Living Out Our Lives In the Anointing

SCRIPTURE STUDY:  AMOS 3:7-8 (ESV)

WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND –

VERSE 7:  “SURELY the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His secrets to His servants the prophets” (AMP).

We know that we can prepare boldly for what is coming because Jesus gave us the prophetic signs of our time.  He told us what we should look for and because of His words, we know that we’re living in the LAST DAYS because prophetically the Bible has shown us where the CHURCH will be in the future.  We know that it will end in glory and will end strong and not weak.

The Laodicean Church, one of the 7 churches mentioned in The Revelation to John (Rev. 3:14-17).  In this passage of scripture, Jesus spoke about the last days but it will not be the final church because the LAST CHURCH will be united and strong and will grow into the full stature of Jesus.

God is equipping and preparing us for great and mighty things so we will finish strong!  We will take the NATIONS for Jesus’ sake by PREACHING the Gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth!!

The DEVIL has already been defeated and although he will exert great power on the earth, his reign of terror will end in the lake of fire.

THE ENTIRE WORD OF GOD IS PROPHETIC…meaning “foretelling,” and “forth telling.”

But it is also apostolic because the word “apostolic” is a DOING word.

James 1:22 (The Message Bible)

“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other.  ACT on [or “DO”] what you hear.”

To be apostolic means we must be “doers”: acting on what you hear!  And what we do should extend beyond the four walls of our church by extending to the ends of the earth.

An APOSTLE is a person who performs the Word IN DEED.

At Pentecost, the disciples became apostles because they were ANOINTED to do ministry.

Jesus’ ministry was apostolic because of what He did (Acts 10:38).

[38] How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him  (AMP).

And since Jesus gave us the command to “go then and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19), as fellow disciples we are ANOINTED to do ministry.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (AMP)

[21] But it is God Who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and has consecrated and anointed us [enduing us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit];  [22] [He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise].

The definition of an APOSTLE is, “one who is sent forth” to represent another.

And as the ANOINTED, we, as believers are sent by God to represent heaven on earth.  We are to be the answer to a distressed world.

The true definition of the apostolic ministry is “Someone who is anointed by God [not man] to perform a supernatural task on earth by adding to God’s Kingdom.”  It implies that we can ALL be apostolic through the indwelling Holy Spirit’s power!

But are we really “doers”?

God has always been building His Kingdom or building His church which is the same thing.

Some Terminologies in the WORD May Change.

The first time the word “apostle” was used was in the New Testament.  It was never mentioned in the Old Testament, but its meaning carries the same function in the Old and New Testaments–because God has always sent man and woman to represent Him and to perform work for Him.

There are ANOINTED people who are DOING in the name of the Lord but they are not sent by God to do whatever they’re doing.  If we are not sent by God we will not be acknowledged by Him.  So it is important to DO only what God directs us to DO.  That’s what Jesus did.  He never did anything without God’s permission.

God has called each one of us to work with Him and He is building His Kingdom with us and through us.

GOD IS THE BUILDER!!!

Colossians 1:15-17 –

From this revelation in Scripture (God’s Word), we can see the great apostolic power of Jesus as the Creator and because He created everything, He has POWER and AUTHORITY over everything He created.

Those who have an apostolic anointing are also creative and the things they BUILD for God are a testimony against the kingdom of darkness.

Matthew 16:18 (NIV)

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

What God BUILDS will defeat the devil and the things we BUILD with God cannot be destroyed by the enemy.

To be APOSTOLIC…and I know there are those reading this blog who are uncomfortable using this term…is being sent in BUILDING SOMETHING that exults God and overcomes the enemy.

Anything that was built by God and His workers in the Old Testament, by definition, is APOSTOLIC and anything built by God and His workers since then is APOSTOLIC.

GOD IS NOT YET FINISHED BUILDING HIS KINGDOM!

For example, He has not yet created a new heaven and a new earth which He will do in the future.  That’s part of His future plans and we are part of His present plans.  That is why we need the BLUEPRINT for today.

God has ANOINTED every one of us to BUILD apostolically.

