Wisdom in Finances

Click to watch funny lottery video

While meditating on financial wisdom, I came across this very funny video of a gentleman who was ready to quit his job after buying a winning lottery ticket.  Click the link above to watch this very funny video. I absolutely love this video.  This video shows this guy who is so fed up with his current and very dire financial  situation that he’s made every possible attempt to rectify it, even going as far as succumbing to buying lottery tickets.  I laughed at the fact that the winning lottery ticket he bought, and so dearly longed for, was shredded instantaneously and by accident, thus eliminating his great chances of finally gaining his definition of financial independence”. However; I immediately shuddered at the fact that he absolutely and without a doubt compromised any and every attempts at keeping his current job.  His intention of securing his financial future was destroyed by the fact that this was his one and only chance at financial independence. He put all of his financial independence “eggs” on this one winning lottery ticket “basket”.   What do you suppose ran through his mind as he lost his financial security and his job simultaneously  What did he leave his boss’ office thinking? Do you believe this person learned his lesson, or do you believe he possibly returned to his old ways of  buying more lottery tickets?

“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:2-8

The book of James begins with challenging believers to be joyful while facing trials of many kinds.  The book states that such trials are meant to help us produce perseverance so that it may finish its work of bringing us to maturity and completion, lacking nothing.

But, how does perseverance actually work? Perseverance, as defined in the dictionary says that it is, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success… So, should this person persevere in his pursuit of buying more and more lottery tickets, or should he persevere in his pursuits of learning how to become financially independent by seeking help from experts in the field?  What are your thoughts? What would you do?

James continues to unpack just how we would accomplish this “maturity and completeness”.  In verse 5, James unveils the source “maturity and completeness” and that source is Wisdom from God.  I love the fact that James understands that as humans, it is our nature to be lacking in wisdom. I am also comforted by the fact that God willingly wants to shower us with wisdom in generous proportions.  Isn’t a relief that God is ready for us to come before him and ask him for wisdom?  I hope  you didn’t miss the part on verse 5 where James explains that God will not “find fault” in us as we approach him to ask for wisdom.  Wow and wow! I’m blown away by such love and acceptance.  God knows we struggle and he’s completely empathetic and understanding of our situation as we grow in faith.  Its as though God is anticipating what we will feel and how feeling condemned by our financial despair would discourage us from seeking his help and from coming before his presence. He has already prepared a way for us to approach him in love and with complete and utter acceptance.  Don’t you just want to stop what you are doing and praise God right now? Go ahead, I won’t tell anyone.  Click here for a funny praise break!

Okay, now that you’re back from your praise break, let’s resume the teaching.  The latter half of the passage presents an even greater challenge. While we are able to come to God freely and we are also able to ask him for abundant wisdom, which He clearly has and which He clearly wants to generously give to you, guess what? It requires you to BELIEVE and not doubt that he’s going to give you such abundant wisdom. Do you find it challenging to accept the fact that God’s plans for you are good? Do you find it difficult to see God as this loving and amazing Father who showers his Creation with good things? Don’t feel alone in your faith-journey. I remember a time when the concept of a generous Creator was hard for me to buy into. I was raised with an image of God the Wrathful.  It wasn’t until I fully read the bible that I understood God’s primordial message.  To love me and for me to love Him and His creation.  My prayer for you is that you take time right now and ask God to help you with your unbelief and that this season of unbelief is so short that you can quickly return to the pathways of wisdom and blessings.  I pray right now that you are overcome with the Spirit of Wisdom and that it supersedes your decisions henceforth.

Now that you’ve prayed that prayer and for the ones that have accepted God’s wonderful blessings,  what are you to do now, with your awesome self full of abundant wisdom?  What are those pesky habits of yours that keep you in financial ruin?  Is it the inability to see the benefits of creating and maintaining a budget? I know many people who just despise the notion of a budget.  Is it that shopping has become therapy to medicate a condition that you’ve needed to bring to the feet of Christ?

My prayer for you today is that others do not refer to you as “double-minded and unstable”. It is my prayer that you begin to take God at His word and believe that he wants to grant you wisdom. He wants to see you fully complete and fully mature.  The blessings from financial maturity look like many things for many people. What does financial maturity look like for you? Comment below. We would love to hear how God is working in you and what your financial maturity looks like to you.

Be abundantly blessed with wisdom today!

In Christ,

Cecilia

 

 

 

What is the Bible – 1

Good evening!

It has been a while since I last blogged.  Be encouraged, my break was mostly related to keeping up with Seminary studies. I’m in the middle of one semester and about to register for the next.

But, enough about me!  Let’s continue to dive in to the Bible using one of my favorite resources; The Bible Project.  They’ve recently put out a new video called, “What is the Bible”. I will upload it and you can watch it here.

