From Enemies to Delivery Boys of Prosperity

Author: Yeap Chee Seng



Reference: 2 Chronicles 20





Have you been in a situation where failure is inevitable? You have done all you could. You search everywhere for a solution but nothing works. The attack is too powerful. You are too weak. God appears to be helpless.





If you do and you are a believer of Jesus Christ, then I have news for you.





1. God will deliver you.





2. Once he does, you are in for a great windfall.





IF you keep believing and don’t give up.





“How can you be so sure?”





The Bible says so. The Bible is the record of God’s love and commitment for us. If the Bible doesn’t work, God fails.





Can God fail?


No. This is impossible.





Therefore it must also be impossible for christians to be trapped in situation where failure is inevitable. There is always hope. There is always a way to overcome. I say this by the integrity of God’s Word.





2 Chronicles 20 is an example in which a major crisis of insurmountable proportion can be overcome with the simplest method. Not only that, once the crisis was over, prosperity flowed in.





King Jehoshaphat was confronted with a huge invasion force that he has no hope of defeating using the resources available to him.





1 After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites[a] declared war on Jehoshaphat.





2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom[b] is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea.[c] They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.)





3 Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.





4 So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s help.





2 Chronicles 20:1-4 (NLT)





Even the news itself caused fear in his heart but he did one right thing. He turned to the Lord. He knew the Lord has the answer to every problem. The Lord answered.





14 the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.





15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.





16 Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel.





17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”





2 Chronicles 20:14-17 (NLT)





What is he saying? Go out from your fortification, stand there and watch?





Isn’t that a risk? What if they attacked us? What if God’s plan doesn’t work?





All these are doubts arising from unbelief. If they allow it to consume their mind, they would not have obeyed God. Victory would not happen.





20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”





21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:


“Give thanks to the Lord;


his faithful love endures forever!”





22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves.





23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other.





24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.





2 Chronicles 20:20-22 (NLT)





The people did obey. They were reminded to believe.





“Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”





Without believing, they would not have the courage to stand firm and be successful.





You may be facing a huge problem today. No matter how big your problem is, the first thing God wants you to do is to believe in him. You have to believe that he can and he will bring you out. Do whatever you can to strengthen your faith. You may choose to confess his Word, meditate on the scriptures, listening to faith messages or anything else you can think of. This is crucial because if you do not believe, you will not have the courage to stand firm and see your breakthrough.





They also sang a song.





“Give thanks to the Lord;


his faithful love endures forever!”





This song only has 2 contents, gratitude and love. This song is a form of confession. So, by singing this song, the people of God were making confessions. The confession of gratitude is a confirmation of faith because they were thanking God before they saw their answer while the confession of God’s faithful love provides a guarantee that God will deliver his promises.





Could this be something we must do when we face troubles in our lives?





1. We need to confess that God will bring us through and thank him in advance.





2. We need to confess his unfailing love as an assurance to our hearts.





Confessions will help to strengthen our faith in God. Only with strong faith, will we have the courage to obey God and do what he told us to do: Open the door, go out, face the enemies and see what God is doing.





The people of Judah had successfully used the song as their confession. This strengthened their faith and gave them courage. They went out and saw what God wanted them to see – their enemies defeated and dead. They saw only dead bodies. God kept his promise. The threat was gone. Is that all? No. God has another agenda.





25 King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing,[e] and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all!





26 On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing,[f] which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today.





2 Chronicles 20:25-26 (NLT)





It was plunder time. For some reasons, the invaders took along valuable items with them in this attack. I am very sure they did not meant it for the people of Judah. It must be God’s plan all along. The enemies may have evil intention to kill and subdue God’s people but God has other plans. He used these enemies as delivery boys to piggy back prosperity to his people. As a result, the people of Judah spent 3 days to collect valuables. (I am sure they are not “spiritual” valuables.)





Just imagine, what if the people of Judah did not obey God and went out from the city? They would have missed the delivery of prosperity.





Could this be the same scenario you are facing right now?





You are facing the greatest battle in your life. The attack looks so big that you can’t see any hope in the natural to defeat it. However, God is working behind the scenes right now. He is using this attack to piggy back prosperity to you. Here is a principle you should remember:





Great victory comes from great battle.


Small victory comes from small battle.





IF you keep believing and don’t give up.





The greater the attack you face, the greater the victory you will enjoy and the more prosperity you will receive. I am sure, after the people of Judah spent 3 days collecting valuables, some would wished the invaders size to be double so that they can have another 3 days (total of 6 days) to collect valuables!





