two keys God has provided to help us stay balanced. Give God Your Time. Give God Your MoneyGive God Your Money

A Balanced Life Starts With Time and Money

1. Give God Your Time

The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. Teach us to number our days outright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:10-12)

The first step in prioritizing your time is OWNING the responsibility of your time. 

Whether it’s your spouse, parents, children, friend, or relationship with God, you own your time. Living a prioritized life starts with getting really clear on who you are, what God wants you to do, and then getting a sense of holy urgency and realizing life is passing.

Ask yourself what you need in every relationship so the Spirit of God can allow the love that you possess in your relationship with Jesus to come out of you and into that relationship.

YOU own the responsibility of your time. Get clear about who you are, what God wants you to do, and then tune into a sense of holy urgency and realize that life is passing.

Ask yourself what you need in every relationship so the Spirit of God can allow the love that you possess in your relationship with Jesus to come out of you and into that relationship.

Do you need to send your kids to the playroom after dinner so you can chat privately with your spouse? That’s a worthwhile investment. Or do you need to hire a local teen to care for the lawn so you can spend quality time with the kids over summer break? 

Take time for the important and avoid the tyranny of the urgent. 

The urgent is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent.

Think about your long game — where do you want to invest your time? 

The urgent is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent. Think about your long game — where do you want to invest your time?

2. Give God Your Money

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.(Ephesians 5:15-17)

I think Jesus couldn’t care less about your money. It’s all His! He certainly doesn’t NEED it. 

But your money reflects your values and your heart. It paints a very accurate picture of who you are and where you’re at in your life. Wherever your money goes, so too goes your heart. With every transaction, you’re communicating your values, heart, and life priorities. 

What does it say about God as your Provider when you purchase a car outside of your means? Who knows what He had in store for you!When you go before Him and complete a transaction without careful prayer and consideration, what does it communicate about harnessing His strength for contentment? If you have plenty and you overlook your brother in need, what does that say about trusting God that you can live with less? 

Actually, God loves you so much that He wants you to learn to give so that He can give abundantly to you! 

God wants you to learn to budget and say to Him, This is Yours — I want to be a good steward, so that you can richly enjoy the good things He wants to give you! Instead of feeling guilty about the night out with your spouse or the great dinner you prepared for your family, you can celebrate in gratitude because you know the blessings came straight from God’s hands. 

Isn’t that a beautiful way to live? 

You can experience a balanced life when you see these elements of time and money as gifts and protection and guides. The process of becoming balanced takes time, but with these tools — one for each hand — you will begin to see the peace and power and blessings of a balanced life. 

Whenever we experience ongoing and overwhelming disappointment, it reveals that there is something in our life that is more important to us than it should be.

This isn’t to say that every disappointment reveals an idol, but if a loss becomes the catalyst for a significantly low point for you, it might be pointing to a false god in your life.

Are you disappointed with your financial status or your career? Do you feel disappointed with the home you live in?
Another way to address this is to ask: what do you complain about?

If you were to ask this question to the people who are closest to you, how would they respond? Their answers reveal something about a god that is at war within you.

  1. What do you make time and financial sacrifices for?

We know the precious commodities of time and money are revealers of our hearts. The appointments in your Google calendar and the items on your bank statement tell the story of your life and your priorities.

That’s why many churches consider the offering an act of worship. In fact, more than singing and praying, it’s the most tangible act of worship during a service. You can choose to do anything with that money, but you’ve chosen to give a portion of it back to the Creator because you believe He matters most.

  1. What do you worry about?

If that doesn’t hit a nerve, ask yourself: What am I most afraid of?

Psychologist Alfred Adler, who is not a Christian, says, If you want to understand what someone is living for, don’t ask them, because people don’t give you the straight answer, because oftentimes they don’t even realize it. If you want to know what someone is living for, ask them: ‘What is your nightmare?’

What thing, if lost, might diminish the meaning of life for you? Is there something that you’re depending upon for your identity? Show me your worst nightmare and I will show you something that has the potential to be a god in your life.

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What thing, if lost, might diminish the meaning of life for you? Show me your worst nightmare and I will show you something that has the potential to be a god in your life.

  1. What do you dream of?

What gets you excited and awakes a passion within you? Are you spending too much time staring at your screen saver, dreaming of winning the lottery?

When we allow these things to become a mistress and take the place of God in our lives, we’re experiencing today’s form of idol worship. God is jealous because of the passion and the time and the effort and the energy we give these things.

