Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 29, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions for Prosperity

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Another year has gone by and now is the time when some of us decide what changes we are going to make in our lives. It was a record year for retail sales during the Christmas season. One would wonder what impact that will have on the financial security of some people next year. Whatever the effect of spending on gifts this year, it has to be a private decision on how we will manage.

It is sad to say that the Christmas season is a time when most of us overindulge in finances and in eating, and it is too bad that this seems to take place at the end of the year. We have to begin the New Year with promises to be more disciplined. Consequently, people go on more diets and spend the entire year paying down on credit card debt.

Because we are so accustomed to shopping with credit cards, this is a habit which most of us will find hard to break. It is this dependence which has prevented the majority of consumers to neglect to learn the principles of managing money, especially the Biblical principles. Believe it or not, it is possible to live without using credit cards, as God did not intend us to use them.

God intended us to budget our money and not to live above our means, because the debt becomes unmanageable. Not only that, we become a slave to the creditors. Psalm 37:21 clearly explains this: “The wicked borroweth and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy and giveth.” We have to be very careful about not managing our debt as the next verse says, “For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off,” (Psalm 37:22). We will find ourselves being cut off from the blessings of God.

A person who is blessed of God is a “lender and not a borrower,” (Deuteronomy 28:12) “the head and not the tail, and thou shalt be above only and not be beneath.” We come into this blessed state when we hearken unto the commandments of the Lord, (Deuteronomy 28:13.) It is clear from these verses that God did not intend us to be users of credit cards. If we continue in the destructive behavior, then we are not being wise nor prudent. Proverbs 22:3 says, “A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on and are punished.” If we do not make an effort to correct this behavior, we have to suffer the consequences of higher debt because of the interest we have to pay in addition to the principle which we borrowed. Unfortunately, some people will file for bankruptcy.

Before the debt becomes unmanageable, we can make every effort to pay the monthly payments on time and even pay more than what is required so that we can reduce the amount of interest we are paying and repay the debt early. As we are paying the debt, we should be engaged in prayer to the Lord for his guidance in paying off the debt and tithe, as the Lord may surprise is with forgiving the debt. “With God, all things are possible!” (Matthew 19:26).  

2014

Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 25, 2013

Christmas Greetings for the Unsaved Souls

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Another day to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and some unsaved souls may not give  the birth of Christ a second thought.  After all, they have been getting along just fine without him – or so they think!  On the other hand, Christians everywhere are celebrating this day because of their salvation and the loosening of their bonds.

The birth of Christ was such a miraculous event and it is a type of birth that will never again occur in history.  God sent him to save us from our sins.  Each Christian who has experienced a radical change in their lives for the good, has a heart warming story to tell of their experience with the “Prince of Peace”, “Wonderful Counselor”, “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” (Isaiah 9:6,) “Emmanuel,” (Matthew 1:22. 23), “the Alpha and the Omega,” (Revelations 1:8), “the First and the Last,” (Revelations 22:13).

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Through Christ, God humbled himself to live and walk among men, (Matthew 1:23),  to heal them, (Luke 4:18), (Isaiah 61:1) to teach them righteousness, and to save them from the snares (Matthew 1:21) of the devil.  Mary, a mere child of fourteen years old, conceived of the child through the Holy Spirit as a virgin, so that this holy child would not be conceived in sin. (Isaiah 7:14).

With child-like innocence, she believed what the Angel Gabriel had prophesied to her, and waited patiently for that day that she would give birth, (Matthew 1:20). She gave birth to the child, never thinking herself higher than others, that she, too, was a sinner who needed this child to save her, (Luke 1:47).  But Mary found favor with God – she was highly favored, (Luke 1:30). She obeyed God and was blessed.  As a result of her obedience, mankind was saved!

The events that took place were not trouble free, as Herod, who heard about this prophesy, made it his duty to kill this infant, who was a threat to his kingdom, as they were calling him the “King of kings.” (Matthew 2:16).   Not knowing the child’s identity, he wanted all male children two and a half years old and younger to be killed, forcing Mary and Joseph to flee from Jerusalem with the baby Jesus.

The steps that Mary took are very similar to the steps that every believer takes when God calls us to do something.  We listen and obey and wait to give birth to the plan that God has for us.  We are blessed.  Every year, this Christmas story serves as a reminder that we are in Christ, we are new creations, that the old has gone and the new has come, (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Posted by: prosperingchristians | November 28, 2013

Give Thanks to the Lord

Every year, one day is dedicated to giving thanks to the Lord for all that he has done for us.  In reality, we need to thank him everyday. 

