God is not a micro-manager…..

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HEY NOW!!!

God is not a micro-manager…..

The Parable of the Bags of Gold 
(Matthew 25: 14-30) New International Version

14“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 

(BASICALLY… I AM LEAVING THE CRIB, HOLD IT DOWN WHILE I’M OUT).

15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, a each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went AT ONCE and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

Questions to ponder: When you were younger, did you parents ever leave you at the house alone ? Or has your boss ever been gone for the day? 

WHAT DID YOU DO?
WHAT DO YOU DO?

Food for thought….

Food for thought… Intelligence

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Food for thought…

Intelligence: Intelligence has more to do with awareness than it does the accumulation of “book” or “head” knowledge. Intelligence is not how “smart” you are (SORRY); it’s an accumulation (in quality and quantity) of common sense. Common sense is the storehouse where all of our past experiences are stored and filed.

We cannot compare apples to oranges…

Apples and oranges are both fruit, but yet both are DIFFERENT. You and I are both humans, but yet we are both different. We are not “smarter” than one another because we are different. We learn differently, we think differently and we have similar, but different interests.

Hmm…

We all have different talents, skills, and abilities. Though we have standards used to measure scholastic ability in the Earth, these measures do not honestly weigh our “Intelligence.” These measures indicate our ability to RETAIN information that is released to us in the story of our individual lives.

In essence, talent and skill is the natural ability God has deposited on the inside of us and manifests in the Earth. So, a person can be “dumb” if he/she has accumulated a high dosage of “head” or “book” knowledge because he/she maybe only AWARE of his/her experience and no one else’s. Also, if he/she has yet to tap into their natural God-given ability then he or she can be considered as dumb (in a nice way).

Blessings!

 

MONEY!

MONEY!

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Money in its earthy suit can be viewed as paper instruments (or dollar bills) in a printed form of expression.

However…

Money is not spent….. Money has never been spent…
I know.. I know…

What in the world do you mean money is not and has never been spent?

MONEY IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXCHANGED FOR SOMETHING YOU DEEMED AS VALUABLE.

Think about it: The idea of money being spent means that when it’s “spent” it’s gone. Would you agree?

True… True…

Now, does money miraculously vanish from the face of the planet because it leaves your hand?

We tell you, “NO!!!”

Have ever entertained the thought of something or someone sacred leaving your presence and never coming back?

If this were to happened, what would you do?

Hold on for dear life!

If you must hold on to something for dear life, is it truly yours?
If you release something, do you have faith that something greater will be released to you?

If you never released anything, then how can you make room for more?

Remember: God will never leave nor forsake us. He was, is and forever will be the person responsible for releasing money into our hands. If He will never leave nor forsake us, maybe the reason why our money is sporadic and minute is because we left his presence to chase dem dollars.

Or maybe we are holding on to the money is our possession because we don’ trust Our Father?

I can guarantee that anytime you released money from your hand, you received something in advance (before the transaction took place) or you received something after the transaction took place.

What do you place value on?

Hmm…. Think about it.

 

“Failing” versus “Learning”

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Remember this…

We don’t give too much attention to failures (experiences) because AT TIMES people are failing at what they have NOT been called to become or do.

Failures (experiences) are nothing more places of humility…

Hmm….

Why do we give so much attention to a person who is being and doing something they are not?

Hmm…

Are we SIN-CONSCIOUS?

Maybe you perceived yourself “failing” at who God predestined you to become and what He has predestined you to do because you have mislabeled “failing” for “LEARNING.”

Stop trying to grade your own paper!
You are not the teacher, you are the student..

Does the fact of “LEARNING” overshadow the overall vision God has for your life? Do not get stuck in the hallways (or the process), keep your eye stayed on the outcome. Though it tarry, wait for it…

SELAH…

First impressions…

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First impressions…

We always remember our firsts…

The first is paramount; the first is a foundation that can be built upon the truth or the first can a foundation that can be built upon a lie.. Who was the master builder who laid the groundwork for your first? You or God?

Who is first?
Who comes first?

Hmm…..

Whatever the case may be, it can quite difficult to unlearn a first..
Our lives are built upon firsts, and these firsts play a leading role in
our perception of people, places and things..

Even when you erase a chalk broad there is always evidence of what was written
first…

The question is, “What first do you recognize as being truth?”

 

Money: Despise not the day of small beginnings (Part 3)

In this submission, we continue our discussion on Multiplication and Compound Interest. However, in our last discussion we dialogued a bit about the flip side of the coin of money.

 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

 If you have four children in your home, and decide to teach and train them on what needs to be done in the house, what is the outcome of situation?

 A. Multiplication

B. Multiplication

C.  Multiplication

D.  All of the Above

 Answer: D.  All of the Above

 Multiplication is Compound Interest.