What gets your passion, energy, and finances? If you’ve allowed something to become a mistress in your life and take the place of God, you’re experiencing idol worship.

  1. Where do you run for comfort?

After a long day at work, school, or with friends, what’s your comfort?

Henry Blackaby defines an idol as anything you turn to for help when God tells you to turn to Him for help. Do you head to the refrigerator for comfort food? Or video games to get in a win? Or do you pick up the phone to vent to a friend?

Gods that war within are sneaky. These comforts aren’t necessarily wrong, but it’s how we allow them to take the throne in our hearts that makes them an idol.

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  1. Whose applause do you long for?

If you cheerleaders left the room, would you lose your motivation? Do you secretly live for those great reviews and promotions and the reminder that your company can’t live without you?

Are you putting pressure on your spouse to applaud your work? When you lash out with resentment, know that it began when you let the idol of approval win the war of your heart.

The work of revealing the idols you worship today won’t happen overnight. Consider these questions as you conduct your days, asking God to reveal the gods at war for your heart.

OVERCOMING IDOL WORSHIP TODAY

It’s our job to choose which god we’ll serve. To make it clear to us, oftentimes God will put Himself in direct competition with something that we love or care about a great deal. And He will say to us, You choose between Me and them.

When we explore Joshua’s instructions to the Israelites in Joshua 14:24, we’re given a straightforward solution to overcoming our idol worship:

Throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.

Joshua challenges the people to smash all other gods and surrender to Him alone.

He is a jealous God who refuses to share that seat of glory in your life because true love doesn’t share.

ASK GOD TO REVEAL YOUR HEART

Are you ready to destroy the gods that war for God’s place in your heart? Pray this psalm today:

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.(Psalm 139:23–24)Pray that He will search and test your heart and lead you in His ways. Then ask Him to replace every idol with Christ and allow you to experience everlasting transformation for His sake.

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Unbelief Is a Thief

And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.”
Mark 6:5–6
The Bible tells the story of a woman who was pleading with Jesus for her daughter, and she was very persistent in her faith. Jesus answered her prayer and said, Dear woman, your faith is great. Your request is granted (Matthew 15:28 NLT).

Faith can make the difference between something happening and not happening.

For example, the Bible tells us that Jesus could do no mighty works in His hometown of Nazareth because of their unbelief (see Mark 6:5). Jesus went to other cities and miracles would happen. Demons would come out of people. The blind would receive their sight, and the deaf would hear again. People with leprosy would be cured.

For example, God could have parted the Red Sea by His own power. He didn’t need Moses to hold up his staff. Instead, God said, Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground (Exodus 14:16 NLT).

God also could have done other things like bring fire down from Heaven on the altar when Elijah faced off with the prophets of Baal. He didn’t need Elijah to call for that fire. But God wants us to exercise our faith. He wants us to be a part of the process. So we need to call out to Him

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For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.2 CORINTHIANS 4:17

There are certain parts of scripture that make for great inspirational photos but are actually pretty brutal when it comes to applying them in real life.

2 Corinthians 4:17 is a perfect example. I can slap this verse onto a picture of a sunrise, share it on Instagram, and the likes will start pouring in. Probably also a lot of #blessed comments too. I’ll feel super spiritual.

But when it comes time for me to take hold of this verse by faith, when I find myself within the scorching furnace of suffering, when I’m being swallowed by the leviathan of suffering, my trials don’t seem like light momentary afflictions.

They seem crushing. Overwhelming. Absolutely unbearable at times.

And then I come to verses like 2 Corinthians 4:17. I read the passage and, at least initially, feel perplexed.

Light and momentary affliction? Did Paul have any idea what he was talking about when he wrote these words? How can he possibly say that both his and my suffering classify as light and momentary?

Without in any way minimizing the pain of these trials, it also seems that Paul had a different perspective than I do

One of Life’s Greatest Blessings

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
Luke 15:7
What is the gospel? Literally defined, the gospel means good news. The gospel teaches that we’re all separated from God by our sins, and there is nothing we can do to satisfy the righteous demands of God on our own.

Also, the gospel doesn’t teach that we’re good. Rather, it teaches that we’re bad and separated from God. But 2,000 years ago, God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and rise from the dead. And if we’ll turn from our sins and ask Christ to come into our lives, He will forgive us.

He will fill that hole in our hearts and give us the purpose and direction in life we’ve been seeking. And best of all, He will give us the absolute assurance of Heaven for the afterlife.

