Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Your Personal Finances are Personal Except When it's about Community

No one who has more than enough money or not enough of it likes to discuss personal finances. Why? It's embarrassing. It makes people uncomfortable. It's PERSONAL forgodsake!

However personal it is, everyone wants more. Right? Now, let's get impersonal for a moment.Okay, maybe it's personal, but since God said it (See Malachi 3:7-12), let's discuss it here.

God never intended the worldly government to take care of the poor. There, I said it. Now, don't go throwing away the social crutches before the leg is healed. After all, there may always be a portion of the population that chooses to remain poor. Why? Wealth requires effort! That effort first requires wisdom. And wisdom comes from God.

Let's not confuse intelligence with wisdom. Intelligence is knowing your options. Wisdom is knowing which is the best option to choose for long-term success in peace.

Those who develop themselves are required by God to share ten percent of their income with the poor (church or charity). Mind you, the church should not be poor (preferably) but it should feed the poor (food, clothing, shelter, wisdom through God's word). That ten percent we give systematically every time we get paid is called a tithe.

Tithing is God's way of leveraging. God owns 100% of everything on earth, yet asks that we share only ten percent of our income AND time with what concerns God. Support your local synagogue or church first, then send an additional offering to the charity of your choice.

Giving to GOD's temple first wraps the gift with prayer and hope for you, your family, and the poor. Sometimes that poor person is you (lacking health, wisdom, and/or integrity) and you don't even know it. But you'll be covered and God will then find subtle ways to help realign you.

God promises that if we (including the poor) read the word of God (Torah/Bible) daily, we will increase in wisdom. As we increase in wisdom, we get business ideas and career guidance which inevitably leads to more income and greater wealth.

That is ultimately, God's solution to end poverty. But we each must do our part. Giving (only) money to the poor keeps them poor. But giving them a warm meal, a bible, and a financial gift gives them hope and a future. Bringing them to temple or church to get their soul refreshed and encouraged for themselves, well that's just showing off. Now you've just forced God's Hand to bless you. And when God blesses you, life gets really good.

It's only ten percent of your time and ten percent of your money. You'll always have it to give if you choose to do it. Yet the returns (ROI) on your time, money, health, and faith will simply amaze you!

You may also like our blog post: Moving Forward. Giving Back.

 

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Activate Your Purpose!


Face it. Until you got potty trained and learned how to walk and talk, you were just a cute ball of clay. Twenty, thirty, forty or even fifty years later, unless you've developed, you're just dust taking up space. But there is good news! It's not a race. You're not competing with anyone. After all, who can compete with you at being you? No one can; that's who!

Yet LORD, You are our GOD; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands. Isaiah 64:8

But you were never designed to go it alone. The Creator of the Universe is simply waiting for you to "activate" your heart and mind OR in tech terms "register" with the manufacturer, GOD. By doing so, you allow the Creator of Heaven and Earth to activate your God given destiny.  You become aware of your natural gifts and talents. You also become more aware of the steps needed to fulfill your purpose here on earth.

13 For You have created my conscience.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You, for I am awesomely, wonderfully made! Wonderful are Your works— and my soul knows that very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Psalm 139:13-15


How do you "register" your creation? Glad you asked! You "register" through God's redemption plan. You've heard of it. It's called salvation.

And everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will be delivered. For as the LORD has said, 'In Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, the survivors whom the LORD is calling.' Joel 2:32

Once, redeemed, the "Master Potter" aka the LORD GOD, Creator of heaven, earth, and you, takes your ball of clay and goes to work.You were designed with a definite purpose. Why guess? There is a reason why you are here. You are a living piece to God's universal puzzle. And GOD knows exactly where you fit. No one is lost. Many are just unaware. But GOD always sees the bigger picture!

Adonai your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants—to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. Deuteronomy 30:6

A single drop of water joined with other tiny drops of water makes an ocean and can carry ocean liners. The acorn grows to become a mighty oak tree. The caterpillar eventually becomes a beautiful and colorful butterfly. And so it is with you. You are just another human clay form until you "activate" your masterpiece.


