Having the Gift of Administration automatically makes me a steward; one who looks after things and people. My family are people; the most special and important to me than anything thing or anyone else in the world. To me every person Christian or non-Christian, should have that same opinion. Unfortunately such is not the case. In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul; says, “if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Pretty cut and dried to me . . .

God has blest us with many blessings in the world. Life in itself is His greatest gift followed by salvation. Yet, with these gifts and many more, comes the responsibility of looking after them. The first thing that God told Adam to do was work. He told him to name all the animals in the world. Then, after the fall he told him that he would work and toil. Part of “work” is maintaining, growing, and developing the things that we are responsible for. One of those “things” is family; perhaps the most important destiny in our lives. “To whom much is given, much is required.” There is no question that we have been given plenty which includes family, especially in our culture and society.

The bible says that we are to leave our children’s children and inheritance. Yet, I find in our culture too many senior citizens who believe that spending their own money that they have “worked so hard for” seems to be a rite of old age and retirement. Again, we see people putting their “treasures in the pleasures” and not into heavenly things. We need to stop here and define the word “family.” Although I believe the scripture in Timothy that Paul was referring to one’s literal family, in today’s culture the members of our church, and indeed the members of the body of Christ are all “family.” Therefore, perhaps a better solution for seniors would be to go on missions trips and combine pleasure with purpose. Perhaps going back to school to re-train in the things of God for the benefit of “family” (in the broadest sense of the word) is more in tune than the narcissistic desire of “retiring” to play golf. Ironically, in spite of the world wide crises of needs, (food, clothing, water, education, spiritual etc. etc.) it seems to me that many people in this world, young and old alike, don’t have enough to do and are bored. If many of the retires of the world would cut their golf games in half and shut the T.V. off, and got busy helping with the needs of the world, than the world might be a better place to live. Point being, “how does a Christian retire??” If young people would stop “hanging out” in some sort of state of bored existence thinking that the world owes them a living, and get busy helping others and helping to solve the world’s problems, then wouldn’t the world be a better place to live?

As parents, we are commanded to raise our children in Christian homes with Christian influences and teaching. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6) What greater responsibility in life is there than this? Personally, I cannot think of anything more serious and important that this commandment. This rule is not restricted to financially blessings. Indeed, that is the problem with many parents in our society. There is too much emphasis on material blessings and not on the emotional and nurturing needs of children. Parents are spending too much time making money for a certain high level of standard of living, but what their children really need is them and their time. Often the biggest regret of the businessman is that he did not spend enough time with his kids. Family responsibility is one of the greatest calls if not the greatest that any person can have in life.

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Money is a big issue in our lives. In our culture, and for that matter in most cultures, you simply can’t live without it. Unfortunately, money in our society, plays havoc with people’s ego and pride so much so that our social status in life is mostly dependent upon how much money we have and the number and kind of possessions we own. Is this the “true perspective” of what God wants us to do with His money? I don’t think so.

Unfortunately, Christians often seem to go “to far the other way.” Money is bad, and you should not have too much of it. Money is dirty and the root of all evil. No, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” (Tim. 6:10) Jesus never said it was wrong to have money or wealth. The bible teaches that we are to prosper in every way for the purpose of building up the Kingdom of God. (3 John 1:2 and Deut. 8:18) Possessions are fine as long as they don’t possess us. So how do we know if we are “possessed” with our possessions? The question is answered by asking ourselves the following: what are we thinking about? (how much money we can make?) What are with spending our time with? (things that improve our financial state and social status or are we pursuing the things of God?)

A true perspective is to understand the purpose of money. Deuteronomy 8:18 says that the purpose of money is to build up the Kingdom of God; it does not say “make as much money as you can and spend it on yourself.” It does not say that we can’t be wealthy on our way to meeting God’s commandment of building His Kingdom. In other words, where is our heart? Our hearts need to be on the Lord with the money He has blest us with, constantly asking Him where we should put the money He gave us. The first place of course is to not “give” the tithe (we can’t give something what is not ours) but rather “return” the tithe to Him. Statistics show that less than ten percent of the body of Christ tithes. Some survey groups put the figure at even less than that. How can this poor showing be a true perspective on handling finances for the Kingdom? Further, if Christians did have the right perspective, think of what the church could do if one hundred percent of the body, tithed? Oh my, watch out devil! He would be history. The great commission would be filled and the second coming would happen sooner! So who do we have to blame for the mess the world is in? The Christians. They are not doing their job of preaching the gospel. It takes money to do that, and we would have that money if everyone tithed and stopped trying “to keep up with the Jones” with the owning of possessions. This is not rocket science!