That is the gospel, and we need to share it with people. The Bible teaches that conversion is the work of the Holy Spirit. But God reaches people through people, so we need to seek to lead others to Christ.

We have a choice: We can evangelize, or we can fossilize. If we only take in and never share our faith, it’s detrimental to us spiritually.

I think one of the reasons some Christians never have led another person to Christ is they haven’t asked anyone this question: Would you like to accept Jesus Christ right now?

You never know when God will prompt you to ask this. In fact, it might be awkward for you to ask, but do it anyway. And if someone says yes, then get ready for one of the greatest blessings you’ve ever experienced in life.

Jesus said, There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! (Luke 15:7 NLT).

There’s great joy in sharing your faith

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Storm Protection

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:11
In every life, the rain will come down and the streams will rise. That’s why, when we hear the Word of God, we need to listen as though our lives depend on it because they do. Our spiritual lives do.

Jesus, in His conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount, said, Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock(Matthew 7:24–25 NKJV).

In contrast to the wise man who built his house on the rock, Jesus made this statement about the people who don’t do this: Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall (verses 26–27 NKJV).

We’re in a spiritual battle, and we fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons. In fact, Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. So when the Devil comes with a temptation, we need to respond with the sword of the Spirit. Or when the Devil whispers in your ear, You’re not really a Christian. God hasn’t forgiven you,
we need to respond with the sword of the Spirit.

Memorize the Word of God. Use the Word of God. It will help you in times of temptation and in times of trial. As the psalmist wrote, Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11 NKJV). Know the Word of God

The God Who Provides

if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.  – 2 Timothy 2:13

You don’t have to be a Christian for long before you see how incredibly faithful God is to us! However, it also seems like it doesn’t take long for us to forget the many ways He is faithful to us. It seems with each difficulty or need that arises panic sets in. We worry about where the money will come from, or how we can possibly get through each trial. God comes through in the end, but we can fall into a cycle, forgetting each time and letting worry and fear get the better of us. God shows His faithfulness even in this because He doesn’t abandon us in our time of need. We need to remember God has something better and more important for us – His peace! The next time a need arises, try to remember the faithfulness of God. Be confident in the knowledge that He will come through for you

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Bringing Our Needs to the FatherIf we pray like Jesus, we’ll prioritize God’s desires over our own.

Matthew 6:9-15

The first half of the Lord’s prayer focuses on God, but in the second part, Jesus addresses our need for daily provision, forgiveness, and protection. Notice His words remain centered on the Father, who provides all three.

Give us this day our daily bread. The Lord is the source of everything we need—physical, material, emotional, and spiritual (Phil. 4:19).  By asking Him to provide our basic necessities, we’re acknowledging our complete dependence upon Him and trusting in His sufficient provision for each day.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. This part of the prayer is meant to ensure that everything is right not only between us and our Father but also between us and other people. Since God forgave our sins, it is His will that we also forgive others.

Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Our prayer is for the Lord to protect us from falling into temptation, and we instead honor Him by living righteously.

This entire prayer is focused on our heavenly Father. It teaches us to worship, submit, and depend fully on Him for needs of any kind.

12 Life Lessons People Learn Too Late

There are so many events in our lives that teach us very important life lessons and change our personality completely. Just like that there are some things that we don’t learn in time, and when we realize, the time had passed and we suffer a lot. Here we are going to discuss some points that if learned on time, can save us from suffering.

1- Everything is Temporary

The very first thing you need to learn is that neither personality nor blessing is permanent in your life. When you understand this, you stop forcing people to stay in your life and let the person leave who wants to leave, you no longer force any relationship.

This makes you very strong mentally because when you stop forcing people to stay in your life then no other person can make you happy or sad. You become the only reason for your happiness and sadness. In short, you become an Autophile.

2- Life isn’t Fair

Secondly, you have to absorb that nobody is granted a perfect life, you have to make it perfect. Because when we start expecting every blessing on our breakfast table without any hustle, we are just fooling ourselves. The life we want is on the other side of the hard work that we don’t want to do.

So you have to stop expecting and start working. You should start working on your imperfect life to make it perfect because only you can mold your life into the shape that you expect from a miracle.

3- Beneath Anger is Always Fear

The third step is to control your emotions before your emotions control you. Especially you need to control your anger that ultimately leads to fear, and this fear leads to negativity. When negativity overcomes your mind, your brain just stops working which is followed by a disaster ahead.