Everything we see in the physical or natural environment responds to WORDS.  That’s the way God’s creation is designed:  “God said…God saw”  (Genesis One).

God has given us the ability and the authority to frame our world with His Words.  Prophetic Words have POWER and can be spoken into our circumstances in order to shape our world so that it reflects the MAJESTY AND POWER of God’s Kingdom.  So watch your words!

When these spoken words are applied to God’s creation, there will be a response.  However, there’s a time to SPEAK and a time to DO things.  That’s why we need both the APOSTOLIC AND PROPHETIC ANOINTING.

Any impressive building has a CORNERSTONE to show that it is valuable.  It usually contains inscribed the names of the Architect, the Master Builder, and the Visionary.

All that God BUILDS is valuable and JESUS is the Chief Cornerstone of everything He builds (1 Peter 2:6-8).  If Jesus isn’t part of the building then it’s not worth building.  And if it is not built by Him, then it’s not His building.

When Jesus is the CORNERSTONE, what we build, whether it is our spiritual life, our marriage, our home life, our career, our businesses, the name of Jesus will always be a stumbling block to those who oppose Him because the CORNERSTONE will reflect heaven.

God wants everything to be built on His apostolic BLUEPRINT.

The reason being that it can EXALT Jesus who is the Creator and the greatest example of the APOSTOLIC ANOINTING.

Hebrews 3:1 (NIV)

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.

God wants every family to have an apostolic blueprint so that they can be built according to His plans with Christ Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone.

When others see the building, not necessarily a physical building…God will be given the GLORY.  God wants to be glorified in our families, our ministries, our businesses, and every other aspect of our lives.  But He can only be GLORIFIED if things are built according to His design.

When His name is on the building, it becomes a stumbling block to the kingdom of darkness, but LIFE and HOPE to the world.

Every Ministry Should Have An Apostolic Blueprint to Succeed.

In order to fulfill our the requirement, we need to find the BLUEPRINT of the cities and nations that God is giving us to REBUILD.  And because anything that hasn’t been built according to how God wants it built MUST be broken down and rebuilt.

AND…there’s nothing wrong with rebuilding.

Rebuilding because there are things that must be redesigned, restructured, and repositioned so that God can be given the GLORY.

If your life, my life, is not offending the kingdom of DARKNESS, that means that Jesus is not the CORNERSTONE because the Cornerstone will be the Rock of offense to everything that refuses to bow to Hum.

The laying of the CORNERSTONES is in accordance with our apostolic built-up anointing because God wants us in our ANOINTED lives to place Christ back in the cities and the nations.  And when the building is complete, Jesus is going to be the CORNERSTONE of that city or nation.

Revelation 11:15 (AMP)

The seventh angel blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The Dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and forever (for the eternities of the eternities)!

WHEN WE BUILD THINGS FOR GOD He places us into the foundation of that building as a TESTIMONY for eternity.

The New Jerusalem – Revelation 21:12 & 14 (NIV)

[12] It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates.  On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

[14] The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The names of the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles are etched on the FOUNDATIONS of the New Jerusalem that contributed to the building.  God advanced His Kingdom through the TWELVE TRIBES of Israel who possessed the Promise Land and laid down the FOUNDATION for the nation of Israel performing their apostolic part.

After Pentecost in the New Testament, God built the CHURCH through the early apostles and they laid down the FOUNDATION of the New Covenant for Believers (that’s us) to build on and they completed their apostolic part.

Ephesians 2:20 (AMP)

You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.

What we do for God today means something and He remembers the names of those who have worked for Him and with Him.  God doesn’t merely use your life and resources and then forgets about you, but He remembers your name and blesses you and your children up to the THIRD and FOURTH generation.

When we operate prophetically and apostolically in our lives God will make sure that your name is in the FOUNDATIONS for all to see and He will send others to BUILD on that Foundation generation to generation.

You Have An Unique Anointing – 2 Corinthians 6:1 (AMP)

Laboring together [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them–do not receive it to no purpose].

That unique anointing should express itself in you PASSION.  And as an example, if you have a PASSION for seeing people HEALED…God will use you for healing.

