To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones; and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What Time Is It?
I believe that we are in a season of Psalm 23. The Lord is causing us to lie down in green pastures. Although the pastures are green that the Lord causes us to lie down in, they may not “feel” green. However, we have to remember that when the children of Israel were on their way to the promised land, they had to journey through a parched place (the wilderness). It is when we are in the wilderness that we are close to God because we are suppose to be clinging to Him for everything (like our lives depends on it because it does, and we are learning how to trust Him with our very existence).
For many, it has been a season of “walking through the valley of the shadow of death”, and yet the Lord assures us that He is there to lead us, to guide us, to comfort us, to bring us through the hard places as only He, the Good Shepherd can do.
When we are walking through our wilderness experiences (those difficult seasons), we have an opportunity to at the same time experience “green pastures” when we trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and lean not to our own understanding but to acknowledge the presence of the Lord, Who wants to provide everything that we could possibly need in this life (II Peter 1:3).
You may be experiencing some hardships in this season of your life, and it may feel uncomfortable because this is not what you want or what you are accustomed to. But that is what our wilderness experiences are about: being taken out of our comfort zones so that we can press into the will of God. I can assure those of you who are experiencing the hounds of hell at your back, that if you hang in there with Jehovah during this season, you will experience the will of God in your lives.
But we have to look to Him, we have to look for Him, we have to call upon His Holy Name.
To Serve The Living God or Not To Serve Him. That is the Question.
When we allow the Lord to truly be our Shepherd, we shall not have need of anything, because He is the supplier of all of our needs when we trust and obey Him.
He restores us in our minds, our will, our emotions, our bodies and our spirit. Whatever we have lost, He has the power to restore, to heal, to deliver.
Let this be our prayer, and the Good Shepherd (Who gave His life for us) will lead us in the way that we should go, when we humble ourselves, repent, pray and seek Him with all of our hearts.
Who wouldn’t serve a God like this?
He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. Everything that we are experiencing that is hindering us in life is from the enemy, because that is what he exists to do; to hinder us.
But the Lord says that if we will follow Him like a sheep follows a shepherd; He will cause us to triumph over every hindering spirit when we make a firm decision to follow Him with all of our hearts (no matter what it costs)!
In these trying times, surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives as we continue in His will and in His way.
This scene depicts the children of Israel as they cross the Red Sea. The Egyptians are pounding after them in chariots; they are petrified and feel helpless and hopeless believing that their fate was sealed.
Well let me assure you that whatever your enemy has thrown against you and/or your children, that he does not have the last word.
A Lesson From Job
The Bible says of itself, “whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
Job is an example to us today of taking a stand of faith in a time of great suffering. In his season of significant adversity, he declared “I know that my redeemer liveth”.
But this is not the only lesson that we can learn from Job.
Indeed, we find that Job also declared “the thing that I feared has come upon me.” What did Job fear? Well, apparently he had fear concerning his children.
Job continually made sacrifices unto God because he feared that they may have sinned against God and cursed Him in their hearts.
Don’t we have a tendency to do this as parents? We feel that we have to take things into our hands and cause our children to line up with God’s plan for them?
The problem with this notion is that we are excluding the factor that our children have to have their own walk with God, and we as parents have to trust the Lord Who gave them to us, and we have to release them to God.
It is tough for us to watch them make mistakes (the same ones that we made), and do nothing.
Well, there is something that we can do which I will come to in a moment, but first we have to tap into this paradox that we find in the fourth chapter of Hebrews, which basically says that we have to work in order to experience rest in the Lord.
Sometimes (especially if for whatever reason we feel like we did not do everything that we could have done for our children, I believe most could say Amen), we have to work in order to find rest (peace) in the Lord concerning our children.
What I mean by work is simply praying the scriptures over our children and believe that the anointing on the Word of God is bringing itself to pass. Amen?
We can rest in the knowledge that the Lord loves our children more than we do and he loves us. He gave us our children to steward (which we can do most effectively through prayer, but without worry).
My husband and I have been privileged to pray for parents (all over the country) who request prayer for their children. We, as parents have a divine opportunity to be in partnership with God through prayer over the safety, direction and destiny of our children.
However, when we pray for them, we have to release that thing to God and leave it there. We are not to go back and pick it up and continually ask God about it.
We must take up the shield of faith and trust that He heard us and that He will protect them, keep them, deliver our children from the hand of the enemy.
