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 15 – Promises For Parents
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It is so important that we watch the words that we let come out of our mouths.
Beyond that, We have to watch what we are feeding ourselves. As they say, “Garbage In = Garbage Out”
In this hilarious video, Joe shares what his in-house rules were for TV watching and music listening.
Spoiler Alert: “We Don’t Watch Stupid” and “We Don’t Listen To Stupid”
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The importance of writing down your vision cannot be overemphasized.
Once you have a vision, it’s important to write it down. Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) says, “Write the vision…though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come….”
Lou Holtz, an accomplished college football coach of 35 years, is a great example of this. In the early days of his career, at the age of 28, Lou wasn’t seeing much success in his life. He was an out-of-work assistant football coach with not many prospects in view.
Discouraged, he sat down at the table, and his wife encouraged him to write down some goals. As a result, he wrote 107 goals that covered every area of his life—husband, father, religion, finances, professional, and personal. He laid boundaries aside and just started writing things down that seemed outlandish at the time. A few of his goals included: jumping out of a plane, being on The Tonight Show, making a hole-in-one, having dinner at the White House, and visiting with the Pope.
At last count, he had accomplished 102 of the 107 goals. He went from discouragement to accomplishment by simply writing things down.
There is significance to writing down your vision no matter how silly, outlandish, insignificant, or difficult it may seem. Writing down your vision gives you something tangible to see with your natural eyes. Make time to get with your spouse and children and make a list of goals. Have each person write down individual goals and also goals you’d like to see accomplished as a family unit. Discuss steps that can be taken to accomplish your goals. Pray and ask God for wisdom. Psalm 37:5 (KJV) says, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
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When God gives you a vision, He also gives you the steps to accomplish it (Psalm 37:23).
Each of those steps will require faith. When God gives you a step, don’t draw back in fear and unbelief. Hebrews 10:38 (KJV) says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” You must trust God completely. Fear and unbelief will hinder God from working and will keep you from fulfilling the vision He has for you.
God gave the children of Israel a vision to possess the Promised Land. Step by step God led them out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and to the Promised Land. They were right on the border, and He gave them the next step: go in and possess the land. But they drew back because of what they saw in the natural—giants. They took their eyes off of God’s Word, focused on the giants, and wouldn’t take the next step. As a result, they didn’t fulfill the vision God had for them.
God took care of them, but they didn’t progress any farther. They lived in the wilderness, right across the border from God’s vision for them—a land flowing with milk and honey. That generation spent their entire lives on the doorstep of their Promised Land and never entered in (Joshua 5:6).
The vision God gives you will be accomplished in steps, and every step will require faith. No matter what the circumstances around you look like, don’t draw back. Keep your eyes fixed on God’s Word. If you will trust God every step of the way, He will help you walk out the vision for your life. The Bible says in Psalm 37:3-4 (KJV), “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land…Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
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In 1975, God showed me and my wife that one day we were going to travel and work with families.
With my natural eyes, I couldn’t see myself doing this. I was terrible at public speaking. In school, I got F’s for oral book reports! I also had a fear of flying. Growing up, I ran to the house whenever I just heard a plane fly overhead! However, today I fly on airplanes all the time to speaking engagements where I am the guest speaker.
Before God’s vision can come to pass in our lives, we first have to see it in our hearts. If I had focused on the natural problems I had with public speaking and flying, I wouldn’t have moved forward with the vision God gave me. However, in my heart I could see it, and I began to act upon it until it finally came to pass. Today, I am living that vision as a reality.
God can do great things in and through us if we will just open our spiritual eyes, see what He sees, and do what He tells us to do. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NKJV).
It takes faith for the vision God has for you to come to pass. You have to see it with your spiritual eyes before it will become a reality. If you only see with natural eyes, you will never possess the great things God has planned for you. Don’t limit what God can do. “God can do anything—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” (Eph. 3:20 MSG). Start seeing with your spiritual eyes what He has for you, and then do what He tells you to do, and watch that vision come to pass in your life!
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He had enemies and critics and even had people try to kill Him.
Yet, in the middle of all of that, Jesus never sinned. He never once got out of love.
So don’t be surprised if everyone isn’t crazy about you. Pray for them and love them but don’t think you’re going to get everyone to love you… or even like you!
Listen as Joe Explains it all!
Never go out of love. God has faith in you and me. In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up.
