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Hold Your Blessings with an Open Hand – Rick Warren

“There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it” (1 Timothy 6:6-7 NRSV).

God is more interested in your character than your comfort. He’s not going to give you things if you haven’t learned the principle of contentment first.
Contentment is not a lack of ambition. It’s not a lack of goals. Contentment means your happiness doesn’t depend on your circumstances.

How do you eliminate discontent? You eliminate the cause: comparing. We compare everything in this country—lawns, cars, husbands and wives, clothes, the education of our kids (we even put “My Kid Was Student of the Month” on car bumpers).

Whenever you compare, you’re going to become discontent. You’ve got to learn to stop comparing yourself to others.

Paul says in Philippians 4:12, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (NIV). Contentment does not come naturally; it is something we have to learn. If we do this, God promises to meet all our financial needs.

The Bible says, “There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it” (1 Timothy 6:6-7 NRSV).

One of the greatest secrets in learning to be content is to realize that you don’t really own anything. It’s all on loan to you for a few decades! You didn’t bring a single thing into this world, and you’re not going to carry anything out of it, either. You just get to use it while you’re here on earth.

The Bible calls that stewardship. You are the manager or steward of what God allows you to have while you’re here, but it’s not really yours. When you understand that you’re just a manager of the blessings God allows in your life and you hold them with an open hand, you won’t be uptight about losing them.

So what if you lose things? God can turn off one faucet and turn on another just as easily. Learn to be content because things don’t last. God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
Talk It Over

Practically speaking, what does it mean to hold God’s blessings with an open hand?
Make it a goal today to be conscious of the ways you compare yourself to others. What can you do differently when you’re tempted to compare?
What does it mean to be a steward of something? What are you a steward of here on earth?


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Open Heavens: Shaken But Unmoved – Pastor E.A Adeboye

Those who arrogate the power and capabilities of God to themselves end up being disappointed when faced with the reality of their own limitations and inadequacies.

Delight Yourself – Kenneth Copeland

His mind’s made up before he ever gets to the disaster. He’s victorious before he ever gets there. A person like that is hard to whip!

Hope in God, Not Your Bank Account – Rick Warren

The only thing in all of creation that worries is a human being. Plants don’t worry. Animals don’t worry.

Open Heavens: Peace Amidst The Storm by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Jesus Christ was fast asleep in the inner chamber of the boat. It is amazing that He could sleep even in the midst of a storm!

You’re a Winner – Kenneth Copeland

I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

1 John 2:14

Man was created to be a winner. The Bible tells us so. We read in Genesis, for example, that man was originally put on this earth as a dominating lord. God gave him dominion over the earth and everything that crept, flew, crawled and breathed there.

Man didn’t even know what losing was until he separated himself from God through disobedience in the Garden of Eden. When that happened, he ran headlong into defeat. He was forced to accept failure as his lot in life, lowering himself to a subordinate position—a position he was never meant to occupy.

It’s a sad story. But if you’re a born-again child of God, your story has a happy ending. Through faith in Christ Jesus, you’ve been made a winner once again!

In fact, God has guaranteed your success. Let me show you what I mean. Imagine you’re about to tackle a really tough job, and before you even get started on it, God speaks to you right out loud and says, I just want you to know, I’m going to personally see to it that this project you’re working on succeeds.

Well, let me tell you something. You do have God’s promise that you’ll succeed. He said in His Word that you’re an overcomer! In Him you can overcome any problem the world throws your way (1 John 5:1-5).

It doesn’t matter how much you feel like a loser. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve failed in the past. If you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, then you’ve become more than a conqueror in Him (Romans 8:37).

Does that mean you won’t have any more trouble? No. It simply means you can go through that trouble and emerge triumphant.

If you’ve been feeling like a failure lately, renew your mind to the Word of God that says you’re a success. Every time a challenge comes up, respond by saying, “Well, praise God, I can beat this thing because I’m an overcomer in Jesus!” Let that Word from God abide in your heart. It will make a winner out of you.

Scripture Reading:
1 John 5:1-5


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God Made You – Billy Graham

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength . . . “
—Isaiah 40:31


It is an exhilarating experience to live the new life, with Christ inside me enabling me to live it. As a man was riding along in his Ford, suddenly something went wrong. He got out and looked at the engine, but he could find nothing wrong. As he stood there, another car came in sight, and he waved it down to ask for help. Out of a brand new Lincoln stepped a tall, friendly man who asked, “Well, what’s the trouble?” “I cannot get this Ford to move,” was the reply. The stranger made a few adjustments under the hood and then said, “Now start the car.” When the motor started, its grateful owner introduced himself and then asked, “What is your name, sir?” “My name,” answered the stranger, “is Henry Ford.”

The one who made the Ford knew how to make it run. God made you and me, and He alone knows how to run your life and mine. We could make a complete wreck of our lives without Christ. When He is at the controls, all goes well. Without Him, we can do nothing.

Read more: Depending on God

Prayer for the day
Lord, so often I forget to give You complete control and I fail. Teach me to rely completely on You for my strength and needs.


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Better to Be Poor and Honest -Rick Warren

“It is better to be poor and honest than to be foolish and tell lies” (Proverbs 19:1 NCV).

God does not bless dishonesty. Proverbs 16:11 says, “The Lord demands fairness in every business deal” (TLB). That includes wages, salaries, and taxes. If you want God’s blessing on your finances, you must be honest about them. The Bible also says, “It is better to be poor and honest than to be foolish and tell lies” (Proverbs 19:1 NCV).
Why is this an important principle? When you’re going through a season of financial stress, the temptation is enormous to toss out your integrity and to cheat in order to make ends meet. It may mean you shade the truth on a sale or exaggerate or deflate the value of something. It may mean you claim a false deduction on your taxes.

You always lose when you make those kinds of choices. You always lose in the long run when you lose your integrity. And that’s what you are taking to heaven: your character, not your money.

Profit that is made dishonestly brings trouble with it. Why? If you rip off people, other people are going to rip you off. If you cheat others, you’re going to get cheated in life. What you sow, you will reap.

This decision to be honest in your finances is not something you make once for all. It’s a daily decision. You’re going to be tempted to lie. Sometimes honesty costs you. Have you learned that? Sometimes it costs to tell the truth on a form.

But God says that if you’re faithful to him in this, you’ll never have to worry about your financial needs.

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
Talk It Over

Where in the financial details of your life can you choose to honor God today?
How have you seen God bless your hard but honest decisions about money?
Why is doing the honest thing with your finances often the more difficult choice?


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Open Heavens: Learn To Be Joyful by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

Fight the Right Foe by Kenneth Copeland

Do you know why so many believers are losing the battles in their lives?

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