If we continue to seek after God and His kingdom and His righteousness: be His humble servant in great matters - we take great care to do so in small matters.
Who we devote our attention and energy towards is the one that claims jurisdiction and authority over our lives. If our attention and energy is toward our Heavenly Father, then we allow him to have the proper authority over our lives where we are richly blessed. If our attention is on what we are able to attain in this life, the accolades of men, the prestige of wealth - then such things become the authority over our lives, and we merely serve them respectively.
As we are faithful and obedient in giving of tithes and offerings - regardless of our personal economic status - God's promises are true. He will bless us, allow us to meet our temporal and spiritual needs. And it is the only commandment he has given us where he says test me and prove me now herewith regarding the law of tithing (Malachi 3:10).
It is not that God is in charge to free me from the suffering and pain I'd endure in early recovery.
To become the hero of my own personal story and life - I need to take up my own hero's journey and place my faith in God and trust in His will and divine providence. Through my faith and confidence, labor and toil, fellowshipping with others, being held accountable, seeking after wise counsel, and following the directions - my extraordinary adventure and story may be among many heroic journey's that inspire people.
Our faith in Jesus Christ is a motivation for us to continue to increase in our spiritual growth and faith. The more we increase in our faith the more we receive in blessings, inheritances, and fulfillment of promises. Some of those promises may be delayed.
There is much conflict in our culture and society today. Each one of us are exposed to warring factions. And it is quite disheartening and troubling to our hearts and minds. Yet we are promised by our Heavenly Father to experience the joy and peace the Everlasting Gospel provides us (John 14:27). A life of abundance because of Christ's infinite atonement (John 10:10).
Through our discipleship we come to know the nature and truth of who our Heavenly Father is and what he expects of us. To which, the Savior declared, be ye therefore perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48, Philippians 3:15-16; 3 Nephi 12:48). It means we are to be complete and full as it relates to Our Heavenly Father.
This psalm provides wisdom to change my attitudes. It shows the way out of the wilderness of misery and discontentment. Instead of affirming my areas of need, it turns my focus to those blessings I've already received. It tells me to acclaim Him, to verbally acknowledge who He is. When I do, His presence becomes a greater reality to me - greater than it once was, and greater than all of the sources of my dissatisfaction. Those who learn to acclaim Him learn the reality of the God of all sufficiency. In short, I become joyful and blessed.
Seek God first and then all things may be added with good measure until our cup overfloweth with abundance and blessings
if our love moves from God to money and material gain - and we yield to the temptation of loving money more than loving God - we fall into various temptations and sin. We lose our very souls in the process.
It is not merely enough to enter into the holy sanctuary of prayer and meditation. It is enriching when our prayer and meditation includes daily praise and worship. It is part of our spiritual growth and discipline in the Christian life. If we fail to engage in daily praise and worship, we fall prey to the cares and anxieties of this world. Fear and doubt becoming an all consuming fire.
Christ taught us that we are only capable of serving one master. Our love for money puts us at enmity with God. We are like Cain, making an afterthought offering and become jealous and enraged when other Christians are being blessed and secure because of their sacrifice and offerings were that of Abel. It is when we love God, we honor him of giving up a portion of our finances. It is the love of God that we are able to provide offerings to help those in need.
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. ~ 1 Peter 3:9, ESV ~ We have a propensity to return insults with insults and evil for evil. We desire some justice when a sense of wrong has occurred. … Continue reading Repay with blessings
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him ~ James 1:12, ESV ~ We become spiritually blinded when we find ourselves lamenting how difficult a situation, or experience, is and we resolve that … Continue reading Blessed to endure all things
Today's Reading is 1 Nephi Chapter 4 ...Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, ... let us be strong like unto Moses; for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea and they divided hither and thither, and our fathers … Continue reading The Power of Our Faithful Obedience
Today's reading: Gen. 29 - 30:43; Ps. 8:1-5; Prov. 3:13-18; Matt. 10:21-42 He who does not take up his cross is not worthy of me God has a greater plan for all of us. Yet, we walk by faith each day. Throughout our lives, we will experience hardships and difficulties. We are called to live … Continue reading Blessed in times of difficulty
Today's Reading: Genesis 15 - 16:16; Ps. 5:1-7; Prov. 2:6-9; Matthew 6:19-34 "Do not fear, for I am a shield unto you" One of the greatest, and simple, truths is this: Our very own lives do not belong to us. Our life belongs to the Sovereign God who created all things. It is too Him … Continue reading The shield of our faith rests in God
Today's reading: Gen. 11 - 12:20; Ps. 4:1-3; Prov. 1:28-33; and Matt. 5:27-48 Abraham's faith came through his obedience to God The major characteristic of a truly mindful Christian is their obedience to the sovereign will of God. We grow, through our obedience, by establishing our faith in God and His promised blessings. Our confidence … Continue reading Clothed in obedience for promised blessings
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, ~ Philippians 2:14-15, ESV ~ Our natural tendency is to complain about life. Whether it is a minor inconvenience and annoyance, or, a difficult situation. We … Continue reading Without complaining
The Lord bless you and keep you. the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-25, ESV ~ We came into recovery, not realizing how demanding it is on our need to change. Because of this, we are left feeling … Continue reading When we acknowledge our blessings
give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. ~ Luke 6:38, ESV ~ When we think of abundance, wealth, and prosperity, we look to the materialistic things obtained. The greatest … Continue reading Sharing the Wealth and Abundance