TWELVE CHARACTERISTICS OF FINANCIALLY WHOLE PEOPLE (PART II)

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In my last blog post, I relayed three characteristics of financially whole individuals. They recognize: 1) God is their source, 2) He owns everything they have, and 3) the necessity of paying their tithes.   Today, I’d like to give you three more of twelve traits that signify financial wholeness. If you desire to be in a financially sound position, these are three very important elements you must have in place:

4. Have adequate income to cover expenses. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Paul said this to the Corinthians who gave of their resources to meet his needs. He was saying if you meet the needs of the Kingdom, God will meet your needs. You will indeed, have enough income to meet your basic necessities. If you are living hand to mouth and do not have enough income to cover your expenses, then you must urgently seek God and find out why. If you need more income, seek God’s direction and then ask Him to give you ideas to make extra money. He gives you the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).

5. Establish a budget. When God supplies your needs, you need to have a budget to make sure the resources are managed properly. Proverbs 27:23 says “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.” In today’s financial terms, that means have a budget written down and stick to it. You have to know how much money you have coming in and how much you are spending. If you live above or right at your means, you will never have anything.  Therefore, live below your means if want to be able to save for a rainy day or save for retirement.

6. Have emergency savings. Just as Joseph stored up grain during the years of plenty to prepare for the years of drought and famine, so should we store up money during the good financial times so that we can weather the financial storms that come. Let’s face it. Financial emergencies are inevitable. An emergency fund will help you to stay out of debt and allow you to have a cash reserve to draw from when trouble arises. Start out with $1000 as a goal and gradually build up to the place where you have 3-6 months of your living expenses in a savings account.

These are attributes that signify financial wholeness. God wants you whole in all areas of your life. Financial wholeness is in His will for you, and it’s your birthright as a child of God. In my next post, I will share three more traits of the financially successful.

What do area do you need to work on to become financially whole? Leave a comment below.

 

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TWELVE CHARACTERISTICS OF FINANCIALLY WHOLE PEOPLE (PART I)

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Wholeness is a matter of being prosperous in every area of your life. Wholeness encompasses emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and financial soundness. What does the financial aspect of wholeness look like? In each of the next four posts, I will cover three of the twelve traits that indicate financial wholeness. If you want to be financially whole, these are the first three characteristics of financially whole people:

1. They recognize God as their source. I Timothy 6:17 says “Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. In other words, God is your source, not your job, your bank account or anyone else. When you have a paycheck coming in, sometimes it’s easy for us to think we are providing for ourselves. But if you have a job, you must remember that God led you to that job, He gave you the job, and He is your provider. 

2. They realize God owns it all. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof.” You must realize that God owns everything you have. We are simply stewards over what God has loaned to us in this moment. When we know that God owns it all, it’s His money, His car, His home that we are charged to take care of. That should change our perspective and cause us to be more careful of how we treat the things that we have in our possession. We need to pray about what He would have us to do with HIS money, property, etc.  We have to see that these things are in our possession, but we do not own them.

3. They honor God with their tithe. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this…and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” God requires that we give ten percent of our income to the local church. In the New Testament, Jesus told the Pharisees they ought to pay their tithes and also behave righteously (Luke 11:42). Even if you are not able to pay tithes at this time, you can be working towards that goal. I believe that God knows you heart. I believe that if you have a heart to obey God and pay tithes, and you pray and ask God to make a way for you to be able to do it, He will surely grant that prayer because that is according to His will (I John 5:14-15).

These are three basic characteristics of people who are financially whole. If we run our financial households based on the principles of the Bible, we will be financially successful. It’s important to lay a good foundation if you want financial stability. In my next post, I will share the next three characteristics of financial wholeness.

 

What is your definition of financial wholeness? Leave a comment below.

 

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ZOOM IN ON GOD

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Have you ever gone to Google Maps and zoomed in on your destination or point of interest? What happened? Everything surrounding that point went out of the field of your vision. You could only see so much in that square, right? The same is true when it comes to the trials and tribulations we face. When God is the center of our lives, everything else, good or bad, revolves around Him. If we “zoom in” on Him, like we would do with a point in Google Maps, the rest of that stuff is removed from our spiritual line of sight.

 In Habakkuk 3:17-19, the prophet tells us, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon my high places.”

When we rejoice in the Lord, it’s like “zooming in” on God on the Google Map. Rejoicing in God is a choice, an act of our will. The same way we click on and move the bar that allows us to zoom in on our point of interest on the map, we can choose to “click” in our spirits and “zoom in” on God. We can rejoice in Him.

What can we rejoice about in God?

