Posts Tagged ‘poverty’

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The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭29‬:‭9‬ NLT)

As of December 31st, the homeless shelter of Caring Ministries in Ft. Morgan, CO, will close its doors due to lack of funding. The same has already happened to the shelter at the Opportunity Shelter in Jackson, MS. In fact, some 4,000 churches a year close their doors for the last time in America, with financial shortfalls being cited as the one of the chief culprits! And of the 1,000 that start up each year, only 20% will still be open in 5 years, largely because of the same issue.

In our text, we see a people who are excited to honor God with their giving to fund ministry and church construction. Because they willfully and faithfully gave, God gave abundant blessings to the people of Israel. But where giving dries up, so does blessing, even making way for suffering due to unfaithfulness to God’s commands. (Please read Malachi 3:8-12 for God’s take on this)

While there is bad stewardship in certain examples of ministry executives mishandling money and over-the-top salaries, this is by far a minority issue. Be faithful to give as God instructs you because souls are counting on it! Your giving to God’s work still changes lives! You are loved today!

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I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” (Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ NLT)

Canadian-born Guy Laliberté began his circus career on the streets: playing accordion, walking on stilts and eating fire. He gambled by bringing a successful troupe from Quebec to the Los Angeles Arts Festival in 1987, with no return fare. The bet paid off, and the circus group was brought to Las Vegas, where they became the world famous Cirque du Soleil we know today, making Guy a very rich guy.

I love rags-to-riches stories, but most of us never get to have one. The secret Paul speaks of is simply being content with any circumstance, knowing that if God is in charge of your life, then He will always provide for you. In His plan, both rags and riches are His avenue to use you to impact lives. If you’ve been faithful, then God will make sure you are well provided for.

Life is not about money or status. There are definitely worse things in life than being broke! Learn the secret to having a good life by finding your peace and contentment in God’s great care! You are loved today!