Genesis 6:22 “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”
Life is complex! Complexity seems to grow the longer one lives. Everyone at some point in their life feels overwhelmed by the complexity that exists, not only in our culture but in our personal lives. Noah, the great patriarch, found himself alive at a time when the complexity of man’s wickedness was at an all time high. Every intention of man’s heart was perpetually evil and God decided to hit the reset button of humanity and start again. However, Noah was an exception. Noah found favour with God and walked with him all the days of his life. Noah became the patriarch of a remnant that would begin the re-genesis of humanity but it required uncompromising obedience. God asked Noah to build a huge boat to preserve a remnant of humanity and the animal kingdom for the rebirth of the planet. Without any evidence of weather patterns pointing to rain or any historical context to aid his boat building directive, Noah did everything God asked of him and ended up saving the future of the world. Noah is the original superhero. The complexity of your life will only be eased when you settle firmly in your heart the Lordship question. Who is Lord over my life? Am I Lord or is God my Lord? When you surrender your heart to God and live for the audience of one, you resolve 10,000 problems all at once. Why? Because your hearts affections and directions are shaped solely around one primary thing, obeying God without reservation. Selah!
Luke 16:11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches.
Very few things in life are the cause of stress or delight than how we handle money. What you do with your money can make or break you. I believe God wants to redeem our approach to money so that we can be more free and effective in our lives. Stewardship is more of a spiritual issue than many of us care to consider. Jesus had more to say about money than about prayer, and it wasn’t all negative. I encourage you to develop an action plan today to quickly eliminate consumer debt, save at least 3 months of income into an emergency fund, invest into your future through a super-fund or home ownership and most importantly give back to God generously of what he has shared with you. These 4 steps are simple and yet require you to commit to the process of building financial freedom and peace of mind. Nothing will practically help your relationships, your well being and your life more than winning in the area of finance.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them and said “Be fruitful and multiply.”
One of the unhelpful results of the fall of mankind is we tend to battle our way through life. Unfortunately too many of us tend to cope with life rather than conquer in life. Because of Jesus’ restoration of dominion through the cross we can not only be more than conquerers but we can be blessed. In fact we are told in John 15 that God chose us an appointed us to bear abundant fruit. Blessing is the birthright of the believer. Being blessed doesn’t mean we won’t face resistance but it does mean we are positioned to choose victory in the face of resistance by faith. God doesn’t want you to be a battler but to be a blesser of others. To do so you must settle in your heart that blessing is yours today through Jesus Christ.