Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 30, 2016

Trusting God

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As much as we say we love God, it is hard for some of us to trust him. If we are accustomed to hearing his voice, we may sometimes doubt what he says. Especially, when he says something that we do not understand. However, we must go an attempt to do what he says. We will soon find out if what he told us to do is the right thing.

One of the most confusing aspects of our Christianity is our gifting and how God calls us. Many people are under the assumption that they are called to do God’s work when we feel compassion toward a cause. Indeed, most of us feel compassion toward causes in the world. There is so much suffering that is going on in the world and we want to help in some way. That is why people give to charity. However, we cannot confuse this with ministry. This is merely following the mandate to give to others who are less fortunate.

We must rely on the spiritual gifts that God has given us. When we are saved, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts among us.

Therefore, it is our duty to find out what gift the Holy Spirit has given us. It may surprise you what Gift you have. God often give us a gift that we had not considered and there is more of an opportunity to work heartily and joyfully for him. He will never give us a gift that we cannot handle. There is no need to fear that we will get something that we will not want or cannot do. God ordained the work fo us eons ago. Psalm 139:16 says, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 30, 2016

Favor or Authority?

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God favors us when he gives us exceptional skill which no one else has to fulfill a divine plan for him. Authority is when a person who is strong in the Lord can resist Satan and his schemes and any threats to the person or others around him. It does not mean that the person can do anything they want to do. It must be something which they are called to do or is within God’s will.

To do a ministry or to do work according to God’s plan, a person has to pray about it. We do not have knowledge of Gods plan for us outside of prayer. It often takes several months. This is not something that is rushed or cursory. God has a very detailed plan for us if we would follow it, then we would prosper. Unfortunately, many people do not come into a knowledge of their plan. God’s word says,” for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future, Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 and Psalm 139:14-17 says, “….all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

More people need to pray about their plans, because if they engage in a plan for which they are not equipped, it will fail. The Holy Spirit gives the gifts when the people are saved and come into church. I Corinthians 12:7.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 30, 2016

Total Dependence

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“I can of mine own self do nothing.: as I hear, I judge and my judgment is just; for I seek not mine own will; but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30

Unless we admit that we cannot do it all, but that we rely totally on God, he cannot do anything for us. Christ cannot use us if we insist on being independent or proud. We do not allow God to do the work through us. We are limited because of our humanity, but God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, ( Psalm 139:1-10). He is the all in all, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. We can do nothing but by his spirit living within us because we have Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith.

He blesses us and we accept the gifts which he freely gives us, (I Corintians 2:12). We can never pay him back. His Holy Spirit is a free gift to us. Too many of us are too proud to receive the gifts that God has for us. When we receive a gift, our first inclination is that we must give in return. God does not work that way. When we receive a gift and then pay the person back, it is not a gift from God. Let God do his work! Luke 6:34-36

“And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 30, 2016

Grace vs. Work

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“Now to the man who works, his wages are not credited as a gift, but as a n obligation; however to the man that does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his grace is counted as righteousness.”  Romans 3:3.

When we were saved, we were saved by grace through faith.  We had nothing to show that we were saved other than the fact that we believed that Jesus had saved us.  We had peace with God and a joy that we had never known before.  We believed because we had a supernatural experience with the Lord.  We did not have to do anything but call upon the name of the Lord to save us.  The Lord heard our call and answered.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 15, 2016

Devotional Time with God

 

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As Christians, we should spend time with God each day, meditating on the word to develop a relationship with him.  The Bible says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success,” Joshua 1: 8.  We should try to spend this time with God at the same time every day.  The Bible says, “To the faithful, you show yourself faithful,”  Psalm 18:25.  The time should be spent alone so that we can focus on hearing God’s voice.

The devotion time should include an organized study plan so that there is some continuity into what we are doing.  Also, the devotional should have Bible verses included in the readings so that you can read and ponder them.  2 Timothy 2:15 says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Therefore, find a Bible Study plan where you read the entire Bible in a year, or a book of devotionals such as My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  In the back of this book is a concordance if you need to research a topic.  There are devotionals you can listen to online, such as Devotions with Max Lucado, at www.maxlucado.com.

It is helpful to take notes and even keep a journal on the things that God is putting on your heart.  Also, keep track of answered prayers and any thoughts you may have about the study.  You will be amazed at how God answered your prayers, and how you are growing in the Lord.

We should always pray before each lesson, asking God to open our hearts and minds so that we can understand and retain the knowledge.  At the end, we should say a prayer to ask God to help us apply the knowledge to our lives – what do we need to do, to stop doing and to do better?  In this way, we can truly grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  James 1:5 says, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

As you read and study the devotions, God will put things on your heart for you to pray about.  If there is anything that you need clarification on, just ask God through your prayers to help you understand it.  If you do not receive an answer right away, keep praying until you get the answer.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | February 25, 2016

Is Life Insurance Biblical?

