For the past couple months God has given me incredible Grace to do the impossible – build websites with back end campaigns and formatting online courses, as well as a bunch of other details that in the past I have attempted and always ended up way too frustrated and confused! The result of struggling through on my own strength always ended up with a lot of ‘sort of done’ projects!
Even with the Power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Grace guiding the process, the last few months has not been easy though. I shared in December, how I fell victim to a poverty-minded Jezebel spirit that interfered in me reaping a harvest that had consumed a year’s worth of time, energy and money. This required a shift in plans and some forgiveness as it could have easily pushed that ‘pity party’ button.
Delays, disappointment, and frustrations can easily lead to, ‘why me?’ Or, they can direct you to the Lord’s promises so you realize that it’s not God who causes chaos and destruction. We have an enemy who will do anything to destroy the good plans and purposes God has for our life. This means he will strike most often and strike hardest in the place of your calling.
Since money is a tool that opens doors to opportunities and dreams in our world system it’s easy to see why Satan will attack the finances of God’s people. It’s also likely why God has so much to say about finances in His Word – He knew it would be a stumbling block for people in their relationship with Him.
The past few months of web and product development for the 30-Day Faith for Finances challenge program has been nothing short of miraculous! It has been met with a lot of late nights / early mornings. It has also come with delays, disappointments and frustrations. But it has also produced growing confidence, competence, faith, and support as the impossible comes into ‘reality’.
This morning one of our MoneyMinding Ambassadors sent me a simple text of encouragement:
“The difficult can be done immediately;
the impossible takes a little longer!”
The 30-Day Challenge is already producing insights, revelations, inspirations, and success stories from participants. But along with the breakthroughs there are others who are hesitant to start the exercises or make the commitment to purchase the program, despite continued affirmation that they plan to go through the process. (This is not meant to invoke guilt though, it’s sharing an insight about how the enemy works to delay, defer, distract and discourage).
Why is that?
The answer is simple – Fear!
- Fear of being hurt.
- Fear of getting your hopes up.
- Fear of letting go.
God isn’t in fear though! “Perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18).
We are all made unique and special. We all have personal dreams and visions and purposes. And, we know that God wants us to seek Him with our whole heart. When we hold on to some area of our life because we’re afraid of getting hurt, or let down, it’s an area where we have not surrendered our whole heart to God.
Faith for Finances is a process of small steps designed to uncover mindsets that get in the way of realizing the opportunities that exist all around you. The breakthrough comes when you get beyond the circumstances to the root problem. Then you can deal with your situation and day-to-day reality with new knowledge and strength.
If you try to deal with the symptoms of your financial life using only the financial products and strategies offered through the world’s system, you will often come up short. You need knowledge of both systems, and a bridge to connect the world’s financial tools with the truth in God’s Word!
This is where we need Jesus. He has already won the battle, that includes finances!
To walk in the finished work of the cross in the financial realm however, we have to let go and let Him come into those areas of our life that the enemy has caused the door to close with past hurts, previous experience, disappointments, and worldview teaching.
Everyone will approach the challenge and their financial life differently, but the first step begins with doing the impossible. That is, opening the door and releasing control to the Holy Spirit and to risk hoping for something you might not see ‘how’ from your current financial position or understanding. It also means to risk facing the financial ‘reality’ you have adopted in your life “being confident of this, [though] that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Many blessings ~ Sam