16 Your eyes saw me when I was unformed,and in Your book were written the days that were formed when not one of them had come to be.17 How precious are Your thoughts, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand! When I awake, I am still with You. Psalm 139:16-18

Here's the "Soul Activation" aka Salvation Prayer so many seek. Say it aloud to activate the BEST of you. Lucky you. You found it. Congratulations.


Dear LORD GOD, Creator of Heaven and earth. I repent of my sins. I renounce satan and his works of darkness. Into Your Hand I commit my whole life. Wash me clean. Restore my soul. I accept your free yet precious gift of salvation. As my personal LORD and Saviour, I now allow your sweet Holy Spirit to guide my heart and mind  daily to fulfill my divine purpose. Thank you for redeeming me Oh LORD GOD of truth. Guide me all the days of my life. Amen. 

Congratulations! Your soul has just been "activated" a.k.a. redeemed. Today, you are smarter than an apple iPhone.


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If you want to develop yourself further, read MY LOVE is ONE by LeTicia Lee (for help with love, family, marriage and relationships) and Your #1 Brand is YOU (for career guidance and success)! We need more people guided with loving purpose to fulfill their God given destiny.


"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." Jeremiah 29:11


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Moving Forward. Giving Back.

It's one of the great mysteries of life. What you wish for others (good or bad) you often get yourself.

God shares this in the story in the Book of Job in the bible. Job, once rich, started experiencing horrible setbacks. His friends came to console him. Nothing worked until he humbled himself before God. He stopped thinking about himself and prayed for his friends instead. It worked! Everything turned around for Job and his life was twice as good as it was before.

Why is that? You humble yourself and life promotes you.

The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility. Proverbs 15:33

You'll notice the most successful businesses have the best customer service. Discerning customers are willing to pay the highest prices for expensive luxury products and services especially and often specifically due to the top quality and attentive care of its employees. When the customer service falters, so does the value of the brand. If that brand is you, then you must give and serve others with the upmost care.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but in order to go up, you must humble yourself and be generous to others. Give to charity, and you prosper more. Give to others in need as you once were (or are), and life gets easier. Doors open and you just move forward.

Everything in the universe (nature) is balanced. Too much of anything GOOD or BAD is destructive.

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, but humility goes before honor. Proverbs 18:12

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People often spend so much time with technology, they forget humanity is part of nature's balance wheel. Focus and striving for success is rewarded in our culture, but true and lasting peace actually comes from consistent giving. Everyone has a cause or group they believe in even if they don' believe in GOD (who is, was, and ever shall be).

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"7 From the days when your ancestors served Me, you have turned from and ignored My statutes. Return to Me and I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, will return to you. But you shameless people ask, “How will we return? Will someone steal from God?” Yet you are always stealing from Me! But you self-centered people still ask, “How have we stolen from You?” In the tithes and the offerings you have not given Me as the law requires! You are cursed with a curse, for as an entire nation you are stealing from Me. 10 To rectify this situation, you must bring the entire tithe into the storage house in the temple so that there may be food for Me and for the Levites in My house. Feel free to test Me now in this. See whether or not I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, will open the windows of heaven to you and pour a blessing down upon you until all needs are satisfied. 11 I will rebuke the swarm of locusts devouring your crops, and the devourer will not cause the produce you have grown in the earth to decay or the vines in the field to drop their grapes. 12 And all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight. I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, promise you this." Malachi 3:7-12
 
Select a church, synagogue or charity that helps others out of poverty (physically and/or spiritually). Give them ten percent of every dollar you make unconditionally. It is the oldest, wisest and most reliable way to continuously move forward in your own life.

You have to know what you want. Set a worthy goal. Decide where you're going to give and commit to doing it every time you get paid with no strings attached.

Sound too easy? Try it.

God honors commitment and giving back to others. Consistency is key! #MyLOVEisONE
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