Money is the currency of life. We use it to provide, food shelter, clothing, etc. for ourselves and our families. It is hard to come by and easy to lose. Create a workable budget that will help you conquer your finances once and for all. Here’s how.
Proverbs 27:23–24 “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, And look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever:And doth the crown endure to every generation?”
The Bible tells us that we need to be diligent to know the state of our finances. Also, we are to pay close attention to them because they disappear quickly. A budget plans your spending. It protects you from impulsive spending and unwise purchases. A budget is a schedule for your money. A schedule is a budget for your time. You will be a slave to your budget or your bills. Choose your own fate and create a budget.
1. Figure your Gross income (before taxes) from all sources.
You must take care of yourself to take care of others. Don’t be a casualty of your desire to help people. Heed this powerful reminder.
Song of Solomon 1:6 “Look not upon me, because I am black, Because the sun hath looked upon me: My mother’s children were angry with me; They made me the keeper of the vineyards; But mine own vineyard have I not kept.”
This verse speaks of a woman who was a servant. She had responsibility and worked hard. Her skin was darkened from long days in the sun. She helped others to the detriment of her own responsibilities, yet people were still unhappy with her. Sound familiar? This scenario has played out many times over throughout history.
You must take care of yourself to help other people!
Life moves quickly. If you don’t plot your course through the chaos, you will get swept up in it. It has happened to us all. But you don’t need to live that way! A schedule of your time guides you to the future you desire. Here are tips to create a sustainable schedule and take control of your life.
Realize time is the most valuable asset God has entrusted to you and that you must spend it wisely.
Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
A schedule is simply a budget of your time.
Time is a lot like money. If it’s not budgeted, it will be wasted.
Labor, or work, has always been prized among God’s people. Work makes the world go around. Without the labor of men’s hands, the world stops functioning as the laws of sin and entropy are clearly seen in the certain spiral toward disorder and collapse.
The first Labor Day was held in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 as planned by the Central Labor Union. It was a “workingmen’s holiday” that celebrated the achievements and contributions of workers. It is a sad fact that many people today view work as a bad thing. This Labor Day let’s take a look at the concept of Labor as seen in the Bible.
God Left You an Example of Labor.
Genesis 1:1–4 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
The Bible begins with God working. He is using His creativity, His breath, and His words. Later He uses His hands to form man and His breath to bring Him to life. Our productivity through labor follows the example of God.
God made You to Labor.
Genesis 2:15 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
Mankind is made to work. A good one word definition for work is accomplishment. There is pleasure, happiness and satisfaction in hard work that cannot come from amusements. These rewards do not come from “being on the clock”, but from accomplishing the day’s tasks. Get things done. Do them right. Then you can look back on them with satisfaction as God did. (more…)
What if there was a guaranteed way to defeat the devil today? The Bible tells us how! You can use these methods today to experience victory in your life.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11
Every Christian is familiar with the great enemy of God and Good. He is known by many names is Scripture. One of his most well known names is “The Devil”. He is not an idea or an influence. He is a fallen angel who rebelled against God and is bent on destruction. Billy Sunday once said that he knew there was a devil for the following reasons: (more…)