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Weekly Bible Verse – God is the Source of All Blessing

July 26, 2010 · Filed Under Weekly Bible Verse · 2 Comments 

Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.   If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers.  He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you.  Deuteronomy 7:11-13 (NIV)

This week’s Bible verse is a simple reminder of who is in control of everything (hint: it’s God).  Yes, it is a simple truth but one that I think we need to remind ourselves of occasionally.  Of course, most God-honoring people know that God “blesses” but I think sometimes we lose sight of the specifics of what or how He blesses us.  That’s why this is our weekly verse…

Not only does God bless us in a generic sense but he also blesses materially as well.  He will bless “the crops of your land, … the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”   This is another reminder to not separate out your “church” life from your “work” life.  We should not be people that do church and then do work and then ….   Instead, we should be Christians who recognize that God wants to be foremost in ALL of our lives: yes Sunday morning but also every morning.  He wants to be the most important thing in all aspects of our lives and has the capability to direct us and bless us in all aspects of our lives as well.  Seeing as this is a personal finance blog, I thought it appropriate to remind us who is really in control of our finances and wealth.

So don’t be a person who goes to church sometimes; rather, be a Christian who seeks to follow God’s commands in all areas of his/her life and therefore experiences all the blessings that God wants to put into your life.

God bless and have a great week…

Weekly Bible Verse – Achieving Contentment

July 12, 2010 · Filed Under Weekly Bible Verse · Add a Comment 

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  Phil 4:11-13 (NIV)

Being content must be easier said than done considering how few people can actually live that way, at least in my society (myself included).  I truly believe that our inability to be “content” generates a tremendous number of problems in our world today.

Have you ever thought or uttered the following (surely you at least know someone who has):  “Sure, my house is fine but my neighbor has a bigger/nicer/newer (fill in the blank) house, patio, pool, car, etc.  What makes my neighbor so special…if he can have one of those, then I deserve one too!  Unfortunately, now that I’ve determined that I need one of those, I don’t have the money to spend to match my neighbor…but I do have a credit card!”  Follow that pattern a couple times and you’ll pretty quickly find yourself in an uncomfortable and ultimately untenable situation.

The alternative to falling into this destructive pattern is, of course, being content with what you have.  Being financially prudent in your purchases can pretty much be summed up in these two simple rules:

  1. Make wise purchase decisions based on reality
  2. Be content with those purchases

I think we all agree that being smart and then being content will drive us a long way down the path to winning with our finances.  I think we also all agree that a lot of people are not doing that.  Well, most of the rest of this blog is about the first step, so let’s focus on the second step here briefly.

In this week’s verse, Paul tells us that he was able to be content in all manner of circumstances.  Whether he was experiencing a time of want or a time of plenty, he was satisfied (and isn’t it really hard to be satisfied during a time of want that comes after a time of prosperity?).  How did he accomplish this – through the “secret” that he uncovered: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  “Him,” of course, is Jesus Christ.

Paul’s deep faith in Jesus provided him with real strength to confront those feelings of desire, lust, and envy that strike at us all.  I don’t think Paul is saying that he never experienced those emotions, just that he was imbued with the strength to put them aside and overcome them.  Exercising our faith forces us to shift our focus.  We no longer dwell on us, what we want and need.  Rather, we dwell on God and the eternal.  The “things” that tend to preoccupy us are reclassified as eternally insignificant and therefore no longer hold so much sway over us.

Faith in Jesus Christ provides us with the one thing that we really do need – our eternal salvation.  Shift your focus thusly and you may just see that having the most important thing will reduce your desire for the relatively insignificant ones.

God bless and have a great week..

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