The Matters of Money – Part 1

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We are starting a new series this week on The Matters of Money. I want to share with you 3 practical money making habits that can change the way you handle your money.

  1. Keep your savings account at a different bank than your checking account.

Keeping a savings account takes a discipline seemingly honed by few. The key of a savings account is to deposit money set aside for emergencies, hard times, and/or a nest egg into an interest bearing account, detached from your expense account. Outside of those previously mentioned parameters there shouldn’t be any other reason to withdraw any money from your account. One of the ways to keep the discipline of never withdrawing from your savings is to open up a savings account in a different bank then where your expense account is. This will keep you from having easy access as well as being able to see the balance when you login to balance your expense account.

  1. Buy only what you can afford and what you actually need or really want.

Now to some this may be a mute point. You might say, “of course!” but there are a lot of people who are trying to keep up with the Jones’ proverbially. They spend frivolously, for any reason. If they are emotional they spend, for any reason, any day, any time, THEY SPEND. This is a great principle to enforce to increase your discipline. Let’s say you have the extra 50.00 to spend on an item, you should ask yourself – do I really need or want it, and most of all can I afford it? Remember this – having an extra 50.00, doesn’t mean you can afford to spend 50.00.

  1. Balance your checking account

This is a MUST! If you are the type of person that looks at your account balance online and if there is a balance there you spend it, more than likely you are loosing money left and right. Balancing your account gives you insight of your spending habits, it let’s you see if there are any fraudulent items coming out of your account, and  it gives you an accurate balance. This point is especially important for check writers, because you can write a check today and it not come out of your account until Friday (depending how long it takes for the check bearer to deposit the check on their end) If you only judge your account by what the balance says online, then you will definitely be looking for some hefty overdraft fees.

Stick with us all week as we discuss the matters of money. You guys have a blessed week!

Better is Coming – Part 5

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Well we made it to FRIDAY! We have been declaring and decreeing Better is Coming Better is Coming. We’ve talked about Better coming comprehensively in our lives on earth and Better is Coming in our lives in the ethereal as well. We talked about how you have to raise your consciousness and then let God do exceeding abundantly above what you ask or think.

This has not been a make you feel better session where I fill you’re head up with empty promises. This is a message from God, to you through my fingers. Better is coming! The Bible says in

1 Corinthians 2:9

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

See the beauty of this scripture is God is on our side! None of your senses can comprehend what’s coming for you, you can only comprehend it by the Spirit.

God has a plan for your life and that plan is good….listen to what He told Jeremiah 

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 

AN EXPECTED END! Now you see what I’m saying? This isn’t just a maxim or jargon, this is God’s word towards you!

Go through the rest of this year in confidence that what’s coming to you is BETTER than what’s been.

I pray you have enjoyed this week’s blogs, enjoy your weekend and remember this: BETTER IS COMING!

Better is Coming – Part 2

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There comes a time where you say to yourself enough is enough. I have had enough with this. It’s in that place of weakness where you really are your strongest. A lot of times it’s our desperation that unlocks doors, tears down walls, and makes ways. It’s at a place of desperation where you’re more apt to make right now decisions without hesitation or procrastination. The reality is that better is going to be birthed from your desperation- that is once you get tired of the same ole same ole.
Let’s read a passage of scripture that tells a story of a woman who was so desperate she propagated change in her life.
Matthew 15: 21-28
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
As we see in this passage of scripture this woman from Canaan was desperate, to the point that she wouldn’t take no for an answer – EVEN after Jesus told her straight –no, this bread isn’t for you. Due the desperation she not only didn’t give up but she got creative in her approach.
Let’s take all this in so we can fully understand the gravity of this story. This lady was NOT on Jesus’ agenda – in this passage he had no intentions on granting her request for her vexed daughter, but her desperation aka her Faith got his attention.
So this week has been named “Better Week” but are you desperate enough for it? Do you want it so bad that you add yourself to God’s agenda? If you want better then don’t sit back as if you are waiting to be served at a 5 star restaurant, but be so intentional that you propagate better in your life!!!

