Not greed

563071_494995527204662_794280061_nSatan targets the new pastor’s car, family health and finances. The unrelenting assault is designed to drive you crazy and make you quit. Out of this struggle when I was a missionary in Guatemala for almost 16 years, this blog was born. By “praying for finances,” I never mean greed.

Yabby curreyou CAN stave off Hell’s fury through prayer. You can see miracle money keep you in the pastoral business. Don’t grant soil to discouragement in your heart. Cultivate faith constantly and pray unceasingly. “Just barely making it” is the place where I have always been. Does it seem ironic that, while we established dominion in a church and school in Guatemala, we didn’t have great riches?

And yet we did have great riches! We had the precious souls of men, snatched off the precipice leading to Hell, transformed into valuable members of society. While the church prospered, our finances and those of the church, “hung in there.” We have no complaint. We had no lack, though many times I worried, many times I wondered where we would get the money to fix the car. Sometimes, we ran out of money, and it was unnerving, but we still had food in the cupboard.

George Muller prayed for bread and milk to feed the orphans in his care. He prayed for the bikepileheater to be fixed in the dead of winter. He prayed for hours — until the answer came. God prospered His work; He didn’t lavish luxury on His servant.

If you are not struggling financially today, I urge you to pray for some minister who undoubtedly is struggling. God will bless you for it.

24 responses to “Not greed

  1. Reblogged this on A Guitar with no Strings and commented:
    Simple question after reading this post: I know my calling…I know I haven’t any say in how that calling is to lived out….whether in poverty or wealth…(save it, ppl…some of us get the room to decide what we want out of life….some of us have a purpose that supercedes what we want and they cannot coexist) Is this post a forecast? If it is, I’m actually ok with it. Maybe not tomorrow….I may struggle with it…but today, I ok with it.

    Thanks Dad
    ur wayward son

  2. I am blessed to have come from a long line of poor but faithful Evangelists. I remember a story my mother told me about when she was young. They hadn’t any food in their home except their last vegetable which were peas, she said. Her father sat the family around the table and they thanked God and prayed for provisions As they prayed a knock came from the door and you guessed it, there was someone with an adequate supply of food for the family at the very moment in time they needed it. God indeed cares for us and answers prayers!

    Thank you for your post which reminded me to remain faithful in all circumstances.

  3. I like the giraffes ๐Ÿ™‚ God is so imaginative!

  4. Haha! I didn’t know that. How cool. Would be a real bummer if it got a sore throat ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. thanks for the reminder … George Mueller is a hero of the faith … for sure!!!

  6. refusingtopanic

    My dad is a pastor – 50+ years. We grew up living these stories of food being given when the supply was low, money showing up in the mail when a bill was due. God is so faithful! I guess I’m middle-low class in economic status. I know I’m rich compared to most of the world. We live on a strict budget and I save like crazy to do birthdays and anything extra. And then the appliances go on the fritz, surgery is scheduled and they want money up front, taxes are due (and double last years!), the school wants more money, the kids want…everything, orthodontic bills, past medical bills, the car needs maintenance…how will we pay for it all? I honestly don’t know. But we have been paying out and paying off more than our budget allows for months now. God only knows how! He provides, yes, He does.
    PS – George Muller – my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. So true. There is more than one kind of “rich.” God is good.

  8. I was praying the other day about finances, but then while in prayer I was led to pray with the focus being on kingdom. You know the verse that says, seek ye first the kingdom of God and ALL these things shall be added unto you was brought to mind. As concerned as I am about my needs, I started to wonder more about the impact I am making on earth in people’s lives rather than my own needs. I began to trust God by taking it to Him in prayer and leaving it in prayer (still working on that). I loved this article. ๐Ÿ™‚ God gave Abraham, Joseph, and Jacob FAVOR without them asking for it…they just kept walking in relationship with God, growing in Him…it paints an awesome picture of the God who prospers us and gives us success, not only in the life to come but in this life as well.

  9. Love your — and the photos!

  10. This reminded me of a great blessing from my childhood. I’m going to go blog it right now!

  11. This is an extremely encouraging post because when you are under money pressure, everything looks foggy. It is a good thing to step out & read something like this. Satan not only targets the stuff, above all he targets our mind! Thank you! Perspective & right attitude in tune with God’s Word = always leads to spiritual success. I must admit now that we have 5 children often I groan how on earth we going to feed them non-GM & pay for their trips in school and everything else. My husband who is a pastor keeps saying that we are spending so much! The miracle is we are ABLE TO spend it while Christians in Tanzania or Indonesia can’t. Still God faithful to provide even for them. What a Unique Being He is. And He knows us well with all our weaknesses…

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