When we look around us, we see in the news the many tragedies that other people may suffer and we may realize that there is someone who is more unfortunate than us.  Some of us have may have jumped on the pity wagon because of our circumstances and may not be able to escape the merry-go-round of ungratefulness.  Our spiritual eyes are not open so we do not see the miracles and blessings that take place in our lives on a regular basis.  We embark on a consciousness of self-pity, despondency, depression, apathy, suicidal tendencies, self-destruction, and irresponsibility.

What I have described is the unsaved soul, the one that does not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Jesus is here to set us free from this destructive behavior.  The unsaved soul has been listening to the lies of the enemy, the devil, who is busy trying to keep us from knowing Jesus who can set us free form his lies.

The book of Romans begins with a discussion on those who are ungrateful, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations,and their foolish heart was darkened,”  Romans 1:21.  These are people who do not give God the glory, neither do they thank him for what they have.  They do not realize that this is the reason for all their failures and problems in life.  They are vain in their imaginations.

All we have to do is begin by focusing on the little things we have; we can breathe, we wake up every morning, we can find food, in most cases, we can learn things from books in schools, libraries, and book stores, for free, if we do not have money!  We have a dog or cat who loves to see us when we come home.  We have a son or daughter or nephew or grandmother who is crazy about us.  We have a free bus ride or a hat and coat.  There is so much for which to be grateful to God, who provides all of our needs and to Jesus who saves us.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: prosperingchristians | August 28, 2013

Being the Best that We Can Be

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Salvation gives us an opportunity to be able to make up for lost time by getting off the merry-go-round of enslavement and bondage to sin. Now that Jesus is living in our hearts, we don’t have to keep repeating our mistakes. The Lord can empower us to do things which we could not do when we were not saved.

It is important to read the Bible and to read to daily. God reminds us in several places to read the Bible. Proverbs 3:1, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring prosperity.” This sanctifies us and gives us an advantage over our enemies. It will open doors for us that were previously closed. It will also help us to change the bad habits that we have engaged in during the course of our lives.

Jesus can be strong where we are weak and he will strengthen us in the process. If we had bad habits which kept us from being effective on the job, that can change through a relationship with Jesus. He preached about work, stewardship, and the reasons for failure and success on the job. Reading the verses contained in the Gospel will help us enjoy success in our work.

For instance, Jesus talks about sowing seeds in Matthew 13:1-23 and Mark 4:1-25. It shows us how to work with excellence and the consequences of not working conscientiously. Verses 5 and 6 of Matthew 13 show what happens when we do not have the right skills to do the job, “………they sprung up because they had no deepness of earth, ” and “…..because they had no root, they withered away.” We neglect to get the proper training and education when we need it. We keep working with the same knowledge and there has been no growth in our character. The demands of the job have changed, but we cannot keep up with them and as a result, we cannot produce the fruit that we want. We have failed to develop our skills.

This condition develops because we have grown accustomed to the monotonous work, we failed to see the need to acquire the skills which would make us more productive, and we stopped growing. We took the easy way out. We have become content with doing things the way we did when we first learned the job. This may be intentional, or it may be due to a lack of knowledge. Some people are content with doing things this way, but others may have a desire to change, but lack the knowledge in doing so. If we want the change, we must ask the Lord to change us.

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Posted by: prosperingchristians | June 27, 2013

Persist and Endure

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Marketing and selling products and services is not an easy job, but in order to make money, we have to engage in a lot of activity. It is through repeated attempts to offer the products and services that we are able to make the sale. Then the process starts all over again. For some, this would not be the ideal job for them, but for others, this is what God has called us to do.

In order to have success with this business, once has to have persistence and endurance. There are several people in the Bible who had these qualities. One that comes to mind is the persistent widow in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 18: 1-8. This woman kept appealing to a judge to give her relief from her adversaries. She kept going to the judge and pleading with him until he fin ally gave into her wishes, not because he loved God and not because he was concerned about her, but because he was afraid she would make him weary.

This is a parable which teaches us to be persistent in prayer, because God will answer, but it is also a great illustration of the kind of persistence that we need with our prospects. Many of us make the mistake of quitting because we do not see immediate results, but we have to continue, if we want to earn a living. No one said it would be easy. We have to build up a momentum so that the enemy will not get in the way of the sale. This takes time. We have to be able to take a stand against the devil’s schemes. We think we are going to hurt people’s feelings, but if you are confident that you are giving them a good product, then you should be persistent. The devil will make up all kinds of excuses for why the prospect should not buy it!

