March 20, 2009
If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you may remember me asking the following questions:
Are you in control of your money?
1)Does a bank, or other financial institution want all of your money or just some of it?
2)When you make more money in the future, do they want that too?
3)Do they want to give your money back to you soon or a long time from now?
4)When they do give it back, do they want to give it back all at once or over a long period of time?
Do you remember, or know the answers? Read the rest of this entry »
March 18, 2009
I feel sorry for most of the common people I hear about who have lost wealth, lost their way, or both in the financial storm we’re currently weathering.
You are your best ally
“Why cry for those whose fault it is?” I’ve been asked. Certainly these people were at fault.
One can throw blame upon many right now, and that’s not my goal. What’s more important is what has been lost. And I’m not talking about money. That’s easy enough to get back. The worst thing that happened to those who followed the direction of a financial advisor to their present state, is their forfeit of power and self-direction.
This forfeit occurred the first time money and trust were handed to a financial advisor. Which is why the FA/client model is such a bad idea. It teaches you to follow others and their direction, not you and yours. Read the rest of this entry »
March 12, 2009
A dedicated heart receives the new wine God is pouring out
Part 1 of Mt 9 looked at the faith aspects of the chapter and how we can block God’s blessings in our life. Today we look at what kind of person God is looking for to be His emissary on earth. If you feel like you are not holy enough or in some other way feel that you are not the type of person that God likes to use…Today we will focus on the fact Jesus teaches us that you are exactly the type of person that He wants to use! He is not looking for the person who fits the “religious” mold that many of us think about when we think of “holy” men.
Ch.9 begins with Jesus healing and the crowd being amazed that God “had given such authority to men” and ends with Jesus saying, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” He is looking for people He can hand this authority on earth to: for those willing to be the sons of God after He left so that they could represent Heaven on earth as He had.
The Pharisees asked why Jesus ate with the tax collectors and sinners (v.11) and John’s disciples did not understand how such a man of obvious Godly stature could have disciples who did not follow the customs of the religious elite as they did (v.14). Jesus was breaking the mold. He wanted those who were truly spiritually hungry, not those who practiced empty religious rituals. Read the rest of this entry »
March 11, 2009
Many people outside the Church practice tithing (continued from yesterday).
Do you trust God to be faithful as you tithe?
People of other religions do it. I’ve seen modern financial books that I would consider “new age” that promote tithing in some form. They all receive a blessing for doing this. And yet too many of us in the Church look suspiciously at a pastor or don’t trust God enough to give the tithe and receive this blessing. Jesus is telling you here not to make that mistake. The principle works and that is one reason why He commands it. He does not command things of you to punish you. He knows how you will be blessed and He has provided a guidebook to help you be blessed. Use it! But when you do give faithfully out of duty, something interesting happens.
We realize that God really does bless us as we are faithful in giving Him the tithe He commands. Sometimes it’s amazing. We spoke earlier of stories where a person gets a check in the mail or an extra paycheck they weren’t expecting which helps them get by after dutifully tithing when it seemed impossible. Read the rest of this entry »
March 10, 2009
Everyone who is in Christ has been bought by the blood of Christ. You are His. Everything you own has become His. You are only a steward over your money and possessions. Without this, eternity is a curse, and with it, a blessing. He grants you ever increasing love, joy, peace & blessing (this does not mean life is always easy as noted before when discussing testing).
Tithing opens our eyes to God as the One who blesses
Even though everything you own is His, He only gives strict commands on the first ten percent. As you follow Him, He will lead you to give more and more free-will offerings above this. When and how will be readily apparent at that time.
There is a progression that one goes through as a tither. At first we tithe out of duty because it is commanded of us. Next, we live it and begin to realize the supernatural blessing that God gives us as we are faithful. Finally, we love to tithe, and become more attuned to His heart as the One who blesses. We begin to live life step-by-step with God and an eye towards where we can next bless someone over and above our tithe with the surplus He has blessed us with. Let’s look at these. Read the rest of this entry »
March 9, 2009
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25″And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26″Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27″The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Obedience reaps eternal rewards in the Kingdom life
Please read the first post on the Sermon on the Mount because it’s important that you know we are not talking about getting into Heaven after you die. That is through a true heartfelt belief in Jesus and He gives that grace quite easily. Jesus is talking about deeper things here as we began discussing Friday…of living a life now that counts eternally. Yesterday we showed that most of what we do here in this world, we will not even remember for the rest of our eternal lives. So we have the choice of living a life that counts now, or wasting away this time and receiving no eternal value for the time spent here. As we study Matthew, I’m not typically going to bring in a lot of other scripture, but since Jesus is using such a simple parable here to describe the meaning of life, I want to bring in a few other sources.
In the parable above, Jesus tells us that we are foolish if we do not use our life now on eternal matters because everything else will be washed away. Read the rest of this entry »
March 4, 2009
The tithe is one of the most important things we can do to grow and steward our wealth. Yet most people unaccustomed to this practice or new to faith are horrified by the idea. They feel that they don’t have enough to be giving much away; or that if they did, there would be nothing left to invest. Some just think that their Pastor/Preacher/Priest is just trying to get money out of them.
"But I need it!"
This is just worldly thinking that shows no understanding of the ways of God.
As Paul said, “For God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise…” (1 Cor 1:27-29) It may not seem logical, but tithing and offering is essential if you as a Believer want to amass wealth. We’ll show you how and why in the next few posts, in part, by looking at some history as a guide.
We’ll look at:
- Cain & Abel
- Abraham – Melchizedek
- Mosaic Law
- Malachi’s promise to us
- The tithe that God paid to us Read the rest of this entry »