So, if you are a believer and are facing the greatest battle in your life right now, I wish to congratulate you. Your prosperity will be great IF you keep believing and don’t give up.





Do what the people of Judah did, seek the Lord, confess gratitude and his love, and see the victory he has fought for you. Be prepared for the hard work of collecting valuables for 3 days.





27 Then all the men returned to Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat leading them, overjoyed that the Lord had given them victory over their enemies.





28 They marched into Jerusalem to the music of harps, lyres, and trumpets, and they proceeded to the Temple of the Lord.





29 When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them.





30 So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.





2 Chronicles 20:27-29 (NLT)





What happen after the battle? There was great peace. The glory of God was spread wide and far. God is glorified in your victories and prosperity. Do you want to glorify God? I certainly do



Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/from-enemies-to-delivery-boys-of-prosperity-282066.html
About the Author


Yeap Chee Seng is currently working as a resident engineer. He owns a blog at

http://cheee.wordpress.com



focusing on faith, deliverance and prosperity. He has also written a book entitled “Bible Verses On Prosperity” available in www.lulu.com.

God Wants Us All to be Saved and Prosper

Author: Andrew Hittle



3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

Hebrews 6:12 …be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

1 Timothy 6:17 …trust in God who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Hi, my name is Andrew Hittle. Did you know that God really desires for us all to be saved and prosper? Now I’ll try to stick to modern day language to help maintain a level of mutual understanding. I don’t want anybody to say that they have no idea what I am talking about. I was born April 1, 1979 into a Christian home and was taught the Word since my youth. The problem is, as I am sure you all know, some people tend to go their own ways.  I got into alcohol and drugs and lost sight of God and His grace. I almost forgot about God completely and was living for myself. The good part is, other people were praying for me. It took a few years but I finally decided that my life was a wreck and I needed Jesus again. I decided to put down my flesh, my anger, my addiction, and my hate, and I repented and turned from my ways.

I was sober again and I felt great. I even went to Bible school and completed a 3 year coarse. God had begun to work on my spiritual development as well as my finances. Things were going really good, so it seemed. But, I had started running a construction business and I had gotten very busy. I wasn’t really making much time for God anymore, and the devil had found a weakness in me. He distracted me and stole my time. I made decent money for a little while but soon got back into the flesh and things slowly fell apart again.

Deuteronomy 8:17-19 You say in your heart; My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth. But you will remember the Lord your God for it is He who has given you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenent which He swore to your fathers as it is this day. And it will be, if you do at all forget the Lord you God, and walk after other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you will surely perish.

Before I knew it, I was running my own life again, rather than letting God run my life. I felt like a disgrace. I knew God didn’t want me to live like that. How could I let the devil trick me into going back. I should have stayed close to God and given Him all the thanks for what He had done in my life. My finances were in a mess again and I was still living in the flesh. Finally, I decided enough was enough. No one could decide for me. I knew the Word was true, and that God desired for me to be saved. But being in a state of sin, I really had no assurance of making heaven. I didn't want to live in that fear anymore. All glory and honor goes to God for having grace and mercy on me. I repented and turned from my sinful life again. I got back into the Bible and starting studying hard. I started praying for 1-3 hours a day, and confessing the word over my own life, even at work. God has given me an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. In God’s eyes I am righteous (or in right standing) with Him. I can now go to Him anytime I want and know that He hears me. Once again I am walking in God’s favor in every area of my life.

I am married with 4 children and I am pleased to say that my marriage is doing awesome. I pray for my kids every day so I know they will grow up to serve God like I am. I am serving God with my whole heart now and I am NEVER turning back. Since I allowed Jesus to take control of my life again, He helps me through life, and guides my steps. When a problem comes up, He is always there with me.

I guess if you don’t know anything about the Bible, then you probably don’t know that John 3:16 says that God gave His only Son Jesus, (to die in our place for OUR sins) so that we could have everlasting life by believing in Him. I guess you may not know this either; that Romans 10:9 says that if you say with your mouth “Jesus, Be My Lord.” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (I have paraphrased these verses so that the average person can understand what they mean.) So, if you have never confessed Jesus as your Lord and Savior, just do it right now. Romans 10:10 says with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. So, just say this: “Jesus, please be my Lord and Savior. I believe you died for me and God raised you from the dead.” It is as simple as that. Great.