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When it comes to finances, the biggest nemesis for many people is their credit card.
Credit cards can be an asset if used correctly and with discipline, but for many they are what lead to financial downfall. Let’s look at some credit cards statistics from a few years ago that will give a better picture and may also be a wake-up call:
- The average family carries a balance of $4,000 in credit card debt on several cards from month to month.
- If you didn’t have your credit card payment of $400 a month, and you invested that money in a tax-deferred savings plan paying 11% interest instead, then in 30 years you could retire with $1.1 million in the bank. Credit card payments cost thousands of dollars in interest, keep many Americans from saving for their retirement and make bankruptcy look like a good alternative.
- According to one statistic from a few years ago, late feels totaled $7.7 billion.
- Another statistic from a few years ago stated that in one year alone, Americans paid out approximately $65 billion in interest.
The bottom line is that it’s God’s will for you to be a lender and not a borrower (Deuteronomy 15:6 NLT). He will bless us, but we need to do our part and develop wise money management skills.
Pray and ask God for wisdom regarding your finances. Also, take natural steps to get some godly financial counsel. A great tool is a book we offer called Family Finances. This book not only contains godly insights on money management, but also includes worksheets to help you to assess and manage your money habits. Let’s start developing healthy money habits today!
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In order to prosper and increase, we must do a financial checkup every so often.
That means we need to evaluate where we are and see if there are changes that need to be made in our spending. Making more money isn’t always the only answer to increase. Sometimes we need to stop and plug any holes that may be causing our finances to be leaking out.
Haggai 1:6 (NLT) puts it this way, “You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!”
Periodically, take time to go through your bills and your checking account and credit card statements to evaluate where your money is going. You may have a budget (spending plan) in place, but take time annually to inventory your accounts and see where things are going. Has your cable bill increased? Have any of your utility bills gone up? Has your car or home mortgage insurance increased in the past few years?
If so, maybe it’s time to check around for a different cable TV package that would be less expensive. If your utility bills have gone up significantly, are there home maintenance fixes that can be done to bring those costs down? Compare insurance premiums to make sure you’re getting the best deals and aren’t pay for things you don’t need.
Tuning up your finances may take some work, but once you start checking into some of these areas, you may find that it’s worth it. You may be able to save a significant amount by just making some adjustments to your cash outflow and shoring up any areas where funds may be trickling out. Take time to do some financial maintenance and plug the holes!
Proverbs 24:3-5 says, “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” Take time to do a financial tune-up!
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Joe shares how the Apostle Paul started out as a professional hit-man. He literally had Christians killed.
He was far from perfect yet God saw that He could use Paul for His glory. How tells how Paul was transformed from a murderer, to the greatest apostle and someone who wrote over half of the New Testament.
God isn’t looking for perfect people….THERE ARE NONE!
God’s Looking for people who will stand up.
He’s not looking for big people, He’s looking for people He can be big, in and thru. He’s not looking for strong people, He wants to be strong IN somebody He’s not looking for perfect people He’s looking for people He can be perfect, in and thru.
God created you and He knows what He’s placed in you. We need to humble ourselves and allow God to show Himself mighty in our lives. We can’t do anything on our own anyway. We need to just allow God to show off within our own lives.
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Most Christians—people who know the Word and the Spirit of God—still somehow struggle with saving for the future.
However, having a storehouse, a savings account, is scriptural, and the Bible says it’s wisdom to save for the future.
Proverbs 6:6-9 (NIV) says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
In other words, the ant, even though it doesn’t have a boss, a leader, or an education has enough sense to know that summer won’t last forever. Eventually, winter will come and the time to harvest will be over.
In the Old Testament, Joseph, at God’s direction, instituted a seven-year savings plan that kept the lives of countless people from being destroyed during a seven-year famine (Genesis chapter 41). Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, understood the concept of saving for the future (1 Corinthians 16:1-2 NLT).
How do we save for the future? We do it a little at a time. Proverbs 13:11 (NIV) says, “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
God says it’s wisdom to save for the future. He said He’ll bless us in our storehouse, but He can’t do it unless we have one.
Start saving today for your future. Set up a savings account and deposit as much as you’re able to. Take advantage of the 401K program that’s offered at your job and contribute to it regularly. Pray over your storehouses (savings accounts, investments, 401K plans) and believe for increase.