Ability of God Sunday, Aug 21 2016 

Ephesians 3:20-21Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Jude 24-25Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

If you can’t think of a reason to glorify God, these few verses ought to give you a pretty good idea that we should glorify Him for His ABILITIES.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

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Peace of God Thursday, Aug 11 2016 

Philippians 4:

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

Finally, [b]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.

So then peace is a mindset. We have to think thoughts on purpose. Instead of thinking about our cravings or desires, we should meditate on God’s Word-Jesus Christ until it transforms/renews our mind and we put-on the mind of Christ and gain the peace that God intends us to have. We need to meditate on it day and night.

Joshua 1:

I will not fail you or abandon you. Be strong and confident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be [d]successful.

 

Peace and Prosperity (No Thought of Tomorrow) Friday, Feb 7 2014 

Take no thought for the morrow. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof,” was Jesus’ way of saying, “Don’t worry. Be happy.”

I pray that you will have peace and grace.

Are you worried?

Did you know that worry is sin? Why would you worry if you believed in an “Almighty”, God?

Phil 4:7 “and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This is the serenity I speak of, that your heart and your mind are free of needless worry.

3 John 2-4 “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. For I was very glad when brethren came and bore witness to your truth that is, how you are walking in truth.”

The prosperity, I speak of is a spiritual prosperity. You are truly content. There is no want. All your needs are met. You know the difference between need and want. You practice your faith. Your heart is awakened within you. You suffer no lack for God has provided. You use your God given talents to earn as He intended. You even budget. You are truly blessed. You have benefited from the natural laws of sowing and reaping. You know your source. You live abundantly. You plan knowing that this is not your home. You have been transformed. You are wise seeing blessings heretofore unseen. You keep a gratitude journal. You give of all, your God given talents including time, and money. You are prosperous. You take no thought for tomorrow because your children are clothed in scarlet.

What about wars and rumors of wars?

You may be saying to yourself, “But we have tornadoes, or hurricanes, or earthquakes here.”

The economy is bad.

I’ve been out of a job for a long time.

You’re writing this book about someone else. No, actually, I’m not. I’m writing this book specifically for you. You’re the one God chose to learn the concepts of financial serenity. I didn’t write it for any other purpose but to bring you to the place God wants you to be right now.

Being Blessed (Seeing is Believing) Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 

Jesus is the great teacher.  His words throughout the centuries have taught and comforted the world over.  During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to be happy.  He began at that point where we are ready to come to God our great provider: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  Heaven is the grandest gift of all.  Notice that God gives to those who have nothing. Notice that he gives the most to those who have the least.

            Being poor in spirit is the very lowest of lows.  Next: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Imagine having all of your emotional needs met.  The Spirit of God is the comforter. It is in God’s nature to comfort us.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.  The earth is the third best gift.  Happy are they who inherit it by their meekness.  “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” These are all of the Christians who have put on Christ and walk after the Spirit.  They can’t help but be righteous, 1 John 3:7-9.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  This is the center of happiness where the golden rule reigns supreme.  What you reap you sow and vice versa.  God has mercy enough for the whole universe.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Can you even imagine anyone who is pure of heart? Who? When? Where? I ask you would it not be all the children. Yes those babes who died in childbirth, or who were aborted, or who never saw the light of day?

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”.  Peacemakers are selfless. They are shrewd negotiators.  They see the big picture.  They seek the good of the greatest number of people.  They trust God to make a way, a way for peace.  “Blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Here we have come full circle, which tells me that the poor in spirit will very likely also be persecuted for righteousness.

            Jesus taught the multitude on the mountain: “Happy are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

So what does all of this happiness have to do with financial serenity?  If you are not worried about things on this earth, then money doesn’t matter.  You can be happy with God’s abundance.  Be happy with God’s Spirit in you, a life of meekness, righteousness, mercy, purity, and peace.  This is beauty, to let the Spirit of God dwell in you richly.  Be filled.  Be blessed. Be a child of God.

Need vs Want (Facing the Truth) Tuesday, Jan 28 2014 

I consult with clients on a regular basis to help them assess their goals.  It is through this process that we prioritize and differentiate between need vs. want for them.

            Through this chapter I will help you too.

            In the first part of this process, I want you to imagine your whole life as one unit and then as a hundred parts.  The reason is because you can’t have all that you want the minute you want it but if you break it down you’ll find you can get what you need.

            Categorize your wants by total cost first such as house, car, and vacation.   Then prioritize these wants by when you want them. Then rearrange the list a third time by which you “need most.”

            The purpose of this exercise is to help you to focus on what you really want.

            Now visualize yourself having those things.

            The purpose of visualizing success is so success can be created.  You cannot create something you can’t see in your “mind’s eye,” so visualize.

            After these exercises, you should have a better idea of what you want vs. what you need.  This is called “facing the truth.”  You may think you need something but in reality it is just a want.  Not that wants are bad, on the contrary they aren’t only good they are excellent because they keep you reaching your goals and meeting your potential.

            Remember the parable of the good steward?  It is also called the parable of the talents.  Matthew 24:14-30

Read it again.

            In this parable the unprofitable servant is cast into utter darkness.

            Notice also that the servant’s talent was given to the servant who had the “most.”

            Remember, money is not the root of all evil but the love of money. I Tim 6:9-10

            Be a good steward of what God gives you and it will pay off here and in the life to come.

            Do you still need what you needed at the beginning?  Or have you shifted some of those needs to the want column?

            The only thing, I need is faith.  All the rest are desires.

            You can say to me, that’s easy for you to say because you have a house, a car, and a vacation.  I want you to know that, I nave no more or no less than God has provided.  He is the great Provider.

            Financial Serenity comes when you see how it is the Father, who has gotten you this far.  1 Tim 6:6:8, Look at your needs.  Look at your wants.  Can you discern the difference?