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How to Change Your Circumstances

The world is always lying to you.

You will hear how hopeless everything is. You will be told stories of people just like you who bit the dust and didn’t get up. But don’t feed on that!

Say what God’s Word says: “A thousand may fall on one side of us and ten thousand on the other side, but it won’t come near us! I don’t care what it looks like; God’s Word says that no evil shall come near our dwelling. ” (Author’s paraphrase, see Ps. 91:7,10)

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The Take Away:

Stop believing the lie that you won’t make it. Start believing God’s Word. In order to build your faith, you need to be reading His Word and asking for wisdom as you do. He’ll show you what you need to know. 

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The Natural and Supernatural Side

There’s a common theme that runs through the Word of God—we do natural things, and God does supernatural things. 

There’s a common theme that runs through the Word of God—we do natural things, and God does supernatural things. We walk around the walls of Jericho, and God knocks them down. We lay hands on the sick, and He does the healing. We preach the Gospel, and He does the saving.

When God placed man on this planet, man’s part was to do the natural side, and God’s part was to do the supernatural side. God told Adam, “I want you to take care of the Garden, have dominion over the earth and subdue it, and I want you to be fruitful and multiply.” Everything God asked Adam to do was natural. If we do the natural, He’ll do the supernatural.

The way we accelerate the supernatural in our lives is to make sure that we’re doing the natural. That means we must find out from the Word of God what we need to do in the natural so that God can do His part supernaturally on our behalf. It’s only then that we will walk in the blessing of God.

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands…all these blessings will come upon you….” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2 KJV).

The Take Away:

When it comes to walking in financial blessing, we can’t sit back and expect God to do everything. We must do the natural part that He instructs us to do so that He can then do His supernatural part to bring it to pass.    

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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. 

The 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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Friday Funny: Six Kids Is Enough

Joe shares a great story about having five daughters.

Finally, years later, number 6 was the lucky number!
No longer surrounded by all women, Joe had the son he always wanted!

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How’s Work Going?

Has someone asked you this lately? How would you answer?

We’re going to have to work. We have to find out what we’re called and gifted to do and get busy using our gifts.

I can imagine the wheels turning as people are reading this. “Oh, it’s tough out there, Joe. It’s different than it was ten or twenty years ago.”
It certainly it is!

I was born in 1951. I’ve seen the workplace change. I’ve worked at three different secular companies. I’ve worked for two different churches. I’ve been on my own for over a 20 years in my own ministry.

I want you to know that I don’t have my head stuck in a barrel. I understand that things have changed in the workplace, but God has not changed. He is still our Provider. He understands what’s going on in this world, but He has given us a way to prosper, even in the midst of a perverse and wicked generation—even in the midst of an unstable economy.

If we’ll follow His plan, we won’t just survive, we will thrive.

The Take Away:

We won’t be able to follow God’s plan until we know it. You can find God’s plan for you, your finances, and your work by reading His Word. Don’t wait—start reading today. Ask God to show you how to get answers to your questions.

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Whose Are You Going to Listen To?

Here’s a quick reminder that you are going to believe either God or the devil when it comes to anything in your life — including your financial situation. 

There is no middle ground. There’s the truth and there’s the lie. Make sure you are telling yourself the truth on a daily basis because you’ll be faced with thoughts that are contrary to God’s Word. That’s how the enemy works.

But God’s Word gives us some instructions:
Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV

That means it’s not a possibility, it’s a guarantee that you will have thoughts come at you that go against God’s Word. Your job is not to “try not to think that way,” but instead, to cast it down, to bring it into captivity. You do that by learning what God says and then speak, meditate, and act on it. 

The Take Away:

Find out what God’s Word says about the situation you’re facing today and choose to believe the truth over the lie of the enemy. Practice taking every thought that makes itself bigger than the truth of God’s Word captive. 

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Three Things to Pray for Your Child

Take time to pray for your children daily. Every morning when I get up there are three things I pray over my children. Make this your prayer too!

1.  Father, I thank You for teaching my children to fear (reverence) You because Your Word says that the fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). And with wisdom, they will have long life, honor, and riches. (Proverbs 3:16).

2.  Father, surround my kids with a shield of divine favor. I thank You that they will have favor with their teachers, the principals of their schools, their coaches, their employers, etc. They’ll be a highly favored and a blessing everywhere they go. (Psalm 5:12)

3.  Father, I ask You to send good friends to my children—godly friends who will sharpen them like iron and cause them to be all You want them to be—and cut away any friends who would drag them down. (Proverbs 27:17)

The Take Away:

Pray these prayers over your children daily and watch God perform his word in your children’s lives!

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Friday Funnies: We Lost the Son Of God

When Jesus was 12 years old, Joseph and Mary found Him in the temple, talking and asking questions with the teachers there.

He was actually learning more about who He was. 

Jesus was not born with an automatic understanding that He was the Christ. He learned about himself through the scriptures.

The Father planned it that way. We ALL have to find out who we are, by reading and understanding the Word of God. That is how we discover what God has called us to be.

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Your Biggest Fan and Cheerleader

Two key things men are looking for in a relationship are respect and honor.

And even though they don’t always do the right thing or make the right decision, they need to have someone who believes in them, prays for them, and is in their corner rooting for them. What they don’t need is someone who is constantly pointing out their flaws, putting them down, and nagging them about all the things they aren’t doing right.  

In every relationship there are going to be things that get on your nerves about the other person, but that doesn’t give you the right to nag and constantly complain and criticize. That doesn’t mean you ignore those things, but there’s a way to address them, discuss them, and work toward a solution without being petty and demeaning. However, realize that some little molehills just aren’t worth making into a mountain because no matter how hard you nag, complain, bawl, or squall, they’re just not going to change. If they simply don’t like “green eggs and ham,” there’s nothing you can do to change that. It’s not worth making into a mountain. Accept it and move on.

So, men, as you’re looking for a wife, look for someone who’s not a doormat and who’ll help point out areas that you can grow in to become a better person, a better husband, and a better leader but who can do that in a constructive way that is encouraging and not demeaning. Bottom line, the person you marry should be an encourager. She should be your biggest fan and your biggest cheerleader! 

The Take Away:

Guys, here’s something really important to consider when you’re looking for a wife—does she encourage you or constantly criticize you and beat you down. The person you marry will be your lifetime companion. Make sure that there’s mutual respect between the two of you. Marry someone who believes in you, will encourage you, stand by you, and help you grow into the person God has designed for you to be.  

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Someone You Can Enjoy Life With

Something you definitely want to look for in a spouse is somebody that you can have fun with and who shares some of your interests.

A lot of couples have many diverse interests, but don’t have any that they share together. Others get caught up in the daily grind of making a living and handling the responsibilities of life and don’t know how to take time to just have fun.  

Realize this, God wants you to enjoy life and not just endure life! In fact, the Bible says that God “richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17 AMPC). And Jesus said in John 10:10 (AMPC) that He came that we might “have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). 

So, when it comes to marriage, if you’re going to spend the rest of your life with someone, you might want to pick someone who you enjoy hanging out with. Certainly, they need to be saved, have a good spiritual relationship with God, be well-groomed, and hardworking, but if you can’t have fun with this person, you might want to think twice about marrying them. You’re not marrying a business associate. You’re marrying a lifetime mate. So, make sure they’re someone you can enjoy life with! 

The Take Away:

Some questions to ask before you get married: Are you good friends? Do you love being with each other and hanging out together? Do you have fun together? Do you have shared interests or hobbies that you do together? When was the last time you did one of your hobbies/shared interests together? When you’re not together, do you miss being together? 

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