Over the past weeks I have been going through a devotional called Devotions for Lent by Bible Mosaic. I didn’t know much about this devotional before getting it- it was free on Kindle so I thought I’d give it a shot. I haven’t been disappointed. The Lord has used it several times to speak to me, challenge me and encourage me. One challenge and affirmation has been related to the subject of fasting and the many ways one can fast.
I have found fasting can essentially be an “extended pause”. Regardless of how long the fast is, its purpose is to draw us closer to the Lord, to put us in a position to hear His small, still voice and to allow Him to lead and guide us.
One of the things we teach people to do before making any “major” financial decisions is to pause before making a purchase. This helps to eliminate impulse buying and instant gratification. It puts us in a position to allow the Lord to guide and direct us before making Continue reading The Principle of Pause
Last week on the MoneyWise radio program, Jane, one of the callers had a question we all grapple with from time to time. She was clearly feeling stressed out when she said, “I have a really big decision to make. I only want to do what the Lord wants me to do. But how can I be sure to get His direction.”
I completely understood where she was coming from. Fortunately, when it comes to getting the Lord’s direction on the BIG DECISIONS, there are four we should do and one responsibility that God has retained. First, what we should do:
- Pray often about the issue. If you are married, pray together daily as a couple. If you are single, pray daily with a small group of friends. The Lord is pleased when there is agreement in prayer concerning an issue. Matthew 18:19-20 says, “If two or you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.”
- Spend consistent time reading the Bible. I’ve discovered on my really BIG decisions, that more often than not, the Lord will use a verse to confirm His direction. Before you start reading, ask Him to speak to your heart. Continue reading Update from Howard 2.27