Why Should I Start a Bible School?.
Why Should I Start a Bible School?.
Today, Holy Spirit told me to again post this article:
Wealth – Gods Way
Gen 26:12 When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow.
I see a couple life principals in the life of Isaac that help me this morning:
- He honored God. He prayed, obeyed, and sought God for direction. In the natural, this was a dry year, a year of famine, but because of supernatural direction, In the natural, it appeared to be good business sense to go down to Egypt, and he was obviously thinking about it. Yet, He prayed, and renewed the covenant his family had with God, and God told him to stay in Gehar, and not to go down to Egypt. Isaac planted his precious seed, worked his field, and received a bumper crop that year.
- He honored his parents. All his life, he served and obeyed his dad Abraham, and learned the principals of love by which he operated. Abraham had 400 employees, so while we know him as the father of faith, he is also a leader with great integrity and responsibility. We know he is governed by love for his people, as demonstrated by the way he handled the conflict over well water with the herders. He didn’t end the conflict by digging more wells, not with the sword, though he was a warrior and could have surely handled it that way.
- Though I said it in point one, I say it again. He worked. While waiting for a woman for his wife we see him m Gen 24:63 One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming. He understood the natural laws of the land, seedtime and harvest. He met with God in the fields, while checking and carefully guarding his crops, meditating on the promises of God after his days work. Surely he began his day with God, and now we see him ending it seeking our heavenly father. He was single at this time, and he was not a prodigal, chasing women, for he exemplified Proverbs 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house He got his education, learned to handle the responsibility of the family business, then allowed God to add to him his precious Rebekah.
This is all I am going to say today, but as I meditate upon it more, I will probably add more:
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Prosperity Gods way is not about just money. It includes wisdom to deal with your career, the ability to balance the conflicting demands of family, work, culture, employees. It includes your health, no fun having money, when you are sucking your meals through a feeding tube…
God is love, and He is holy. In my opening verse, we see the organic nature of God’s prosperity: Gen 26: 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow.
We grow, spiritually, academically, relationally, in responsibility, in wisdom, ‘as our soul prospers’ and lo and behold, our wealth grows too.
Let’s do our part, and determine to grow.
‘Father, I determine to serve You, and seek You for Your supernatural directions and provisions. I want to grow. Teach me how to take more responsibility, and to grow as an adult, learning continually academically, spiritually, financially, and becoming a loving, firm spouse, parent, and honorable member of my community. I ask that you prosper me, and bless my house, and the families of all of those I am called to serve and lead. In Your wonderful name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.’
The Money Test…
James 4:4 You adulterers![a] Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
I have heard people say (I’ve done it), that if God would give me an extra $50 I would surely give Him an offering into His kingdom, to some ministry project.
Then, supernaturally, God does that. Gives exactly that $50, and the test has begun.
$50 can take the family our to eat! Why, it can get you into a movie theater for the night to see the latest movie!
THIS IS A TEST!
If you have really made Jesus your personal Lord, keep Your word to Him, and give the offering you promised.
The question is: Who is your Lord? Jesus? or that $50 burning a hole in your pocket?
Like the US currency reads: ‘In God we trust’
Are you actually trusting God, or your money?
Money makes a wonderful servant, but a lousy Lord…People who serve it, do horrible things…
He will bless and multiply it in ways you cannot see right now.
If you fail it, and go through another round of financial hardship, please remember this word…He wants to bless you financially, but you must do it His way, by honoring the tithe, and keeping your word to Him.
This works on the national level all too well – https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/what-spirit-do-you-serve-with-your-money/
‘Father, give me the courage to trust you with my money. Help me to keep my word to you, and give financially what I said I would. You have given us richly all things to enjoy, and I trust You are well able to supply good food, good entertainment, and wonderful things for my family, as I obey you in my tithes and offerings. I ask this, knowing I am heard, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus.’