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Blessed or Broke

 

When it comes to finances, we need to examine our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors because poverty originates in our souls—not in our bank accounts. There are basically two categories people live in financially—BLESSED or BROKE. To be broke means you’re insolvent, you’re bankrupt, or simply that your debts outweigh your assets. God wants us to live on the blessed side, not the broke side.

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Paying the Price for Future Generations

 It’s New Year’s Day, so it may seem like an odd time to be talking about America’s founding fathers, but there’s an important lesson we can learn from them as we think about what we want to accomplish in 2017.

“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed” (Psalm 112:1-2 KJV).

If you read about America’s founding fathers, most of them gave everything they had to stand up for what they believed in and live as free men in this country. They lost their businesses, their fortunes, and many of them lost their lives. Why? Because they weren’t just thinking of themselves; they were thinking of their children, grandchildren, and the generations to come.

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Your Greatest Legacy is Your Investment in Others

 

In Luke chapter 12:13-31, Jesus told the parable about the rich farmer who was building his business, prospering and had to build bigger barns to hold all of his surplus. The problem was that he kept it all for himself and never gave anything to others. He kept hoarding everything thinking, One day I’ll have enough, and then I’ll be able to kick back and just enjoy life! Jesus called him a fool because that day never came. He died without being able to enjoy it himself or know the joy of giving to others.

He selfishly tried to build something only he could enjoy, and the legacy he left was that of a fool.

Investing in Family

 

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20-21 NIV).

Building a legacy God’s way means thinking about others. It means laying down empty, selfish ambition and working to build something that will stand the test of time and positively impact generations to come. God has promised to bless us when we follow Him, but He also expects us to give back and bless others.

When you look at your life, what legacy are you leaving? What are you passing on to others? Are you working just to gather stuff for yourself, or are you giving to others from what God is blessing you with?

 

THE TAKE AWAY

Make sure you don’t work your whole life in vain just trying to satisfy your own wants and desires. God wants to bless you. He wants you to prosper and increase, but He also wants you to be a giver. Live your life to be a blessing to others because at the end of the day it’s the investments you’ve made into others that will be your greatest legacy.

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