The most effective thing that we can do while we wait for the manifestation of our prayers is to pray the scriptures over them. We don’t do this in a repetitious way, but rather offering up thanksgiving to the Lord for the answer to prayer in His timing and in His way.
We Can Not Lose With The Stuff That We Use
The power of praying the scriptures over our children can not be overestimated. However, when we pray, we must pray with a blessed assurance that the Lord loves us (and our children), and that He has in fact already answered our prayers. Do not pray, “O Lawd, ham mercy on me Jesus. I don’t know what I am going to do wit these here children that you don gave me Lawd; they just won’t do right Jesus.” No! Pray like you know that your heavenly Father loves you and that He has the power to do just what you are asking Him to do…in His time.
It is not up to us to decide when, where and how God will answer our prayers concerning our children. It is our job to stand in the gap for them using our weapons of warfare in a skillful manner. So, our prayers of thanksgiving unto God for our children might look something like this:
Father in the name of Jesus, I thank You that you give ______________ a heart to know you, (fully understanding) that You are the Lord, and that they belong to You and You will be there God; for you have declared “they will return to me with their whole heart”. (Jeremiah 24:7)
Lord, I thank You that all of our children are taught of the Lord, and great is the peace of our children. They increase in wisdom and in age, and favor with God and with man. (Isaiah 54:13)
This is the prayer that the Lord has given me to pray recently: “Father, I thank You that You are increasing us more and more, us and our children. The Blood of Jesus be applied to their lives purging their consciousness’ from dead works to serving the living God. (Psalm 115:14, Hebrews 9:14)
When we pray the scriptures over our children, we are holding the shield of faith and declaring that no weapon that is formed against them shall prosper, we can rest assured that we have done our part. The only thing left to do is to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The enemies that you see attacking your children today, you will see them no more (at God’s appointed time). That’s why it is called faith, because it is not in our timing, but in His timing that we see the manifestation of our prayers (with thanksgiving, not dread or questioning whether or not God has the power to bring it to pass). And, in fact, He has not left us helpless; without a leg to stand on:
Here is a paradox: As parents, we want to do something to influence our children’s direction in life, but Jesus said allow them to come unto Him. So, in a sense, we have to sit on the sidelines and allow HIs will to be done in their lives. But at the same time, there is something that we can do: Pray The Scriptures Over Them (and rest in Him)!
Tip: As parents, we also have a responsibility to ask God if there is something that we are doing to hold our children in bondage.
In the wilderness, it was the parents who held the children in that position (wilderness wandering) through their unbelief. Nevertheless, forty years later it was the children who moved forward to possess the land.
Your children have destiny on their lives and the enemy does not want them to walk in it, but you have the power to call it forth in the name of Jesus. Hold up the shield of Faith and call them (into their destiny by praying the Word of God over them, and then resting in Him). They are coming!
Whenever someone in our family gets sick our immediate response is “speak the Word”. Why? Because Jesus has done everything that we needed Him to do to bring us healing and health in our bodies and in our minds.
One of our favorite scriptures to quote is Isaiah 53:5, “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed”. With the beating that Jesus took upon Himself on our behalf, we can receive healing by believing what Jehovah said in His Word.
This is just one of Jehovah’s healing scriptures that promises us healing and health.
There are many healing scriptures that promises us healing spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.
God’s Word will heal us everywhere we hurt.
What are the criteria for receiving and tapping into such wonderful promises?
In the Book of Exodus, Jehovah told Moses to tell His children this: “If thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians”. God puts a distinction between His people who walk in obedience to Him, and those who choose not to obey Him.
To obey is better than sacrifice. Obedience brings blessings; disobedience brings a curse. Here again, God’s Word admonishes us that He has set before us life and blessing or death and cursing.
It is our choice to choose life and blessing or by default choose spiritual death and cursing.
Those of us who have made Jesus Savior and Lord have access to these promises through His sacrifice on the cross, and Jehovah’s covenant with Abraham (Galatians 3).
So, we may conclude that we are no longer under the law (but under grace), and have indeed been made the righteousness of God by Christ Jesus, and therefore we have a better covenant then that of Abraham; that of the New Testament sealed in the Blood of Jesus.
Nevertheless, Jesus has commanded: “If you love me, keep my commandments”.
So what has Jesus commanded us to do? Be salt, be light, pray for our enemies, do good to those who do not necessarily mean us any good, love your neighbor, love God with all your heart and soul.
