Carefully Consider Your Ways

Many people put no effort into planning their financial lives. They live month to month and when a crisis hits they say, “It’ll be OK. Everything will work out.”

They think they’re in faith, but actually they’re shifting their lack of responsibility over onto God. They expect Him to work financial miracles for them, and yet they haven’t done their part in the natural to plan and make sure their finances are in order. God has a lot of mercy, and He will take care of you; however, He also expects you to walk in wisdom and do your part in the natural to be financially responsible.

Haggai 1:5-7 says, “Now, this is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!  You planted a lot, but you harvested little. You eat, but you’re never full. You drink, but you’re still thirsty. You wear clothing, but you never have enough to keep you warm. You spend money as fast as you earn it.  This is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!

If we’re not where we want to be financially, then we need to carefully consider our ways. That means we first need to find out what we have and what we owe. Then we need to create a spending plan (a budget) and also some kind of a system to monitor our progress.

THE TAKE AWAY:

God is a miracle-working God, but He also expects us to do our part in the natural and carefully think about the decisions we are making regarding our finances.

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Being Broke is a State of Mind

Great amounts of money won’t deliver us if we don’t have prosperity in our souls.

How many times have we heard about someone who won the lottery or received a large sum of money in an inheritance, and within a short time afterward they lost it all, got divorced, and went bankrupt?

We have to realize that our current financial condition is not a result of the assets we have or don’t have; it’s a result of our current financial thinking. Being broke is a state of mind. If we don’t have a prosperous soul, we won’t have a prosperous bank account.  

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest proper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 2 KJV). 

The financial condition we have now is a result of the way we think. Proverbs 23:7 talks about how “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If we want to step up to another level in our finances, we will have to change the way we think.  Meditating on what God says about finances will help us change our thinking. 

Take Away: 

Find scriptures in the Bible on prosperity and begin to meditate on them. Confess them out loud and do the instruction they give. Here are a few to get you started: Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 84:11; Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 21:5; Proverbs 24:3; Philippians 4:19. 

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The Natural and Supernatural

There’s a common theme that runs through the Word of God—we do natural things, and God does supernatural things.

We walk around the walls of Jericho, and God knocks them down. We lay hands on the sick, and He does the healing. We preach the Gospel, and He does the saving.

When God placed man on this planet, man’s part was to do the natural side, and God’s part was to do the supernatural side. God told Adam, “I want you to take care of the Garden, have dominion over the earth and subdue it, and I want you to be fruitful and multiply.” Everything God asked Adam to do was natural. If we’ll do the natural, He’ll do the supernatural.

The way we accelerate the supernatural in our lives is to make sure that we’re doing the natural. That means we must find out from the Word of God what we need to do in the natural, so that God can do His part supernaturally on our behalf. It’s only then that we will walk in the blessing of God.

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands…all these blessings will come upon you….” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2 KJV).

THE TAKE AWAY:

When it comes to walking in financial blessing, we can’t sit back and expect God to do everything. We must do the natural part that He instructs us to do, so that He can then do His supernatural part to bring it to pass.

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Speaking God’s Word Over Your Family

Children are born to believe. If they don’t hear the truth, they’ll believe a lie.

The only way to combat a lie is with the truth. As parents, it’s important that we tell our children the truth! We have to tell them who they are in Christ. When we do that we are getting the truth down deep in their heart.

Watch Day 1 – Speaking God’s Word Over Your Family

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The Cards:

Each card has a statement on the front and the scriptures that relate to that statement on the back. You can tell your child the truth and teach them how to study God’s Word at the same time.

Use one card per day or create your own schedule depending on the age of your child. Many parents are using these in their morning or evening routines.

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Teach Your Kids Not to Flinch

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NIV). 

No good parent ever wants to see their children hurt or in fear or distress. As a father, I don’t want bad things to happen to my children to teach them a lesson. I want to help them, protect them, and teach them wisdom so that they can avoid bad stuff and not have to go through it. A parent’s first nature is to protect their child from all harm.  

God is no different. He is the ultimate Father! He loves us and wants to take care of us, protect us, and bless us. He is a good Father and doesn’t make bad things happen to us to teach us lessons. 

