Prioritizing and Praying
In His Presence: Proverbs 16:9
After you’ve planted and planned to use your resources in a way that glorifies God, you must prioritize. You will have to determine the difference between your needs, wants, and desires. The Bible says we have only three needs: food, clothes, and shelter. If all our needs are being met, we have plenty to praise the Lord for. Wants are based on the quality of our needs—we may need a house, but we want a big house. Desires are the things on our wish list that are covered by any surplus funds. Once the bills are paid, we might attend to our desires, but never before then.
Many of our debt problems come from trying to fill our desires with buying things. Proverbs 21:17 says: “He who loves pleasure will become a poor man.” We must first prioritize those things we need, and if we don’t have them, it might be necessary to sell some of the things we bought to meet our desires in order to meet our needs.
The fourth step in getting rid of debt really takes place while the other three are going on—it is prayer. Proverbs 16:3 says:“Commit your works to theLord and your plans will be established.” When you mix prayer with planting, planning, and prioritizing, I guarantee that you will see God invade your circumstances and turn your debt around. I don’t know what methods He will choose for you, but I know that He is able because He is all-powerful and all-knowing. He cares for you.
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Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
In The Power of the Cross, Tony Evans carefully and pastorally applies the cross of Christ to life today. In three parts, he considers:
• What makes Christ unique; how Old Testament prophecy and typology looked ahead to Him; and how His humiliation, death and resurrection sets Him apart as Lord
• What was accomplished on the cross for us, how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives, and how it's a source of authority for us
• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
The cross is the hinge of history. How much more, then, is it the hinge of your life? It gained more for you than you may realize; do not make the grave error of overlooking it. As a thank you for your gift of any amount, we’ll get this brand new book, The Power of the Cross, out to you right away.