Remember, we can’t do anything without Christ because He is the SOURCE OF THE ANOINTING.  ALWAYS!

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CREDITS FOR THIS BLOG:

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.

Commentary:  What is the anointing?  What does it mean to be anointed? – gotQuestions?.org.

PHOTOS:  Google Image search, using the referenced Scripture verses.

Bible Translations:  New International Version (NIV); Amplified Bible (AMP) except where noted.

 

 

 

 

Living in a “Status Quo” Frame of Mind

5613840537_8a551215a5WHAT IS THE “STATUS QUO”?

Wikipedia DEFINITION:  Status quo is a Latin term meaning the existing state of affairs; to maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are.

Question:  Have you ever found yourself putting off doing something that really needs to be done and your reasoning…? “Things are just find the way they are!”

Yes, we’ve all probably said or thought about the status quo when someone came up with a “bright idea” and we responded with… “Quit rocking the boat!  Things in my life are just fine the way they are.”

–THE BOOK OF HAGGAI–

Haggai says…”Oh Yeah, that’s NOT what God says.”

In Haggai’s time, the temple needed rebuilding; and “no”, my POST is NOT about starting a new church building program where you reside.  In saying that, in Israel dating back to about 520 B.C., the Temple needed rebuilding but the people kept saying, “The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord”  (Haggai 1:2).   If you are a pastor reading this, you just might be thinking… “I’ve heard this statement before.”

God’s Answer to the “Status quo”–Rich, Fat, and Lazy.

Although Cyrus had ordered it done eighteen years before, the construction had come to a complete halt.  And God’s response was to the point: You are rich and fat and lazy; you people keep putting off doing God’s will.

So God says, “Come on people, the time has come.”  Don’t you just hate that, when you’re convicted by God’s will?  We do have a pretty good idea how WE would like our lives to go, OUR priorities, how WE’D like to spend our idle time and resources.

LIVING IN THE “STATUS QUO”:

As a whole, we’re often NOT as happy as we’d like to be.  Our lives are NOT as satisfying and fulfilling as we’d hoped.  And this is particularly true when we are NOT following God’s direction in our lives.

So, we become SATISFIED living in the “status quo”; keeping the things exactly the way they are.

This is where we begin the story, in Haggai 1:2-11:

God says, “Your house looks good, but what about mine?”

After the Babylonian exile, a newly returned group of Jews (some 50,000) were back in the land.  This would certainly give way for a great opportunity to rebuild the temple, the house of God.  Plenty of labor available for the task ahead.  “Yippee!”

However, at the writing of the book of Haggai, 18 years had passed since beginning the building project and it was still unfinished.  They had only laid the foundation.  And, the monies they had brought back from Babylon had been used for other purpose other than what they were originally intended.  Am I stirring up any memories of past experiences?

Foundations
Foundations

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

After the Passage (Vs. 2-11), according to the Lord, the people’s concern for their own lives and houses were more evident than their concerns over the house of the Lord.

They Did Have An EXCUSE…

They said it’s not time yet  TIME? Time was all they had!  They hadn’t done a thing for 18 years; only the foundation was complete!!!  Actually, the Temple had laid in ruins for over 60 years by that time.

What do you think may have been some other excuses used?  How about these suggestions:

— God wants us to take care of our own families first, doesn’t He?

— The job is just too big.  We’ll never finish it.

— We need to pray about it some more!

— The time just isn’t right.

— Our motives are good, but…we’re just too busy right now!

Any of these mentioned sound somewhat familiar?

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLESSINGS GONE?

God says, “And you wonder why you haven’t received the blessings I have promised?”  He said:

You have sown much, given much – but have reaped little.

You have to eat, but never enough.

You drink, but are never filled.

You are clothed, but still cold.

You earn wages, but it’s like you put your money in sack, a bag with holes; you never have enough.

WHY?

Because they spent more time and money on themselves (their own houses) than on God’s house!

It’s all a matter of COMMITMENT!

Or, in this case, the “status quo” had become the chosen option.  You see, they may have had an interest seeing the Temple built, but there was NO COMMITMENT.  You see, commitment and interest are two different things.