When we examine the life of Jesus and examine the way that he spoke to his adversaries. In Matthew 7:29, the Bible say that Jesus “taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” In other words, he had command of the subject, and that did not happen in a few hours. It happened over a number of years of careful study which began when he was a child. Luke 2:40 says, “And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.” Notice that the Bible says that Jesus waxed strong in spirit and that the grace of God was upon him. Jesus was an excellent student. He was also gracious in his dealings with others. We have to remember to be gracious to the prospects at all times.

As we continue in our efforts and get the proper training from the companies and an understanding of the prospects, we will improve in our relationships with them. It takes time, a strong spirit, graciousness, and wisdom. We have to develop these qualities about ourselves, if we are going to be successful.

Paul often spoke about his struggles to spread the good news of the Gospel around the world and he encountered many problems which he had to overcome. He was trying to convert his Jewish brothers, but to no avail. He them embarked on a journey to parts of the world which were previously unknown to him to speak to the Gentiles. In 2 Corinthians 11:25, Paul says, “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea.” But in spite of it all, he continued to preach the Gospel with joy. In Philippians 1:20, he says, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Do you really believe that the Lord would have you do all this for nothing? Not so! The Lord will bless your efforts if you hearken unto his voice. We need to hearken unto the command in Psalm 1:2,3.

In conclusion, as we are working, we can reflect on God’s words about persistence endurance. When we are offering our products and services in the marketplace, it is helpful for us to remember the struggles that some of the people in the Bible endured. Be encouraged in the stories and accounts from the ones who went before you.

Blessings to you and thanks to God for sending you to this group.

Gail Cavanaugh

 

Posted by: prosperingchristians | June 15, 2013

Experiencing True Joy

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We all know that the “joy of the Lord is my strength” and the devil desires to rob us of our joy at any moment. The only source of joy is a relationship with Jesus. When Christians are saved, the first emotion is joy, that we are forgiven and saved from our sins. Many of us have carried many sins and what a joy it was to unload it! The Lord is so compassionate. I can just imagine the elation of the sinful woman who experienced the love and compassion from Jesus who did not judge her past. She was blessed!

I was witnessing in the city one day when I met an older woman at a bus stop. I engaged her in conversation and led her through the sinner’s prayer. When she was done, I was astonished when all of a sudden she started dancing in the middle of the side walk in a very busy plaza! Then she hugged me. I could not stop laughing. The laughter was the joy that this woman had been forgiven and was now free from the law of sin and death. It was from the Lord. Her sorrow was turned to joy.

For many of us, our first encounter with the Lord was a memorable experience. Never in our lives have we experienced such joy as this. It is comforting to know that the Lord was willing to wipe our slates clean of all past sins! Amazing, when we thought we were doomed to go to hell and that what we did was unforgivable. The Lord is so good!

The Lord promises in Psalm 37:4 that if we “delight ourselves in the Lord, he will give us the desires of our hearts.” That is so wonderful! Imagine if we could have anything that our hearts desire, so long as we delight ourselves in the Lord, what would it be? I looked up the word delight and it mean, “a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy, rapture.” That means we have to experience a high degree of joy in order to receive our heart’s desire. The highest degree of joy would have to come from the Lord, since he is without sin and he is pure.

The Lord encouraged the disciples to rejoice that their names were written in the book of life, in their relationship with God, and that they were saved. When Christians truly delight themselves in the Lord, they receive the desires of their hearts. They are rejoicing in spiritual things which are eternal, rather than worldly things, which only last for a short time.

We come to understand the source of the Lord’s joy in this passage: “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Luke 10:21-22). Here the Lord is rejoicing in his relationship with the Father.

Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and therefore cannot be experienced without the Holy Spirit. If you have the Holy Spirit, then you can experience the joy that Jesus spoke about to the disciples. May you experience joy in your work.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | June 13, 2013

A Test of Faith

 

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Every day we have to be on guard against the enemy who works in those who are around us and those who cross our paths. We should be ready to deal with them and recognize them right away. The enemy wants us to draw us away from Christ, especially when we draw nearer to Christ. When we are about to be delivered from a stronghold in our lives, the enemy will fight hard to pull us back into his world. But hold fast to what you have.

How do we recognize the enemy? This is what the Lord teaches:

Acts 20:29 – "Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them." If a pastor or church leader does not preach that Christ was crucified and died for us, he is a false teacher. Some pastors do not preach the Gospel and the need for everyone to be saved. Instead they “preach” about world events and do not mention Christ in their preaching. The reason for this is that they do not have a relationship with Christ and therefore, do not know him. Many people are blinded into thinking that they are saved just because they go to church every Sunday. A pastor cannot lead someone to Christ if he does not have a relationship with him. This is why we must test every spirit. (I John 4:1 says. “Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

We should not make it a habit of listening to them. Titus 1:10 says their motives are not right. “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not for filthy lucre’s sake.” They will preach what people want to hear so that they will make a donation to the church. The Bible describes the people who listen to these vain talker and deceivers as those having itching ears. 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” As long as they are not being told about a relationship with Christ or commitment to bring others to Christ, they are fine. They do not have a desire to change their lifestyles, and as long as they are not being convicted of it, they feel they are living godly lives.

