Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The book that changed my perspective

A couple months ago I read a book called No Longer A Slumdog by K.P. Yohannan.  I got it from a pile of giveaway items at our homeschool coop.  I had no idea it would bring me to tears and give me such a burden.  I'm not one to cry that often either. 

It spoke of children in Asia who are in the lowest caste systems.  They are called slumdogs. These precious children are sometimes maimed and put out on the street to beg for money.  They are cruelly abused.  The stories I read about them were unbelievable.  Their parents are either dead or can't afford to feed them so they are forced out on the streets.

They live far away and you probably will never see them...but you can make a difference in their lives and in their community.  You can give them a meal everyday and put them in a Christian school where they will hear the gospel and get an education.  You can sponsor a child for $35 a month through Gospel for Asia.  (No one is paying me to blog about this).  All of that money goes straight to the child with no administration fees.  Our child's name is Shiv Kumar.  We have written him one letter so far and his picture is on our fridge to remind us to pray for him.  You can also sponsor an International Missionary.  This is an amazing ministry that anyone can do from their home.  All you have to do is "sacrifice" going out to eat one night with your family a month.  There are many ways to spend less money so you can give that $35 a month to literally change someone's life! 
Mother Teresa said, "Live simply so that others may simply live."

Beware, the devil does not want you to do this.  When I started trying to "live simply" I was tempted to buy a bedroom suit I saw on Craigslist (because our King size mattress is just laying on the boxsprings still).  I was also tempted to buy an Ipad (which I do not need).  Well, I did not buy either one of those expensive items even though my flesh wanted them both.  I kept thinking about that quote..."Live simply so that others may simply live."  There are so many things I want that I do not need.  God has blessed my life so much and He has given me everything I need AND MORE.  Lets be a channel of God's abundant blessings to others who are in DESPERATE NEED of food, safety, and education.

Go to www.gfa.org and sponsor a child and/or missionary today.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Contentment

1 Timothy 6:6 says, "But godliness with contentment is great gain.."  I want that "great gain" along with godliness.  I want all that God has for me.  So I want to be content.  Are you content? 

Contentment means "ease of mind, satisfaction"  I think of it as that, "Ahh, I'm happy" feeling.  Peace...feeling settled, content.  No striving for bigger and better.  Being at peace with the lot God has given you even if it is not the American Dream.  

1 Timothy 6:7 says, "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."

Job 1:21 says, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

Matthew 6:19-21 says, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Where is your heart?  When your heart and your mind are fixed on Jesus you will have peace...but when your heart and mind are on keeping up with the Joneses you will be unsettled and always striving. 

Genesis 28:20 "And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on"

1 Timothy 6:8 says, "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.So what does God want us to be content with?  Just food and clothes!  Not even a house!  Jesus did not even have a place to rest His head!  Wow. 

Proverbs 30:8-9 says, "Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Psalm 37:16-18  A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

Hebrews 13:5-8 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

We should be content with the fact that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us!  He is the SAME yesterday, today and forever!  Now that's some security in an ever changing world where prices keep increasing and jobs keep decreasing. 

May our conversation be without covetousness.  What do you talk about?  Are you always saying, "I wish I could have a car like that or an iphone like that or a house like that...."  What do you covet?  Take those things to the Lord in prayer.  Let Him remind you that everything else will fade away in this world except for Him.

Psalm 73:25 "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

God is our portion.  He is enough. He is more than enough.  But we don't feel like He is enough if we are consumed with other things or ourselves.  The times that I spend in close fellowship with Him (through worship and prayer) He feels more than enough!  And that should happen daily.


One of these temptations could be buying something you can't afford and then being snared and enslaved by debt.

Lust is to have an intense longing for something. We get into trouble when we lust after treasures that we do not need or cannot afford.


Having a lot of money is not a sin, but the love of money is.  Ponder on this thought that the love of money is the ROOT of all evil.

This verse says they have erred from the faith.  Erred means an ignorant or unintentional deviating from accuracy or truth.  It all started with wanting to make a little more money...or taking a job out of God's will because it paid more, etc. 


So what do I do?

What should we seek after then?  Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness. 
Keep things in perspective...think on eternity. 
Think on how short life is and how long eternity is. 
What STUFF will matter in eternity? 
Store up your treasures in Heaven. 
Be content and thankful everyday for what you have. 
"Live simply so that others may simply live."
Read No Longer a Slumdog by KP Yohannen