Illustration:

Once a chicken and a pig took a trip together.  After many miles and many hours on the road, they got hungry.  Finally, the sharp-eyed chicken spotted a restaurant.  Approaching the door they read a sign which said, “HAM AND EGGS: Our Specialty!”  “Hold it!” shouted the pig.  “What’s the matter?” asked the chicken.  “Plenty.  All they want from you is a contribution.  They are asking me for total commitment!”

Today, CHRISTIANITY seems to be less a matter of commitment and more of a matter of convenience.  Thus the excuses flow!

What Is the Result of a Neglected Foundation?

Remember when Solomon initially built the Temple, a place where God dwelt, representing the very presence of God Himself!!!

So what happens when you neglect the presence of God?

I’m not talking now about a physical building you enter on Saturday or Sunday that needs repair or refurbished.  It’s what happens in your HEART that affects every other part of your life: your heart-prayer life, your heart-worship, your heart-faith.

The Lord God caused drought to come upon the land.

Many blessings stopped flowing and were BLOCKED:

The heavens dew – spiritually refers to God’s glory!

The earths fruit – refers to spiritual prosperity; produce.

The lands grain – refers to increase.

The lands oil – refers to the anointing.

When the Message is Heard!

The MESSAGE given by Haggai, is a simple one.

The Word of the Lord is spoken through the prophet.

…and, the book of Haggai is not a long book.

The people are living in a “status quo” frame of mind; they have become complacent and sinful because of their complacency.  So God speaks through His messenger and God moves the hearts of the hearers through His Spirit; the people respond, God’s will is done, and the people are rewarded; the “blessing blockers” are removed.

That is the HEART OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE in a “nutshell.”  In two short chapters:

The Gospel in a Nutshell
The Gospel in a Nutshell

Hear Me,

Know who I am,

Know who you are,

And be saved!

The Time Is Now!

Moses had predicted the Israelites would be successful and would prosper in crops, in warfare and in their personal lives IF…they obeyed God’s commandments.  DISOBEDIENCE and LAZINESS would bring about tragic circumstances.

Haggai told the people their problems.  He said, “Consider your ways–do a self-examination.”  Don’t you see what is wrong here?  THE TIME HAS COME!

This time the people listen and do.  It took only a little more than three weeks to respond with action.  Don’t you pastors and church leaders out there dream of the flock responding to your Spirit given message in three weeks or less?  Or is the “status-quo” good enough?

Something to consider…

Do we Christians (sheep of the flock) put off what is to be done now?

Do we leave for later, what God is urging us today?

Do we think we will have forever, or do we know that the time has come?

THE TIME IS NOW!

“From this day forward–mark it down!–you will be blessed,” Haggai says.

In the moment…

When we REPENT and accept Jesus, turning from our wicked ways, to serve God–at that very moment–God’s True Blessing comes and rests upon us.  In fact, God is so eager to BLESS us, He takes the initiative.

In kindness He sends His messengers, with the Holy Spirit moving us to hear the Word of God, to repent, and believe.  God IS eager to BLESS us today–not tomorrow, but today!

Our Heavenly Father Loves Obedience!

Philippians 2 explains:

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but how much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (verse 12 NAS).

Paul goes on to give the support; encouraging us as we need in stepping out of the “status quo” frame of mind…not on our own strength, but in Gods’:

“For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His [not ours] good pleasure.”  (verse 13)

Someone has said, “Going to church doesn’t make a person a Christian anymore than going into a McDonald’s makes a person a hamburger.”  The appearance of OBEDIENCE isn’t good enough folks.  Putting on a happy face doesn’t cut it.  “Faking it until you make it”, is living in a make-believe state of Christianity–the “status quo”.

Stepping Out and Living a Full Christian Life 

This is hard for me to put down in my own words, what stepping out of the STATUS QUO and living a full life is.  But I’ll try.

If we’ve really put our minds on the Lord’s work, resting in Him, we will experience PEACE.  Can you feel that in your life right now?  Do you experience the TRUE PEACE that comes only from Christ?

FROM HEBREWS:

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching”  (Hebrews 10:25 NIV).

