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- To many responsibilities
- Did not plan well
- Not very knowledgeable of a situation
- Do not give yourself enough time
- Not enough money
How does one get help?
You may think that what you have is not enough; that it’s nothing. All you can focus on is your limitations.
We need to take those illogical and ridiculous things in our lives and allow them to work for us and not against us. It’s the times that we feel overwhelmed that GOD is actually trying to get our attention. HE desires that we stop trying to work things out in our own efforts and strengths and call on HIM for help.
GOD is a multiplier. Whatever it is that we have; that is all GOD will need to get you your answer.
The one major stressors in our life; is finances. I’ve come to realize that in our life; beginning at the age of 1 hour old for some. Nearly a million dollars goes through our hands by the time we reach age 30 or 40.
That’s right; go through our hands like water. Why is this? Because, no one is teaching us the principle of finances and how to be lord over our finances instead of our finances being lord over us. When I was a young mother; I used to tell my daughter and godson to stop going to the corner convenience store because the only person being convenienced was the store owner. They were making the owners wealthier and they were becoming poorer. Unfortunately I could never get my lesson across to them as they grew up to become unwise spenders. We must understand that with finances there is a major rule that will be adhered to. FICA and State will be the first to get theirs and what they take off the top is unfair. This is why we do taxes so that we can receive refunds. The refunds are the excesses of what the government took from us. Then we have what some disagree with because this is what they can control and that is the Tithe. 10% of the gross of the first fruit of our wealth was initialized as far back as Adam and Eve and in the New Testament Luke and Hebrews we can see the blessings of that. However, we balk at whether or not tithing is law or grace. How much time is spent in thinking about the money that is spent in the purchase of what you want just because you want them such as?
- Illicit activities
- Wireless devices
And don’t think that because you don’t see your particular vice here that it’s forgotten; if you take a good study of the above words; you will find that your vice is included. How much stress are you in due to your finances; how much do you owe your creditors? A due date is just that the last date that money is actually due. Here is a little secret most people are unaware of; there are thirty to thirty-one days in a month and usually every fifteen days you owe your creditor. Depending on how often you get paid which is usually twice a month you can stay ahead of the game. Let me show you what I did to become lord over my money.
- Evaluate by receipt (this means get a receipt for every purchase) everything you purchase (and I do mean everything)
- Lay out all of your debts; utility bills; mortgage, rent, car note, insurance, credit cards, etc.
- Understand the difference between what you need and what you want.
- Stop spending your money on all those things that you want.
- Begin to pay your creditors in full by playing a game.
If you have more than one credit card take the one which has the most charges, cut it up and don’t ask for a new one. Divide those charges by 4, 3 or 2 and begin to pay that total off and pay the minimum on the lesser ones. Once this card is paid off do the same with the next one until you are down to just one major credit card. Do the same with your bills before you know it; you will be out of major debt. Once you are all caught up on your utility bills get on that economy plan; believe me it helps.
I never had major credit cards but everything else I used this technique and in just a few months I was out of debt and ahead of the game. I’ve never had financial stress again. Actually, I’ve been in positions to be a financial help to others. Am I a financial wiz? Absolutely not; I just read 2 Kings 4:1-7 and got the revelation from the Holy Spirit and a host of other scriptures that helped me with my finances. It happened for me and I know it will happen for you. Become lord over your finances; learn to save your money wisely; save up your money to take exotic trips around the world one country at a time beginning with America or whatever country you live in. Most people who live in a major tourist state or city have no idea what is in their own residential area. Take a tour of where you live first then branch out. Be entertained at least once a month by attending the theatre, a concert, a movie, etc. You deserve it and after all you do work and should enjoy the money that you have earned. But just as most people spend much too much there are some who are misers; this is not what I’m directing you to become. With everything there is a balance.