Christians has fallen into the trap of modern day marketing and consumerism. We can’t tithe and we can’t make offerings because we feel we can’t afford it. Yet, few of us live without cars, microwave ovens, T.V.’s, cell phones, and computers. A generation ago these were considered luxuries; today they are deemed necessities, even though in reality, they are not. By filling ourselves with cheaply priced and cheaply made consumer goods and/or expensive luxuries goods before we have meet our financial obligations to the Lord, we are not in His will. Then of course, we pray to God asking for His help with a multitude of personal problems. How God has enough grace and patience for us is beyond me. I wouldn’t have it if I were Him.

The true perspective of giving is additionally put to the test by our own North American definition of “suffering.” We think that “suffering” is to miss our favourite television show to attend a prayer meeting. “Suffering” is when we can’t get an internet connection, or our computer quits. More than half of the world’s population does not have enough to eat on a daily basis and one in five does not have clean pure drinking water. That is suffering. A true perspective is to change the way we think, stop being so self-fish and self-centered and start being a true disciple for Christ. You think you are suffering? Go to Africa . . .

Have a look at the videos on my website. It will humble you.

If you are walking with God you should experience a greater level of healing and prosperity than the world around you.

Why aren’t many Christians experiencing that?

In the dark ages, the church embraced the Greek philosophy of Asceticism which is defined as a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures, often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals. This spirit of poverty entered the church under the rule of Constantine in the 300 A.D. era who took this Greek mind set and added it to the Jewish or Christian mind set. Eventually this Greek thinking over took the church. The Greeks believed that the whole world was divided into two equal parts; the material world and the spiritual world. They were in balance and if you had more of one then you had less of the other. Therefore to “be more spiritual” a person had to give up the material. Therefore, wealth was considered an enemy of the spiritual (ie. God) world. In short, “If you want to get closer to God get more miserable.” This false theology was further perpetuated by the monks in the fourteenth century.

Today, we still see the remandments of this in our churches. There are still Christians that feel that poverty is next to Godliness and that money and wealth is sin. As you will discover, through scriptures and through the renewing of your own mind, NOTHING could be further from the truth.

Christians have been told to not pray for healing. Preachers have said that God may have sent that sickness as a blessing or to teach you something. In short, Christians have been taught unbelief. The church told people a lie: “God doesn’t heal anymore so stop trusting God for healing and prosperity.” Since Christians were told to stop trusting God for healing, they stopped trusting God for healing! The result of that unbelief was infirmity. That concept has been essentially brain-washed into many church people ironically by the church! Most of us have had that drilled into us – “Don’t trust God for healing; don’t trust God for finances,” Jesus could not even heal in his own home town because of unbelief.  (Matt. 13:58) That is still common in many churches today. However, God is calling us back to His Word an His truth. If we accept Him and His ways then we have a right too expect healing and prosperity.

II Peter 1:3 says that when Jesus died on the cross, His shed blood purchased “all things pertaining to life and godliness;” that includes healing and prosperity. Derek Prince said that “everything you will ever need in time or eternity whether spiritual or physical, financial or material, emotional or relational, has been provided in that one sacrifice.”

Just like Egypt in the days of Moses, the world lives under the curse! However, the blood of Jesus completely and utterly broke the power of the curse for you! Jesus’ perfect sacrifice has broken the curse of sin and the released the blessing of God. The Lord’s blessing in Deut. 7 says that health is part of that blessing. That is the level of blessing that God wants for you. Gal 3:13 -14 sums it best: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

So how do we meet our healer and provider?

  1. We lay hold to the full work of Jesus by faith; we used faith when we asked Jesus to become our Lord and saviour.
  2. Then, the anointing is released and the curse is broken.

How do we exercise faith?

