Only God Gives Financial Security

It is important that I trust God with my finances. If I want God to bless me financially, I must remain focused on the truth that he is the source of my finances and he is the one who supplies my needs.

What does that mean? It means I’m not looking to an employer for my security. I’m not looking to my savings for security. I’m not looking to anyone or anything other than God to supply my needs.

When I turn on the water, I don’t really think the water comes from the faucet. I know that the water really comes from a reservoir. It just comes to me through the faucet. In the same way, the income that God wants to give you may come through a job or through something else. But the source is God.

This means I don’t need to worry about which faucet he uses to supply my needs. In a sense he says, “If I turn off one faucet, I can just as easily turn on another. If you lose one job, I can give you another. I am your source, not your job. I am your source, not your bank account.”

Good word from Rick Warren today

Goals NOT Resolutions!!

So I have made the decision to follow Rick Warren’s daily devotional this year.  Since I am not much of a writer, much of what I share are not my own words, but some of my own thoughts.  So that is my disclaimer starting with this blog and any blog I write on my goals this year.

Life Goal….to get to where I believe God wants me to go and be what I know God wants me to be.

I have two words for the year instead of one…..PEACE and DECLUTTER

So I have to know first where I am now and what I want to change in each of these areas:

Spiritually

Financially

Emotionally

Relationally

Physically (YUCK!!)

Occupationally

“It’s never too late to make a change.  No more drifting” (Rick Warren) … gonna have direction!!

Do not be vague about your future, be specific about any goals.  Describe what you want exactly, because the more general you are, the less power it has.

Find one promise in the Bible to go along with your goals (there are over 7,000 promises in the Bible).  Mine is Isaiah 32:17 – “The fruit of righteousness is peace; the effect of righteousness is quietness and confidence forever.” Isaiah 32:17.  This is also my life verse.

“If you want to go fast, go by yourself.  If you want to go far, go with others.”

African Proverb

I picked this up this week while making a game plan for my goals this year.  I have my goals written down, but have I told others and prayed about them daily?

Do you have goals this year? Are you trying to reach your goals on your own?  Have you been open enough to share your goals with a small group of friends?  Are you praying every day for the goals you have made?  Do you really want success?  If you are not praying for success what are you gonna pray for?….failure?  Don’t just keep your goals to yourself.  The more you pray about them, the more your depending on God.  If you set your goals and have only prayed about them once, then they really are not a desire you have, they are just a whim.

“The people who succeed in life are people who are willing to do what they don’t feel like doing.  They are not mastered by their mood; they are mastered by the Master.”

“If you are going to really reach your goals in life, sometimes you have to delay gratification. You have to do the tough thing instead of the fun thing, the right thing instead of the pleasurable thing.”

“Any goal that’s worth achieving is going to have obstacles in the way. You need to have a long-term view so, when difficulties come, you can persevere knowing that you are going to get past it.”

“God’s timing is perfect and ours is not. When you find yourself in God’s waiting room, just be patient and persistent. A God-given vision will always be fulfilled.”

What was it Jordan Easley shared Sunday morning?  “Just because there is a pause doesn’t mean God is not working.”  Something along those lines.

So today, make a point to pray about and think about each of your goals every day.  Enlist a group of friends to go along with you.  Success is never a one person job; it takes a team.  The stronger your team, the more you fulfill your dream.