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Real Men Accept Responsibility

The Bible is the greatest book on financial security that’s ever been written. It’s full of examples that demonstrate how God gives great rewards to those who are willing to take responsibility. 

 

The first Adam did not take responsibility in any of the things God gave him to do. His job was to keep and cultivate the Garden of Eden and protect his family, but he didn’t do it. Adam got fired from his job because he was disobedient, and he rejected his responsibility. 

Jesus, the Second Adam, took all the responsibility His Father gave Him, and He accomplished His work of redemption. Because Jesus accepted His responsibility, He is now seated at the right hand of the Father with a Name that is above every name! 

According to 1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV), God has given us the responsibility to provide for our families. However, if He has given us this responsibility, then there is a way for us to do it and in such a way that we don’t stress ourselves out, burning the candle at both ends.  

Jesus said, “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you (Matthew 11:29-30 MSG).  

Take Away: 

God has given us the responsibility of providing for our families. If we’ll study His Word, He’ll give us wisdom on how to increase financially so that we have more than enough to take care of our families and leave an inheritance to our children. 

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Promises For Parents – Day 4

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 4 – Promises For Parents

Promises For The Parent #4 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Check our Blog next week for Day 5 of our series Promises For Parents!

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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God’s Plan Is for You to be a Giver

God established natural laws on this planet that will not change and will continue to operate as long as the earth exists. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22 NIV). 

He also established spiritual laws that will not change as long as we are on this planet. One of those laws is the law of giving. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38 KJV). 

To walk in God’s blessing, we need to realize that not only do we operate in this world’s natural economy, but as Christians, we also operate in Heaven’s economy. This world’s economy stresses the importance of getting everything you can and by any means you can, holding onto it as tight as you can, and not letting go of it. Heaven’s economy stresses the importance of following God’s commandments, living by faith, and giving.  

Bottom line, the world’s system doesn’t operate like God’s. It hoards up, and it’s fearful. However, God told Abraham, “I want to bless you, so I can make you a blessing” (Genesis 12:2-3, paraphrased). God expects the righteous to be as bold as a lion, to live by faith, to walk in His blessing, and to be givers! 

Take Away: 

God has plans to bless and prosper us, but He also wants us to be givers and to be a blessing to others.  

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Gaining Riches God’s Way

The Bible has a lot to say about money and riches. In fact, more is said in the New Testament about money than is said about Heaven and Hell combined. Money is not just natural; it’s very spiritual.  

According to the Word of God, there is a right way to gain riches and a wrong way. God is not in the business of giving people “get-rich-quick” schemes. Proverbs 13:11 (NLT) says, “Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.”   

However, if we gain riches God’s way, according to His wisdom and counsel, then the Bible says, “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22 MEV).  

God wants us to walk in prosperity because when we do, not only are we able to give and be a blessing to others, but we are also a testimony of the goodness of God! 

Take Away: 

The Bible has a lot to say about money. God has given us some very practical counsel regarding how to prosper and how to walk in His blessings. Read and meditate on Deuteronomy chapter 28, and also read and study the book of Proverbs. Let’s start thinking the way God thinks so we begin walking in everything He has for us! 

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With God Nothing Is Impossible!

“Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 MEV). 

Having a “thrive” mentality is more than just believing to have your needs met each month and a little extra left over to buy each of your kids an ice cream cone. The Bible actually says that a good man leaves an inheritance to his family (Proverbs 13:22). Now if you’re in “survival” mode and can barely see over the top of your bill pile each month, that’s going to seem impossible. However, if God said it, then it must be possible. God will never tell us to do something that we can’t do. 

How are we going to increase? First, we have to believe that it’s possible. Second, we’re going to have to study God’s principles on increase—tithing and giving, sowing and reaping. The blessings of God follow obedience to the laws of God, so I’m going to have to find out what those laws are. Then I’ll know how to tap into the things God has provided for me. Remember, when I do my part in the natural, God is always faithful to do His part in the supernatural! 

Take Away: 

Never give in to thoughts of poverty and defeat. No matter what your current situation looks like, God can cause you to increase and abound! He is the God of the impossible! If you will trust Him and act on His Word, He will perform it for you! 

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Don’t Just Survive—Thrive!

To increase financially, we have to change our thinking from a survival mentality, where we’re just barely making ends meet each month, to a thriving mentality, where not only do we pay our bills each month, but we actually have money left over to save, spend, and give. 

God’s plan for us is not that we live out our existence in constant, bleak survival mode. He wants us and our families to increase, prosper, and thrive!  

A great example of this is the children of Israel. God delivered them out of Egypt, a land of never enough, where they were in bondage, and He brought them into the wilderness, which was a land of just enough. Their clothes never wore out. They had manna apportioned to them every day to satisfy their needs for each day. But God’s ultimate purpose was for them to go into the Promised Land, which was the land of more than enough! 

We must grab hold of the fact that God has plans to prosper us. He doesn’t want us or our families to live our lives never having enough, or having just enough to scrape by. He wants us to prosper, increase, and thrive to where we have more than enough! 

Take Away: 

Don’t settle for just surviving! God has a plan for you that will cause you and your family to rise up and thrive no matter what the economy is doing! You can live in the land of more than enough! 

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Promises For Parents – Day 3

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 3 – Promises For Parents

Promises For The Parent #3 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Check our Blog next week for Day 4 of our series Promises For Parents!

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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Increase Financially by Adding Value

When it comes to finances and living a successful life, God’s Word gives us some pretty sound wisdom: “Even while we were still there with you, we gave you this rule:He who does not work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10 TLB). 

There are two important keys to being successful—work and faith. The Bible says without faith we can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6). It also says that faith without works is dead (James 2:20). So we need to trust God, and we need jobs. 

Two of the primary ways we will generate income is to be paid for what we know or to be paid for what we do. If we’re going to prosper, we’re going to have to find something, a gift or a tool, that we can use to generate income. 

Recognizing our gifts and finding out what we’re called to do can cause us to increase our income. If we want to get paid more, we’ve got to step out in faith and do something to increase our value. Everyone can start out making minimum wage. However, learning new skills, taking classes, and taking on more responsibility are all things that will add value to you and increase your earning potential. That’s how we’re going to provide for our families and prosper.  

Take Away: 

Increasing our level of income will require us to take some natural steps. Be ready to use your faith to learn a new skill, take a class, take on more responsibility, or step out into a business venture.  

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Promises For Parents

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 2 – Promises For Parents

Promises For The Parent #2 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Check our Blog next week for Day 3 of our series Promises For Parents!

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.

Click Here to Order Your Scripture Card Set

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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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