John 10: 10 - “ The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” - NLT
We made quick and busy work of July and now we find ourselves in August. Many are attempting to grab hold of what is left of summer, and others are beginning to think about school starting soon.
We left July with a distinct message. A message of God’s promise of wisdom, attention, power, and trust. We will continue to focus in on what God wants from us now that we have this inheritance, and we will begin our year-round stewardship campaign in August; Enough- Time to Rise. Don’t worry, this is not all going to be about money, but it will be about our spiritual lives.
Your leadership was encouraged to begin the study of Adam Hamilton’s book; Enough - Finding Joy through Simplicity and Generosity. Adam knew that giving was down in his church and when he began to find out why, he saw that his church members were struggling to make ends meet in life. Our personal financial freedom can be found in many things and one of those is within our spiritual health.
This month we will engage in a sermon series that goes along with the study (do not worry if you miss it, you will have an opportunity to do it again). This study will take us through watching our dreams become nightmares due to our financial situation, how we can find wisdom in the Bible on our finances, how we can cultivate a life filled with contentment, and how we can find blessing in our lives to begin giving generously.
The devil has been attempting to kill, steal, and destroy since the creation of mankind. He is the great deceiver. He is also the source of our worldliness getting the best of us, so that when we purchase things or look for material joy we often find our lives feeling empty… still.
Jesus is the great giver of life. He is the one in which we find our lives filled with abundance. Jesus also teaches us that if we want to gain our lives we must lose our lives. What are we willing to lose, in order to make our lives more fruitful so that we can live out of abundance and not scarcity? I am looking forward to a powerful month of studies, sermons, and lives being changed!