  1. By Faith, we thank God that Jesus took upon himself ALL of the evil Satan intended for us.
  2. By Faith, we believe God’s blessing is our portion; healing, provision, peace etc.
  3. By Faith; we choose to reject discouragement and fear.
  4. By Faith, we ask God for His strategy to overcome.

What many Christians do not understand is that after you have done all of the above, Satan still comes to inflict the curse. That is what he does; he goes around seeking who he can steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) That is his job. Our job is to stand against him and to enter into the blessings. There is a battle to do that! We need to “war” to enter into the fullness of the promises. We accept infirmity to easily when it comes; “Oh, I must be catching a cold.” So we first proclaim that to our friends, then after when we have the symptoms, we take the medicine, then a few days later when things are not better, we think as a last resort that we might want to pray! Start praying at the first sign of sickness by rebuking the devil off of you! When we accept what Satan is giving us we are rolling out the red carpet and welcoming it. We need to remind the devil that he has no place in you. You need to battle for the blessing!

The same applies for finances. Choose not to be part of any depressions and/or recessions. Instead, say “God supplies all of my needs according to his riches in glory.”  (Phil 4:19) Blind Bartimaeous and the woman with the blood disease were both healed because they fought and pushed through for their healing. Jesus said that their determination to resist infirmity and press through for healing was a picture of faith!

How do we fight for the blessing?

Rev. 12:11 says “we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.” The key then is the words that we speak, so be careful what you say. I know of a lady who is in a wheel chair and said one day, “I’m going to be in this wheel chair for the rest of my life and you had better get used to it. “ Guess what? She still is and always will be until she changes her confession. Your testimony (confession) is what overcomes the enemy. Whenever Satan comes around, begin to testify about what Jesus has done! When he arrives with sickness, then tell him that it is written that “Jesus took my sickness and disease.” That is what Jesus did when he was tempted; He put Satan in his place by the words He spoke. Speak forth God’s decree…. “It is written . . .”

Speak to the enemy and tell him: “Satan I resist you in the Name of Jesus and I command you and your spirits of infirmity to leave for it is written that by his stripes I am healed and I resist you, and you will flee from me now!”  (James 4:7)

So be encouraged to fight the battle for healing and for finances.

If you are too worn down and lack the strength to fight anymore, or you can’t see the strategy, then use plan B and go to a doctor. That is OK, but not God’s best. Jesus said that “he that is sick needs a physician.”

Confess the Word of God over your health and your finances. “It is written . . .” and then proclaim God’s Word over your situations.

The bible teaches that we are to be in this world, but not part of it. Our place, our “home” is really in heaven. We are just here for a span of time; or as the book of James says, “even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”  (James 4:14) However, we are here in this world and part of an earthly society. Consequently, there are certain rules and responsibilities that we must adhere to. We hear a great deal these days about our, “rights”, but little is mentioned about our responsibilities.

In our society our responsibilities include: voting, paying taxes and following the laws of our land. Every time we have an election I am appalled at the indifference that people have for the election process; one that my grandfather fought for (Vimy Ridge and the Somme.) We live in a country where freedom is taken for granted. Perhaps if people traveled more to other nations they might realize how impoverished other countries are especially those under dictator regimes. It is the duty of every citizen to become aware of election issues and cast their vote!

In Matthew 22:22 Jesus said to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and render unto God what is God’s.” In other words, we need to render our taxes unto the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. It never ceases to amaze me how it has become a totally acceptable practice is our society to cheat on our income taxes; to the point where if you don’t cheat, you are dumb! After all, “everybody does it!” Well, not everybody does do that! I don’t! I remember when I lived in Banff, it was a commonly held idea that the best job in town was to be a waiter or waitress because of the earning potential of gratuities which did not have to be reported on ones income tax. Excuse me?! Yes, tips do have to be reported; but our society says we are to cheat as much as possible. This has become so entrenched in our society that people honesty do not regard it as fraudulent crime; which is exactly what it is. My, how far we have strayed from God’s law.