Now, the way to get the manifestation of God’s Word in your life for other things is very similar to what you just did. It is to confess the Word and personalize it for yourself. The only difference is, NOW you need to meditate on it day and night. I know this sounds a little excessive but God has to know that you are serious. Plus according to Hebrews 11:6 it is impossible to please God without faith. It also says He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Now this doesn’t mean that sitting in a church service will bring you faith. Many churches never even include a single verse from the Bible in an entire sermon. I am talking about the actual written Word. John 1:1 basically says that the Word is God. Therefore by reading the Word to ourselves, we are literally hearing God Himself speaking to us and faith is coming. He has set out every provision for our lives right there in His Word. All we have to do is find a verse and claim it as our own.

Let me give you a few examples. You can say these things to God and actually believe what you are saying. Then God will take your faith and reward you for your confession of faith. Note: You won’t believe it the first time you say it. You may believe it in your mind, but it is up to God to decide when you actually believe it with your spirit, or your true inner being. That is why God said to meditate (continually go over in your mind and in your mouth) what He says about you in His Word. Joshua 1:8 says to meditate day and night and observe to do all that is written… then you will have good success.

So here are the examples of things to say to God. Note: If you have already been saved but you have sin in your heart right now, you can start with the first example, and work your way right down the list without feeling guilty for anything you have ever done.

“God, according to 1 John 1:9 if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from everything we have done. So God I just ask right now for forgiveness for (you fill in your own personal sins here) and I thank you so much for forgiving me and putting me in right standing with you.”

“God, according to Romans 8:1 there is no condemnation (punishment, guilt, etc.) for those who are in Christ Jesus who don’t walk (live constantly) in the flesh but walk in the Spirit. So, I thank you right now for not condemning me. I will not walk in guilt of past sins that have been forgiven.”

“God, according to 1 Peter 2:24 You took my sins and put me in right standing with you. You were also wounded for me so that I could be healed. Thank you, I am totally healed in Jesus Name.”

“God, according to Psalms 1:1-3 I am blessed (empowered to prosper in every area of my life) because I delight in Your Word, and I do meditate on It day and night. I am like a tree planted by rivers of water, bringing forth fruit in my season. Whatever I do must prosper. Thank you God in Jesus name.”

“God, according to Proverbs 3:1-6 You are directing my paths. I have favor with You and with man. I am keeping your Word in my heart and I have long life (in abundance) and peace. I am keeping mercy and truth with me and I trust in you with all my heart. I am not leaning on my own understanding, Lord. I thank You for directing my paths.”

“God, since I am in right standing with you, I can claim Ecclesiastes 2:26. You continually give me wisdom, knowledge, and joy. Thank you so much for this.”

These are just a few examples of personalizing the Word. This is what God wants us to do. If you begin to live like this on a consistent basis, you will see God do things in your life that are unexplainable. You will have no recourse but to say, “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in my eyes.” (Psalms 118:23)

Matthew 6:31-33 Take no thought saying; What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? ...your heavenly Father knows you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

I know it sounds simple, but examine yourself. If you find yourself getting frustrated over something, thinking “I must do this certain thing or else…” then you are, in fact, in the flesh. Ask for forgiveness and say something like, “God, I am sorry for acting like that. Please forgive me. From now on I am not leaning on my own understanding. I trust in You. My faith is in You, God, not my natural abilities. Thank you for guiding me and giving me peace and joy.” I’m telling you this really works.

My most earnest thanks goes out to you for taking the time to read this. It is my deepest desire to help others grow and prosper, because I have been taught and mentored as well. I could not have done it all alone.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/god-wants-us-all-to-be-saved-and-prosper-383801.html
About the Author


Andrew Hittle

Check out my spiritual blog at http://SpiritualSharingForAll.Blogspot.com

Master Keys of Stewardship: 10 Keys About God and the Christian Life

Author: Paul J. Meyer



Since everything is God’s creation, then we are at best stewards over what He has entrusted to us. Stewards accept and manage what God entrusts to them. So, as stewards, what do we need to know about God and the Christian life? We need to operate according to the following ten master keys of stewardship:

#1 — God is the Creator and Supreme Giver. Everything is His by right of creation. In every area of life, this truth has its impact. Just think about it: It’s all His!

#2 — God is the sustainer of all things. Since He created it, it is His job to sustain it all. Our job is to be obedient and to accomplish His will, not to worry about doing the sustaining ourselves.

