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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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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[Ep. 633] Parents Pass On More Than Their Personality

 

 

Do you ever see your child acting a little too similar yourself?

Thats when you see the power fo your own personal influence. That influence doesn’t stop at the little quirks and bad habits. A parents influence carries their values and their belief system.

In today’s conversation, we talk about just how to maximize your influence on your family.

 

 

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[Ep. 618] What Can Your Child Do? Show Them

 

God has gifted each of your children to do something special.

As a parent, you get the opportunity in guiding them to find out what their gifts are. This helps them see a vision for their life.

In today’s show, we talk about how your child will flourish as they grow into a godly adult.

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Famous Prayers [and Why They Matter]

 

When Joe taught intercessory prayer at his church years ago, he realized the importance of making sure your prayers were getting answered, which means he needed to know how to pray.

One of the first places he started his study was what he calls the famous prayers. If you’re going to study prayer, he thought, you might as well start with what Jesus prayed. He is our example, so listen in as Joe shares on some famous prayers in the Bible and why they matter to us.

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Building Stronger Families [Ep. 3] Learning Why and How to Pray

 

Do you have a problem you feel is too big for you to fix? 

The good news is that there is no problem too big for God. In Building Stronger Families Ep. 3, Joe walks us through the WHY and HOW to pray as we get God involved in our daily lives.

Be encouraged as you watch this episode—and share it with someone else who needs encouragement! 

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How to Pray Through Difficult Circumstances

 Have you ever faced a situation where you didn’t know what to do?

We have all been there where something happened that you didn’t see coming and you are left questioning what happened.

The answer you need is found in God’s Word. Watch as Joe shares some encouragement [on a windy afternoon] from that Word to help you as you move forward.

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