by Jason Cruise
These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.- Revelation 3:7
Desire is an odd animal.
Desire can drive you to achievements that leave others in your wake in awe as to how you did it. Yet, you know full well how you did it. Hard work and desire: put those two together and you've got a weaponry system that has no equal.
Desire can also serve as the fast track to slavery in the confinement of a self-constructed prison because you never allowed the Holy Spirit to be the master of your drive.
Never forget, my brother, that no man can do for you what God can do for you. What may take you a career even to attempt, God can do in the blink of a thought. Changing monstrous and unfathomable situations is as easy to Him as breathing is to you.
The beautiful thing about being in Christ is that you are no longer held hostage to the sway of any influence over you. No mortal can define your destiny. No person can destroy your path, no matter what your eyes may see in the temporary moment where things look bleak. No competitor can out-pace you, for while your competitors are pursuing temporary gain, you are striving for eternal rewards fueled by His daily bread. Failure in business may come, but failure doesn't define a man of God, because His definition of success is not based on a Profit and Loss Statement.
No, friend, for those of us in Christ, the playing field is not equal. We are not playing by the same rules because we have chosen to submit to a supreme Ruler. When He opens doors along your journey, no power on earth can shut them. No weapon formed against Him, or His chosen, will prosper. On such a battlefield, you have no equal, and thus you have no need to force your will because His will is greater, and greater for your benefit, on every front you face. There is no need to force it, for His force is the only sure path to victory.
Can God Trust You?
by Jason Cruise
We often think of faith as placing our trust in God, and that is, in effect, the definition of faith. To trust in "what is not seen." There is an area, however, where God is looking to see if He can trust you ... and it's found in your money.
He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. - Luke 16:10-12
God is not against you making a profit. In fact, God is not offended by profit at all.
He's offended by pouring out His blessings on His people only to watch them balk at His goodness by refusing to honor His word about monetary obedience. We often pray for God "bless" us with more. Why should He? If you are not faithful with what you already have, then why should He funnel more wealth your way only to watch you continue in your unfaithfulness? God will not be a perpetrator to your sin. It's against His nature.
God calls us to trust Him with the money He gives us. Do not be led to believe that He cannot provide for you should you be faithful to Him. In the end, every man must come to a simple conclusion: will I trust God with His commands to tithe out of obedience, or will I tight-grip the money He gave me because I do not trust His return?
In the end, you are forced to choose, because you cannot "server two masters."
Jason Cruise is the founder of Mission. Mission was created to "vindicate the fatherless" in a country known as Moldova. To learn more go to www.themissionvision.net Jason is a well known speaker traveling across the country sharing his love for Christ at wildgame dinners and conferences. Jason has created many valuable resources for the outdoorsmen to take them deeper into their walk with their Creator. These items include DVD's, Bibles, and Bible studies.