We, as Christians have to be mindful of these individuals and the schemes of the devil so that we are not led astray.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | March 30, 2013

Mission Trip to Pakistan

Now that I helped to set up the Gail Women’s Sewing Center in Gojra City, Pakistan, it is time to visit the center and offer our assistance.  The women still need sewing machines and more fabric to continue their work.  The Lord has said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few,” Matthew 9:37.

When I ask for donations, I ask for a minimum of $5.00 so that everyone is able to partake of the blessings.  Those who are willing and able to give more will give more.  I am thankful for the contributions which I have received to date.

I am looking forward to what the Lord is going to do with these women, how he is going to use them.  The women have expressed their gratitude for being able to learn how to make the wedding gowns and eventually to open a boutique.

As soon as I have reached my fundraising goal, I will be making arrangements to go on the trip to Pakistan.  Please share and keep this project in prayer.  It is my prayer that you find it within your heart to make a donation.  I will keep you updated on any new developments.

“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”  Psalm 66:20

The women and men celebrated Palm Sunday last week with with a procession around Gojra City to honor the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  They are to be commended for doing so in spite of the recent persecution of Christians in nearby Lahore. I invite you to follow this blog and the donation site for more updates.

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Posted by: prosperingchristians | March 18, 2013

Good Friday Program

 

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It is Easter again and the children at Crosspoint Church are going to participate in the Good Friday Easter service, No Greater Love.  They will sing a song especially for Good Friday.  The children have been working very diligently on their song and are looking forward to singing skillfully and joyfully for the Lord. 

Worship is a great way for the children to learn reverence for the Lord.  If they are on the rebellious side, they will not be for very long.  The Holy Spirit will work with them and before you know it, they will be listening to the Lord and obeying him and any other person who has authority over them.

The Bible says in Ephesians 6:1-3 says, Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise;  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”  If children follow this commandment of the Lord to obey their parents, the Lord promises that they will have a good and long life.

Additionally, those who walk after the flesh will not be blessed.  The works of the flesh are described in several places in the Bible, such as  Galatians 5:19-21.  Some children will not be able to understand some of these terms and some will be too young to hear about them.  However, as soon as they are old enough, they should be made aware of the ramifications of their actions.

The Bible admonishes everyone to be “subject unto the higher powers” in Romans 13:1.  This is in keeping with a God  who expects us to obey him because he is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  He is the one and only true God.  He puts people in authority over us.

When children understand and obey authority, they will have a better life and avoid going to jail because they refuse to respect authority.  When they attend church services and sing in the choir, they learn about a powerful God who created them and cares for them and his Son who died for them on the cross.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | February 28, 2013

God is Doing a New Thing

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The Gail Sewing Center is up and running.  Women and young girls are attending the center to learn how to sew.  Men have shown an interest as well.  Right now, the women are learning how to embroider.  It is wonderful what God is doing in this area of Pakistan.  We are so fortunate to be working with Bishop Dr. Asif Raza who has been working tirelessly to set this up.

We have an opportunity to win souls as Muslim women come to enroll in the programs, the pastor leads them to Christ.  We thank the Lord for his hand in this project.  Christian women around the world are coming forward to offer their assistance and support.  The plan is to open a boutique where women can sell their clothing.  All of the women are learning new skills which will help them to be able to acquire better jobs and to even have a business of their own.  We are currently planning to have one of the women teach a course in computer software.

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I will personally be paying a visit very soon and I am looking forward to visiting the center,  It is wonderful what God is doing in this area.  We give glory to God.  I am hoping to take a team of people with me.  If anyone is interested, contact me here.  Just post a response with contact information or visit the site on Facebook – Gail Women’s Sewing Center.  Please visit and like the page.  Feel free to print the posters on this page and share them with friends, family, and colleagues.

The Christians in Pakistan comprise about 2% of the population.  They hold menial jobs and are not treated very well because of their beliefs.  Bishop Raza is trying to provide them with more opportunities for better jobs and to have their own business.  It will take time to develop the skills, but the people are willing to work hard.  Please keep this project in prayer and pray for Bishop Raza and me as we carry out God’s plan.

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