I was reading the familiar passage in Exodus 14 of Moses leading the Israelites out Egypt, where they had been in bondage. The Israelites were being chased down by the Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. They feared for their lives and cried out to God for help. God says, “Why are you crying out to me? Keep moving on.”
We had a great couple in our church who transferred out of state due to a job relocation. Even after they moved, they continued to tithe to our church six months after their move. I reached out to check on their move and to confirm what I expected to be true . . . they hadn’t found a new church yet. As we connected a bit, I told them how much we appreciated their generosity but it was time for them to find a new local church where they could be spiritually fed, encouraged and sow financially to that church.
I got a call from one of the most spiritually mature men I knew and he began to tell me about difficulties he was having in his marriage. He was so frustrated that he was on the brink of filing for divorce! During our talk I discovered there was no other woman or man. Neither was there physical abuse. They were simply unhappy and not getting along. He said, “I’m just tired of it.”
The tragic events that have taken place over the last few weeks have shaken me personally as it has our entire nation. As I'm sure it has for others, it has driven me to pray more and more not just for me and my family but also for the concerns of our nation. Spending time with God in prayer is the one thing we must do every day. Especially now. Time with God doesn't have to be a long boring period of time we just endure. My objective in writing this post is to encourage you to have a more effective, efficient, and enjoyable daily prayer time with God.
When I hear the word "prosperity," I immediately think of material things such as big houses, luxury cars, vacation homes, diamond rings, expensive clothes, and eating out at fine restaurants. In recent years, I hear more and more about the "prosperity gospel" and wonder is this really what God intends for us? Not surprisingly, the Bible has the answer to this question.
In life, we are faced with many major decisions such as, "Should I ….. Buy this house? Sell this house? Sell my business? Start this business? Marry this person? Leave this person? Move to another state? Accept the job offer? Leave my current job?" It is important that we get these answers right! We don't want to make a bad decision that could have a drastic impact on our lives for years to come, so I am writing this post to help answer the question, "How do you know, if it’s the right decision?"