Teaching notes from today's Spiritual Entrepreneur Conference Call.
Your financial future is not based on the business or agency that writes you a paycheck every two weeks.
Nor is your financial future secured through your knowledge of the financial markets.
Neither is your financial future safeguarded by the current contents of your retirement and/or investment portfolio.
None of the methods, knowledge or companies I just mentioned can promise without fail. . .your financial future.
However, there is Someone who is ready, willing and able to guarantee your financial future.
Here are seven ways to guarantee your financial future.
1. You must leave behind what’s familiar when God says to.
Genesis 12:1 in the Amplified Bible says:
“NOW [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father's house, to the land that I will show you.”
Leaving behind what’s familiar to you. . .is not just family or a geographical location. . . it’s also, you’re old way of doing business.
When you need money for a car. . .repairs on that car. . .tires. . .groceries or anything else. . .if your first thought. . .your first action is to whip out your credit card. . .then you need to leave behind what’s been familiar to you in the past.
If you want God to secure your financial future. . .you must trust Him to provide for every need you have.
More than ever before. . .we need to leave behind the world system of credit. . .and move into a debt free lifestyle.
With the uncertainty in our economy. . .we need to follow His plan for guaranteeing our financial future.
It’s simple. . .when you do what He says. . .we leave behind a former way of living with credit. . .we will be blessed.
Genesis 12:2 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].”
Do you think your ability to dispense good to others is based on your credit card limit or just your salary? Of course, not, it’s time to leave the old way of doing things behind.
2. Go where God tell you to go. . .do what He tells you to do. . .when He tells you to do it.
Genesis 31:3 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.”
Sometimes when God tells us to do certain things. . .our natural minds resist because of what we perceive to be uncertain results. . .because we cannot rationalize it by our normal way of thinking.
Jacob had betrayed Esau. . .had stolen his birthright. The scripture tells us he wasn’t too anxious about seeing his brother again. In fact, Jacob was flat out afraid of what would happen when Esau saw him.
When Jacob came near to his brother. . .he sent a message to Esau advising him of the gifts he was bringing to him.
Genesis 32:5 says:
“And I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, menservants, and women servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find mercy and kindness in your sight.”
The messenger returned to advise Jacob that Esau was on the way to meet him and he was traveling with four hundred men.
Frankly, this scared the bejeebers out of Jacob.
Genesis 32:7 says:
“Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. . .”
When Esau arrived. . .he greeted his brother with love. At first, he even declined Jacob’s generous gifts before reluctantly accepting them.
However, the key verse is Genesis 33:11 in the New Living Translation which says:
“Please take this gift I have brought you, for God has been very gracious to me. I have more than enough.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau finally accepted the gift.”
Why was God gracious to Jacob. . .because he went where he said go. . .he did what God told him to do. . .so he was blessed and protected.
3. The 23rdPsalm reveals that you’re to never lack or live in fear over your finances.
Psalm 23:1 says:
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for want is chacer (H2637) and it means:
“to lack, be without, decrease, be lacking, have a need”
In fact, the Amplified Bible translation of Psalm 23:1 says:
“THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.”
The same Hebrew word appears in Nehemiah 2:9 which says:
“Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell.”
Having no lack. . .means you’ve got everything you want and need.
If you can’t pay your bills in full each month when they come due. . .that’s living in lack.
If you feel like you can’t afford to give when God tells you to give. . .that’s living in lack.
If you aren’t able to take a proper vacation with your family. . .that’s living in lack.
If you lay awake at night wondering how you’re going to make ends meet. . .that’s living in lack.
Bottom line. . .God does not want you living in lack or needing a thing.
The Message Bible translation of Psalm 23:1 says:
“God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.”
Not only does He not want you living in lack. . .he doesn’t want you living in fear over lack.
Psalm 23:4 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.”
Remember, He is your Shepherd. . .your provider.
4. Your attitude toward work. . .will determine your future success. . .and usefulness in the Kingdom.
Proverbs 12:24 says:
“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
The New Living Translation of Proverbs 12:24 says:
“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”
God wants you to be a leader in the marketplace. . .that’s why you’re here on planet earth. The earth is the Lord’s therefore it is not unreasonable to understand that His children should be the ones dominating it.
Ecclesiastes 3:22 in the New Living Translation says:
“So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is why we are here! No one will bring us back from death to enjoy life after we die.”
Not only are you to be a diligent worker. . .but you need to be happy about it.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 in the New Living Translation says:
“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.”
Ecclesiastes 3:13 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Because God's gift to us is the happiness we get from our food and drink and from the work we do.”
Why does God want you to be a diligent worker?
Ephesians 4:28 says:
“If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.”
You will be called to account for the type of worker you become.
2 Timothy 2:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
5. Always remember. . .yes, never forget. . .why you have what you have. . .and who gave it to you.
First, God brought you out of whatever mess you were in.