#3 — God is the One who enables us to accomplish far more than we could ask or imagine. It’s all a result of Him. He gives us the power to get wealth. Work is still required of us, but He is the One who takes what we have and makes it what it can become.

#4 — God is a God of abundance. God has more than enough. There is no shortage of anything, at any time, in any area, with Him. We must simply desire His mindset and work according to His parameters.

#5 — God is a God of grace. The fact that God is a God of grace is very good news for every one of us. The very grace we have is a gift from Him. He gave us everything, including grace.

#6 — The Bible is a Christian’s chief compass. God’s written Word contains every truth that Christians hold dear. In the area of stewardship, much is said that directly guides us, benefits us, and blesses others.

#7 — Christians are called to live lives of stewardship. It is our calling to be stewards. The fact that we are stewards affects us in every area of life. It’s who we are.

#8 — Christians are called to manage all that God has entrusted to them. God is the owner, we are the managers, and the roles never change. When we operate according to this truth, the only question to answer is, “How can I best manage what has been entrusted to me?”

#9 — A Christian’s attitude toward possessions on earth is important to God. Any possession we have is a gift from God. So, possessions are not a right/wrong issue — they are an owner/manager issue. How we view possessions is of great importance to Him.

#10 — Earthly possessions and eternal rewards are linked. A vital link exists between how Christians use earthly possessions and the eternal rewards that Christians receive. The Bible often calls the result of good stewardship “fruit” that Christians will receive in heaven.

Allow these eternal principles to impact your life so that you can impact the lives around you even more!
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/personal-finance-articles/master-keys-of-stewardship-10-keys-about-god-and-the-christian-life-566372.html
About the Author


Since 1960, New York Times best-selling author and one of the founders of the self-improvement industry, Paul J. Meyer, has helped people become masters of stewardship. To learn many of the techniques that Paul uses for good stewardship, order Master Keys of Stewardship – Truths that Guide Our Actions as Stewards today, available at www.pauljmeyer.com.

Successful Marketing Strategies Of Savvy Christian Internet Businesses Driving Away Snake Oil Salesmen

Author: SarahBeth White





Most church members do not like to think of their church as a business. But a church has bills to pay just like anybody else. Recently, our pastor announced our church was broke, completely broke. This recession or economic downturn has hit churches hard, too. Few churches will ever "go out of business" but activities taken for granted may become limited or defunct. There is a way to continue tithing (giving a tenth of your income) and increase giving by implementing successful internet marketing strategies. Since my employer decided he could no longer afford my services, I joined the ranks of those laid off and so, began again searching for a non-scam internet business.
First and foremost, Christians always turn to God, as CEO, for direction. Next a fantastic strategy available is to use successful marketing strategies as a church or as church members who desire to give more than their tithe. Even before being laid off, owning a successful home based internet business appealed to me because job security would no longer hinge on the whim of a boss, economic downturns, or other threats in a 'traditional' job.
After finding a niche in internet marketing, building an e-commerce business was easy. Internet business thrives while traditional businesses continue to feel the pinch and layoff more employees. E-commerce continues to grow in leaps and bounds though. The difficulty arises out of trying to find legitimate internet marketing businesses mingled in with the scams. Some even label themselves as "Christian" business opportunities. Why do scam artists think Christians are stupid and uneducated? It seems they believe Christians are an easy target.
Not only are Christians savvy and educated, but when God is on your side, it gives you a phenomenal edge. Non Christians cannot understand church growth during difficult times. Non Christians cannot understand much of anything about churches. If they target a church, truly founded on God and His principles, these scam artists will be completely shut out of any Christian internet marketing business arena.
Since being laid off, the successful internet marketing business I found continues to grow and prosper beyond anything a traditional job offers. It is my belief that God has allowed me the time and effort to focus on this online business rather than another "job" in the traditional market. It has been my dream to give gifts above and beyond my tithe; to write out a check to my church, if there was a need; to give large sums of money to the benevolence committee which is trying to help those in dire situations; to help pay off any building expenses. For example, our sound system is worn out and to replace it is going to cost a great deal of money. I would like to be able to write out a check to the church in order to replace not fix the sound system. In my traditional job, it is embarrassing that my giving was hindered by the pile of bills at home.
Furthermore, additional giving will not be a dream any longer but a necessary facet of my business and that of other church members successfully venturing into internet commerce. God pointed the way to this business and He expects me to follow His lead in order to impact my church, its activities and its members. He will take care of everything else along the way. The name of my business points to God who owns the cattle on 1000 hills (Psalm 50:10). He does not need our money. He wants our trust and obedience. Trusting Him is preferable to trusting what a brick and mortar HR promises. God promises to provide and His promises always ring true.
Since becoming an internet marketer, my life is more enjoyable because now I have the time to spend with my dog, my son, my friends and family and with what God has provided in: http://cattleon1000hills">cattleon1000hills.com/?site=VMichaelF No cattle or land for sale here. You will hear the story of a friend who experienced a leap to success with this internet marketing business and the story is not unique. Whether you are a church, a church member or other church entity, your successful marketing strategies can thrive, too. Churches can continue to amaze the non-churched in how they thrive during hard times. Becoming savvy, successful online marketers will drive the snake oil salesmen away for good.
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About the Author


