I’m so happy that we all made it to a new year! And HeirWalk blog is still alive and thriving.
What’s 2012 going to be like? What principles will guide you this year and beyond? Let me share some tips with you.
Grow in Knowledge.
Knowledge is important for a graceful abundant life. You are limited by what you don’t know. The knowledge of God, of yourself in His perspective, of what God wants you to do in life, and of the schemes of the devil sets your focus straight and helps you to live circumspectly, avoiding the darts of the devil (2 Peter 3:18, 2 Peter 1:2). Do you just know about God or do you know God personally? If establishing a personal relationship with Christ is the only thing you are able to achieve this year, it’s really okay; because that’s the good foundation upon which all other things are built.
All you need to live a good and godly life is entrenched in the KNOWLEDGE of Christ. It’s not my word, see what God says in 2Peter 1:3 – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: See!
Do you have a known clear objective for your life? One of the greatest benefits and blessings of the Christian life is an objective for living, provided for you by Faith in Christ. There is nothing more tragic in a human life than aimlessness. If you aim at nothing, you may be sure you will hit it. You may have talent, intelligence and special abilities, but without an objective your life will end in frustration, because you will have accomplished very little of permanent value. Our life’s purpose has already been mapped out by God, so all we need to do is to discover it by spending quality time with God. And remember that the determination to obey God’s will is required before He reveals it to you in the first place (commitment comes before understanding). His will is not to take you to one desert where you wear rags and live on bread and water, but that you will be a light to the world, however method He wants it. His plan is to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.
Let me confess. I’m sorry to tell you, but I started 2012 broke… don’t pity me, I’ve thought about it and I discovered I’ve not been too disciplined with money. Not that I’m a spendthrift, you know, but my management could be better. And I have decided to learn discipline this year:
My rules of Financial Discipline
Rule No. 1:
It’s not realistic to some people, but I’ll advice that you save something out of everything that comes your way. As you remove your 10% tithe, also take out that amount (not too much anyway) that you have decided to save and stow it away (I still use a piggy bank). You can have another saving for the money you can take out from. I have decided to save 10% also. So that leaves me with 80% to perform rule No. 2 on.
Rule No. 2:
No matter how small the money that comes your way, plan it before you start to spend. When you get money, thousands of ideas and needs swirl through the pool of your mind. But, relax and think. Plan your money, ordering your needs according to priority, because, from experience, I know that if you do not plan, you will waste.
Rule No. 3:
Give. It is more blessed to give (cheerfully) than to receive. It works. Give and it shall be given unto you. This tested and trusted principle has taken a lot of people up the ladder of financial freedom. I’m next in line, and you?
Do not compare yourself with others and do not use their principles to guide your actions. Before you make a decision, think about it yourself first. Weigh the pros and cons with God’s Word and make your choice. Of course, you can seek advice from people, but let whatever they say be weighed in your heart. They should either tally with what God has shown you or be discarded. Above all, be open to let God guide you. He has said in Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. What better assistance will you need?
Endeavour to approach life from God’s perspective. See your friends and ‘haters’, as my friend will say, the way God wants you to see them, so that you can respond appropriately in a way that will glorify God. See unpleasant situations, not as a dead end, but as a challenge, a potential stepping stone to your elevation. Approach unpleasant people with patience and love, for you do not know what impact God would have you make in their life. This is possible with a walk with God.
Discard inordinate affection, improper thoughts and all evil concupiscence for these leads to immorality, the chief destroyer of destinies. Discard all things that will hinder you and get in your way, even if some of it may not be sin.
Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of your faith. He not only sets us going, but also keeps us going and bring us successfully and triumphantly to the finish line. Hebrews 12:2
These are few of the treasures God has given me to share with you. Have a great 2012.
You can place comments on tips you’ve come by that can help us all live fulfilled lives. Beyond this year, may you enjoy God’s Grace.
Never take your eyes off Jesus for any length of time,