The Day is approaching, my friends.  The time has come.

THE TIME IS NOW!  Time to consider our walk with Jesus.  We cannot live with Christ in the back seat–the “status quo”, any longer.  Be in the position God’s people found themselves in; according to the promises of God when they heard and obeyed:

“From this day on, I will bless you.”

(Haggai 2:19)

Calculating the Cost 101

“The foundation supports the full weight of the structure” ; “The house foundation is the system on which the home sits”  (askthebuilder.com).

We are going to look today at what the Bible has for us when we begin the steps of “Calculating the Cost 101“:

“For which of you, wishing to build a farm building (a), does not first sit down and calculate the cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it.  Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and unable to complete [the building], all who see it will begin to mock and jeer at him,  Saying, This man began to build and was not able (worth enough) to finish”   (Luke 14:28, 29, 30–Amplified Bible). [ a. James Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary]

COUNTING THE COST

When any of us begin a project, at home, work or church, we count the cost.  We estimate whether or not we can afford to complete it.  Or at least we should do that before we begin.  Jesus gives us the example of building a tower or in the Amplified Bible “a farm building“.

If a man was not to count the cost, went ahead and started building the structure, and had to stop, he would be ridiculed.

LIVING IN THE KINGDOM

When people around you find out you are a Christian, and that’s a good thing, they are going to be watching you.  Just like the builder of this farm-house.  It’s not going to be easy “leaving” your old lifestyle for the things of God.

Let us say you are going to build a block of apartments in your community, rent them to people and make a lot of money.  It’s been your dream, your goal as you begin the project in faith.  You have a good job, you’re confident in arranging finances for the construction.  The bulldozers are lined up and the foundation begins to take form.

What if, in the middle of the project, suddenly you lose your job and you can’t pay the loan back?  Or if you projected a cost, then made a wrong calculation.  It says here in Luke 14:28, before you start something like this, sit down with proper accountants and cost analysts for the projection.  Because if you start putting up half a block of apartments, or a building or even a barn, and you stop building because of bad finances, everyone in the neighborhood is going to laugh at you.  You might say, “So what! I don’t care if they are laughing.”

Jesus was essentially saying that the Christian life in the Kingdom of God is like that.  If you decide to become a Christian, people are going to watch you; if you decide that it is too difficult, and you no longer have the enthusiasm to continue.  Over my Christian life and experiences, I have seen many foundation started without completed structures built upon the concrete footings. That’s not good for non-believers to witness.  God not only wants us to start something, He also wants us to finish it!  Remember Jesus’ disciple warning in Luke 14:27.

“QUALITY” FIRST THEN “QUANTITY”

In The Book of Acts, we see the same foundation of church building principles: “quality first, then quantity

“And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper].  They par-took of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts, constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all people”  (Acts 2:47–Amplified Bible).

There you are church!  Pick out the priorities, the principles of good foundation building in that quoted verse.

“and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved” (verse 47-b).

STEWARDSHIP IS A “RELATIONAL ISSUE”

Stewardship IS a relational issue between God and us and part of foundation:

“EXCEPT THE Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it”  (Psalm 127:1).

Let us not get so caught up in the building process that we forget whose in charge here; the real Builder of the foundation!  We are but “managers” or “stewards” in the process.

“But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it”  (2 Timothy 2:19).

The “of” is not subjective (i.e., consisting of the prophets and apostles), but objectively (i.e., “laid by the apostles, etc.).  So where am I going here?  I want to let you know, the foundation is NOT the church! Christ is the strong foundation on which the church is built upon:

“[Charge them] to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal and generous of heart, ready to share [with others],  In this way laying up for themselves [the riches that endure forever as] a good foundation for the future, so that they may grasp that which is life indeed”  (1 Timothy 6:18, 19–Amplified bible).

FINANCIAL PLANNING: BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION

Having a well-designed budget protects us from making impulsive purchases.  It also protects us from misplaced priorities when there is no goal in mind.  We spend money where the pressure is the greatest.  An individual asks, “What is the biggest need; what is my strongest desire?”  Rather than, “What does the Lord want me to do with my income?”

