Trusting God in a time of financial crisis part 2
In the second of three posts, Paul talks more about trusting God whatever the circumstances.
In the last blog I wrote about not giving way to fear in the current cost of living challenge. Instead, we need to build our faith in the certain knowledge that God is not only on His throne but is acting on our behalf. He is our shepherd, and He is leading us on the right path.
Faith not Fear
But do we really believe that? Are we reigning in life knowing that our Father will provide everything we need? Jesus said that he came to bring us life in abundance. (John10:10)
The prevailing culture, certainly in the UK, is profoundly negative, and we can so easily slip into it. Do we have an expectation of blessing in our lives or are we under the circumstances?
We can tell by what comes out of our mouths. Matt 12:34b ‘out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks’
Is our speech filled with hope, joy and love or do we use phrases like?
I’ll never have any money,
I don’t know how we’re going to manage
Just my luck
Why does it always happen to me?
If things can go wrong, they will.
It never rains but it pours.
How often, when being greeted by someone saying ‘Hello, how are you?’ do you respond with ‘not too bad, thank you’, rather than, ‘very well thanks’ or something equally positive. Try to catch yourself if something negative pops out of your mouth and replace it with something positive that God says about you. Declare truth over yourself.
‘Gods plans are to prosper me and not to harm me, Jer29:11
The Lord gives me the ability to produce wealth, Deut8:18
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Phil4:13
The Lord will make me the head not the tail, Deut 28:13
God richly supplies all my needs’ Phil4:19
God wants to bless you
Its fine to ask for favour and blessing, Jabez did! (1 Chron4:10)
We all face challenges in life, but we can choose how we face them. Do we succumb to fear, or do we stand on the word of our God? His desire to bless us is often greater than our desire to receive.
In my career as a financial adviser, I was struck by the fact that many of the Christians I advised behaved as if they were under the world’s circumstances, rather than living in abundance in heavenly places. So, I wrote a book to show the evidence that God really has given us all an abundant life, if we choose to accept it, entitled ‘If God is so good, why do I always seem to be broke?’
I wanted to demonstrate that the Gospel works both individually and collectively if we believe it, and I was surprised at just how much blessing God is pouring out on the earth and particularly on those that have faith in him.
Thank you Paul
Paul Plagerson is a financial counsellor, teacher and mentor who has brought hope, encouragement and guidance to many. Some of those he has worked with are students, as well as church and business leaders. He is passionate to see people walk in the abundance that their Heavenly Father has for them to enjoy. Paul has recently moved to live in the West Midlands with his wife Anne where they are part of Jubilee Church Solihull.