Is Money Your Drug?

Does your love of money dictate how you treat family and friends? In your pursuit of obtaining or keeping cash for yourself do you neglect (or even worse, cheat, manipulate, or deceive) the people which you claim to love?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

( Matthew 6:24 )

The following passage really wraps it up:

“Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”‭‭

( 1 Timothy‬ ‭5:7-8‬ )

The altar is open for you to begin your deep-hearted change from loving money to loving God, and loving what is important to Him.

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The Palm of Deborah

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy… on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”‭‭

( Acts‬ ‭2:17-18‬ & Joel 2:28-32 )

This passage, found in both the Old and New Testaments, culminated on the Day of Pentecost and of course continues today.

Ladies, the short story of Deborah is a beautiful reminder of God’s desire to anoint not just men, but you too, equally.

“Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah… and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.

She sent for Barak… and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: “Go, take with you ten thousand men… and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I the Lord will lead… [the enemy’s] army… into your hands.”‘

Barak said to Deborah, ‘If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.’”

( Judges 4:4-8 )

Perhaps you feel there is no anointing for you, for whatever reason, or you just can’t identify it. What might be keeping you from discovering the particular anointing that God has planned for you?

Too young? Too old? Single? Married? Too rich? Too poor? Too busy? Too shy? Too disabled? You are “just” a woman?

Forget the voices that reverberate in your mind, having told you or scolded you that women are not among those whom God anoints for prophetic service or leadership.

Scripture, cover to cover, is full of women whom God anointed and used in the power of the Holy Spirit. He wants to use you for His glory too!

“… Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.”

‭‭( Acts‬ ‭21:8-9‬ )

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When Leadership Honors God…

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

Most everyone has a leadership influence on at least one person. A parent with a child, a youth with a younger sibling, a person who is looked up to by a peer, and these are just a few examples.

On the larger scale of leadership influence are church, business, and government leaders.

In whatever our roles might be, let’s lead and influence others in such a way that they are refreshed when they are touched by our influence.

“The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’”

( djh / 2 Samuel‬ ‭23:3-4‬ )

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Shine All You Got!

As followers of Christ, let’s not be shy (and certainly not too proud!) about letting the light of Christ radiate from our lives through our actions and speech.

Our faith is not a private matter, it is to be as public as the Cross was for Christ.

“If anyone is ashamed (as in, too shy or too proud) of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”‭‭

( Mark‬ ‭8:38 / in parentheses is added for clarity )‬

A lot of the time that we hesitate to publicize our faith and Christ is likely due to our own lack of confidence in ourselves and our proper representation of Him.

Have no fear! Christ, most of all, knows just how imperfect we are, though daily we struggle, crawl, and claw our way forward in our journey toward that distant destination called Perfection. He STILL wants us to be His lampstands, His lighthouses, His bolts of lighting that light up our world.

He is confident that His light within us is worthy of shining!

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

‭‭( Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ )

Let’s be sponsors of the glory of our Heavenly Father.

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