This Christmas I have decided not to make a big statement with my gift to my family, children or loved ones. And I was going over this with the Lord about our finances. And it dawned on me that all we need is to give one simple symbolic gift to whom ever you steem and let the grace of God take on during the coming year and don't go into much indebtedness to your debit or credit card... And we need to take care more of the necessary things first. Set aside finances for the necessities first and balance them from your budget first and later focus on what you want to give and what you desire at the very last of you dollars. And we want to start the new year strong with out much debt for being prodigal. And we should look for bargains and thoughtful gift that really focus on charity and prayer and not in indulgence and waste... During the onset of the year, you can get even and really make the more signifact gift when the finances don't pile up. And if you act frugally we will be more cheerful with certain fear or how we are to pay all that money we owe. So pay your rent, mortgage, credit card, groceries, utility bill and car payment and daycare ahead of your Salon experience or gift buying sprees... Turning to God's word, ["...Exodus 20:24 (Whole Chapter) An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee..."] In matters to God, don't forget to be generous, because God promises to come and bless us in every place when we remember him in our our giving. And make some gift to an unsuspecting neighbor, your kid's principal at school, and maybe the parking attendant at your church and some of the like. And remember the gospel, to be part of the blessing and partake of the effort to put the spiritiual bread on the table... I promise that after the giving is done you will have some cash left, bills paid and a deep sense of satisfaction and joy. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Prudence in spending within one's means is a good discipline to adopt. Even though the Word says freely ye have received freely give, the Lord does not expect us to give what we don't have on a normal basis. When we do give beyond our means at the behest of the Holy Spirit then the Lord takes care of the difference that we need. We are not called to be beggars all the time having given all that we have because of not being financially prudent to provide for our basic needs first and some savings for contingencies before we give. Even sacrificial giving takes into consideration for basic needs to the bare bones.
Thanks for the timely reminder.
Thank 'ptl2008' for you kind, kind contribution to this subject of giving and spending and finances. And I couldn't sleep, after I was reading Luke 21 in the Parable of the widows two mites she gave out of her poverty. And the Lord explained to me that he wants more poor people to learn the secret of the rich who give out of their abundance. The Lord wasn't impressed with them with their rich gifts because they already know how to bless themselves and they show it buy large giving...
But if more people learned to give a little and that means it is their sustanance is all that is left, they would learn to come out of that poverty and wouldn't have to give out of their sustanance next time they come and give. And certainly the Lord is not impressed with recieving from those who are rich but is happy when we learn the basic wisdom to give. And sometime the poverty of the poor is that they, we haven't learned anything about sharing, that why we are need all the time... and when do give it will be out of our sustanance, but that
would be a good start in the sight of the Lord...
Thanks for you comment. Your contribution and wisdom was excellent and helped a lots...
Blessings. Shalom. Bye!
Thankyou 'bethy' for you kind comment and support. Thank you and you have a happy safe holiday Season together with you family and all your loved ones. May you be blessed. Amen.
So the 'rule of thumb' is to not exact of God more than what is necessary. Don't put any unnecessary perils on your life or put you faith to the test more than it already is. We should try diligence within the limit of the grace God affords us and be content with that. If someone has a habit of demanding things of you, do it with in the grace of affords you or me and I should not try exact of God anything. And I should not pile up a 'to do' list where we are not any longer thanking God for the basics...
This can go along ways of relieving stress this holiday season, go with the flow, but don't push you luck for anything. Keep safe and thank God for everything.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
Lean not on your own undersanding,
In all things acknowledge him,
And he will make your paths straight...
May you have a good one. Amen.
Dear Frank--"In matters to God, don't forget to be generous, because God promises to come and bless us in every place when we remember him in our giving." What you said right there is the key to successful money management. God wants us to bring Him our first fruits, then what we have left will be more than adequate. And Proverbs is full of passages which warn against indebtedness for that which we do not truly need. Well written and well said, my friend. :) YBIChrist--Ron
And how God has special kindness towards you to explain all things, We turn to Mark 4:10-12,
["...10And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them..."]
And the communion with the truth has this special benefit that makes all the difference and like it says, as often that you remember God's name in every and any place he will come an bless you...