set the limits on our prosperity and success—not God! The boundaries or limitations for our lives is determined by the limits we have set or allowed to be set in our hearts, and souls.
I trust in the living God Who gives me richly all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Paul's advice to us is to owe nothing but love. In Romans 13:8 is an indication that God doesn’t want us to live a debt ridden life. For very good reasons, overpowering debt keeps us chained; debt creates discord in our marriages; all our attention is focused on debt when we should be focussing on God, looking to Him for the answers. Trusting Him to be our true source, this becomes more important, crucial in fact in these times where companies are closing down left, right and centre all around us. Are you in a position where you can't see any light in the tunnel, either from the side you came in or going to get out.
Try the following steps:
Sincere prayer works, seek God's guidance, wait upon Him. Pray the solution, not the problem; I know it is a cliché, but try it. After praying the solution believe it, and affirm it; stop saying and thinking “I don’t know how, what, where or when” If you really need to sprout “I don’t know” then qualify it with “I don’t know how, but I do know “God will supply all my needs according to his riches in glory”.
Philippians 4:19 (King James Version)
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: And the prisoners heard them."
"And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's bands were loosed."
Just as God freed Paul and Silas from a physical prison, through your praise and worship He can free you from your prison of debt. Though you might not feel like praising God, do you think Paul and Silas relied on their emotions, or their faith?
Pay your tithes
Malachi 3:10 (New International Version)
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
Yes Doc, whether you believe it or not is not important, what is important is Gods promise, and it is the only place in the bible where God actually tells you to test Him: “Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
Often our tithe is the last thing we pay; make it the first thing you pay, and give it with love.
Should the above be not exactly what you were looking for, try debt consolidation.
Debt consolidation is basically getting deeper into debt, by paying one account, instead of a lot of smaller ones. The one company takes care of your payments.
Is to me a better option. Phone the credit managers and reschedule your payments. Try paying higher amounts on the smaller debts to clear them up quicker; as you clear one, then increase your payments on the next smallest.
Debt negotiation is something you may need to do if you cannot make your payments on your debts. Do not think that nobody will notice if you miss a payment? Do you need to reduce the payments and take longer to pay off the loan? Or do you need a payment break this month, so you do not pay at all? This option can be good if your problem is temporary, but it is only advisable if you are sure you will be able to pay in future months; or if you are using the gap to get rid of another debt.
Usually the company is happy to negotiate with you. Check it carefully, and then make sure that you make the payments on time.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
... In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider-- God hasmade the one as well as the other :….
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2
King James Bible
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Life insurance can be viewed from different perspectives;
as a lack of faith,
as a love of money,
as prudent planning,
God certainly advocates planning ahead. Hebrews 11:6 states that without faith, it is impossible to please Him.
Nowhere in God’s Word are we promised “a rose garden” where every thing is hunky-dory; free from disasters and difficulties. Carrying right levels of insurance is a means of saving for future needs, a principle emphasized in the Bible. Proverbs 6:6-8 (King James Version) “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest”
Carrying liability insurance coverage helps to curb the financial impact on all parties involved.
We are required by law certain other forms of insurance in personal and business affairs. Mortgage companies require home buyers to purchase fire and natural disaster insurance. Carrying liability insurance coverage helps to curb the financial impact on all parties involved.
Christ stated, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 19:19; Mark 12:31). Carrying proper insurance is a vital part of living by these principles that Christ taught.
1Timothy 5:8, states clearly if we want to minister to others; let us start with our own families. It also makes it clear that men have a responsibility to take care of the physical needs past, present, and future of their families.
The story of Joseph and his wise planning not only saved the pagan nation of Egypt but also the people of Israel and the lineage of Christ (Genesis 41).
Through insurance, we make provision for our families’ future well-being, should we die or become disabled.
II Corinthians 12:14,
I Timothy 5:8
Responsibilities to others; God’s Word clearly shows, we are responsible for compensating those adversely affected, by our actions. In Exodus chapters 21 and 22 we find clear guidelines.
The bottom line is we must study the Word of God and call out to Him asking what He would have us do in this and all areas of life. This is the real question, “Will this please my Father in heaven?”
James 4:17 makes it clear that if we have a chance to do well, we not only should but must or else we sin. The context there is talking about planning and the future.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
How many times haven’t I found myself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that solution leads to a dead end? How many times haven’t I felt stumped knowing that the problem lying before me is one I cannot solve? No leads. No options. No solutions.
If I know how it works, what the problem is, then I have a better foundation towards solving the problem.
Number one; maybe the reason I cannot solve my problem is that I have not really taken a hard look at the problem. Or maybe I have been looking so long and hard at it; I can’t see the wood for the trees.
When I should be doing, what I used to do; pray about it, leave it, without any further meddling from my part the answer would come.
Number two; I Draw up a list try to take note of all of the pros and cons: the problem with the lists is quiet often I haven’t identified the problem and the cause of it, only the symptoms. As a result I can come up with a mountain of to do lists, where nothing will get done.
Number three; I try to solve the problem by parts. This works fine for crossword and jigsaw puzzles; in solving problems, I land up with more unresolved issues, and some more unfinished projects; all this creating another problem; I cannot grow until I go back and clear up unresolved issues. My spiritual growth is reflected in the handling of those problems; do I find the solution in Gods Word, or do I take all the different interpretations of the “experts”, and become more confused forgetting being a Christian is not a religion, but a relationship with God.
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