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Luke 6:36; 9:26; 10:22; 12:32
Our FATHER in heaven is a compassionate FATHER. And the product of HIS children should live and produce compassion as well. Sometimes it can be difficult to be compassionate to people; believe me I know. Bless those of you who have this anointing that oozes from you; I had a god-mother like this and during her final service of life; many who spoke of here had no more to testify about but her compassion and love for others. But for the rest of us; we have to daily desire to be a person of compassion. We will have to make it up in our minds to reflect compassion just as our FATHER shows us compassion in all we think; give our attention to in sight, hearing and doing. None of us are perfect not even the ones who go around with these exalted titles which come across as if they have it altogether. They don’t; we must spend quality time reading and seeing how JESUS showed compassion on all. Even when HE showed anger at the temple; HE turned around and began to heal those who were sick; Mt. 21:14. When we move in compassion towards others; we are more apt to do those things that JESUS has done and do them far greater; Jn.14:12, HE would have not done those great works had HE no compassion. Here is another example at how I’m certain JESUS was amazed with people. JESUS would say “you of little faith”? Meaning that JESUS was telling them that they did / do not trust HIM. And this is that same fact today; where is our faith; why don’t we trust HIM in everything? HE said this to the very men who spent one thousand and ninety-five days with HIM. They ate together; lived together; move around from one place to that place together. They witnessed all the miraculous deeds; the healings, the deliverance, the feeding, the walking on the water. They had first hand-up front account of these things and yet at times and maybe often; their faith was weak; they had no trust. They did not understand that JESUS moved in compassion just as HIS FATHER does. In other words like FATHER like SON. When we belong to JESUS; JESUS will expose who the FATHER is. It is my personal belief that when we belong to the FATHER through JESUS that JESUS is willing to reveal who our FATHER is. We don’t have to sit back and wonder if HE is this or that; if HE is willing to do this or that. We will already know who HE is and what HE is willing to do because we know HIM through relationship and not through second or third hand knowledge or religion. Our FATHER has given to us the kingdom and what does that mean to us? It means that whatsoever is in the kingdom belongs to us and we have a right to take it because we are the owner; it’s our home; we are rightful citizens. For example; in your home you have a young family and they have a right to enter into your bedroom; go to the bathroom; enter the kitchen and prepare a meal or take what is in the refrigerator; they can lay around all day if they desire because they know that this is home and they have a right to be free flowing without reservation. Now, you have company in your home; are they allowed to just walk into your bedroom; do they know and can they just get up and go to your bathroom; can they walk into your kitchen and prepare a meal or enter your refrigerator and take whatever they desire; can they lay around anytime they want? NO! When you’re young family grows up and moves out; they will visit you and there is still that freedom to move freely and with familiarity within that home. It’s the same thing with the Kingdom; it’s our home, we are heavenly citizens but we don’t know how to access the entrance code and go for what we need and or want. Why is that?
How many of us know the difference between a father and a daddy? A father is the one which is your ancestor biologically. A daddy however; is the one who puts in the quality time; the one who is there for the child mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. JESUS has the best of both just as most of us do. Let me remind you of this fact; GOD is Spirit and those that worship HIM must do so in spirit and in truth; John 4:24. GOD the FATHER did not come down from heaven to do fatherly things as we know how a father is with his children. This is why HE gave JESUS an earthly father who could and would; his name is Joseph . How many of us have ever paired the two fathers up to see who lacked what?
Joseph, the earthly father of JESUS.
Earthly provider: clothes, education, food, job skill, shelter.
Whatever JESUS needed in the natural; Joseph was there to see that his Son received it.
GOD The FATHER; JESUS biological Father.
Spiritual provider: clothes, education, food, job skill, shelter.
From what is written above; I did not see a lack on Joseph’s part; yet, Joseph is spoken of like a second class citizen from us and we need to stop this. In fact JESUS loves; obeyed and respected HIS earthly father. They were in the family business together; Joseph and Son Carpentry. Their motto was: Makers of all your family furniture. And JESUS loves, obeyed and respected HIS biological FATHER as well. They too were in the family business together; FATHER and SON adoption. Their motto is: To redeem; save; heal; deliver and provide you with a living eternal life filled with an inheritance.
From the very beginning JESUS explained that HE must be about HIS FATHER’s business and HE never once strayed from that goal and vision. JESUS fulfilled every task set before HIM from HIS FATHER. How many times did JESUS acknowledge that HE is the SON of the Living GOD?
- Matthew 18
- Mark 2
- Luke 9
- John 56
And GOD the FATHER acknowledged JESUS as HIS SON several times also.
- Matthew 2
- Mark 3
- Luke 3
- John 9
Throughout the gospels JESUS kept referring to HIS FATHER as our or the FATHER. I think that HE wanted us to get used to the fact that HE is someone with we can have a loving relationship with. Some of us may not have a living father ; others may have to deal with the shame of having an absent father. Because our heavenly FATHER knew that this will be the case for some; he has blessed us with dads. These great men of honor fill in that gap left on us by our fathers. This is so that there will not be this large hole in our hearts in the shape of a father. These dads are there for us emotionally, financially, mentally and physically much like Joseph was there for his Son JESUS. JESUS biological FATHER was not an absent FATHER; HE did not clothe HIMself to be a Father to HIMself [in a sense]. However, GOD did cloth HIMself to be a son; JESUS being full man and full GOD took on the likeness of sinful flesh; yet HE knew no sin. Romans 8:3, GOD sending HIS own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh; 1 Timothy 3:16, GOD was manifest in the flesh. You know every person who claims to be a son or daughter of the Living GOD can call HIM FATHER. However, many of us don’t feel comfortable to do so. Why is that? Also many of us who claim to be Christians; don’t follow what the FATHER has for us and many of us don’t share what the FATHER has in store for others. If we are to take on the title Christian; than we must be about our FATHER’s business in every way. We must first become obedient to the FATHER’s will. Secondly, live a life of forgiveness, grace, love and mercy just as the FATHER gives to us all day and every day. Lastly, we must tell others of the FATHER’s love; ensure with others how the FATHER sees life for us; speak in the manner in which our heavenly FATHER desires us to speak; hear HIS words. Take on HIS character and people will see your integrity as being befitting of a kingdom child and citizen of heaven. JESUS never did anything for HIS own pleasure because HIS pleasure was to fulfill the will of the FATHER. We must always take self inventory so that we can question ourselves as to which father are we serving. Hopefully; each day we will willfully fulfill the will of The FATHER.