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“for He, God, Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down or relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!” ‬ Hebrews 13:5 ‭AMP

When you are facing financial stress and can’t see how you are going to make it, go back to this promise.

When you are feeling like you don’t have enough, go back to this promise.

When you are feeling that you are not enough, go back to this promise – Jesus will not fail you, give you up or leave you without support.

He will not leave you helpless.

He will not forsake you.

He will not relax His hold on you.

No never, no never, no never.

Your peace does not lie in “enough” but in Christ.

Circumstances will come and go but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

Less is More

  

Less things, more realtionships.

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭1‬ NIV)

You don’t need more things.

You need peace, satisfaction and fulfillment.

Peace comes from God.

Satisfaction and fulfillment comes from your relationships with God and with others.

When your things are getting in the way of your relationships, the things need to go, not the relationships.

Slave

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I do not choose when I rise.
I do not choose when I rest.
I was afraid. I felt abandoned.
I sold myself and I have been bought.
I belong to my master.
I am a slave.
I do what he decides needs to done.
I work until he says to stop.
He is not gracious.
He does not care.
He only wants more and never seems satisfied.
He sneers and tells me I should be happy, I have everything I want.
A roof over my head.
Clothes on my back.
Jewels on my clothes.
Food in my belly, always food in my belly. I owe him, he tells me. I owe him everything.
I am looked upon with envy by other slaves for my room is large and my bed is soft.
But I do not sleep. Anxiety ravages my mind. I must work harder, my fears rise, what if my master chooses to abandon me?
I have no guarantee of his loyalty.
I have watched him throw out slaves on a whim, leave them with nothing and walk away without looking back.
How is wish I would have never sold myself in the first place or how I wish another master would have purchased me.
But a slave cannot have two masters.
A slave has but one and mine is money.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24 NLT)

I suppose the question is- why do we try?
Having two masters is not like having two jobs. God is not one boss and money another.
It is the picture of a master and a slave. We don’t often see God the Father portrayed as master and yet here Jesus stands the Father who sent His own Son to redeem His lost children next to the slave owner named Mammon (money) who only and always wants more paper, more coin, more metal, more power and yet promises nothing in return. In contrast, the Father paid the costliest price to redeem my life, provides for me and loves me whole -heartedly.

The difference is in this example, the slave can choose it’s master. The lie is that you don’t have a choice. The truth is – you do.

Treasure

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When we lost the house, we knew where it was. It wasn’t actually lost – it still existed, it just wasn’t ours anymore. Call it whatever you want- short sale, forced sale, desperate sale because the next step was foreclosure, whatever you call it, we lost it.

When we lost our income, we knew where it went. It went with the cuts the company had to make, it went from full time to part time, it went the way of the economy: down, down, down like the water level of lake during a drought.

When we lost control of our budget, we knew where it went. It was being siphoned out by the monster credit we had naively thought we could control but ended up controlling our every life decision.

We thought we were the only ones. We thought we were just stupid, stupid, stupid (which we were) but found out about a year later that we were apart of the millions who lost a lot of things.

Then it happened. When we moved. When we cut out every thing but the absolute necessities. When we decided that a house didn’t define our family but that our family can make any house, a home. When we realized that as quickly as the good times came with all it’s easy credit and ridiculous loans, it left and took every thing we had with it. That was when we realized that while we lost things, we hadn’t lost everything.

We didn’t lose each other. We fought for our marriage- we fought the riptide of fear that threatened to pull us apart. We fought the vicious waves of disappointment that threatened to drown our love. We held on tight to hope and to each other in a stubborn grasp to survive. It didn’t take our family- we still had two little boys to take care of and were so thankful for them. We repented of our stupidness, asked God to forgive our greed and give us His wisdom. We asked God to help us take care of our little boys and give them what they needed most. Which wasn’t more things. What they needed most were parents who loved each other and loved them.

God never tells us to be irresponsible or lazy but Jesus absolutely made it clear in the Sermon on the Mount to not put trust and security in earthly possessions, for they are so easily lost.

For the millions who have lost many things these last few years in the recession of our generation and for myself, I pray that we see the “treasures” of earth for what they are: wood, paper, metal, stone, crystal. That the gold that is such a precious commodity on earth is used as asphalt to pave the streets in heaven God. That the temporary cannot hold true treasure. That we would treasure what God treasures. For God doe not treasure silver or gold, pearls or jewels. He simply uses them to pave His streets and build gates to house what He does treasure: souls.

God treasures people. God treasures relationship. God treasures you.

We are to trust God to provide for all our needs while we devote ourselves to focusing on laying up, hoarding and building the treasures we get to take to heaven with us: people.

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. (Matthew 6:19-21 MSG)

This blog turned out much longer than I originally intended it to but I just wanted you to know that you are not alone in the struggle, that we were sucked in and stupid. That we asked God for help and He answered. That life is not about things, it is about people. Let go of the things but never let go of the people. Fight for your relationships: your relationship with God first and then with every other relationship that is important to you. Get right in that relationship and He will help you get right in all the rest.