Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Key Principles

From the Desk of Mike Farris
Helping People Who Want To Help Themselves

If your personal and/or business life is not satisfactory, it may be because you are ignoring some of life's key principles.

There are a number of key principles that God has established that I believe have an inherent "truth" in them that also brings blessings.

First of all, you must have faith...  "But without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him". ~Hebrews 11:6

1. God owns everything. I think that once we truly understand that we are merely "stewards" or "managers" of wealth that it becomes easier to invest our money and our resources wisely. It protects us against greed and allows us to use the resources that we're entrusted with in a more responsible way.~Psalm 24:1
2. Seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added. By keeping God first, we place ourselves in a position to receive His blessings. God clearly says in the Bible that when we put God first in our lives, He will provide everything else that we need in our lives. ~Matthew 6:33
3. The law of sowing and reaping. God established a universal principle that works regardless of what you "believe." The best and most certain way to have a harvest is to plant something. If you don't plant, your chances of reaping a harvest are questionable. Too many people want something for nothing. They want a harvest without planting first. God's universe doesn't work that way. ~2 Corinthians 9:6
4. Seek and you shall find. God doesn't say that everyone will find what they want, but those to "seek" and are actively looking for it. There is power in seeking. Wealth does not come to those who are idle, but to those who seek, through their own effort and by working with others toward a common goal. ~Ecclesiastes 1:13
5. You receive by giving. It's sounds crazy, but it works. It's closely tied to the principle of "sowing and reaping," but it goes beyond it. Giving is not only an act of kindness to others, it is also an act of faith. It is telling God that you trust Him and that His is an ABUNDANT universe where there is more than enough to go around. God consistently blesses those who give to others generously. This can mean giving money or simply helping someone else. ~Acts 20:35
6. True wealth is not money. Money is good. It is a resource that we need in our culture to survive and to be able to live and to help others. (Money is not "evil" ... It is the LOVE of money that the Bible warns against in I Timothy 6:10.) But money won't give you TRUE wealth. True wealth comes from God's blessings. Don't misunderstand, He often "uses" money, but the money itself is only a vehicle. True wealth is having what you need and knowing that God's abundance will always provide more than enough in every area of your life.
7. Honoring God with the "first fruits" of our wealth. The book of Malichi in the Bible (Malchi 3:10-11) is the only verse where God asks us to "test" Him. He says that when we give him a tenth (tithe) that He will open up the heavens and pour out so much abundance that we we won't have enough room for it. This is not a sermon, but I would encourage you to take God up on His offer to see what happens.
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