  1. He is the God of our salvation. Through the blood of Jesus, He saved us and allows us to have access to all that He is. Salvation means wholeness and soundness in every area of our lives. When we let the Holy Spirit have His way. Wholeness and soundness is the inevitable result. We can rejoice in Him because He simply is a wonderful person to know.
  1. He gives us strength. When we find our joy in Him, we will be strengthened. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Therefore, if you “zoom in” on God, you will find the supernatural strength to overcome in the face of overwhelming situations.
  1. Spiritual growth is taking place. Difficulties allow God to be able to take us to new spiritual levels that enrich our lives (James 2:1). Habakkuk 3:19 says, “He will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Through the trials and tribulations we face, we are developing patience and endurance. We are able to operate on higher spiritual planes. As a result, we become more stable Christians able to maintain our peace and joy in the adverse circumstances.

So the next time everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, “zoom in” on God and allow the negative circumstances to be forced out of your line of spiritual sight. Stare at God, not your circumstances. You will find you will receive supernatural strength, joy and peace that will surprise you. God will take you to new spiritual heights that will bless you and allow you to ultimately be a blessing to those around you when God uses you to display His power to the world.

WHEN A CHRISTIAN DIES PREMATURELY (PART II)

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Last week, in part one of my blog post entitled, “When a Christian Dies Prematurely,” I wrote about the difficulty of having to deal with the untimely death of a saved loved one caused by illness or accident. You never really can prepare for something like that. Even if the person dies a natural death, it’s just not easy. Therefore, I’d like to continue to share insights I have found to be helpful when I have had to come to terms with an untimely death of someone I love.

  1. One day, we will understand why God allowed the untimely death to happen. In I Corinthians 13:12, we are told that eventually, we will know God fully as He knows us. God knows exactly why we do what we do. Therefore, we will get to know why He did what He did at some point. We may get the explanation on this side of glory or when we get to heaven. Therefore, since God has promised to explain why he allowed events to happen at some point in time, we can let it go, for now, until He is ready to reveal an explanation in His good time. Stop trying to figure it out. It’s pointless. The secret things belong to the Lord (Deuteronomy 29:29).
  1. Regardless of what we have experienced in the past, we are still obligated to pray for the sick. When a person is sick unto death, it’s our job as Christians to pray earnestly for the person even if someone we prayed for in our past died anyway. We must believe that it is still God’s will is to heal in spite of it all. Therefore, we must lay hands on the sick and anoint them with oil as it says in James 5:14.  We must believe the Lord will heal the object of our prayers, and we leave the outcome to God. We must not conclude that it’s not God’s will to heal and believe He won’t heal in the future just because someone died in spite of our prayers. As I said last week, we just don’t know everything that is going on behind the scenes. Who knows? The next time everything, including that which we cannot see, may be lined up as necessary, and the healing will flow.
  1. God always has a strategic plan and purpose for the death of His saints. The Bible has given examples of people who died untimely deaths, and in the end, God got the glory.
  • In II Kings 4, the woman with two sons who were about to be taken into slavery to pay off debt experienced the untimely death of her husband.
  • In II Kings 20:19-20, a prophecy went forth that King Josiah would die an early death to spare him from having to see the disaster that was forthcoming in the future, and the prophecy came to pass.
  • In John 11:1-44, Lazarus (the brother of Mary and Martha) died, and Jesus raised Him from the dead.
  • Jesus Himself died a premature death at 33 years of age (Luke 23:46), was raised from the dead and paved the way for us to receive salvation.                                                                                                                                        The Bible says, “Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15). Therefore, when God has allowed the passing of His precious children, we need to understand that He has a strategic plan and purpose in the death of any Christian. It’s not something that He has chosen to allow in a haphazard manner. His purposes and plans are always well thought out, although it may not appear to be so from our limited perspective.
  1. God has an assignment for each of us. I believe that God will use each of us to accomplish that which He planned for us to do in this life.  Job 42:2 says, “No plan of [His] can be thwarted.” If our loved one ended up leaving this earth in a time frame that seems premature to us, God had a plan, and our beloved’s days were written in His book before the foundation of the world (Psalm 139:16). If we view an untimely death as the completion of the assignment of God in the earth, although accepting His will may still be difficult, hopefully we will be able to release our loved one into the hands of our Heavenly Father.

In summary, whenever there is an untimely death due to illness or accident, in the end we must trust the Lord or go crazy. There is just no other way to look at it. We will never understand God’s strategy for running the universe. If we could understand, then we would be on His level. He will never allow that. There is only one God, and we are not Him. Therefore, we have to make up in our minds to refuse to try to figure out why God does what He does and allows what He allows. Let’s exercise patience and wait for Him to reveal the unknowns in the sweet by and by as He promised in His Word. If He has promised to tell us later what He chooses not to impart to us in the present, can we simply forego having to understand the unfathomable at the moment so that we can embrace the peace of God?

If you have experienced the untimely passing of a loved one, what insight has God given you? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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