When you have control over your anger, you can tackle any challenging situation calmly and the element of versatility adds up to your personality. Calm brains are actually the genius ones.

4-The biggest Risk is taking no Risk

In this current modern era where the world has become a global village and life is getting advanced day by day, it has become compulsory to take risks. If you try to examine the life of successful people deeply, you should come to know that every successful person is an action taker.

Though there is a chance to lose if you take the risk, if you are not taking a risk, you are already at a loss and this loss is way more harmful than the first one. If you are not taking risks and staying still, the world will crush you and move forward. Now it’s all up to you.

5- A lifetime isn’t forever

Another very important thing that you need to keep in your mind is that this life is not permanent. This helps you to make your decisions wisely and to set your priorities accordingly. And we all know that life is all about setting priorities and making the right decisions.

You should set goals, make investments and, build relationships keeping the time in mind that you have. Especially you have to invest your time wisely which is more important than money and is non-renewable.

6- You Make Things bigger Just by Overthinking

Overthinking is a very vast topic because its domain is very wide and every person is suffering from this disease today. Overthinking is the second name of negativity. Thinking is a good thing until it is analytical. But Overthinking is totally opposite to analytical thinking.

When you overthink, you see a minor hindrance like a very big blockage and you instantly lose motivation and ultimately quit your goal. So the thing you need to do is to take the problems easily and try to solve them with planning with a cool mindset.

7- It’s doesn’t matter what people say and feel about you

The biggest life lesson to learn in time is “How to overcome the fear of being judged?” Because when you start thinking about other people’s perception of you, You become demoralized and might start hating yourself. This causes you to feel bad inside.

So you have to learn that what other people think about you is none of your business. You just have to walk in your lane irrespective of people’s thoughts. Once you achieve your goals, people’s thoughts change automatically.

8- Happiness is a Choice

Another life lesson to learn is that happiness is your own choice. It’s only you who can make yourself happy. Ninety percent of happiness stuff comes from your inside and you can run your emotions yourself. If you expect some other person to come into your life and make you happy, you are never going to be happy.

On the other hand, if you start ignoring other people and start spending time with yourself, happiness starts surrounding you automatically. You can make other people happy only when you yourself are happy. So start spending time with yourself from today and see how your anxious life changes to a joyful and happy life.

9- You can’t satisfy your greed

This point is related to the nature of every human. This is human nature that the bowl of a man’s avarice can never be filled. You should learn to satisfy yourself with every blessing that you have and work hard to achieve that you don’t have.

Because there is no full stop to a man’s desires. You can’t be perfect until you are competing yourself with other people in fact this will increase your greed. The only way to tackle this situation is to compete yourself not with other people but with your past version. If you are better from your past, you are on the right track.

10- No One Can Feel Your Pain

Another very big life lesson that is indirectly related to expectations is that nobody can feel your current situation. The only person who can understand your situation is one who has passed through that situation. If there is no such person in your life, you can’t expect from life to give that person or expect a person to understand your situation which is impossible.

No one can live your life just like you can’t live someone’s life. Everybody has his own life problems which he has to solve alone without some other person’s help. So be a brave fighter and say yes to challenges.

11- Your Knowledge is Never Complete

The life lesson that is very important to learn today is that your knowledge is always incomplete. Every human is in the learning phase till death because life teaches you a new lesson at every step.

So never assume that your knowledge is complete because this is the statement of fools. Be a good listener and try to seek knowledge from every person you meet every day.

12- Our Mind is Our Best Friend And The Worst Enemy

The last and final life lesson is about our mind. As mentioned earlier that you are the only reason for every incident that happens to you. Your mindset is the element that can make you either a winner or a loser.

If your mind motivates you to think big and explore things and helps you to fight with every challenge that comes on the way, your mind is your best friend and will make you a victorian soon. But if your mind discourages and demotivates you just because of other people’s negative opinions, your mind is playing the role of a foe. You need to change your mind if you wanna be a winner.

12 Life Lessons People Learn Too Late
1- Everything is Temporary
2- Life isn’t Fair
3- Beneath Anger is Always Fear
4-The biggest Risk is taking no Risk
5- A lifetime isn’t forever
6- You Make Things bigger Just by Overthinking
7- It’s doesn’t matter what people say and feel about you
8- Happiness is a Choice
9- You can’t satisfy your greed
10- No One Can Feel Your Pain
11- Your Knowledge is Never Complete
12- Our Mind is Our Best Friend And The Worst Enemy
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