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Because of the unsavory practices of a few financial services and banking representatives, many people do not trust the systems which these industries have initiated to assist people in managing their finances. The life insurance industry is one such institution.

First of all, no one likes talking about life insurance or matters of death, but it is something that we will all face at some point in our lives. Insurance is an age old solution to a problem with suffering losses in the event of a catastrophe. The idea is to minimize losses by passing on the risk to someone else who is capable of paying for the loss when it occurs.

The Babylonians and Chinese were the first to consider the losses which they incurred while shipping their goods across the high seas. Because accidents were prevalent due to capsizing, the merchants spread their shipments among several carriers in order to minimize their losses. They would also pay an additional fee when they received a loan to transport the goods, as a guarantee that the lender would cancel the loan if the merchants suffered any losses.

Around 600 B.C., the Greeks and Romans started offering benefits for the families of deceased members of their benevolent societies and also paid for funeral expenses for the society members. In the Middle Ages, these societies were known as guilds and friendly societies in England. Health and life insurance, however were not established until the 1700s.

As Christians, God expects us to provide for our families and to take responsibility for them. We read in I Timothy 5:8, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” God makes it very clear here that the husband should provide for his family.

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Further, God considers the man who provides for his family and his descendants a righteous man. Proverbs 13:22 says “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” Psalm 112:1 “Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.”

I Peter 3:7 says, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” Here God is stressing that the husband be considerate of the wife and to treat the wife as the weaker partner. If the husband is to provide for the wife, then the wife would be at a loss if he was to die prematurely. Therefore, by providing her with life insurance, he is being considerate to ensure that her needs will continue to be met after he expires.

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This assumes, however, that the husband is gainfully employed. The reality is that not all husbands today are gainfully employed, nor are all of the husbands living with their families. Natasha Cornelius states in her July 7, 2015 blog post that “nearly 44% of the women in the household are the primary breadwinners.”

Because of the opportunities for career advancement for women, this figure has been increasing since the early 1990’s to its current level today. Accordingly, it now appears that the women need more life insurance on themselves because their children and husbands are now dependent on them financially, in some cases.

Women have an obligation to provide for their families because of the increases in their responsibilities and in their incomes. I Timothy 5:8 applies to everyone. However, it is also clear that the husbands are not taking their rightful place as providers of the family, according to the Bible. In some cases, this is due to circumstances beyond their control and in other cases it is due to a defect in their character which prevents the men from owning up to their responsibility. The man who takes responsibility for his family will be blessed. Psalm 112:3 says, Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever.

In conclusion, Life insurance is a way for God to provide for our needs according to Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Posted by: prosperingchristians | October 5, 2015

The Lord Speaks

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It is refreshing to know that the Lord cares so much for us, and even though he does, he expects us to love him back. It is good to have a constant reminder of this because God created us to find him and have a relationship with him. If we take a look at Acts 17:24-26 we learn that:

“God made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth and dwelleth not in temples made of hands:” This means that we can have a relationship with him wherever we are. We do not have to go anywhere special to experience God. We will seek him and find him, when we seek him with all of our hearts,” Jeremiah 29:14. God is with us!

If we read Psalm 139:14 we learn that God’s works are marvelous.” This means that every bird, tree, and animal is marvelous, and so is man. That means you and me, and even Donald Trump! Yes, we are all marvelous. If we keep this thought in our minds, I think it may change some of our attitudes toward one another. Renewing the mind! That is all it takes. The closer we become to Jesus, the more we become like him.

We must love the Lord above everything else to avoid becoming idolatrous. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matthew 22:37. Our life show show evidence of our love for God. He must be on our minds, in our hearts, and consumed with him in our souls. We must put him first in everything, because we are here to glorify him.

Proverbs 11:26 says: “He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.” God does not want us to hoard things, because then it implies that we may love it more than we love God. We must be willing to let go of things. Some people may find it difficult to let go of things they hoard, but here is a verse which will help break this habit: Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” God rewards us for selling, giving, and sharing!

The consequences of living an idolatrous life is found in Romans 1:21-24: “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. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.” This condition of the heart is rampant throughout the world and is growing in the United States and we need to repent and accept Jesus into our hearts, if we have not already.

Let this be our prayer:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23, 24

Posted by: prosperingchristians | September 10, 2015

There is Nothing New Under the Sun

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There is a lot going on in the world today, especially with the U.S. presidential candidacies. There are so many issues pending which we as Christians must be aware that the enemy is at work, trying to lead people away from Christ. We are compelled to take a stand against the devil’s schemes to blind us to the truth.
It becomes more important to stand on the word of God and hide it them on our hearts, we will be well prepared to turn from the lie when we are confronted by it. Many people are dissatisfied with the way that things have turned out and there has been a surge in violence, ungodliness, rebellion, and the like as a result. This is Satan’s way of causing division among us.

