HOW TO AVOID UNFRUITFULNESS

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Jesus said in John 15:4, “If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” God’s desire is that we bear fruit or lead productive lives for the Kingdom. However, our productivity is based on whether we continue to stay connected to the Lord, the True Vine. If we love Jesus, we want to bear fruit. However, sometimes we can sabotage ourselves and be unaware that we have become disconnected from our power source. When we are disconnected from Jesus, He guarantees that we will be unfruitful. If your heart’s desire is to please God and be fruitful in His Kingdom, stay connected to God by avoiding the following:

1. Worry.  Worry is a form of self-sufficiency and is an attempt to circumvent dependence on God. When we worry, our minds are so preoccupied with trying to solve our own problem, if God has a Word for us or a solution to our problem, we can’t even hear Him. Worry short circuits God’s power because we can’t follow instructions that we can’t hear. Furthermore, God will not make His power available to help us become more independent. That’s why He has told us not to worry. He knows that it will keep us from being fully dependent on Him for what we need. When we depend on ourselves to solve our own problems, there is no demand made on His power, and the opportunity for Him to get glory is shut down.

2. Works of the Flesh. Works of the flesh means that when a problem arises, we do whatever comes to mind and go running off in a direction that God has not ordained. We need to ask ourselves is what we are about to do a “good idea” or a “God idea”? Only God ideas are birthed out of connection with the Father. Seeking God through prayer, listening for directions, and doing exactly what He instructs us to do beats conjuring up a plan from our own mind, jumping up and running off in a direction that God did not authorize. When we engage in works of the flesh, we become disconnected from God when we fail to seek His counsel.

3. Procrastination. This may be obvious, but if that’s the case, why do we do it? Sometimes God will tell us what to do and we fail to act on it. We will do it later, we tell ourselves. However, to God, timing is everything. Procrastination is the same as disobedience to Him. It’s just like rebellion. If He says to do it now and we tell ourselves and Him, we’ll do it later, that’s like the spirit of witchcraft. If you and I fail to obey God, then we disconnect ourselves from His power. Why would God dispense His power into a vessel that refuses to do His bidding? Thus, procrastination is one of those things that will render you unfruitful in the Kingdom.

Therefore, if you want to be fruitful for the Kingdom, cast your care upon the Lord (I Peter 5:7). Be anxious for nothing. You must conquer worry in your life. Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17) and ask God for direction. Lean not to your own understanding and acknowledge Him in all your ways (Proverbs 3:5). Finally, when God gives you instructions, don’t hesitate to carry them out immediately. Be determined to obey God. If you and I will keep these principles in mind, Jesus guarantees that we will live fruitful lives.

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TWELVE CHARACTERISTICS OF FINANCIALLY WHOLE PEOPLE (PART IV)

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In the last post,  the seventh, eighth and ninth characteristics of financially whole individuals were highlighted. The necessity of having adequate life insurance, living debt free, and having a good credit score were specifically discussed. Today, I want to cover the final three traits of financial wholeness.

10. Have a will. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.” Not only should you leave an inheritance, but you should make sure you have a will so that your wealth will be distributed to your heirs the way that you want it to be distributed. That means that estate planning is a must. Estate planning will help you to pass on the maximum amount of your estate and pay the minimum amount of estate tax and probate fees. Thus, you may want to talk to a financial planner and/or a lawyer about how to set up your estate so that you can maximize the inheritance you leave to generations that come after you. Another option may be to check out one of the online legal services to see what type of cost effective assistance they can offer in terms of getting a simple will drafted.

11. Actively save for retirement. Proverbs 6:6-9 says, “Go to the ant, …consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Therefore, those who save for retirement are mimicking the ant. When we retire from a regular job, it frees us up to be able to work in the Kingdom full-time in our golden years. The only way we will be able to do that is to accumulate wealth so that we will have enough money to draw from to pay for our living expenses for the rest of our lives.

12. Give generously to the Kingdom. Ephesians 4:28 says, “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”  The reason why we are working is to be able to not only meet our own needs, but to meet the needs of others. II Corinthians 9 8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” He wants to put us in a position to give generously to Kingdom to help those who are in need.

So what do you think? Based on the twelve characteristics of financial wholeness, are you where you’d like to be financially? If the answer is yes, praise the Lord. If the answer is no, what will you do? Actually, the plan for becoming financially whole is already written out in the Word of God. The Bible talks extensively about the topic of finances. If we follow God’s financial road map, our ultimate destination will most certainly be financial wholeness.

If you are on the road to financial wholeness, what is the next logical step you need to take? Leave a comment below.

 

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TWELVE CHARACTERISTICS OF FINANCIALLY WHOLE PEOPLE (PART III)

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In my last blog post, I relayed the fourth, fifth and sixth characteristics of financially whole individuals. The financially whole have adequate income to cover expenses, have a budget and have emergency savings.   Today, I’d like to give you the next three of twelve traits that are to be coveted by those who want to have financially peaceful lives.

7. Have adequate life and health insurance. I Timothy 5:8 says, 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.” If something should happen to you, if you have a spouse and children, then you need to have life insurance in place to provide enough money to maintain their standard of living after you are gone. You need health insurance to make sure that you don’t accrue medical bills that will cause you to have to file for bankruptcy. Preparing for your family’s future in the event of an untimely death or health crisis and managing that risk are necessities if you want to secure your financial future.

8. Live debt free. Romans 13:8 says, “ Owe no man any thing, but to love one another.” Therefore, you should do your best to get out of debt and stay out of debt. You may have to borrow to obtain a home or a car, but your goal should be to pay them off as soon as possible. Then you can give more to the Kingdom of God and adequately meet the needs of your family. You cannot continue to acquire more and more debt and expect to have a secure financial future.  Remember, Proverbs 22:7 says the borrower is a slave to the lender.

9. Have a good credit score. Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” When you have a good credit score, it means you have a good name. In other words, you pay your bills on time. It means that you can be trusted to pay back what you borrow. A good credit score also means that when you do borrow money, you will get the best possible interest rate as a reward for being a person who can be depended upon to pay what is owed.

In my next post, I will relay the final three characteristics of financial wholeness. Know that financial wholeness is definitely God’s will for you. I John 2 says, “Beloved, I would that you prosper and be and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” God wants financial wholeness for you as much as He wants emotional and spiritual wholeness to be present in your life. However, if you want to make peace with your finances, you must read the Word and apply the biblical financial principles you find there. Only then you will be able to have the financial life God wants to bless you with as His child.

Which one of these three elements of financial wholeness is most important for you at this time and why? Leave a comment below

 

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