My Personal Journey of Divine Healing
My journey of divine healing of high blood pressure begin many years ago when the Holy Spirit came to me while I was eating a barbecued pork rib, and informed me to stop eating pork. He did not have to tell me twice. I put that rib down and I did not look back.
Someone must have given me that plate of food because my husband had grown up not eating pork, so this new phase of not eating pork was a pretty easy transition.
Fast forward a dozen years later, I notice that every time that I would eat, I would began to feel dizzy. I asked the Lord what was happening, and He said that it was the salt in my food. So, I stopped cooking with salt, but I still was experiencing dizziness after eating, and so I surmised that it must be the salt that was already in the food, so I made adjustments which still yielded the same results.
Finally, the answer came: High Blood Pressure. My initial reaction to this revelation was what it usually is when I receive a negative report about me or my family. “Devil, you’re a liar, I do not receive it”. I begin to fast and pray, standing on God’s healing promises, and after about a week, the symptoms of High Blood Pressure had disappeared! Praise God Jehovah Rapha (The God Who Heals)!
Two reasons why my healing manifested as fast as it did:
I heard and obeyed the voice of God when He told me to stop eating pork, all of those years before High Blood Pressure manifested in my body.
I refused to believe the report of the devil, and I chose to believe the report of the Lord recorded in many places throughout scripture which teaches us that not only will God heal us, but He has, in fact, already provided healing for us and all we have to do is believe Him. Believe that His love for you in giving you salvation (which in the Greek means Sozo. “Sozo” is the Greek word for salvation, yet it’s root meaning goes beyond just the forgiveness of sins. According to Strong’s Concordance, Sozo also carries the idea of being physically healed of diseases and to be delivered from your enemy. In the spiritual sense, that enemy is the devil and his demons; sozoministries.net.
Scripture says that the Holy Ghost is our teacher; that we don’t have to have someone to tell us what the will of the Lord is. Yet, He does use people to awaken us to His truth which makes us free!
Jehovah is speaking to us daily telling us what to do in our own personal lives. It is in our best interest to take heed diligently to His voice.
Whether we are in need of spiritual, mental or physical healing, Jehovah Rapha (The God Who Heals) is in the healing and restoration business. He does not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly before Him. (Psalms 84:4)
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 53; Psalms 103; Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 30:19; Galatians 3:1-29; John 14:15,21,23-24; Matthew 5,6 & 7; I Peter 2:24: Romans 10:9,10
There is salvation in the name of Jesus. There is healing in the name of Jesus. There is love in the name of Jesus.
The Lord loves you with an everlasting love, and He wants to heal you everywhere you hurt.
Hello. I pray that this post finds all of you doing well in the post holiday season of the celebration of our Lord and savior’s resurrection.
I have been away on a bit of a hiatus and as I contemplated what to write about this week, the word authenticity came to mind. In my time away, it was not actually deliberate, but a forced time of sabbath rest which I must say, I really enjoyed. Taking time off from homeschooling, blogging, self-publishing (but you know, “wifing” and “mothering” still goes on) has truly blessed my soul. In the words of Yolanda Adams, “The Lord knows what you need, and He knows when you really need it”.
Which brings me to that word: authenticity. We may wear many hats, and can be pulled in multiple directions and that is okay as long as we know what we are doing, why we are doing it and who we are doing it for.
Does life feel authentic or do you feel like you are just going through the motions; fulfilling your duties; and going along with the program?
It can be easy for us to put on a face for others when deep inside we are unfulfilled, fearful or feel inadequate. How does one live a life that is authentic and fulfilling?
Writing about destiny is one of my favorite subjects because destiny pulls you into purpose. When you live a purpose-driven life, you are fulfilled. There is a scripture in the Book of Psalms that says if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. Now, to me that can be interpreted at least two ways. First, if we seek godliness with contentment, we shall experience God’s goodness in ways that we truly desire. Second, if we are delighting in Him, He will give us “desires” and then He will fulfill those desires. Thus, causing us to lead fulfilling lives that glorify Him!
However, the enemy of our souls is not going to roll out the red carpet and allow us to just walk into God’s plan for us without a fight. Which brings me to another one of my favorite topics: Spiritual Warfare. We have so many hinderances that we allow to hinder us from our God-given abundant life: A life of authenticity where we are all what God created us to be for His glory in the earth realm.