Another fraudulent crime in today’s business world is for the small businessman to charge personal expenses to their business. This is very very common; it fact it is “the norm.” Again, “everybody is doing it;” and why wouldn’t you? It is one of the “perks” of owning your own business; so they say. I do not agree. When I lived in Banff I would often go to our local building supply store for various purchases either for myself or for my business. I had two accounts; one personal and one for the business. I will never forget the reaction of the owner when I told him I wanted to establish a personal account. He asked me why I didn’t want to charge my purchases to my business. I told him why; I think he probably thought I had a screw loose somewhere, but I knew I was doing the right thing. I believe to this day, I established a witness and perhaps some respect in the eyes of that business owner.

More appalling to me that people cheat on their taxes and/or charge personal expenses to their business is the fact that Christians do this! How do they expect to be blessed by God when they are guilty of fraud? Not only are we not to cheat the government, but we are to pray for it and the people in power. (1 Tim. 2:2) It does not matter who is in power and whether we agree with how the government spends our money. We are simply to be honest, above reproach, and pay our taxes. I am however, a firm believer in legally avoiding taxes wherever possible. An R.R.S.P. (K401 in the U.S.A.) is a good example; but once taxes are due, they are to be paid, on time, and in full. Scripture teaches us to be free of debts, that includes our financial debts to our governments, which is essentially ourselves, for we are the government!

Got any stolen goods in your house? (plastic milk crates? A & W mugs?) Were you given too much change by the cashier and decided to keep it? Did you find something that belongs to someone else and not return it? Did you jump that yellow light? Jaywalk? Not put money in the parking meter? Not put the shopping cart away? Stand in the 8 items or less express line knowing full well that you have 15 items? Going to court to “fight” that speeding ticket when you were in fact speeding and broke the law?

Hitting to close to home?

How is it possible that violent crime in the United States has surged by more than 460 percent since 1960?

The answer is as painful as it is simple: the further the Americans (and the rest of the world for that matter) turn away from God, the further they drive Him out of their society, schools, courts, media and their homes, and the more they deny God, the more people are “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:5) – the worse things get.

Should we be surprised? It is a logical result from a course of action that runs against the Word of God. God is a gentleman. He won’t force us to accept His great love and many blessings. If a nation tells Him to leave, He will leave. Galatians 6:7 says, “For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” We are reaping a horrifying explosion of murder. We are witnessing a gruesome crime wave unprecedented in world history with no end in sight. So what did we sow to deserve this? Kicking God out of every facets of our society. Return to God, and He will return to us.

“From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. (Mal.3:7)

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The problem with the North American culture is that we have too much money. Or more accurately worded, we are financially blest by God perhaps more than any other culture, but our money controls us. Historically, Africa and Asia were regarded a “the mission field”. Now it seems, the Africans and Asians are regarding us as the mission field! Why? Our money has kept us from God!

It is difficult to preach the gospel in Canada and the U.S. because people regard themselves so financially secure that “who needs God” is the prevailing attitude. I find it interesting that when an evangelist like Rienhardt Bonke holds a crusade in Africa, the salvation response is much higher than the response would be in North America. Africans do not have the material wealth to block their views about God. Here in our culture, we often don’t cry out to God until we are in a mess; whether it be financial or otherwise. Jesus said it was easier for a rich man to go through the eye of a needle that to enter the Kingdom of God. (Luke 18:18) That does not mean that rich people cannot enter the Kingdom. Jesus used this Jewish parable to make a point. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) What things? The previous three verses refer to our concern about being fed and clothed. Jesus is simply saying, don’t worry about material things, God will provide. Seek the Kingdom first.

I have noticed over the years that churches generally have certain financial demographics to their congregations. Today’s church consists of the middle to lower income segment of society. Why? Several reasons:

  1. A rich man doesn’t need God; or at least he thinks so. When a person has the standard, “house with a white picket fence, 2.4 kids and a condo in Hawaii,” they don’t need God. His own self-sufficiency is blinding to him.
  2. He finds the church to be boring, uneventful, not needed and, only after his money. I agree that is the case with many churches! However, obviously the rich man is wrong, but what does that say about how we hold a church service?
  3. Many rich people are what society considers to be “successful.” They look at the church and say, “what’s in it for me?” – and they don’t see it. This is where we Christians have “dropped the ball.” We are to be blest in every way. If we were, the heathens would look at us and say, “what have they got that we don’t have? (God) However, when Christians are demographically the middle to lower end of the wealth scale, (the opposite of where they are supposed to be) and their divorce rate is the same as the secular world, and when their kids are taking illegal drugs, and they don’t get healed and die of cancer, then the heathens say, “I would be no better off being a Christian”. So, the gospel is not reachable to a segment of society because the Christians have set a poor example in their witness and testimony.

