Who’s in charge of your life?
Early in their marriage, Bill and Vonette Bright (founders of Campus Crusade for Christ) drew up a legal document listing all their possessions and assigned ownership of these to Jesus Christ. This clearly sets their foundational belief, they own nothing. Everything is the Lord’s.
I’ve often been asked, “What do you do when you lose your job? You certainly cannot stop the bills from coming on time.”
Good question. And we also cannot ignore that the situation will bring extreme stress to the family.
I’ve been there. I’ve experienced it. I had my doubts, fears, and troubles.
We receive a number of prayer and counseling requests every day at the CBN Asia Prayer Center, asking prayers for financial provision. We hear you when you call, when you cry, and when we pray together. God hears you, too. He listens to every word. He sees every tear breaking your heart.
Look up to the heavens, especially at this difficult time. “Praise God my soul” (Psalm 146:1), praise God. Everything is well.
Let the words from Psalm 46:1-3 encourage your heart. Meditate with your family the truth that…
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. “
Now let’s look at these important steps to take with the situation at hand:
- Give. Honor God through giving EVEN through tough times. It speaks volumes about how you PUT GOD FIRST by continuing to give. Let your faith work as God responds. Read Malachi 3:10 and be encouraged at how God will pour immeasurable blessings on you and your household. You will not have enough room to store His blessings!
- Pray. Tell God everything. Now’s not the time to be shy. Tell Him what’s in your heart. Be prepared to listen, because God will certainly tell you a lot through His words in the Bible. Follow what He says you need to do.
- Review your budget. Sit your family down and review your budget. Make a detailed list of your needs.
- Prioritize your expenses. Food and shelter should be numbers 1 and 2. Everything else should be measured strictly. Save on utilities (electricity, water, and gas) and list down everything you spend on.
- Things to avoid. Do not spend on entertainment until you get a job and save at least three times of your current salary. This means stopping movie expenses, restaurant meals, unnecessary expenses on clothes, etc.
Let God take an active role in your finances, He loves to provide for you.
Give Him the opportunity to work a miracle right now.
Ask Him to take over.
“Every leader faces tough times — and that’s when leaders distinguish themselves and show who they really are.”
I have been through very difficult situations as a leader. These are times I preferred to just disappear because, honestly, I often caused the mess. Experience has made me realize the value of owning the mistakes. Do not pass the blame. Take it, cherish it and pay the price… then move on.
It’s a blessing that we get the opportunity to RESET life tuwing New Year. Parang computer na nag-hang lang ang peg, RESET mo lang OK na ulit.
Naalala ko tuloy ang story ni Jonah sa Bible. God had specific instructions for him to go to Nineveh. God had a plan, but Jonah disobeyed God and instead traveled the opposite direction, to Tarshish. Poor Jonah ended up swallowed by a monster fish. Buti na lang nag RESET si Jonah.
I enjoyed talking to 35 faithful CBNAsia Pastors/Partners today at the Asian Center for Missions, Makati. The topic was based on Pat Robertson’s book, The Secret Kingdom (Law of use and reciprocity) and the Wealth With Purpose module “Are you struggling to talk about money?” and “Why do people GIVE?”.
I’ll gather up a few testimonies/feedback from the participants in the coming days. We all thank our Lord for blessing this event. I pray to see you all back again on February 15 for part 2!
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What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.
I want to bear fruit (Chuck Quinley, 2015)
Every sincere follower of Christ wants to share their faith. What holds us back is fear. This simple book was written to share a system of personal evangelism that puts God in charge. It allows introverts and extroverts to share their faith as God opens the doors without pressuring others or embarrassing themselves. Nobody wants to be a pushy Bible-thumper–and we don’t have to! God wants us to bear fruit for Him and this book, which has revolutionized lives around the world, will help you learn how.
As a leader, you need to know the great difference between living in history and learning from it. Was 2016 a leadership disaster? Did you steer the ship a little or totally off course? Were people hurt? Dapat mong malaman na hindi ito ang katapusan ng pagiging leader mo, may pag-asa ka pa na baguhin ang pamumuno mo ngayong 2017.
If you’re a leader who has lost a round, there’s always hope to regain your fight to win the match this 2017.
Don’t waste money on marketing, until you have a solid business strategy.
Everyone needs a firm understanding of the business strategy. It guides the connection from research, manufacturing, advertising and marketing. It will be a total waste of resource to pursue anything if only a few are on board. It needs to be everyone. EVERYONE.
When I was in college I had a professor that I really disliked. He was the professor of my early morning class, and was the type that gave surprise essay exams at 8:00 AM! I would stare him down when he makes this announcement with a grin, well, until he would say the magic phrase, “you may open your books, class, this is an open book exam”.
I would then grab my thick history book and happily flip the pages.
20 years later, I’m in a bigger class… LIFE. This class continuously gives me hard unexpected and exhausting tests, likes giving it at the earliest of times, when I am the busiest, or when I do not have anything more in my pockets.
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it. and it will be yours.