It does not matter on what level we are walking out our calling. The only One that we should be trying to impress is the One Who empowers us to be the best form of ourselves; fulfilling His will and being a blessing to others however and wherever that may be; with a heart and a mind to please Him.
If our purpose is to do His Will, then He will see to it that our purpose if fulfilled.
Living an authentic life requires us to be sold out to Jesus. We don’t have to hide who we truly are from Him (in fact we can not, right?). But instead we can come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for His help in those areas that we try to hide from others. You know, I am very aware of the fact that sometimes we don’t realize how jacked up we are until God reveals it to us in some way. But when He does reveal our wicked ways, know that that it is an opportunity to be set free by confessing our sins (to Him and to others if necessary), and He has promised to forgive us for our sins and cause us to be in right standing with Him.
O how wonderful it is to be free! For me, it was a journey of low self-esteem, ungratefulness, anger just to name a few. These are all spiritual enemies that seek to keep us from living the full potential of our existence.
But Jesus has admonished us that if we seek first the Kingdom of God, all of the things that we need that pertain to life and godliness shall be added to us (Matthew 6:33, II Peter 1:3). In order to find our lives, our purpose, our destiny, we have to be willing to lose it. And God promises us that if we are “willing and obedient, we shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19).
To say that that is scary is an understatement. The good news is that we don’t have to take this journey alone, nor do we have to accomplish this task all at once. One day at a time sweet Jesus, that’s all I am asking of you.
The Lord informed the children of Israel as they prepared to take their promised possession, that He would not give it to them all at once.
The Lord has promised us (through the sacrifice of Jesus), that He will be with us every step of the way. He says that He will never leave us or forsake us.
As we seek Him daily through His Word, prayer, praise and worship (whatever resonates with you), He is driving out our spiritual enemies and causing us to live that authentic life.
The Bible admonishes us to put on the whole armor of God (Read Ephesians 6). But one may wonder what is the armor of God and how does one put it on?
Just in case you have forgotten (or not at all aware), I am here to remind you that we are in a real war. This is not a war of physical nature, but one of a spiritual nature whereby if you profess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, Satan has declared war against you. You are in direct opposition to spiritual darkness; when your enemy strikes, will you know what to do? If you learn how to put on your spiritual armor and use it, you will be prepared for the battle for your mind.
The Helmet of Salvation – A helmet protects our head or put another way, our thoughts. The war is waged first in our minds. Our mind is a battlefield that the enemy relentlessly attacks to break us down. We must renew our minds with the Word of God to “hit” our opponent and resist his lies.
The Belt of Truth – Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, Jesus is not only the Truth, He is The Word (John 1:1,14). When you wear The Belt of Truth, that means you walk in the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word is our “shield and buckler”. It protects us when we walk in obedience to it.
The Breastplate of Righteousness – I am the righteousness of God because of the sin debt that Jesus brought on Himself, and gave me His right standing with God (His righteousness). I no longer have to walk in condemnation because I am in Christ Jesus. I don’t walk according to the flesh (the sinful nature), but according to the Spirit (His Spirit that dwells within me). This means that when sin presents itself to me, He has already given me an escape route and will not suffer me to be tempted above that which I am able to bear. However, if I do sin, God has promised that He will forgive me of my sin, when I confess it to Him, and cleanse me from all unrighteousness; and I can break free and declare that “I am the righteousness of God by Christ Jesus”.
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace – The Gospel is the Good News that Jesus (Who is The Prince of Peace) came to give us and He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Not as the world giveth, give I unto you”. Put on the Shoes of Peace and receive His peace that surpasses understanding.
The Shield of Faith – It “quenches every fiery dart of the wicked one”. When you are walking in faith (knowing that God has your back, no matter what), then there is nothing that the Devil can do to tear you down. “Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. (Luke 10:19)
The Sword of the Spirit – Which is the Word of God. The Word of God says of itself, that it is sharper than any two-edged sword. The word of God flowing from your mouth is like wielding a sword, cutting down the strategies of the enemy against you.
Prayer – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Warfare scriptures: Isaiah 54:19, Psalms 91, James 4:7, Zechariah 4:6, John 10:10, Matthew 18:18-19, John 8:32, Romans 12:21, Revelation 12:11, Joshua 1:9, I John 3:8, II Chronicles 20:15
Here Is How I Put On The Armor of God Daily:
“I put on the helmet of salvation which delivers me from the dominion of sin, the breastplate of righteousness – I am the righteousness of God by Christ Jesus, the belt of truth – I walk in the truth of God’s Word, the shoes of the Gospel of peace – Jesus is my Peace, I take up the shield of Faith which quenches all of the fiery darts of the wicked one and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God flowing from my mouth to defeat the enemy in my life, my loved ones and others” Amen.