It’s Only Temporary

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I’ve said this before, but it stands repeating – wear life like a loose shirt. We all know what that means right? We are not suppose to treat anything in life as if it is permanent. The good, bad, and the ugly is only temporary. See everything has a season and a time, and nothing will last always. It is important to understand this because it will determine how you will handle the fiery trials of life that will come to test your Faith. I remember growing up in God and making up my mind that I was going to REALLY commit to him “this time”, only for something extremely challenging to happen and I throw in the towel. It took that happening over and over for me to realize that those challenges were only temporary and that sooner or later things would work out alright.

This is why believers should’t be emotionally driven as it relates to our approach to God. Emotions will have you all over the place in your commitment to Him and the bible clearly tells us this person that is not stable can’t get anything from God.

James 1:6,7 says

6 But let him ask in faith, never wavering; for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.

Did you hear that? When you waver, or better spoken, allow your emotions to rule your life, you can’t receive anything from God!

I challenge you to let “it’s only temporary” be your mantra for the week. Every time something comes to take away from your confession of Faith, counter it with “It’s only temporary”

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The Think Book by Dr. Larry D. Reid says, “Who you hang around determines your ground” – your relationships are a prophecy of your future. If you want to know what direction you are headed in life look at your direct circle around you. Are you surrounded by broke, sick, mindless people? Then by principle that is who you are.

1 Corinthians 15:33

33 Be not deceived: “Evil associations corrupt good manners.”

This short but simple scripture shows us a very powerful life principle –  the company you keep can corrupt the good in you. There are plenty of examples in the bible where leaders of our current Faith was ordered by God to separate themselves from even their families just so they can be used by Him.

Remember this – before elevation there is always some form of separation you have to go through!! Selah….

I touched on this in my teaching this past Sunday titled, “Even More Fruitful” That if we are going to grow in God we have to go through separation and cutbacks. One of the cutbacks is from people that we started out with, but during the journey- lost their purpose. These can be people that we love, that we get along with so well, but at this critical time in your life they are dangerous to your growth and development.

Today I want you to make an honest list of those in your life that you KNOW don’t fit the re-shaping that is going on in your soul. See God wants to take you somewhere lofty, but everything has to be in order…..EVERYTHING!

Are you willing to make the sacrifice now, to enjoy the place called MORE FRUIT later?

#imvibin #HisSeed #separationFORelevation

Protecting Your Heart from Entitlement

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Well we are wrapping up the November Sermon Series on being thankFULL. I pray that these blogs caused you to do major introspection in your life. No matter where we are in our social, economic, spiritual, financial, and even possibly physical state, I’m willing to bet- most of us are better off than our predecessors. We have been afforded more opportunities to excel, achieve, and acquire than our forefathers could ever imagine. With that comes a huge responsibility to protect our heart from developing a strong sense of entitlement.  The only way to prevent such travesty to our blessing is keeping our feet grounded in the things that matter. It’s like the old adage, “Where everything like a loose shirt!” In other words, easy on and easy off, easy come and easy go. I reminded of Job, from the book of Job in the bible, whom the Lord allowed the adversary to take his wealth, health, and his children from him. This was the result of a conversation between God and the devil, as they, for lack of better words wagered on Job’s response if he lost EVERYTHING,  but his life. Before we get into Job’s response, let’s talk about yours. If right now you lost your job, home, health AND your children – would you charge God foolishly? The Apostle Paul said it best, “I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.” WOW- you can only share the sentiments of Paul, if you haven’t allowed possessions, position, and power to alter the makeup of your soul. Now let’s go back to Job, he never charged God foolishly for his lost, and in the end he was awarded double than what he had before his divine test. If you are reading this blog today and you feel that you have allowed possessions to lead you to entitlement, stop and repent. Ask God to clean your heart from the ungodliness that can come with riches, and vow to always be conscious and grateful of everything in your life.  For this is the sentiments of a grateFULL heart – if I lose it all, to God be the Glory for what I had, if I gain more, to God be the Glory for what he has given.