Sound Financial Advice (Part 3)

“The godly love to give!” Pr. 21:26 NLT The level of financial blessing God will entrust to you depends on three questions: (1) Are you mature enough to handle it? (2) Are you hoping to reap but unwilling to sow? (3) Are you a hoarder or a giver? God knows we can’t all give the same amount. Jesus honored a widow for giving her last two cents, saying: “Others gave what they’ll never miss…she gave her all” (Mk 12:44 TM). On the other hand, businessman Barnabas “sold a field he owned and brought … [Read more...]

We Don’t Know What God is Doing

Isaiah 7:14, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Have you ever stopped to ponder just how strange everything about the birth of Jesus was? Whatever people had imagined the coming of the Messiah would look like, no one imagined it to look like it did. In all that he reveals to us about that strange first Christmas, God is saying very important things to us about how he wants us to view the perplexing, bewildering, glorious, frustrating, … [Read more...]

Sound Financial Advice (Part 2)

“Gather…in the good years…Otherwise this famine will destroy the land.” Ge 41:35, 36 NLT Joseph gave Pharaoh some sound financial advice that we would all do well to live by: “Gather into the royal storehouses all the excess crops of the next seven years…that way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come. Otherwise, disaster will surely strike” (vv. 35-36 TLB). And how did Pharaoh respond? “Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh” (v. 37 TLB). Your future … [Read more...]

Lord, What Should I Do?

 ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.’ - Psalm 119:105  When you pray, ‘Lord, what should I do?’ He can respond to you in several ways. Let’s look at some in this devotional. He will answer you through His written Word. Instead of turning to ‘Tom, Dick, and Harry’ for guidance, go to God. Make His Word your first option rather than your last resort. The psalmist wrote, ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.’ Without a regular daily intake of God’s Word, … [Read more...]

Sound Financial Advice (Part 1)

“The wise have wealth…but fools spend whatever they get.” Pr 21:20 NLT It’s foolish to buy things you don’t need and can’t afford, especially when your bills are overdue and you’ve nothing set aside for the future. Your financial security is determined by what you owe, not by what you earn! Having to work for years to repay debt severely limits your options. So determine your lifestyle by your actual income, not by what you wish it was or hope it will be. And when you get a raise, don’t … [Read more...]

How to Have a Heart of Compassion

When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, "Do not weep." – Luke 7:13 The term compassion has its linguistic roots in the Latin terms com (with) and pati (suffering). Practically speaking, we have compassion when we set aside indifference and connect with those who are in pain. In a curious way, this seems to be a first step toward healing. When Jesus saw the blind men, for example, he “had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their … [Read more...]

Biblical Truths

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will … [Read more...]

Trust God and Act!

“Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.” 1Sa 14:6 NIV During the early days of Saul’s kingship, the Philistines controlled the western border of Israel, and battle lines were drawn at the pass called Michmash. Saul seemed content to sit on the sidelines, but Jonathan wanted to be on the front line. “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side” (v. 1 NIV). There was only Jonathan and his armor bearer, so the odds didn’t look good. But when you make a move that is motivated … [Read more...]

Walking in the Spirit is Your Key to the Higher Life

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 NKJ). Our victory today, and every day, hinges on our ability to live and walk in the Spirit as believers. Without this, we are as ordinary as any other human being trying to survive out there. However, believers have been given the privilege to live a life that is above the ordinary, beyond the grasp of the natural laws that ordinary men are governed by. Romans 8:2 tells us that the “law of the Spirit of life in … [Read more...]

A Promise to Praying Parents

“They shall come back from the land of the enemy.” Jer 31:16 NKJV Are you living under a cloud of guilt, feeling like a failure because your child has gone astray? Don’t do it! The Bible teaches that sometimes children simply won’t listen to the counsel of their parents. Solomon was probably giving a word of personal testimony when he wrote, “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke” (Pr 13:1 NKJV). Jesus didn’t hold the father accountable for the fact … [Read more...]