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'The blessing of the Lord makes one rich...' Proverbs 10:22 NKJV

Instrument rated for finances. Just when you get ahead a little bit, your car breaks down, your house needs a new roof, and your boiler gives up the ghost. We all experience it. But the instrument-rated believer can fly through financial storms because he has absolute confidence in his gauges and radio. If he looks at them and doubts their accuracy, he's in serious difficulty. This must all be settled on the ground while he is going through the checklist. He must not take off into the storm if all is not in good order.

When it comes to money matters, check your craft. Do you know what the Bible really says about your finances? To fly through or above a financial storm, you must practise Biblical stewardship, know what God has promised to you, and stand on it in faith. 'Give, and it will be given to you' (Luke 6:38 NKJV). Giving is an act of obedience. It honours God. But there are some things God will not do. He will not be generous with you if you have been stingy with Him or others. The Bible says, 'The blessing of the Lord makes one rich.' You ask, 'How rich does God want me to be?' That depends on four things: your spiritual maturity, your God-given assignment in life, your willingness to put God in first place when it comes to finances, and exercising your faith.

Giving is like sowing (2 Corinthians 9:6). When a seed is sown it produces a harvest. But the farmer has to go and get that harvest. Similarly, faith, plus obedience, draws the harvest of God's blessing into your life.

SoulFood: Acts 6-7, Matt 27:26-32, Ps 75, Pro 10:22-23

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011alt
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'...I am the Lord who heals you.' Exodus 15:26 NKJV

Instrument rated for sickness. Many a healthy person has been cut down in the prime of life by cancer, heart attack, stroke, or some other debilitating disease. But there's a way to be ready for this storm, a way not paved with fear, a way that has so prepared you that you can hear the diagnosis of your doctor and still have a sense of God's peace in your heart. You know what your instrument panel, the Bible, says about it. You know what to do, how to act, and what to say. You've been prepared for this moment.

Now, if a pilot hasn't faithfully maintained his aircraft, then it will go down in the storm no matter what his instrument panel tells him. So if you have taken good care of your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, then you can go to God with confidence, standing on His Word and asking Him to heal you. Eventually we will all die of something, but you don't have to die before your time. God has promised us 'long life' (Psalm 91:16). The Bible says, 'He... healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "...He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses"' (Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV).

You say, 'I know some good Christians who prayed for healing, and didn't get it.' That's true. And the most spiritually mature among us can't explain why. God stamps some things: 'Will explain later!' But as long as you're living, you must stand on the Word of God, which says, 'I am the Lord who heals you'.

SoulFood: Acts 3:11 - 5:42, Matt 27:19-25, Ps 127, Pro 10:19-21

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'...Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.' Ephesians 6:4 NIV

Instrument rated for parenthood. Parents today face unique problems that no other generation has.

But God's Word is timeless, so: (1) Enforce discipline. 'Whom the Lord loves He corrects...' (Proverbs 3:12 NKJV). Teach your child that every decision has consequences. And don't rescue them from their consequences, for life won't let them off the hook when they do wrong. (2) Teach them God's ways. 'Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it' (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV). Give your child a taste of the things of God when they are young, and when they're older the world won't be able to satisfy their taste. (3) Commit them to the Lord. This isn't easy; it's like allowing them to take the family car out for the first time. But there comes a point where God, not you, must speak to them and guide them. They'll either learn the easy way or the hard way. And even if they do go astray, God promises that they'll come back again (Jeremiah 31:16-17).

So pray, 'Lord, they're Yours now. I've taught them and set an example, now I give them to You. Deal with them according to Your perfect will'. Does that mean everything will be ok from that point on? Maybe, and maybe not. But like a pilot who flies according to his instruments, you must stand on the Word of God for your children.

SoulFood: Exo 12:1-14, 1 Cor 11:23-29, Ps 69:7-21, Deut 21:22-23 (Passover)

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'Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love...' Ecclesiastes 9:9 NIV

Instrument rated for marriage. Today Christian marriages are falling apart at the same rate as non-Christian marriages. And those who go through it need our love, not our condemnation. But clearly, something's wrong that needs to be put right! Two of the leading causes of divorce are financial stress and pornography. When you become overextended by purchasing things you can't afford and don't need, you're heading into trouble. And when you open your mind to sexual fantasy, you entertain images your mate can't live up to, and your relationship begins to deteriorate.

Solomon writes, 'Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes' (Song of Solomon 2:15 NKJV). Notice the word 'tender'. When we fail to treat one another tenderly, graciously, lovingly, considerately, and with respect, the plane we're flying in together takes a nosedive. A neglected partner is vulnerable to anyone who comes along. Resentment wells up and takes over. If God's Word doesn't work in your home and in your marriage, then it won't work anywhere else! An instrument-rated Christian understands that the secret of having a good marriage is not just in finding the right person, but in becoming the right person. And that can only happen when you make a daily commitment to living by the principles of God's Word and demonstrating the fruits of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22).

The story is told of one spouse who said to the other, 'I never knew what real happiness was until I married you - now it's too late.' Unless you want that to be your story, start tending the home fires.

SoulFood: Acts 1:1 - 3:10, Matt 27:11-18, Ps 43, Pro 10:17-18

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'Lead me, O Lord...make straight Your way before me.' Psalm 5:8 NIV

Instrument rated for direction. The compass has always been the pilot's best friend. Most planes are equipped with two.

How can you know the will of God? '...A man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. He came over, took Paul's belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, "The Holy Spirit declares, 'So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.'" When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But he said, "Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus." When it was clear that we couldn't persuade him, we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done"' (Acts 21:10-14 NLT). Notice, the confusion here was not over God's will; that was clear. It was over fear concerning Paul's life. Here we have a perfect example of letting our emotions get in the way of our spirit. It is by our spirit, not our mind, and certainly not our emotions, that we understand the ways and directions of the Lord. 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God' (Romans 8:14 KJV).

You must not be led by 'voices, dreams, and "fleeces"' (see Judges 6:37-40). Sometimes these things support and confirm what you sense in your spirit to be God's will, but they are never to be the sole deciding factor. Your compass is God's Word!

SoulFood: Matt 21:1-16, Ps 118:19-29 (Palm Sunday)

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011alt

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