I Timothy 3:1-5 says that “…in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

As you are reading these verses, does anything come to mind? Is there a situation in your life or around you that is causing this attitude in the people around you or even yourself? In every age, there has been an introduction of controversial issues which have shocked the people or even led them away from the truth. But if the word is in our hearts, we can take a stand against the lies and still lead godly and Christ-like lives in spite of it.

I Timothy 3:15 says, “And from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” If there is any doubt, we can turn to the word to make us wiser. Reading the word about these issues and how God feels about them will keep us on track. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” These were the issues facing the ancient Israelites as well as mankind throughout the centuries. The only thing different is the technology we use and the way we dress.

In spite of these changes, the word of God has never changed and is still relevant to our age. Hebrews 4:12 says, the word of God is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.” It is still as powerful as it was when it was first recorded. Additionally, Jesus is still the same. In the same book of Hebrews, Jesus is mentioned as Hebrews 13:8 “the same yesterday and today and forever.”

It seems we need to be reminded again that we love one another as God has loved us. I Peter 1:22 says, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” The reward for obeying the truth is that we can love one another with a pure heart.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | June 24, 2015

Righteousness by Faith

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when God wants to lead us in to uncharted territory because he wants to bless us. God is calling us to do something that we could not do without him. It requires total dependence on him.
In order to do what the natural man does not believe is possible, we have to clothe ourselves with the righteousness of God. It means we are becoming the righteous of God in Christ. This righteousness does not have a sin consciousness. It is a “gift of righteousness that shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ, “(Romans 5:17 KJV), and as a result, grace reigns, as it covers our sins.

The way for us to assume this righteousness is by faith. There is no other way to acquire it, as then it would be righteousness by “works” instead of by “faith.” Noah acquired this righteousness by faith when he built the ark. Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear.” Once acquired, we can then stand before the Father, in prayer, “without any sense of guilt,” (E.W. Kenyon, 1996), and we can perform the toughest jobs because Christ is with us, doing the work, and we have no memory of sin in this state of righteousness, which would hinder our work.

For some it will take years to actually understand how this is actually accomplished, especially if faith is a problem. For example, intellectuals and anyone who “takes the initiative” without consulting God in prayer, would have a problem with this. We are a new man created in Christ when we accept Christ into our hearts. Therefore, Christ will be our strength and we will be able to do all things through him, Philippians 4:13.

This applies to anyone who is in Christ, no matter what their walk in life, the student, the single mother, the homeless man, the business man or woman, the poor – anyone! This new awareness will empower even the feeblest of individuals to go out and do things which they could not do before. The spirits will submit to Christ and will no longer get in the way. There is one condition of this newness in Christ. We have to clothe ourselves with righteousness each and every day, otherwise, we revert back to the old nature.

If we recall the Parable of the Sower, we will understand why few of us have been able to live as righteous beings. Matthew 13:20, 21 say “But he that receiveth the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it: Yet hath no root in him, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

By the same token, James 1:23, 24 say, “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass, For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”

So, we can hear the word and not do it, or we can put the word into action, but fail to yield the results we want because we are not firm in the word. For whatever reason, let us commit to be more vigilant about hearing the word and acting upon it so that we can receive the blessings.

My new book, Retailer’s Guide to Merchant Services includes insights for the Christian business owner on righteousness as it relates to the operation of the business.

Posted by: prosperingchristians | May 21, 2015

God Set Prioirties

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God sets priorities, which represent his divine order, in our lives and he does this so that all will go well with us. God wants us to put him first in everything that we do. We need to put God first because he set us free from the bonds of wickedness. Therefore, we need to have reverence for him. The first commandments says,” I am the Lord thy God which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2, 3. God is a God of order and when we are out-of-order, things do not go well. It is important to understand the order.

God has so much love for us, more than what we can imagine because when he set us free, he says, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee,” Jeremiah 30:3. His love never stops.
When we give glory and honor to God, our plans will go well because we are doing his will and not our own. Since God created us and has plans for us, we need to follow his guidance. “There is no wisdom no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord,” Proverbs 21:30. Therefore, it is better to follow the Lords plan than our own. The Lord does it better and if we are willing and obedient, we will eat of the good of the land,” Isaiah 1:19.

We need to follow the plan of God and not anyone else’s plan because that is not what God planned for us. He gave us gifts, talents and skills and this is what we should use. However, God does use others to help carry out the plan that he has for us. We need to recognize the voice of God and follow it.

If we do not follow the order that God has set down, then Satan uses it to create chaos is out lives. We shout not let the devil have a foothold in our lives, as it will delay Gods plan for us and when that happens, we may never get free from that foothold because we do not know how it happened and we neglect to ask for deliverance. It will take a lot of prayer and seeking after God to get loose. When we are able to be free from this bond of wickedness, then we can receive the blessings of God.

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