I have six grown kids, and I want them all to be wise and know how to live by faith. I want them to know that God loves them and is for them, not against them. As they were growing up, my wife and I taught them that God wasn’t the one causing bad stuff to happen to them. When things didn’t go well, maybe their boyfriend or girlfriend broke up with them, or their dog got sick, or their car transmission started leaking, it wasn’t God making those things happen to try and teach them something.  

I taught them that many problems and challenges are just a part of life. If they understand that, then when they get hit with one, they won’t flinch. I don’t want them to waver in their faith toward God, thinking that He’s the one causing bad stuff to happen. I want them to know God is good all the time! Those challenges are just opportunities for them to walk by faith and prove that God is with them, and there is no problem or challenge that can defeat them!   

Take Away: 

How many of you know that no matter how hard you may try to protect your kids, things happen in life that are beyond your control? Life’s challenges come to all of us; there are no age restrictions. So, it’s really important that we teach our children from an early age how to walk in God’s wisdom and how to respond in faith when difficult situations come up so that they can be overcomers in this life! 

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Believe God Meant What He Said

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you(Matthew 17:20 KJV). 

In order to live in the blessing of God and have everything that He says we can have, it’s going to take faith. What is faith? Faith is not a hard-to-follow formula or some mystical thing. It’s simply believing that if God said it, then it is true.  

The same way you used your faith to become born again is the same way you use your faith to receive all of God’s promises—you simply believe God meant what He said. The “fight of faith” happens when the devil comes along, just like he did with Adam and Eve, and starts throwing doubt and unbelief your way. “Has God really said that? Did He really mean it? Are you sure?” And the Bible says if you listen to those thoughts and start to doubt, you’ll be tossed to and fro like the wave of the sea (James 1:6). It goes on to say, “Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:7-8 KJV). 

That’s why faith is so critical. To receive all that God has provided for us, we have to believe God said what He meant and meant what He said. Every single word He’s spoken in the Bible is true. Every single promise is for you and me! But we can’t doubt or be double-minded. We have to receive every one of them by faith.

 

Take Away: 

Many people think faith is really complicated, but it’s not. God made it really easy for us to receive from Him. He said, “All you have to do is simply believe and receive.” That’s it. It’s so simple even a child can do it! In fact, children sometimes can be much better at using their faith than an adult. If Mom or Dad tells them something, they simply believe it will come to pass.  When it comes to God and His Word, be like a little child and have faith that what your heavenly Father has told you will come to pass! 

 

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The Three Most Sought After Things

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold… nothing you desire can compare with her” (Proverbs 3:13-15 NIV).

The three most sought after things in life are wealth, fame (or honor), and the proverbial “fountain of youth.” People will invest a lot of time and money to get these three things. They’ll pay to go to seminars on how to get rich. They’ll spend endless hours working to perfect their skill or talent. They’ll hire coaches, instructors, and talent managers, and do whatever it takes to become famous. And many people will spend a whole lot of money on all kinds of products, procedures, and surgeries that’ll make them look and stay young.
 
Now, going to financial seminars, working hard and hiring coaches to help perfect a skill or a talent, and doing what we can to stay young and healthy aren’t wrong. But God’s Word tells us exactly what the key is to get those three things, and that key is wisdom.
 
Proverbs 3:16 (NIV) talks about wisdom and says, “Long life is in her (wisdom’s) right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.” God doesn’t have a problem with us having any of those things, but if we seek those things apart from Him, then even if we obtain our goals, ultimately those things in and of themselves won’t make us happy.
 
Many people have obtained wealth and fame and live a long life, only to end up feeling empty and unfulfilled. Our happiness and fulfillment in life comes from God and from following His plan for our lives, using the gifts and talents He gave us to bless others, and living life in that way requires God’s wisdom.
 

 

Take Away:

The desires to be prosperous, honored, and live a long time are all desires that have been put inside of us by God. He wants us to have all those things. The issue lies in how we go about getting them. We can use man’s wisdom and go after them the world’s way, or, we can get God’s wisdom and obtain them God’s way. Just remember, the world’s way will leave you empty and unfulfilled. But God’s way will bring blessing, peace, and a happy, satisfied life.
 

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Wisdom Doesn’t Just Happen—It’s a Choice

I [wisdom] love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver(Proverbs 8:17-19 NIV). 

Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom. Repeatedly, it talks about getting wisdom, seeking wisdom, and finding wisdom. So, it looks like getting, seeking, and finding wisdom is choice; it’s not something that just falls on us or just happens. We have to do something. We have to choose to get wisdom. Where do we get it? From God’s Word.  

Realize this, God is not a dictator. He won’t make you do anything. He always gives us choices. For example, He said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live (Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV).  

That’s pretty plain, isn’t it? It’s like asking someone, “Would you like to have a nice day in the sun with your friends? Or, would you rather be lying in a casket at the morgue?”  

But if they hesitated and said, “Well, I just don’t know. That’s a hard choice. Give me a few days to think about that,” you’d probably think, Man, that’s just stupid!” But people do it every day, and many end up making the wrong choices.  

God has given us a book full of wisdom on how to live a victorious life. But He’s also given us a free will. The choice to get that wisdom and walk in His blessing is up to us. What will you choose today?  

Take Away: 

If you want wisdom, you have to go and get it. You have to hang around wise people, read wise books (like the book of Proverbs), and you can also ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). If something’s not working in your life, you probably need some wisdom in that area. God’s a pretty smart Guy! If you ask Him, He’ll show you what you need to do to get things working successfully. 

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The Key to Life

Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life” (Proverbs 4:13 NLT). 

A lot of people will pay a lot of money to go to a seminar on how to get rich and be a success in life. But if you want to know the real key to living a blessed life, God tells us what it is—wisdom. Proverbs 4:13 says for us to take hold of wisdom’s instructions and don’t let them go because they are the key to life 

Wisdom is the single most important thing you can get. It’s more valuable than gold, silver, stocks, bonds, and real estate because wisdom is the key to getting all of those things. If you only get those specific things—gold, silver, stocks, etc.—you can lose them. But if you seek after and get wisdom, then even if you those lose assets, you can get them back again because you have the wisdom that enabled you to get them in the first place.  

You’ve heard the saying, “You can give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for the rest of his life.” Many people are seeking after the “fish” instead of getting God’s wisdom. But wisdom will enable you to eat at God’s table of blessing for the rest of your life! 

Take Away: 

Don’t chase after material stuff; pursue God and His wisdom first and foremost, and when you do, God will show you how to get all those other things. Matthew 6:33 (KJV) says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When you walk in the wisdom of God, then you’ll walk in the blessing of God, and “the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22 KJV).  

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Wisdom Is Better Than Gold!

“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16 KJV). 

Every day, you and I make decisions. There are only so many hours in a day, so the decisions we make on many levels are really important—how we spend our time, who we hang out with, the jobs we take, and the things we choose to get involved with. And some of the decisions we make today can affect us and those around us for the rest of our lives. That’s why it’s important to know grow in wisdom so that we can make wise decisions.  

The Bible gives a comparison between a wise and an unwise person. And let me just say this—you don’t want to be unwise! Life is challenging enough, and being unwise, immature, and constantly making poor decisions only makes it that much harder.  

The Bible says a foolish, unwise person will despise instruction and end up in poverty and shame (Proverbs 13:18 KJV). Disaster, calamity, distress, and trouble will overtake and overwhelm them (Proverbs 1:26-27 KJV). That’s a picture of many people’s lives. But God’s Word says we don’t have to live that way. If we will listen to God’s wisdom and determine to be a wise person, then we can live long, have riches and honor, and live a pleasant and peaceful life (Proverbs 3:16-17). 

That’s how I want to live, and that’s how I want my children to live. So, I’ve determined to study God’s Word and find out how to walk in wisdom. You know, God’s been around a whole lot longer than I have, and He’s a whole lot smarter than I am! So, if I’ll respect His Word and have faith that what He says is true and do what He says to do, then God says I’ll have a really good life! Make a decision to grow in wisdom and walk in the benefits of being a wise person! 

Take Away: 

Make a decision to become not just a “reader” but also a “studier” of the Word of God. Take time to look up and meditate on scriptures about wisdom. Ask God to show you how you can apply His Word to your own life. It’s when you become a “doer” of the Word and choose to walk in God’s wisdom, that you’ll see the benefits and blessings of God’s Word in your life. Be a studier and a doer!  

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