Deuteronomy 7:19 in the New Living Translation say:
“. . .And rememberthe miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt. The Lord your God will use this same power against all the people you fear.”
Second, if you fail to remember how he delivered you. . .He just may forget you as well.
Deuteronomy 28:47-48 in the New Living Translation says:
“If you do not serve the Lord your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you. You will be left hungry, thirsty, naked, and lacking in everything. The Lord will put an iron yoke on your neck, oppressing you harshly until he has destroyed you.”
Third, your most important financial relationship is not with your banker or broker but your Holy Ghost provider.
Luke 12:21 in the New Living Translation says:
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Fourth, be humble regardless of what you’ve got.
1 Timothy 6:17 says:
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.”
Fifth, when you remember who brought you to the dance. . .you will move into His blessing flow.
Ephesians 1:3 says:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Finally, 1 Timothy 6:17-19 in the Message Bible provides additional insight:
“Tell those rich in this world's wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they'll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.”
6. God secures your financial future by giving you an expert consultant.
If you have a lot of money. . .or, if you have any money. . .there is always someone willing to give you advice. . .even free advice.
Before buying into someone else’s vision of your financial future. . .chat with the consultant who will never have a conflict of interest.
Over the years, I’ve had people offer me free advice on my financial affairs. . .but I knew enough about sales techniques. . .to know when they were trying to steer the conversation. . .into a closing question for them.
John 14:26 says:
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Wow. . .I love this verse. Hallelujah, He will bring ALL THINGS to my remembrance.
That’s how I pray for our daughters. . .the actress and the student. . .that they will recall and remember everything they’ve read or heard which will benefit their future success.
Remember all things. However, if we forget something. . .we still have the Comforter . . . our financial consultant to help us through every important decision.
I’ve been using the HGC (Holy Ghost Consultant) for a number of years and He has
never given me bad advice on any specific investment I’ve asked Him about. His recommendations always bring a major ROI (return on investment). . .sometimes 30 fold, 60 fold and even 100 fold and beyond.
If you want to guarantee your financial future. . .you must be listening to the right voice.
7. When you follow His instructions. . .God has plans for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 in the New International Version says:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
There are seven powerful thoughts in this verse.
First, He knows the plans He has for you.
Plans can be good or bad depending on the heart of the one formulating the plans. However, there can never be a question about the kind of plans God would have for you.
Second, God’s plan is to prosper you.
When I read this verse, I wonder how anyone could ever doubt whether or not God wants His children to be prosperous, successful and blessed.
If you’re struggling from the quicksand of debt. . .that’s not God’s plan for you.
If you’re so broke you can’t “order it your way at Burger King”. . .that’s not God’s plan for you.
If you have to work two to three jobs just to make ends meet. . .that’s not God’s plan to prosper you.
Third, God will never make plans that are harmful to you in any way.
Being unable to sleep at night because you’re worrying about where your next mortgage payment or rent check is coming from. . .is harmful to your health. . .so that can’t be God’s plan for you.
Tensing up with dread every time the phone or doorbell rings for fear of having to deal with a creditor. . .is not God’s plan for you.
Proverbs 1:33 in the New Living Translation says:
“But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
Fourth, God plans are to give you hope.
When you’re struggling to pay your bills, worrying about the lack of good jobs, or concerned about your health or that of a family member. . .hope is a wonderful thing.
The very good news is God has a plan to give you hope. . .in everything you encounter.
The scripture is clear. . .hope comes from one place.
Psalm 62:5 in the New Century Version says:
“I find rest in God; only he gives me hope.”
Not only does He give you hope. . .but it’s how He gives it to you.
Romans 15:13 in the New Living Translation says:
“I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in him. Then your hope will overflow by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Fifth, God will give you a future.
The kind of future God is giving you. . .is not just eternal life.
I particularly like the New Living Translation of John 10:10 which says:
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
Sixth, God knows what He’s doing when it comes to you.
The Message Bible Translation of Jeremiah 29:11 says:
"I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."
I’ve had the privilege of knowing some really brilliant people. I have discovered over the years that no matter how smart someone is. . .they occasionally make mistakes, albeit, good-intentioned ones.
No matter how smart a person is. . .either through intellectual acumen or common sense. . .they’re still human and subject to making wrong decisions.
However, God knows what He’s doing and He’s never made a mistake and never will. Not only that. . .He will never abandon you in yours.
Hebrews 13:5 in the Amplified Bible says it this way:
“. . .for He [God] [b]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 relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!].”
Seventh, God will not only give you a future He will give you the one you hoped for.
Psalm 37:4 in the New Living Translation says:
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
Not only will God give you the future you hope for. . .the desires of your heart. . . He will ensure your personal success.
Psalm 20:4 in the New Living Translation says:
“May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”
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