Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Finding The Will Of God For Your Life (And Job) - Steve Toschlog

The morning of March 8, 2004 I received an email from a close friend who told me he had a “word from God” for me. Knowing the kind of life my friend lives, I gladly received it as from God. He said, “God is going to use you in ways that are very different than you have envisioned. Be aware, attentive, and ready.”

Immediately, my mind started racing, trying to figure it all out. It seems as though answers to life’s questions never come as quickly as we would like. However, since 2004 God has given me several opportunities to do things in my job, career, and various ministries that I never pictured myself doing. It was necessary that I walk through these open doors in order to stay in God’s will.

For me, one of these opportunities is helping others financially through writings such as this one. The word my friend gave me has motivated and guided me over the last 5 years, and I’m going to show you how this same word will guide you and keep you in God’s will. If you have goals and dreams as I do, it’s very important that you know how to first recognize them as God’s will for your life and then how to make them become reality.

6 Keys to Overcoming Financial Bondage - Chuck Bentley

You know you're in financial bondage if ...

a. You argue with other family members about money.
b. You don't pay off your credit card each month.
c. You get past due notices.
d. You spend money as emotional therapy. Or ...
e. All of the above.

The correct answer is any or all of the above. If one or more of these apply to you, you need to bring your finances in line with biblical principles.

Maybe you think financial bondage is everywhere, but I have the privilege of meeting thousands of people following God's principles who are living a joyous, victorious life of financial freedom. You can, too.

Financial bondage is usually the result of incorrect beliefs about money. Romans 12:2 offers the solution: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
You may profess to be a follower of Christ, and yet your financial habits have been subtly conformed to what everybody else is doing. This issue is commonly known as the "keeping up with the Joneses" syndrome. That's why it's important to be transformed by the renewing of your mind -- as Scripture says -- because what you believe changes how you behave. Applying spiritual truth leads to very practical results. I know, because it happened to me.

What Women Fear

What are the areas in your life that you fear most intensely? Do you fear you will be a failure as a spouse? As a parent? As an employee? As a friend?

Maybe you fear that you will fail at being a good Christian.

I wonder if that last one touched a nerve in you like it does in me. I think it affects all of us because we know that we are sinners and that our hearts still pull us into places we don't want to be. We struggle to get through the day feeling like we did faith "right" and we focus intently on our own missteps. I have heard several people say that their biggest fear was that they were going to slip back into the life they used to live before they were Christians and that they wouldn't be able to recover. We are all naturally sinners and the battle of the flesh is terrifically difficult to win. It's no wonder that we can get to a place where we feel like we aren't ever going to get it right. The more I convinced myself I was a "bad Christian," the more likely I was to accept my bad behaviour, defending it because it lined up with what I thought of myself. More than that, I sought to maintain this image I had by wallowing in the ugliness instead of asking the Lord to help me make godly choices.

What do you believe about being a Christian? Do you think that if you don't keep every commandment of God, you are a failure? Well, I hope not, because you aren't ever going to have peace if that's your definition. I'm speaking from experience here, not from a fancy textbook, and I can tell you this: You will never "succeed" if your expectation is that you can completely overcome sin. So many of us live in fear of failing God because we see Him asperched at the edge of heaven waiting for us to make a bad choice so He can "get us." We think we are always one step away from getting banned from His presence and instead of claiming the power we have in Him to resist sin and grow in godliness, we put our heads in the ground and beg Him to give us another chance.

Rebuilding Trust - Lynette Hoy

Has your trust been broken?

What does trusting someone signify?
Trust, in a practical sense, means that you place confidence in someone to be honest with you, faithful to you, keep promises, vows and confidences and not abandon you. Here are some factors to consider about trust. Trusting another person requires a realistic perspective about people and an expectation of failure. Trust needs to be combined with a willingness to forgive and grows best in an environment of acceptance and love.

There’s no magic machine, you don’t put in a quarter and out drops a can of trust — trust grows over time. People are complex, broken beings therefore, previous hurts, fears or losses can impede their determination to trust and/or be truthful in a relationship. But, people have the capacity and the ability to change and to grow in trust and truthfulness. You can rebuild trust in broken relationships when you make a choice to do so with the supernatural help of God.

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