Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 30, 2019
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, I pray, today, for each person who is reading these words. You know exactly where they are at today financially. I pray that whatever they have today is multiplied many times over in the coming weeks and months. Bless them in the area of their finances, Father, so that they may not only care for their day-to-day needs of those they are responsible for, but so that they may feed the poor around the world, those who are materially poor as well as those who are spiritually poor. I pray today, a prayer of BLESSING on the finances of the person reading these words. Whatever we have in this life comes from You and is Yours Father. May we be faithful in managing what You have given to us. Multiply many times over what You have currently given to the person reading this word today and allow them to be a great blessing to the work of God throughout the world. I pray BLESSINGS over the finances of the person reading these words today for the glory of Almighty God. In the name of Jesus. Amen!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Father Robert Morey of St. Anthony’s parish in Florence, SC is my clergy hero of the week. For those who have been reading the Daily Devotional, watching the Liveprayer TV program, for any period of time knows that I have implored the Roman Catholic Church to withhold communion from any politician who rebels against God’s Word and supports the murder of innocent babies. Sadly, like in all churches, there is church politics involved. So they allow people like Speaker of the House Pelosi, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and other powerful local, state, and federal politicians to remain members in good standing, partake of Holy Communion, while being instruments of satan in advocating for and helping facilitate the wanton slaughter of innocent babies!!!
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"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21
My friend, with just today and tomorrow left in October, we have covered the first $15,000 of our $55,000 October budget leaving the final $40,000.
We require $15,000 immediately, leaving us the rest of this week to bring in the final $25,000 of October’s ministry operations to end the month with all of our ministry operations current!!! OUR GOD IS ABLE!!!
Everyone can pray! Please seek the Lord for what he is calling you to do to help me this month. God’s Word teaches us to “give according to our ability to give.” For some, that may be $10, others $20, $50, or $100, and still others it may be $1,000 or more.
With just 62 days left in the year, JUST NINE WEEKS, please start praying about making a special year-end gift to Liveprayer. For some of our friends it will help them with their 2019 taxes. With the $40,000 left in our October budget, the $110,000 we require for November and December’s ministry operations, that is a total of $150,000 required to end the year with all of our ministry operations current! Please pray about making a special year-end gift since I am certain if you have to give $10,000 to either the government or to Liveprayer, you would choose Liveprayer!!!
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***LIVE ON AFTER YOU ARE IN HEAVEN!!! By remembering God’s work here at Liveprayer in your will/estate planning, you can still help me share His Truth with the masses, be here for people in their time of greatest need, and help lead the lost to faith in Jesus even after God has called you home!!! In the 20 yrs of Liveprayer, I have never employed professional development (fundraising) people or those who specialize in planned giving (wills). Even without such people, God has led many of our friends in the Liveprayer family to remember His work here in their will. Most of the time we weren’t even aware of this Legacy Gift until we were contacted by an attorney or executor of their estate. Please pray about this opportunity to continue and partner with me in the Lord’s work at Liveprayer, even after you are enjoying your rewards and the eternal peace of Heaven! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A test for where your heart is. In today's world of modern medicine, there are numerous tests to check the condition of your heart. However, today I have a very different test for your heart. Jesus said many profound things during His years of ministry. One of those profound sayings is our anchor verse today that binds together your treasure and your heart. What you spend your money on is a great indicator of where your heart really is.
I want to challenge you to let God speak to you through these words today. This is like one of those pop quizzes you used to get in school. How you score on this test will give you a great indication if you are on the right track or if you need some work in this area. Please know that I will be praying for you.
Every day we have many choices to make. One of the choices we make each day is how we will spend the money God gives to us. Never forget, all that we have is from God, it is simply on loan to us. We have been given stewardship over the resources God gives us during our life. How we manage and utilize those resources becomes a test of not only our ability to be a good stewards of what God entrusts into our care, but where our heart is. As Jesus stated in today's passage of Scripture, you can get a great measure of your heart for God based on how you spend the money God blesses you with.
Ok, here is your test. Get a piece of paper and something to write with. You don't need to be an accountant and detail every penny, but in round numbers, figure out how much money you have made in the past year. You need to include all of your sources of income. What you made working, what you may have made selling something, any money people gave you, include everything that you have had come into your hands over the past year. Now, roughly figure out what you spent. In this part, break it down into two columns. Column one is basic living expenses and column two is everything else.
Basic living expenses include what it costs you to live each month, where you live, utilities, food, insurance, transportation, medical, clothing, all the basic necessities of daily life. Everything else is all the money you spend outside of your basic living expenses. This is the key element of the test, so it is important to do your best to include EVERYTHING you spend money on, no matter how trivial it may seem.
Most people are actually shocked as they fill out this column regarding how much of their money they spend on so many different things. A very small percentage of people have ever done this before, actually sitting down and listing all of the things they buy and how much they spent. I assure you it will be an eye opening experience for you.
After you have finished putting everything down on paper, it is time to take a look at where your heart is. Listen, the purpose of this exercise is not to make you feel bad or upset you. It is a great exercise to see exactly where your heart is, since what you spend your money on gives you a great indication of where your priorities are, what is really important to you. Zero in on the everything else column.
Look carefully over what you are spending your money on and how much you are spending on different things. Out of that total dollar amount, what percentage is going to support the Lord's work through your church or some ministry you have been led to give to? Is it 5%? Is it 10%? Is it 25%? Is it 50% or more?
I can't sit here and tell you how much you should be giving to the Lord's work. That is an amount you and God have to work out. All I want to do today is help you see in black and white what you are spending your money on, how much you are spending on different things, and what percentage is actually going to God. Now it is time to get alone with the Lord and pray. Ask Him to show you through these figures if your heart is where it needs to be.
I know most will be amazed at the things they buy, at how much money they spend on things that seem so trivial, and how much more they could be doing to support the work of God. Those in bondage to smoking and/or alcohol will quickly see a huge amount of money that is actually being spent to kill yourself slowly. No doubt you will see other areas that you are spending a great deal of your resources on and it will force you to ask yourself how much of your heart is really God's.
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. I will be praying for the Lord to use this test to really show you where your heart is. God's Word teaches us to be good stewards of what He entrusts into our care during this life. After our basic living expenses are taken care of, we need to be wise to invest some of our resources for the future. How we spend whatever is left gives us a good insight into where our heart is really at.
I challenge you today that if your heart is God's, you will find that a good portion of your treasure is being invested in the work of the Lord since it was Jesus who told us, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,