Hello, fellow lovers of all things praise and worship. I am excited to announce my new book release entitled “Peace, Be Still: Releasing the Peace of God into Your World, Women’s Daily Devotional.”
Many benefits yield empowerment to us as a result of having a devotional time. First of all, devotions are a great way to spend quality time with God and build your faith and relationship with Him. They can also provide an avenue to journaling (mindfulness), increase the knowledge of God’s Word, and release from the distractions of life, causing us to possess more freedom in the realm of the spirit. As it is in the spirit, so it is in the natural. I am inviting you to a praise and worship experience in this Women’s Devotional, and release the peace of God in your corner of the world today, tomorrow, and beyond because praise sets the captive free! Just ask King Jehosophat (read II Chronicles 20).
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Yay! Our Fifth Annual Family Daniel Fast has truly been a blessing as we prayed our way through trials and tribulations and look forward to a year that I have dubbed “off the chain” in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The theme of this year in our household and across this country I pray will be “a spirit of love and unity.”
But you know love in our family circle can sometimes be thwarted with unseen forces that result in hurt feelings, misunderstandings and the like. Sometimes family members walk in unforgiveness and never talk to one another again. This is really sad because particularly as believers it is important that we recognize that our fight is not with our family members, but with unseen forces that have an assignment to cause our downfall.
That was a prayer point for me during this year’s Daniel Fast. To drive out evil generational forces that had been showing up at times to cause division. I am on a mission to drive them out so that we could possess more of our land this year.
O yeah! Baal-Perrazim (God of the breakthrough) is in the house! And I am asking Him to burn everything that is not like Him in this place! In the name of Jesus! Amen! Thank You Jesus, for your Goodness and Mercy unto Me!
Charity begins at home. And I am on a mission because I just can’t give up now. I come to far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. And I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me. No, the Williams family is moving forward into our destiny; and I am excited about it. To God be the Glory! No weapon formed against us shall prosper! Hallelujah!
Ok, I’m back. You may have noticed that the I quoted a song up there (it started to play as I was writing the post). For those who need encouragement in your family. God wanted me to tell you not to give up on your loved one(s). Hold up your shield of faith. God has a plan and He did not bring you this far to leave you or your family member in the wilderness of life.
Do you know what He is saying now? Only believe. Believe what?! Believe what His Word says concerning you and your family. When you…wait…He is saying that the way has already been made…trust Him and listen for His instructions. Declare and decree, and give God praise concerning where He has already brought you from. The Lord appreciates it when we glorify His name and talk about what He has already done in our lives. You know like how David praised God. He may have started off in the dumps but by the time he reached the end of the Psalm, he was singing God’s praises because He started telling God how good He was/is; how the Lord had preserved him as he conquered his enemies. Because the “Waymaker” is here to make a way in the wilderness, you can face your giants with confidence.
Fight For Your Family
Our families are under attack and we can only be as strong as our family unity. There is an onslaught of delusion, division and destruction happening in this nation right now. Our only hope Jesus: The Light of the World, who is wisdom of God to bring forth His healing balm.
We can talk a lot of rhetoric, but it is the Word of God that shall stand. The women of this nation can shout from the rooftops about how they are oppressed, depressed, but frankly possessed-it is only causing more of what they don’t want because at the end of the day “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God through the pulling down of strongholds.”
The pulling down of strongholds that we experience in our lives and that of our families starts in our closets, on our knees, in the secret place of the most high.
I entitled this article “fight like a girl for your family”. Actually, I felt impressed of the Holy Spirit to speak to the power of women to pray for their families. There is power in our prayers to see the change that only God can bring into our families. We need a move of God in our families, and prayer and praise ushers in the Presence of God to move in our lives and in our families. Lord, move us to the place of destiny that you have prepared for us. Move by Your Spirit in our families as only You can. I pray that my sisters would be encourage to pray, weep, wail on behalf of their families and this nation for You to do exceedingly, abundantly above what we can ask or think. in Your name and for your glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Grace and Peace to you!
