Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
I’m already meditating on my 2012 resolutions. Resolutions for me are more like petitions than a list of things I want to do.
They are requests I make to God to be or live a certain way.
Years ago I made a petition to God regarding submission. I told God that I wanted to submit to my husband because I REALLY wanted to make my marriage work. I told God that I was afraid to submit and become vulnerable. I told him how felt I would be taken advantage of and mistreated by my husband if I submitted. I told God how I wanted to trust in HIS plan of submission but how I lacked the faith.
God subsequently equipped me with the faith to submit and my relationship with my husband deepened to a level I never thought possible. I trusted God and both my husband and I grew in faith as a result.
From that point I knew that I was holding back out of fear but I wanted to trust God with it ALL.
For me, trusting God with it all started with a petition.
However, I find myself again at a point where I am holding back and not trusting God.
God knows that I am often fearful of the future, easily stressed over finances and worrisome. I worry about the future on a regular basis. I ponder the what-if’s and find myself focused on the worst case scenario.
This is something I want to stop worrying about. I want my fears about finances to be settled once and for all.
My fear about my financial well-being demonstrates my mistrust for God. What I am saying by worrying is that I don’t trust Him to provide for my family’s needs. The funny thing is…my spirit knows that’s not true but my mind refuses to accept it.
So why do I keep going back to the negative?
1- I spend too much time meditating on the negative and not enough time meditating on His promises of provision.
2- Deep down inside, I don’t believe that I deserve to not have to struggle financially. The thought of being debt free both excites and scares me. We are six years from 100% debt free and I can here Satan whisper in my ear every day, “You won’t see that last mortgage payment get sent in…I promise you.”
Did you know that the two leading causes for divorce are arguments over money and arguments over marital roles?
Satan does not want me or you to live out Gods plan for the Christian family. He wants us to be laden in debt and burden down with a lack of peace.
Therefore, I am making a new petition to God for 2012 regarding my perspective on finances. Instead of waiting until we are debt free to begin giving to some causes that we love, we will start now by dedicating a portion of what I make from my business to the follow charities/businesses for the next 12 months.
I’ll do these expecting two results:
1- That we will be 100% debt free.
2- I will trust God and not worry about our finances in 2012
If you don’t already know…God has placed a calling for missionary work in my heart and I hope that by beginning to use my resources to meet the needs of some of the missions I love, I’ll no longer focused on what I don’t have but be more focused on how I can use what I have to bless others.
Note: I hope this makes sense. I try not to do too much editing when I write from my heart…if so I end up editing out what I believe God wants me to share with you.
Do you want to go into the new year worry free and trusting that God will provide for you and your family? I’d love to pray for your faith as I pray for mine. Let me know and I’ll add your name to my prayer journal.
1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Proverbs 7:21 With much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Are you overly concerned with what people think and say about you?
I know that it can be extremely hard to overlook the opinions of our peers, competitors and naysayers especially when such a strong desire to fit in resides in our hearts.
But today I want to help you move beyond placing so much value on what people think about you and put more focus on what GOD says about you.
One thing I’ve learned is that you can never please everyone nor will you ever get everyone to like you. My husband tells me to be mindful in the use of the words ever, always and never because they are so absolute in their description. Without proper evidence, the use of any of these words could be an exaggeration
For example, when one says to their spouse, “You never put your clothes away when you take them off” what they are implying is that every single time the spouse takes off their clothes, they leave them out. Many of us use the words never, ever and always when referring to something that someone does or doesn’t do very often. And if we are really honest, we really don’t mean always or never as in ever. We will often use these words to exaggerate our point.
Howver, today I am using the word never and it will not be an exaggeration.
When it comes to pleasing people you will NEVER….and I do mean NEVER…be able to please everyone.
This is one bitter pill that you’ll just have to swallow.
There will ALWAYS be someone who doesn’t like your…..or the way you….or what you……..
It’s inevitable. But how do we deliver ourselves from wanting to be accepted by people? Well for one we need to stop being so Self Centered and begin to be Jesus Centered. Colossians 3:2
When we are Jesus centered we are not concerned with how we will appear to man, but more-so how we will appear in the eyes of Jesus.
When we are Jesus centered, we are not caught up in trying to do what will make our friends happy. We are completely focused on what will make God happy.
Not only is this self-centeredness becoming the case in real life, but it’s also becoming and issue amongst bloggers. Bloggers are admitting that they are not writing their hearts desire for fear of what someone will say about what they’ve written. Now let’s be clear….I am not referring to back lash from a controversial post. Nor am I referring to a post where someone is attacking a gender, religion, race, demographic or otherwise. That’s not what I’m referring too. Most people who right such posts are expecting to get judged and criticized by their peers.
What I am talking about is bloggers who will write, delete, re-write, edit, delete, re-write and then trash a post out of fear of how people will respond to it. They don’t trash the posts because they fear that it won’t please God. NO….They trash the post because of what people will think of them. They trash the post because of what people will say about them.
The same is true of real life. How many time have your reconsidered how to style your hair or what to decided to wear all because of what people would say or think?
Yes I know, it’s easier said than done. But the fact of the matter is that until you are delivered, you won’t be able to live at your full potential. Fear of acceptance will cause you to hide your gifts and talents out of fear of what people will think and say.
God has given you the unique ability to offer a specific gift or talent to the body of Christ. It is when we cover that gift out of earthly fear, that we make the power of God null and void in our lives.
Don’t think for a minute that I don’t struggle with the same issues of acceptance, because I do. But what I do in response to those feelings is what is making me a stronger believer. When the fear of being criticized by my peers fills my heart and mind, I ask good for HIS direction. I ask him to tell me if the thing I am planning to write, do, wear or say will bring HIM glory. It is then that I am filled with the faith of God in spite of my fears. So what are some tips for overcoming people? I’m so glad you asked.
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Saidah @ A Proverbs Wife