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We Determine How Much We Have

All the laws of God concerning sowing, reaping, and increase involve two things for a Christian—tithing and giving. 

“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10 KJV). 

If we honor the Lord with our first fruits, He’ll see that we’re taken care of. We can’t get back what we haven’t sown. When we pay our tithes, we’re not paying Him something we own. God already owns everything. 

God says we determine how much we have. If we make sure that we give Him the tenth part of everything we make, He’ll multiply our 90%, because He sees that we respect, honor, and trust Him with our finances.  

“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes other will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV). 

The key to increase according to God’s principles is through sowing and reaping.  

 

 

Take Away: 

When we realize God owns everything we have, then when He tells us to give a part of it away, we will do so immediately. This shows our trust and faith in God. He’s able to give us more so that we can sow and reap again. Giving is a part of our lifestyle. 

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Keep Good Records

When it comes to financial security and stability, there are natural principles we need to put into practice.

God wants to bless us and prosper us, but if we are going to be wise stewards over what He puts into our hands, we need to know how to keep good records 

The Bible says in Proverbs 27:23, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.”  

We need to know the condition of our checking account, our savings account, our 401K, our investments, our house, our car, etc. If we want to make more money so we can buy a bigger house, or buy a new car, or put our kids through college, then we have to know how much money we’re currently making, what we’re spending, and how much more we’ll need. That means we need a financial roadmap to get us from where we are to where we want to go, and we need a good system to help us keep track of our finances.  

We need to be good stewards of what we have and know how to keep good records, so that we can manage increase when it comes. 

 

Take Away: 

Faith is based on fact, not fiction. Set some financial goals. Then write down what you currently have and what you will need to meet those goals. That will give you something to set your faith on so you can believe God for opportunities and increase to meet those goals.  

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NEW FRIDAY FUNNIES : Falling Out of Love

God is a God of faith.  He created the worlds and everything in them by His Word, through faith.

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.

Never judge a book by its cover.  God can use people that you would never imagine would amount to much because He never gives up.

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The Take Away

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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With Prosperity Comes Responsibility

One of the first jobs God gave Adam was to manage resources.

God created a garden that was overflowing with abundance, containing everything Adam and Eve would ever need, want, or desire. They were created with a silver spoon in their mouths and were given a home in paradise.  

Yet God didn’t say to them, “Go have fun, kids! Use it up! Eat it up! Tear it up! Live it up! You don’t have to worry about taking care of anything, because if you tear something up, I can just recreate it. And if you use it up, I can just make more!”  Nope. Along with that beautiful garden and all of that prosperity, there also came responsibility and oversight. God gave them instruction to steward what He’d given them“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Gen. 2:15).   

Faith for prosperity includes faith and wisdom to manage it. God desires to bless us and prosper us, but He also expects us to use wisdom, be good stewards, and take care of what He’s given us. When we do, then we put ourselves in a position to increase and be able to handle more.   

 

Take Away: 

God will provide for us, but He also expects us to manage and be responsible for what He’s given us. We need to make sure we can take care of what we have before we will be ready to manage more. 

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Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke Part 1

God Has a great plan for your family. That plan will cost money and that means God must have a plan for your money.

 

This month we are taking a break from our Promises For Parents Blog Series for a Special September Family Finance Series.  If we are not handling our finances in line with God’s plan then our whole life is out of joint. No matter how spiritual we may think we are, we will never experience the fullness of God’s blessing until we bring our money matters in line with the principles in His Word.

We must blend the two economies of cash and faith together so we can learn to live in blessing and abundance.

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Natural Steps Lead to Increase

It’s a spiritual principle in the kingdom of God that order precedes increase. Natural steps lead to supernatural increase and blessing.  

In 2 Kings 4, when the widow said to Elisha, “I’m in debt, Preacher. What am I going to do?” the prophet answered her with a question: “What can you do? 

God is always going to ask us to do something natural before He’ll do something supernatural. So if we’re going to see the supernatural in our financial lives, we’re going to have to prepare for it in the natural. Look at what God’s Word has to say about preparation. 

Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house(Proverbs 24:27 NLT). 

Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer (Proverbs 30:25 NIV). 

If we want to have the blessings of God in our homes, our relationships, and our finances, then we need to do what we can in the natural to plan, prepare, and get our lives in order.   

Take Away: 

What can you do in the natural to plan and take natural steps toward increase? Do you need to take a class to develop and grow in a skillset? Do you need to get a budget in place to keep track of your spending? Pray and ask God for wisdom to show you what natural steps you can take to prepare for increase.  

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Prosperity Begins in Your Soul, Not Your Wallet

The first step to becoming prosperous is to realize that poverty is a condition of the soul, not the pocketbook.  

 

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

And in Joshua 1:8 (KJV) it says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” 

In both of these scriptures, God puts the responsibility of prosperity on us. Our souls have to prosper first, which means we have to get our thinking straight. We need to start thinking the way God thinks, and that means meditating on His Word.  

If we’re having problems with our money—we’re always in debt, bill collectors are constantly calling—then our problem is not with cash. Our problem is the way we think. But when we think like God thinks and do what His Word tells us to do, then we will have what God says we can have—prosperity and good success.  

 

Take Away: 

Let’s get in the Word and find how God thinks. Let’s change our thinking to be like His. Here are a few scriptures to begin with: Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 35:27; Psalm 112:1-3; Deuteronomy 8:18; Proverbs 28:20; John 10:10 

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What Does God Say About Money?

The only way we’re going to learn to prosper is to dig into the Bible and find out what God has to say about money.

 

We have to make sure our thinking about money and wealth lines up with God’s thinking. If we believe that God wants to “keep us humble by keeping us poor” and that “money is evil,” then we’ll settle for less than what God has intended for us.  

So what does God say about money? Here are a couple of scriptures that will help you see what God thinks. You may be surprised to find that it’s God’s desire for us to prosper. 

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon the earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house, and his righteousness endureth for ever” (Psalm 112:1-3 KJV). 

Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 NIV). 

The desire of any good father is to see his kids prosper. Our Father God is no different! He wants to see His kids blessed and well taken care of! 

 

 

Take Away: 

Dig into the Bible and see what God says about money, wealth, riches, and prosperity. When you know what God says, then you can walk in faith for increase, and you won’t believe the lies of the devil that will try to keep you poor and defeated. 

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God Owns It All

If it’s God’s will that we leave an inheritance to our children’s children, then it’s evident that He is not opposed to us having money and possessions—and having a lot of them.

 

God does warn us about the pitfalls of loving money and chasing after it, but if we keep our hearts right and our priorities straight, God will cause blessing and increase to come into our hands.  

It’s easy to have a right heart when you realize that God owns everything you have and you are just a steward over what He’s given you. The breath we breathe, the life we live, the strength in our hands and in our bodies—whatever we possess in God—God gave it to us as a gift. We don’t own anything! We’re just managing it so we can pass it on to our children. Then they can manage it and pass it on to their children. As a result, we can constantly be a blessing to our families, our churches, our communities, and the world.  

“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings” (1 Peter 4:10 TLB). 

Take Away: 

When it comes to increasing financially, we can keep our hearts right by realizing that no matter how much we increase, God owns it all! Everything we have belongs to Him. We are simply stewards of what He’s given to us. 

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NEW FRIDAY FUNNIES : Spiritually Constipated

God is a God of faith.  He created the worlds and everything in them by His Word, through faith.

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.

Never judge a book by its cover.  God can use people that you would never imagine would amount to much because He never gives up.

Watch & Be Encouraged

FF August 2018 Spiritually Constipated from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

The Take Away

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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