“Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away” (Matthew 25:28-29 NLT).
Many kinds of fears can hold you back. One of them is self-doubt. You’ve failed in the past, so you’re never going to try again. But just because you fail doesn’t mean you give up. Everybody fails. It’s the only way you learn what works! God uses ordinary people who just keep on going instead of giving up.
There were two disciples who denied Jesus before his Crucifixion: Judas and Peter. They committed the same sin, but the difference was the way each reacted to his failure. Judas had a pity party, got depressed, and took his life.
Peter, however, realized what he did was wrong, so he prayed and repented and asked God for forgiveness. Then Jesus chose Peter to preach on Pentecost, and 3,000 people were saved the first day. Jesus chose to build the church on the biggest failure in the bunch.
What a God! He didn’t choose the superstar. He chose the guy who had blown it the worst.
You may have really messed up financially in the past. But it doesn’t matter where you’ve been. What matters is the direction your feet are going right now.
In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, a rich man entrusted his money to his servants before he left for a long trip. When he returned, he asked for an account from the servants. Of the three, two of them doubled the master’s money, but the third was afraid and hid his portion instead of working and investing it. His fear disappointed and angered his master, who said, “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver” (Matthew 25:28 NLT). The master took away everything the servant had been given.
Fear often emerges when we try to do things God’s way. Satan will try to get you to ignore God’s principles for money management by making you afraid of failure or making you doubt your ability to be a good steward of God’s money.
But if you’re going to be successful in life, you must move against your fears. You have to do the very thing that you fear the most!
GROW STRONG in the Light of My Presence. As My Face shines upon you, you receive nutrients that enhance your growth in grace. I designed you to commune with Me face to Face, and this interaction strengthens your soul. Such communion provides a tiny glimpse of what awaits you in heaven, where all barriers between you and My Glory will be removed. This meditative time with Me blesses you doubly: You experience My Presence here and now, and you are refreshed by the
hope of heaven, where you will know Me in ecstatic Joy.
Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
PSALM 4 : 6 – 8
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
REVELATION 21 : 23
Faith is Something You Do
Real faith is not just something you think. Some people think of faith as a philosophical search. It’s something they want to discuss and debate and argue about.
James is saying faith is not something you debate. It’s something you do. Real faith is something you do.
In America today, we have this gap between behavior and belief. And sometimes what we say we believe, we don’t always back up with our lifestyle. Faith is not something you think; it’s not something you feel; it’s not something you say. Faith is more than that; faith will show up in the way you behave. When God comes into your life, he will change you as he stretches your faith.
Perhaps people say, “Oh, I have Christ in my life. I believe in Christ,” and you say, “How are you different?” If they don’t know any difference, you have every reason to doubt they have the real thing.
I don’t believe somebody as big as Jesus Christ can come into your life and not change you. When he comes into your life, everything starts taking on new meaning and new purpose and new significance and new value.