And you, be ye fruitful, andmultiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. (Genesis9:7)

 The Kingdom of God is to be fruitful and MULTIPLY. Not be fruitful and add, not be fruitful and subtract, not be fruitful and divide. We are to be fruitful and MULTIPLY. The ANSWER to a multiplication problem is a PRODUCT, and fruit is the end product of being fruitful. This is not the means to the end, but the means that leads to the beginning of multiplication.

 COMPOUNDINTEREST

 Wikipedia’s definition of Compound Interest (We added underline, caps and bold for emphasis):

 Compound Interest arises when interest is ADDED to the principal, so that, from that moment on, the interest that has been ADDED also earns interestThis addition of interest to the principal is called compounding.

 As we build a case of multiplication being compound interest we will use these terms and meanings to simplify this exercise.

Principal- Amount of the initial investment (ex.an amount borrowed excluding interest). 

Interest-A fee paid for by the BORROWER oft he principal.

Compound interest – Interest added to the PRINCIPAL allowing the interest to earn further interest.

 Here are the resource links used to compile and connect the thoughts:

 The Holy Spirit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compound_interest#Terminology

 

 http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/compoundinterest.asp

 http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/how-do-interest-rates-affect-you.aspx

 MONEY

Money will and can work with you if have something for money to do. Money works WITH us because money takes on the CHARACTER and PERSONA of the person who it (money) is paired with.

 When money is paired with us,money takes on the life we believe to be a reality.

 Let’s build a bridge between money and thoughts:If you have four children in your home, and decide to teach and train them on what needs to be done in the house the outcome is that your efforts will be multiplied. No child in the house is left IDLE because all have been taught in the way he/she should go.

 The Father’s business has been taught throughout the house, and He is evidence of what has been taught through the thoughts, behaviors and actions of His children.

 COMPOUND INTEREST INSPIRED

 Compound Interest: The addition of interest (concerning money) through an initial deposit from Him to and through US.

The Principal is amount of the initial investment (or His Nature) that has been deposited on the inside of us that influences how we work with the money he releases to us.

 The Interest the fee paid for by the BORROWER(which is us) of the principal (the initial investment of His Nature). The more interest will acquire concerning His Ways, Words and Pleasures, the greater the Compound InterestThe key words here are Obedience and Sacrifice.

Remember:  Interest rates are determined are by the GOVERNMENT.A high interest rate is the green light that indicates a high cost of borrowing. Though the fee may seem high we can’t get distracted with counting the cost. We must be encouraged by the outcome, and not become discouraged by the process.

 What you sow, you will reap…

 Which leads us to…

 The Compound Interest added to the PRINCIPAL (initial investment or His Nature) allowing the INTEREST(fee paid for by the BORROWER) to earn further interest.

 The greater the interest, the greater the return on the principal (or the initial investment off His Nature that was deposited on the inside of us). Not only the quantity, but more importantly the quality of His Nature influences how we work with the money he releases to us.

 Freely we give, freely we receive.

 SELAH!

Money: Despise not the day of small beginnings (Part 2)

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Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)

We left off relating our houses to money by stating that, “If money is in your possession and remains IDLE, money will work against you and cause for greater frustration and stress to arise in your midst.  As a parallel to money: If you have four children in your home, and decide not to teach and train them on what needs to be done in the house, what is the outcome of  situation?

 A.  A house out of order

B.  An overworked, frustrated parent

C.  Children who are idle, and prone to get into mischief

D.  All of the above

 Answer:  D.  All of the above

The correct use or ill-use of money is connected to thought. If our thoughts are not trained by the School of the Spirit, then our money may be subject to taking on a life of ITS own.

An “IT” is an object that has no life.  If our thoughts are connected to the wisdom of men (worldly wisdom) the result of the problem is IDOLATRY.

Idolatry promotes a person, place or thing to a higher place of authority that God the Creator. If I love MY money more than I love MY God then MY money has taken the place of MY God.

 Did the chicken come before the egg or did the egg come before the chicken?

Who came first, the Creator or the creation?

 There is no creation without the Creator.

 On the flip side of the coin of money…

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

If you have four children in your home, and decide to teach and train them on what needs to be done in the house, what is the outcome of situation?

A. Multiplication

B. Multiplication

C.  Multiplication

D.  All of the Above

 Answer: D.  All of the Above

 

Multiplication is compounded interest.

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. (Genesis 9:7)

 The Kingdom of God is to be fruitful and MULTIPLY. Not be fruitful and add, not be fruitful and subtract, not be fruitful and divide. We are to be fruitful and MULTIPLY.

The ANSWER to a multiplication problem is a PRODUCT, and fruit is the end product of being fruitful. This is not the means to the end, but the means that leads to the beginning of multiplication.

Part three of Despise not the day of small beginnings will consists of us weaving  all the thoughts from the previous posts to make a tapestry of financial abundance.

