Scripture: Psalms 40:5- Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
Devotion: How many things has God blessed you with that you have disregarded? How many prayers have you sent up for relief that he provided, that you are no longer grateful for?
When we think of the blessings of our Lord in our lives, many of us tend to just think about what has he done for me lately?
What has God done in my life that I want him to do, now?
In this scripture, it speaks on God, once again, planning out our divine path. He is laying his intentions on our lives. That the blessings he has given us would be too many to count. But God isn’t blessing us less, what is happening, is that we are continuously moving the goal post once we receive our blessings.
When I was 16 I would pray to be on my own. Then when I was in college, I prayed that I could get a job, then I prayed for a better job, then a wife, and then kids, and at some point, even I realized had to admit how blessed I had been, at all points in my life.
At certain times in my life, yes, life was hard, tough decisions had to be made, and lessons had to be learned. But God’s love for me did not go away. He had provided the things in my life that I had prayed for but I was so focused on getting the next blessing, I wasn’t grateful for the things I already had.
The same for finances. The main goal of any financial plan is to increase your net worth.
Net worth is your assets minus your liabilities and if you have more assets than liabilities, you have a positive net worth, but if your liabilities are greater than your assets then you have a negative net worth.
But regardless of where you are now, as I said before, the goal is to increase that net worth over time.
There are a few ways to increase your net worth, you can either reduce your liabilities or increase your assets. Some liabilities take a while to pay down, such as a home or a vehicle.
And increasing your assets would entail increasing your income with a job promotion or a pay raise. The best option is a combination of both. Another solution that is in your control is to monitor your spending.
By reducing your spending, you instantly increase your assets retained, and also have the cash flow to reduce liabilities.
If you do this over a prolonged period, you will inevitably increase your net worth. One idea I want to leave you with today is how much money actually goes through your hands.
Let me throw out a hypothetical situation.
Let’s say you make $100,000/ year. In 10 years, that means that $1,000,000 has passed through your hands. You have technically made a million dollars in your lifetime. BUT…how much of those assets have you kept?
What lifestyle do you have to show for it?
You have heard this before and I’ll say it again, it is not how much you make, it is how much you keep that is important.
And God is blessing you with so much, but how much are you keeping?
How much are you just disregarding as things you should have?
Are you turning, what should be gratitude into entitlement?
Today I want you to be grateful for what you have because God has been so good to you.
And if you are not where you want to be financially, ask yourself, am I doing the things necessary to get me to where I want to be?
If not, I want you to take some time and write down your top 3 priorities and I want you to pray on those for the next week and I know God will answer the call as he has before.
Prayer: Lord, I know you have showered me with abundance, but I didn’t realize it. Please allow my eyes to open to your glory and the things you have blessed me with.
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