It is for the above reason that I find the church to be so unsuccessful in their goal of preaching the gospel and fulfilling the great commission of making disciples of all men. We set a poor example then wonder why the self-sufficient heathens are blinded and why we can’t reach them! Jesus said that eyes of the world are blind, yes they are but it is our job to help them to see. Their self-sufficiency blinds them and even a scripture like “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but looses his own soul” is unable to reach the hearts of the blind self-sufficient non-Christian.

How has the North American money culture changed you from what the bible says?

God Will Make A Way

  • Crisis is generally the reason behind feelings of wanting to give up.
  • Crisis is the natural result of change.
  • The crises we face both individually and corporately can lead us to a better life.
  • Crisis is normal to life.
  • The right amount of stress can be used to motivate us in positive ways.

God Will Be Faithful To You

  • Worries center on self; faith centers on God.
  • God is the source of our success, the genesis of every good thing.

God Will Speak To You

  • The fivefold temptations during crisis are: depression, despair, resignation, failure, and inferiority.
  • The basic art of communication is the ability to hear.
  • God brings us to a place of obedience before He speaks.
  • God’s power is released in life to the degree of obedience.
  • Crisis is only the means of exchange.
  • Love is the desire to benefit others even at the expense of self, because loves desires to give.

God Will Restore All

  • Decisions made in pressure and fear are degenerative.
  • Decisions can take us out of God’s will, but not our of God’s reach.
  • Prayerlessness is often a form of hiding.
  • More people miss our with God through impatience than anything else.
  • God will do for you what He has done for others; He will take your weaknesses and trade them for His strengths.

God’s Pattern For Change

  • Transition is necessary for God to take us out and deliver us into a better place.
  • We leave the old and enter the new by way of crisis.
  • We must look beyond the stress of the temporary to the glory of the eternal.
  • God is more concerned with where we are going than where we have come from.
  • God always looks at the finished product.
  • If we look for God only in the spectacular, we will miss the Holy Spirit.
  • Success erases failure.

Steps To Entering And Leaving

  • Forgiveness opens, unforgiveness closes.
  • Always leave the forgiveness toward everyone and everything. Don’t sow seeds of the past into new fields of relationship.
  • God is your source.
  • Just as forgiveness opens relationships, so giving opens blessings.
  • Don’t panic. Keep productive.
  • Bad things, submitted to God, become good in His hands.
  • Humbling precedes blessing.
  • Communicate everything to God, but only what edifies to others.
  • Faith attracts the positive. Fear attracts the negative.

The Way To Victory

  • The place of agreement is the place of power. The place of disagreement is the place of powerlessness.
  • After entering and before leaving, there is a period of abiding. “Abiding in Christ” between times of crisis gives us the strength to endure.
  • God is for you. God is with you. God is in you.

How To Move From Failure To Success

    • To bring us into success, God has to purify us from failure.
    • We must be willing to accept responsibility for failure before we are able to accept responsibility for success.
    • To overcome failure, we have to be converted to the positive, then reconditioned the think positively through renewing our minds.

God’s pattern of success is to purify us of past failures, give us fresh revelation from His Word, and lead us in “paths of

  • righteousness” that end in success.
  • Prosperity is the natural, sequentially-ordered result of righteousness in life.
  • Crisis is not failure. It is only a process.
  • The Power Of Your Confession Of Faith
  • God the Father is pleased when we confess Christ and publicly acknowledges us before men in many ways.
  • When we confess Christ, the Spirit of God will move in us and the power of positive spirituality will begin to work in our lives.

Speaking God’s Words

  • We influence the outcome of our lives with the words we speak. Our world is constructed by our words. Words are potent.
  • As you begin to think God’s thoughts, you will begin to speak God’s words. As you speak God’s words, your life is changed into a place worthy of the Living God.
  • Change your heart, change your words, change your world.