Did God Put a Hole in My Pocket?

Does your money vanish like a vapor?

Written by Lois on 07/06/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
You have planted much but harvest little…You earn money, but put it into a bag with holes.

Haggai 1:6
On a hot summer day you can actually see water evaporating from a stream. Does your money appear to be vanishing? Are you constantly spending more than you earn? Maybe the solution is not getting more money into your hands. Let’s go to God’s word to see what the Scriptures say about money. Do you believe God cares about what you do with the money you earn?

What has first place in your life, God or money?
For one month, try writing down all of your purchases. This is a good way to reveal where your money is going and what has first place in your heart. Does God have first place, or do you spend most of your money eating out or buying clothes and other material things? Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “…first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing…the attitude and character of God), and these things will be given to you also.”

How often do you help those less fortunate than you?
Selfishly using money we earn is the opposite of what the Father has instructed us to do. Do we forget to help someone else or help the church we attend? “Give, and it will be given to you…running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” (Luke 6:38)

At some point in my walk with Jesus, I realized that it was part of my obligation as a Christian to give a portion of my income to my church. The Apostle Paul told the church he planted in the city of Corinth, “On every Lord’s Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering.” (1 Corinthians 16:2)

Pray this week:

Father, forgive me for not putting You first in my life. Help me remember to keep You first in my heart.

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He Wants You Successful

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father
which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy
kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in
heaven (Matthew 6:9-10). 
The underlined portion of the scripture above
is simply amazing. If this wasn’t supposed to
be answered, Jesus wouldn’t have taught the disciples
to pray this way. It reveals the Father’s desire for His
will to be established on earth as it is in heaven. This
means it’s His will for you to prosper, be healthy and
strong, vibrant, successful, fruitful and productive, for
these are consistent with His nature.
There’re no obstructions, hindrances, lack or
struggling in heaven. Therefore, nothing should limit
you; you ought not to struggle for anything in your
life! You’re called to reign and function from a position
of rest. If you’re in lack or experiencing any kind of
setbacks, don’t despair. Set your mind on the Word,
and walk in His light, and He’ll bring you to your
destiny in Christ.
3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as
thy soul prospereth.” He’s talking to you; you’re His
beloved. You may say, “I don’t experience the love
of God; I don’t know if God loves me.” He alreadylove hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). No wonder He wants His perfect will done in your life.
Your life isn’t for poverty, failure or defeat; it’s for the glory of God. The world is full of poor and
defeated people, but we’re the ones to reach out and help them. You’re God’s channel of blessing to
your world; that’s why He wants you to be successful, fruitful, and productive.  proved His love for you the greatest way: “Greater 
Dear Father, yours is the greatness,
the power, the glory, the majesty,
and the splendour, for everything
in heaven and earth is yours.
Your blessing brings wealth, with
no painful toil for it; therefore, I
refuse to struggle in life, because
I’m in your rest. I’m prosperous
and successful in every good
work, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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So, why is forgiveness – like Wanda showed her father – so important?

Forgiveness is the work of the courageous. There are many – from all walks of life – who testify to that and who state the importance of practicing it in our lives:

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” – Jesus (Matthew 6:14)

“We must learn to forgive.” – Mother Theresa

“When you haven’t forgiven those who’ve hurt you, you turn your back against the future. When you do forgive, you start walking forward.” – Tyler Perry

“Forgiveness is God’s command.” – Martin Luther

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

So, why is forgiveness – like Wanda showed her father – so important?

Dr. Tabor Shares Three Reasons We Should Forgive

1. We are told to forgive. – As is mentioned above, Jesus tells us to forgive others. Peter asked Jesus how many times we were required to forgive – seven? That might seem like a strange number, but, in Peter’s time, the religious leaders said you only had to forgive someone three times. Jesus answered Peter that he was to forgive 77 times. Now, this doesn’t mean we need to keep track. What Jesus was telling Peter – and what Peter no doubt understood – is that there is no limit to the number of times we are to forgive. (Matthew 18)

2. Unforgiveness hurts us. – Unforgiveness can hinder our prayers. Many times we hold onto unforgiveness, and we expect it to hurt the person toward whom we harbor those feelings. It has been said, however, that holding unforgiveness inside you is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. It hurts you and causes stress and negativity in your life – not the other person’s.

3. We are forgiven. – God forgives us. We are to forgive others. That is what Jesus was saying in Matthew 6. It is out of gratitude for God’s forgiveness that we can forgive.

That said, forgiveness is not always easy. It is a process, but, with God’s help, we can move through it.

We can forgive – like Wanda forgave.

“I’m so happy to meet my dad,” said Wanda. Although they’ve had discussions as to what happened over 40 years ago, Wanda isn’t interested in dwelling on the past. She wants to get to know who her father is now and enjoy the short time they have together. That’s what’s important – providing memories that will last until the end of time.

Did you see the very fitting song Wanda’s dad sang to her, and hear Wanda’s teary account of the beautiful story?


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