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Stressed Out About Money? (1)

The solution to financial worry isn't necessarily having more money. Indeed, the more money you have, the more you have to lose. And the thought of losing it can cause you to worry more, not less. It's a vicious circle. Trying to find security in money is like tying a boat to a dock; when a big enough storm comes along, the ropes will break and it'll be swept away. So since we all wonder when the next economic storm will hit, what's the answer? More rope? Stronger rope? Tighter knots? No - that just gives you knots in your stomach!

For the next few days let's look at some Bible answers to money worries: Tackle your fear head-on. The Psalmist said, 'Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.' Now, since David was a king, he probably didn't worry a lot about money. But he did worry about his enemies stalking him, catching him off guard and killing him. We each have different areas of worry, and the ones that control us are called 'core fears'. Sometimes you can keep them at bay; other times they control and consume you and make you act in ways you're not proud of.

Christian financial advisor Ron Blue says that for years he was trapped by the fear of not having enough money, or losing what he had. The people around him didn't know it, but that's what drove him. Today he's a best-selling author and financial counsellor to multitudes. But to get there he had to confront his core fear, and trust more in God than he did in himself. And so will you.

Soulfood : Ecc 5-8, Jn 11:38-57, Ps 81, Prov 30:11-14

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Are You Bearing Fruit?

'He came seeking fruit on it and found none.' Luke 13:6 NKJV

Jesus said: 'A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, "Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?" But he answered and said to him, "Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilise it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down"' (Luke 13:6-9 NKJV).

How long have you been serving the Lord? What are the tangible 'fruits' of your service to Him? We're not all capable of the same level of productivity. Jesus taught that some of us have thirtyfold potential, some sixtyfold, and some a hundredfold (Matthew 13:8). It's your faith and your gifting that determine your level of productivity. For example, God doesn't expect a 'thirtyfolder' to produce a sixtyfold harvest. He's not an unreasonable taskmaster. But if this parable teaches us anything, it's that God won't let you just sit on your hands and do nothing. The words, 'cut it down', are a sobering reminder of this.

God is patient. He will work with you year after year in an attempt to bring you to the place of spiritual maturity where you can fulfil the purpose for which He brought you into His Kingdom. But if after all His efforts you refuse to produce fruit, He will go elsewhere and find what He's looking for. The main thing is, in the end, God's purposes will be fulfilled!

SoulFood: Ecc 1-4, John 11:28-37, Ps 50, Pro 30:7-10

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Let God Illuminate Your Mind

'The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.' Psalm 19:8 NIV

The Psalmist writes, 'The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.' God can put an idea in your mind that changes the direction of your life. Marconi had an idea and the result was the radio. Bell had an idea and the result was the telephone. God, a creator, gives creative ideas to people all the time. But you must act on them; otherwise He will give them to somebody else. Isn't it time you asked Him for one of His ideas for your life?

The fact that you believe in God is wonderful. But here's something equally wonderful - God believes in you! Instead of looking at your present situation and thinking, 'I guess my life's as good as it's ever going to get,' start asking, 'Lord, what do You have in mind for me?' If you let it, life can beat you down and make you feel low, lost, lacking, and limited in ability and potential. And if you act on these feelings and thoughts instead of what God says about you in His Word, you'll never move forward and fulfil what He put you on this earth to do.

You say, 'God has never given me one of His great ideas.' Maybe that's because you have never asked Him for one! He gives them to seeking hearts, prepared hearts, faith-filled hearts and obedient hearts. Here's a profile of the kind of person God gives great ideas to: 'His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night...Whatever he does shall prosper' (Psalm 1:2-3 NKJV).

SoulFood: Rom 15-16, John 11:17-27, Ps 8, Pro 30:5-6

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