OK, here are some tried-and-true tools, gleaned from different people who’ve been there, done that, to help you grow trust in Papa God on your journey through the valley of the shadow of financial death.
1. Don’t Give Up Hope
He will continue to be faithful to us no matter what: “If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful. Christ cannot deny who he is” (2 Tim. 2:13, CEV).
Separate your needs from your wants. Sometimes we get confused and pray for a Mercedes when what we really need is a bicycle. But Yahweh, Master of all things great and small, knows the difference: “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need” (Phil. 4:19, MSG).
2. Sweeten Your Bitter Words
You might have to eat them one day. Don’t dwell on the unfairness of your poverty. Be careful what you say; be careful what you think: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right” (Phil. 4:8, NLT).
3. Keep Communication Lines Open
Scripture tells us, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17, NASB). Talk to your heavenly Father—even cry out your frustrations. Then dry your tears and thank Him for the blessings you do have. If you need a little perspective on your blessings, visit a surgical ward. Or a homeless shelter. Or a battered women’s center.
Remember what God has done for you. He gave you the ultimate sacrifice: His Son on a cross. Salvation. Eternal life. Quote John 3:16 to refresh your recall.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
Debora M. Coty is the author of 10 books and is a newspaper columnist, orthopedic occupational therapist and tennis addict. Follow her on Twitter @deboracoty.