What Comes First?

What Comes First?

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” (Pro 3:9)

The principle of giving a portion is infused in the Scriptures. Honoring God with a holy portion, tithe, or sacrifice is a spiritual principle. If it is all His, why not honor Him with acknowledging His Lordship by bringing the tithe into the storehouse?

This is not a legalistic practice but a Godly discipline and acknowledgment that all we have comes from Him. It helps keep it all in perspective. We think so much about these things that a fresh perspective is probably not a bad thing.

He doesn’t need your money, but He does require your obedience. I have found that a surrendered heart moderates greed. Perhaps we need to give to receive.

Quick Prayer: I will give You the best part of all You have given me, for You are my Lord. Amen.

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Have Enough

Have Enough

“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” (Pro 15:16)

How much is really enough? What price are you paying for the extra you think you need? Is the ambition to be wealthier fogging your focus on God? That is a key question. Please think about that for a moment. Don’t dismiss it out of hand; it may apply to you.

Sometimes the price you pay is too much for the prize. What price are you paying? What price is your family paying?

Being grateful for what we already have can disempower the greed and consumerism that so easily ensnare us. Being content is a Godly attribute and reflects true priorities and a recognition that He has our best in mind.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for what I already have, Lord. Amen.

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Want to Get Rich?

Want to Get Rich?

“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (1 Tim 6:9)

There is nothing wrong with riches. There is nothing wrong with wealth. Having riches and wealth is a great blessing when they are surrendered and balanced by God.

However, if our motivation in life is to become rich, we can fall into a moral decline to achieve this goal. Many are obsessed to the degree that Godly checks and balances are not countering the greed, and the safely net is not in place.

The result of harmful desires is ruin and destruction—the opposite of the desired outcome. When you have a goal that is not subject to God’s control, you will very often pay a hefty price.

Quick Prayer: Set me free from an unhealthy pursuit of material gain. Amen.

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The Price of Debt – 2 Kings 4:1

“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’” (2 Kin 4:1)

My God is a generous God. He does supply all my needs. But if I squander his provision, if I am flippant with His generosity, or if I do not have an attitude of stewardship, I will quickly live beyond my means.

The temptation to keep up with the Joneses is a strong one. We live in a material world where we are continually bombarded with messages of the new and the greatest.

While God is fully aware of the society in which we live and what we need to partake in society and be effective, must be careful to be wise with what He has given us. The price we can pay for being out of control and falling into the hands of creditors is too high.

Quick Prayer: I know there is a price to pay for living outside my means. Give me wisdom. Amen.

Obedience

“However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.” (Deuteronomy 15:4)

Hang on that can’t be right surely. If we have God’s blessing there will be no poverty. He will richly provide for all our needs and for those around us. It is God’s heart that there be no poverty. Let’s bear in mind the heart of God.

Here is an unpopular question for you; how much of what God has given us have we set aside to meet the needs of the poor. We are rich beyond all measure if we take a global view. Are we eating the bread He destined to provide for others?

Quick Prayer. “Help me to reach out in your way Lord.” Amen

Entrusted.

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” (Matthew 25:14)

The resources that we have as individuals, and in companies that we own, or work for, are merely entrusted to us. We don’t really own them; they are on loan to us. A return is required, both in physical and spiritual terms. Are we good stewards, do we exercise wisdom and reject the sense of entitlement that so often pervades our thinking?

It is an honor to serve the King and do deal well and wisely with all He has entrusted into our care.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you for entrusting me with so much.” Amen

Authority.

“The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.” (Psalm 115:16)

I do have a soft spot for environmentalists. They tend to have a different worldview, and often a different political agenda, but we do have one view in common. We do not own the earth, but are just stewards of it. Avoiding damage, correcting wrongs and increasing awareness of issues, all are positive; as we have a duty of care for God’s creation.

The earth is a gift, and a somewhat fragile one at that. Why not shed our differences and make sure we pass on this incredible gift to our children in better shape than it is right now?

Those who want to protect God’s creation, even if they don’t call it that, are doing a good thing and should be encouraged. It is the politicization of the agenda and the often radically liberal views that have hijacked a worthy endeavor.

What can you do in your business to help protect and sustain God’s creation?

Quick Prayer. “Help me to be aware of the need to steward the planet well.” Amen

Bad times.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

Much though we don’t like to admit it we have good times and bad. Some say it is not acting in faith to admit this. My bible tells me God is in all things, in all times, both the good and the bad. Here it specifically says God has made both. Enjoy the good and work with God in the bad.

“Come to Jesus and everything will go well”, is not the gospel. He will walk with us and give us the strength to endure, persevere, fight when required and overcome when we need to.

He is with us always, good and bad, and will always be with us, never forsake us, giving us all we need all the time.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you are with me in the good and the bad, Holy Spirit” Amen