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Seek First His Kingdom

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. — Matthew 6:33 (NASB)

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. — Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

This has been my life verse for over 30 years. Anytime my financial future (could be 5 minutes away) looked dim I would refer to this verse. It is a promise that God has proven over and over and over and over again in my life. That phrase is written in the margin of my Bible.

You see, all I have to do is seek Jesus, His kingdom and righteousness. What a great reward for loving, respecting, worshipping, and honoring our God. Knowing Him I have daily testimonies to share with others. It blows my mind that I have the joy of loving Him and He gives all I need.

Another benefit, reward or blessing (whatever you want to call it) is the peace that comes in trusting those words. I don’t have to worry about having enough gas to get to work or pay the bills or have food to eat, clothes to wear, or shelter. God provides jobs to accomplish these. At times our lives are filled with trials where we don’t see how a need will be met but every time God has kept His promise — many, many times through brothers and sisters in Christ.

1Timothy 4:8 says, “for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” A worthy goal with benefits. So seek Jesus Christ and His righteousness bringing godliness to our lives and receive the promise it holds for us now and forever.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

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Debt Testimony

I was warned. Young married couples tend to go into debt when first married because they need (want) so much. They want what Mom and Dad worked 25 years to get. My husband and I did pretty well in the beginning then we bought our first house. That was instant debt but so much more was added because we need new furniture, new appliances, new lamps, and the list goes on.

Before long we were up to our eyeballs, okay, over our heads in debt. We were struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck. My husband and I were getting tired of being in debt so we decided to give our debt to the Lord. We were also convicted that we needed to pay our debt because we created it.  We started by repenting of using God’s provisions for selfish reasons, for mismanaging the things He had given us and promising to give Him control of our finances.

At the top of that list was tithing. We started with a little step of faith by tithing off of our net income for one year. We had to trust the Lord at His Word and so after that one year we started tithing off of our gross income. It never ceased to amaze me how month after month He met all our needs and we still had money left over. His word proved true. (Malachi 3:10)

My husband and I took a class at church, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, and started to practice some of the principles in that program. We started to pay off credit cards and loans and our indebtedness declined. It was still a struggle but learning to lean on the Lord and trust Him was the benefit of our journey.

At one point in this journey my husband left his job but we continued to tithe, even the 2 weeks vacation he received when he left. That turned out to be a testimony to the person who collected the tithe in our Sunday School class. She wanted to give it back but we insisted that it was God’s money and He would take care of us,  which He did.

It took 5 long years to get us out of debt. God is wonderful. It was not easy and we suffered through it. We ended up losing our house to fire and I lost my job in the midst of this but through it God delivered us from debt. My husband and I have been debt free for 13 years and we do not own a credit card and have not for over 13 years. Without a credit card I have to trust God for my provisions. As yet He has not let us down.

When I look at the lessons learned from this experience the one that stands out the most is that an extreme debt has to be paid by suffering. Just as Jesus suffered to pay our debt. He paid my debt on Calvary and that is for eternity. My financial debt was paid by my suffering but God was there through it all. I learned that I can trust Him with my needs. He is all I need. Jesus is sufficient.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. — Malachi 3:10