Luke 14:27 says, “Whoever does not persevere [doesn’t quit] and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.”

Those who fail to plan often find that they have no funds left to accomplish the Lord’s will.  Believers may miss out on opportunities to help others, support missions and serve God in other ways when their finances are not in order.

FINANCIAL PLANNING PROTECTS US FROM INDEBTEDNESS

Some people get into trouble spending impulsively, running up their credit card balance.  Others occur debt because they fail to plan how to use their God-given resources.  In a typical month, they spend everything they earn!

When my wife and I were being raised in the 1940’s and 1950’s, our parents seldom or never spoke in front us about financial planning.  In Dianne’s house, her parents never spoke in front of her about financial planning; they paid “cash” for everything.  In my house, mom was the ‘budgeteer’, the ‘vacation planner’, the ‘wizzard of expenditures’.  She would explain how our family could afford a vacation that year; she would “Rob Peter to pay Paul”!  And no, that isn’t biblical!  She would later have to pay Peter back, but she knew exactly how to budget for it.  At the time, I thought she was amazing and she was!

A year after I was married in 1964, my mom asked Dianne, “Have you ever planned a budget before?”  Dianne knew that if something cost, you would need the income, the money to pay for it.  But an actual budget or financial plan? Her answer would be,”NO!”

I believe that a household financial plan or budgeted expense should be a mandatory curriculum; “Foundation Building 101” in high school before graduating.  Statistics say finances are the number one cause of divorce in this country.  Married couples argue more over money than any other subject; sex, child-rearing, etc. 

What is a ‘wisely planned budget’?  It sets aside money for future expenses!  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  Then how come people are budgeting in the negative; causing bankruptcy and failed businesses almost daily?

Bankruptcy filings actually declined this year, falling 11 percent for the first nine months of 2011.  However, filings reached more than 1.06 million thru September in 50 states and the District of Columbia.  How does those numbers happen?  Today, neighbors aren’t laughing at the bankruptcy filings but are wondering how they got in such a position.  Were they building on the wrong foundation to start with?  Maybe!

“(10)According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it.  But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,  (11) For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)”  (1 Corinthians 3:10, 11; 12-14–Amplified Bible).

MOM’S BUDGETING EXAMPLE

My wife and I have been following this example for almost forty-seven years now; no computer, no accountant, just a practical, common sense tip to building on the foundation; calculating the cost

Mom had been taking care of my expenses; cashing my paychecks, paying my bills and giving me what was left, to do what I wanted to do [from the age of 17 to the age of 22].  Mom sat down at the kitchen table one day with my 20-year-old bride, a pencil and a sheet of paper.  Because I got paid every week, she divided the sheet of paper into four quarters.  We are using this Master Budget plan to this day except the paper is divided in half [paid twice per month].

Mom gave Dianne the amount of what I earned each week and what my expenses had been:

1.  Income

2.  Expenses: Rent, gasoline, food, utilities, insurances, etc.

She explained that our future rent should NOT exceed 25 % of our income.  Anything left over after paying the expenses could be considered “extra” spending money.  That was the master plan!

Over our married life, there were times there wasn’t anything “extra” left over; lost income to unemployment, children’s needs, etc., etc….But, we stuck to the budget!  It’s hard not to want extra things in your family but you have to calculate the cost before spending what you don’t have!.  As the saying goes, “Fail to plan, plan to fail!”  Here is another cliché:  “If you throw darts and aim at nothing, you will hit nothing every time!”

The apostle Paul reminds us and encourages us by saying,

“May the God of your hope so fill you with ALL JOY and PEACE in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.    Personally I am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are rich in goodness, amply filled with ALL [spiritual] knowledge and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another also”  (Romans 15:13-14–Amplified Bible).

Here is your chance to begin calculating the cost of building on a strong foundation; laying up “a good foundation for the future” (2 Timothy 2:19-20; 1 Timothy 6:19). 

Don’t be like the man who is remembered by his mistake of not building on a strong foundation of Christ Jesus:

“This man began to build and was not able (worth enough) to finish”  (Luke 14:30).