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I pray that this post finds everyone doing well. And even during our trials, the Lord wants us to praise Him, and in doing so, we will bring peace that surpasses understanding in our lives. Stay safe, keep warm and be blessed! In Jesus’ name. Amen!
This may be my last post about finances (unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise) for a while. And if it’s the Lord’s will, we will be blogging about the family over the next three to four weeks. I pray that you will have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to you.
Three reasons why people get stuck financially: Fear of failure, lack of education, fear of losing money.
There seems to be a great divide that we have to conquer to obtain financial freedom. And it begins with how we think.
Mindset: Fixed vs. Growth
Mindset is what you believe about yourself; your talent, abilities, intelligence. If you think you can change these things, you have a growth mindset, but if you feel you were born with these innate abilities and set them in stone, you have a fixed mindset, and you don’t try to change it.
In the Parable of the Talents, we find the two types of mindsets at work. Of the three servants in the parable, there were two who understood the power of opportunity to increase what had been entrusted to them.
One must possess faith in the Master to take a risk and invest the windfalls that occur in one’s life, rather than spending it (which could be the same as burying it), and not having anything to show for the increase that had been entrusted to him. “I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent (a measurement of money) in the ground” Matthew 25:25).
It appears from this scripture concerning the Parable of the Talents (as well as other parables: Luke 12:16-31, Luke 16:91-31, Matthew 19:16-29), that the Lord has put more weight on financial stewardship than we may care to admit. Sometimes, there seems to be a breach between how we are taught to operate in our financial lives and what God requires. Well, what does He require? We’ve heard in certain circles that we should tithe 10 percent of our income. However, in this passage, He goes beyond tithing and giving, and He’s talking about investing.
So what should we as believers invest in?
The Kingdom of God – We should tithe 10% of our income so that this Gospel will be preached around the world.
The Poor – The Lord cares about the poor, and so should we.
Yourself – You should “pay yourself first” (after you tithe) so that when an investment opportunity presents itself, you will be ready to seize it.
The 5 Whys Analysis
What is the 5 Why Analysis? It is a technique used to explore cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The technique’s primary goal is to find the root cause of a defect or problem by repeating the word “Why”. Each answer forms the basis of the next question.
Let’s use the 5 Whys Analysis to determine some reasons as to why the last servant buried the money rather than invested it. What was the problem? The servant did not invest the money.
Why did the servant not invest the money? He was afraid.
Why was he afraid? He was afraid of failure.
Why was he afraid of failure? Because he lacked knowledge.
Why did he lack knowledge? Because he did not seek it out.
Why did he not seek out knowledge? Because he had a lackadaisical attitude.
If we continue this analysis individually, we can learn how to move from financial fear to financial peace.
It is essential to point out again the importance of knowledge and how detrimental the lack of it can be. This is why it is vitally important to seek out financial education to help us make educated decisions about our finances. In my personal opinion, Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a great resource to help you get started with the right mindset towards financial education.
The Lord says that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. It is the lack of knowledge that keeps us in debt. We must learn how to live within our income so that we will be content with the things that we have. We live in fear of not having what others think that we should have, and we go into debt trying to impress others with our stuff when in reality, we lack financial savvy that will help us build real wealth. How do we create real wealth? Financial education. Those two faithful servants understood that the way to be a good steward over what their master had entrusted them with was to invest it. If we lack investing skills, it behooves us to learn how to increase money instead of squandering it. When we increase knowledge, the fear will dissipate.
So how do we increase knowledge?
Jesus reprimanded the servant who buried the money. In fact, He called him a lazy man. Why? Because even if he did not know how to invest the money, he could have asked one of the “wise” servants for advice. We gain knowledge through trial and error, but there are times when we can just ask the right questions.
As long as we are moving forward, pressing toward the mark for the prize of that high calling in Christ Jesus, we will be counted among the wise.
As we move towards good financial stewardship and financial education, we will experience financial peace. It is a process and not necessarily an easy one, but it is definitely worth the effort that has eternal consequences attached to it. There isn’t one answer for everyone, but rather a path that has to be carved out with an earnest to find the right answers for you and your family.
The Lord has called us to financial stewardship. Not to serve, love or squander money, but to invest, give and manage it in a way that brings glory to Him.
As believers, the Lord expects us to exercise sound financial stewardship over our finances and not be driven by the world’s system.
Financial fear is driven by doing things man’s way, while financial peace happens when we decide to do things God’s way.