Additionally, access the Study Guide here and use it while you watch the video. Watch and study along. Make sure to comment should you have any comments or questions.  HowToReadTheBible.

Enjoy!

The Bible Project: Numbers

This is the 4th book of the bible.  This book was written after the Israelites have been freed from slavery. God brought them into Mt. Sinai and entered into a covenant with them there. And even though the people of God continued to rebel against God, he provided for them a place to be near His presence in the tabernacle.

The book of Numbers begins as Israel wraps up their 1 year stay at Mt. Sinai.  They head out into the wilderness on the way to the promised land.

Watch the study video so you can begin to breakdown chapters 1-10, 13-19, 21-21, and 22-36.

There is a poster for the book of Numbers that you may find very helpful. Enjoy!

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Torah Series: Leviticus

Hello there!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the Bible with us.

This next episode covers the book of Leviticus.  Some people may feel that this is a tough book to navigate through, BUT you will find that the Bible Project has compiled great resources to help get us through it.

First up is the study video.  It is a short video that should be followed by the study guide.  It personally helped me put the book in perspective and I  really enjoyed watching it.

 

Now, with any book such as the book of Leviticus, it is important to dive in deep so that you don’t miss the details that make this book so great!

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Click on the link and have your small group follow along with you via a printed copy or in their electronic devices.  Point them to our page and specifically to this post so that they too, can have these resources available.

EXTRA TREAT!

The book of Leviticus contains a study poster. How awesome is that?  So for you bible scholars and nerds, click on the poster to access it!  Enjoy!

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Stay tuned for more study resources from the Bible Project.  Make sure to visit their page and help spread this awesome study across the world!

https://jointhebibleproject.com/

 

 

Torah Series – Exodus 1-18

Oh boy! I really do hope you have been keeping up with the Torah Series found on the Bible Project’s website!  The study is getting super good.

Today, we will continue on our biblical journey to the book of Exodus and our attention will be on chapters 1-18.

Study Video

Click on the link to access the study video. .

 

Study Guide

Click on the link to access the study guide. 3-Exodus-Pt.-1-Study-Guide

Happy studying!

 

Torah Series (Genesis 1-11)

Welcome to Radiant Ministries’ Bible Reading Plan!

Hello there!

You are here because you are ready to take on more knowledge of God (Theology).  You are ready to dive into His Word and the promises that He has for you.

I’ve partnered with The Bible Project and also support them financially so that together, we can get the message of The Gospel to anyone and everyone that wants to know more about God’s message to them.

Study Video

So here’s video number one:  A summary of Genesis 1-11. It is extremely short and creative so enjoy it!

Study Guide

Once you have finished watching the video, click on the link to download a PDF version of the study guide that goes with each of the videos. Use these during your personal study time or for your small groups.  Enjoy!

Genesis 1-11

 

 

Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the earth!

Have you ever felt like you are at the stage of your Christian walk where the visions from God have started to flood your mind?

Listen! Those visions have been given to you for a reason. Do not make light of them!

As we continue with on with the Chronological Bible Study, we will focus today’s study on Genesis chapter 9.

You may or may not have been following along the other studies, but if you haven’t please click on the CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STUDY tab of this webpage so that you may watch chapters 1-8 in Genesis.  Our focal character for today’s study is Noah.  There’s something really special about Noah.  God really wants us to know that while other people have strayed and no longer believe as God as their provider; Noah never stopped believing. So much so, that wickedness filled the earth, yet Noah is not spoken of in such manner. As a matter of fact, Noah is the OPPOSITE of wickedness.  Noah loves the Lord. Noah walks with the Lord, and Noah obeys the Lord.

Because Noah has been faithful to God while others sin, God decides to flood the earth so that wickedness does not prevail.  He cares about Noah and his family in such a way that He removes all iniquity out of Noah’s world so that he and his family can partake in God’s original plan.

Now that the flood is over, Noah is charged to leave the boat and to make a new life after the flood.  Noah is charged with 3 things; to prosper, to reproduce, and to fill the earth.  Sheesh! Those are all ginormous tasks, right?

See, you are no different than Noah. You who love God, who obey God, and who remain faithful to God have been given the same charge.  PROSPER! REPRODUCE! FILL THE EARTH!  Say what?  Yeah. It’s true.  But doesn’t that sound a little “charismatic” or “pentecostal”?  Listen, you are here for a purpose, and that purpose is for you to do the will of God and to live out your calling, that includes the other previously stated charges.

Click on the hyperlink below and join me as I begin to unpack what I’ve just told you.  Get your Bible, open it up to Genesis chapter 9, and follow along!

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Sincerely,

Cecilia