I know that faith is essentially "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb 11:1; KJV) or, as the NIV puts it , faith "is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see".
As you may or may not know I have been out of work for some time now, but I have been believing God for work and for my finances. As such, I have been looking for and studying scriptures that deal with faith, finances, etc. I have come across a few and have been standing on them and speaking them. I would like to know though what others believe faith to be and how faith relates to our finances (our financial situation).
Just as an interesting note: I recently came across an interesting definition of wealth that says that wealth is "a balance of physical and mental health, spiritual fulfillment, family happiness, true friendships, love, social kindness, the development of wisdom through knowledge and understanding, and financial prosperity" (Affirmations of Wealth by John Alexandrov). Given this definition, how many of us can say that we are truly wealthy?
I apologize for not having posted in a while. However, my life has been kind of down lately. I have been out of work for the past 6 months with very little progress of finding work. However, my faith in God has not been extinguished by my situation, though at times I am tempted to give in and give up. I pray daily for God to bless me financially with a job and with money to meet my needs. I also pray daily for my friend who is not talking to me at the moment and for my little niece (who had been having some problems with her parents lately but thankfully it appears that her parents have wised up somewhat and are treating her better). Anyways, I just wanted you all to know that I'm still alive and striving forward despite my current situation. Thank you all for your continued prayers. God bless!
I'm new to this community but would like to ask for prayers.
I have 2 separate prayers. The first is this:
I am in desperate need of a financial breakthrough. I have been out of work since January of this year and the bills are piling up and I am not seeing a way out. I have become very discouraged and the only thing keeping me going these days is my faith in God. I have been living solely in His strength for the past 7 or so months but I do not know how much longer I can hold on to Him. Please pray for me that no matter how bad things get in my life that the Lord will make a way for me. I would also like you to pray for my friend who is also in need of a financial breakthrough. Even though she has a good job her debts are drowning her and she finds it hard to keep her faith and trust in God. I ask that you pray for a financial breakthrough for her and her mom, and that you pray for both her and her mom's healing as both are in failing health. Thank you for your prayers.
The second prayer is this (concerning the friend mentioned in the first prayer):
I am not asking prayer for myself. Instead I am asking prayer for my friend (ex-friend), as she has just about ended our friendship, for which I do not blame her, as a result of something I did. I am asking that you pray for her. That she finds it in her heart to talk with me when she needs someone to talk to even if we are no longer friends. I am asking that you pray that God continues to protect her and bless her and heal her in every way. I am asking that you pray that God not only protects her and bless her and heal her but that God does the same for her family, all her family. I pray that even if she never forgives me, or never talks to
me again, that she continues to grow in her relationship with God. I also pray that God takes away this overwhelming grief from my heart for the lost of her friendship, or that He restores the friendship, whatever is His will. Thank you for your prayers.
I will be sure to keep you updated of both situations as they begin work themselves out through God's awesome power.
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God bless you!
If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won't survive the week.
If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.
If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still married and alive,
you are very rare,
especially in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile
on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can,
but most do not.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them
or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can
offer God's healing touch.
If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways
you may never even know.
If you are feeling blessed, repay the blessings bestowed unto you and do something for others.
A blessing cannot be kept. If it stops with you, then the blessing will disappear. The blessing will only keep working if it is continuously passed around. If you are a recipient of a blessing, keep the blessing working by being the source of blessing to other people.
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
The Face of Jesus
The face of Jesus:
marred more than any man--
the beard plucked,
twisted in pain--
For my salvation.
A glorious face, now.
Let its light shine on me, O Light of Life.
Let Your radiance fall on me, Sun and Savior,
Lighten my darkness.
Then grant me this by Your grace:
That I, in turn, may give
"The light of the knowledge of the glory of God" (2 Cor 4:6 AV)
As I see it in the face of Jesus Christ.