Internet Marketing Strategist teaching use of social media for internet marketing of products. Social Media Enthusiast found at:
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Christian Budgeting – What's The Deal?

Author: KatyGlance



What is Budgeting?
Budgeting is the method of making your expenses to meet your income by means of careful discovery, planning and implementation.  To achieve this, you must first figure out your exact income for every month and identify all of your expenses.  The next step is to create a plan that would either decrease your expenses, increase your income or ideally achieve both.  The objective of this effort is to reach a state of positive cashflow where your income is greater than your expense.  Having a budget means being aware of your financial activities (incomes or expenses) and your financial status at any given time.  Awareness of these things will enable a person to make calculated and informed financial decisions.
What is Christian Budgeting?
Christian budgeting is simply the application of Christian principles in the practice of budgeting.  God wants His people to live a prosperous life where they are enriching their God-given talents and gifts for the benefit of the everyone.  This kind of budgeting means being free from the bondage of debt and its associated problems and sufferings.  It also means practicing the Christian values of stewardship, unselfishness, concern for the poor, honesty, humility, unworldly mentality and Christ-centeredness above all.
Why Christian Budgeting?
Just imagine the exact opposite of the Christian values listed above.  Possessiveness, selfishness, indifference to the poor, fraudulence, arrogance, materialistic mentality and malevolence.  Those are the worldly traits that make money the root of all evil.  Christian budgeting also encourages and empowers us to partake in God's plan of  realizing His vision and reaching out to the world.  By applying the teachings of Jesus and the lessons of the Bible in the practice of budgeting we bring God's vision of equality, justice, happiness, freedom and the best of all – abundance.
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship means acknowledging the our responsibilities as the caretaker of out possessions and the world around us.  It means cultivating the God-given resources that we all possess.  It means acknowledging the reality that we really own nothing because we cannot take our treasures beyond the grave and that our very lives are not even ours to keep.  Stewardship means being accountable to God and for the next generations yet to come.  It is the act of giving more than taking or receiving
What are the Benefits of Christian Budgeting?
By conducting your finances according to Christian values and Biblical lessons, we spare ourselves the trouble of getting caught by our own sins.  By being Christian-like in money matters we inspire and invite upright people, transactions and results.  We will be free from the guilt, fear, doubt and sleepless nights associated with wrongdoings in monetary affairs.  You can be proud and walk in confidence that the wealth you are keeping and enjoying is not a product of sin or deceit.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/christian-budgeting-what039s-the-deal-2116977.html
About the Author


Katy Glance is the article writer of Christian Budgeting.

How To Choose The Best Christian Home Business

Author: Adrian Hines



Starting your very own Christian home base business can be a difficult task. There are so many things to consider that at times it can be really overwhelming. Should you start a cleaning company, daycare, consulting firm, accounting firm, or mentoring club.

Even with the internet there are so many choices out there from internet marketing, to direct sales/network marketing, to forex trading, internet coaching, and more. Here are a few suggestions that will help you to choose the best Christian home business.

Seek God first: Since he is creator he knows what your purpose is. A lot of times as Christians we do things that God never intended for us to do. We get frustrated and wonder why things are not working right and try to blame him. By us finding out direction from him first, that avoids the headache of doing the wrong thing.

Identify your areas of passion and gifts: Usually where you are gifted at is where your purpose is. If you are gifted in teaching and playing the piano you don't want to start a plumbing business. You may be good at building relationships and inspiring people to do what you do. Your best option may be in the direct sales network marketing industry.

