Before God can take us somewhere, we need to know where we are.
This applies to every area of our lives, including our finances. We need to establish financial order in our lives. We must understand that order precedes increase.
When people come to me for financial help, my first questions to them are, “How much debt do you have? How much do you owe?”
“We don’t know,” they tell me. “We just know we’re in trouble.”
Then I’ll ask, “Where are your bank statements? How much money do you have?”
They’ll say, “Some of our statements are on the kitchen table. Some are in the den. They’re scattered all over the house!”
Proverbs 27:32 says, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” And Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Friends, a lot of people are perishing needlessly simply because they have no vision and no plan, for their finances, and they have no financial order. These are very natural processes, but they have spiritual consequences.
Before God can do His supernatural part, we must do our natural part. We must get our finances in order, and we must create a plan.
THE TAKE AWAY
Take time to go over your current financial status. Make a list of how much you owe and how much income you currently generate. Create a budget—a spending plan—to begin working toward paying off debt and also to locate areas where you may need to watch your spending.
A RESOURCE TO HELP
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If we don’t know our worth, we will spend our lives trying to prove we are “good enough.”
If we’re going to work on our communication skills, the first thing we have to work on is our heart.
The benefit of being thankful goes way beyond being just polite (though that is a good thing). Gratitude is the key to happiness itself.
The new year gives us a renewed desire to set goals, which means getting our priorities in order.
Have you ever had so many things you “need” to do that you don’t get any of them done? It can seem overwhelming!
When you don’t know what to start on, let God’s Word help determine what priorities to put first in your life this year.
WHAT THE WORD SAYS:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… John 1:1-5
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well… Matt 6:33
The first of all the commandments is; love the Lord thy God… Mark 12:28-30 Continue reading…
The first blame-shifting event in the history of mankind happened when Adam blamed Eve for eating the forbidden fruit. It seems that shifting the blame comes naturally to most people, and children are no exception.
Following God’s plan for your life is an adventure! When you first get that vision, it’s new and exciting! But as you move forward, you’re going to run into some roadblocks.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV).
Around the age of 13 is when children turn into a subculture called “teenagers.” Behavior that seemed innocent and cute when your child was a two-year-old is viewed as outright rebellion as he or she becomes a teenager. It’s not cute when your teenager looks you in the face and says, “I’m not doing that, and you can’t make me!”