 Blessings…

Money: Despise not the day of small beginnings (Part 1)

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Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)

 Money will not and cannot work with you if you do not have anything for money to do. Many of us have an imprint ingrained upon our understanding of money working for us, BUT… Money works WITH us because money takes on
the CHARACTER and PERSONA of the person who it (money) is paired with.

When money is paired with us, money takes on the life we believe to be a reality.

 We challenge you to take a glance of the items you purchased this past week:  Are these items a reflection and extension of who you are, your core values and your personal interests?

 

Hmm…

 Birds of a feather flock together:  

 A. Are you an eagle soaring into unknown regions, stratospheres and time zones?

B. Are you a turkey wallowing in the dust of the Earth?

 

RELATIONSHIP

 You are in relationship with money, whether it be a love or hate relationship.

The question is: Do I love the thought of honoring God through the TIMELY payment of my obligations or do I hate the thought of paying bills?

 On a deeper and more intimate degree of understanding, we realize the ORIGINAL INTENT of everything on the planet Earth was to be an expression of Our Lord and Savior.  Our main concern is really not about money…

BUTwhat the Lord desires for us to do with the money He married to us. 

IDOL WORSHIP

Money will notand cannot work with you if you do not have anything for money to do. ~ MarcusCage

 If money is in your possession and remains IDLE,money will work against you and cause for greater frustration and stress to arise in your midst.  As a parallel to money: If you have four children in your home, and decide not to teach and train them on what needs to be done in the house, what is the outcome of  situation?

 A.  A house out of order

B.  An overworked, frustrated parent

C.  Children who are idle, and prone to get into mischief

D.  All of the above

Answer:  D.  Allof the above

The correct use or ill-use of money is connected to thought. If our thoughts are not trained by the School of the Holy Spirit, then our money may be subject to taking on a life of ITS own.  

 An“IT” is an object that has no life.

 If our thoughts are connected to the wisdom of men (worldly wisdom) the result of this problem is IDOLATRY.  Just as our money has the possibility of take on a life of ITS own, our children (in the natural) entertain this same possibility if we choose to not teach and train them on what needs to be done in the house.  Our thoughts must be preoccupied by Our Father’s business; this is what needs to be done in the House of the Lord.

 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

 EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

In this present day and age, many find themselves using money as a treatment to heal emotional wounds in attempts to make themselves whole. This is not the reason why God paired money with us.

 This is not the purpose of money.

Success: Innocent until proven guilty

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There is evidence of success and there is success.
Trust, and believe that there is a difference between the two.

Let us visit the courtroom in session:

The defendant, Antoine Edwards was arrested and detained for the possession of Cars, Cribs, Clothing and other items that SOME BELIEVE to be valid evidence of success. All the items above, “Cars, Cribs and Clothing” have been tested and proven as success according the WORLD’S UNDERSTANDING.

Antoine, “How do you plea?”
“NOT GUILTY YOUR HONOR!” Antoine replies.

Huh? The court room is in a total shock of silence. Who would have thought that Antoine would take a plea of “NOT GUILTY” to the accusation of success?
He does have the ideal career, biggest house, nicest car, etc…etc… etc…

Aren’t these things accurate measurements of success?

Remember: When any individual stands before a judge, and is placed on trail there is a test of character that occurs. Before the trail proceedings begin there is something called a, “sworn testimony” that sounds something like this: Do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

Antoine replies, “Yes.”

Let the trail proceedings begin…

When we are placed on trail this is a test of character, so essence character will prove if Antoine is “GUILTY” or “NOT GUILTY” of success.
Success is the progressive-realization of your true identity in Jesus Christ. So, success is who you ARE, NOT who you WAS OR USED TO BE.

Success is who you ARE, NOT who you WAS.
Success is being, and then doing.
Success is the person you become, NOT the material things you purchase.

Success’ autograph reads: “I am therefore I do.”
Food for thought: If you do without realizing who you are you will be subject to failure.
Why?

Because you may DOING something God did not predestined you to BECOME. If you choose to DO something without discovering who you ARE then failure is inevitable. Also, the extra incentive and ambition to try harder is inevitable as well… BUT why try harder at something that God has not ordained you to become or do?

Hmm…

You cannot go to a mechanic and get a haircut, just as you cannot go to a florist to get a pedicure. No matter how hard the mechanic or florist try they can only service the needs of customers according to their design.

Eye vs. Eyes

Many have taken their eye off success in character building because their eyes are on externals (Cars, Clothes, and Cribs). Many are consumed with EGO feeding. Their eye has been taken off building the kingdom of character to focus on building the kingdom of SELF.

Back to Anotine…

The judge found him “NOT GUILTY” of success due to the evidence of success that was built upon man’s wisdom.

His freedom was restored!

SELAH!