Now these are just examples but hopefully they are can give you some ideas. I can tell you this, if you don't use your gifts you will not be fulfilling your God given purpose. Your whole purpose in life is to please him.

Great leaders use their gifts and talents to serve the masses. So look for an environment that can help you to nourish and grow your gifts and abilities.

Don't Box In God: Do not try to put God in a box. He will not fit. Please understand what I am saying here. God may direct you to work with someone that is not a Christian business owner but there values are the same as yours.

Quite a few Christians miss out on an assignment from God in the homebased business industry because everything didn't look perfect. What I mean by that is you may see a company that you like and want to partner with. The owners share the same moral values as you but because they may not be a Christian or may be a bit cocky you don't think it is for you.

Joseph, the 3 Hebrew boys, and Daniel are great examples of individuals who worked with kings that didn't share the same beliefs as them. But yet they didn't grumble or complain. They adapted to their surroundings and God still prospered them.

Don't Limit Yourself: You may understanding seeking God, using your gifts and talents, and actually not boxing God in. But a lot of Christians limit themselves and end up choosing the wrong Christian home base business. Great leaders stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones. As a Christian it is so important to know that you are able to do abundantly above what you can think because of the Power that is at work in you.

So don't you dare but a barrier on your thinking or capability. That very business that you turn down because you feel it is to hard may be the very business that changes your family financial destiny.

It is important to have balance when making a big decision like this. Applying all four principles will help you to choose the best Christian home business.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/home-business-articles/how-to-choose-the-best-christian-home-business-964571.html
About the Author


Adrian Hines is a Christian home based business coach. He specializes in teaching biblical principles and marketing strategies on how to run a successful Christian online home business. To work with Adrian in his Christian home based internet business go here.

Christian Financial Planning: What's The Difference?

Author: KatyGlance



What is Financial Planning?
Financial planning is similar with budgeting in terms of objectives – to produce positive cashflow by either increasing the income or reducing the expense through various interventions.  Their only differences is in terms of scope.  Budgeting is short to medium term and covers from the daily to the monthly allocation of assets and the management of liabilities.  While Financial planning is medium to long to lifetime and encompasses from the bi-annual to an entire lifetime.  A budget deals with the everyday financial scenario while a financial plan directs the assets and liabilities to achieve a more abundant status.  In short, this plan is about making and keeping you rich and wealthy.
What is Christian Financial Planning?
This type of financial planning is basically the utilization of Christian ethics in the conduct of financial planning.  Like in the scriptures, God has made clear that those who stay awake and stand guard against trials will be easily spared.  Builders are also told to plan their constructions as to avoid shortage in materials.  Kings are also warned against fighting a war in which they are heavily outnumbered and disadvantaged.  Christian Financial Planning also entails the application of timeless Christian morals like honesty, humility, unselfishness, concern for the poor, unworldly conduct, stewardship and Christ-centeredness.
Why Christian Financial Planning?
Well, why not?  If you are a devout Christian or knew someone who is, you will notice how Christians properly conduct and deal their finances.  They do it with the outmost devotion to God as a form of service to His beloved people.  Christians also humbly regard themselves as mere stewards of the wealth that they currently possess.  They are therefore generous in sharing and growing this abundance with others.  In effect, a Christian financial plan is a plan of prosperity and generosity.
What does Planning for the Flood and Preparing for the Times Mean?
Just like the Great Flood in Noah's time, big challenges that can leave us crippled are just around the corner waiting to happen.  It's no longer a question of what but when.  Noah planned and prepared for the Great Flood while the rest of humanity laughed and mocked at him.  When the 40 days and night of rain drowned the merry-makers, they weren't amused.  Just like time and again, the people have been warned to build their "arks" of savings and nest eggs.  This  financial planning means building your finances for the hard times ahead while observing Christian virtues.
What are the Benefits of  Christian Financial Planning?
This financial planning is advantageous in these times because it eliminates the need to circumvent public welfare when gaining or preserving wealth.  By having a Christ-centered financial plan you will be free from the worries of the law of man or God.  Your righteous wealth plan will be above scrutiny and you will be blessed with an honest and bountiful harvest.  It will honor the Lord and you will partake in His works.  Another hallmark of this financial planning is accountability for your decisions, actions and the results.  As a Christian, you are ultimately responsible for yourself and you will answer to God who will weigh your scale.  By being accepting of the consequences, we are now in a much better position to improve our lives.


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About the Author


Katy Glance is the article writer of Christian Financial Planning.