Have You Planned Ahead For Your Future !!!

(Pro 13:22) A good man leaves an inheritance to his sons’ sons, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

(Lev 11:9)These you shall eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them you shall eat.

(Mat 6:19) Do not lay up treasures on earth for yourselves, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. (Mat 6:20) But lay up treasures in Heaven for yourselves, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  (Mat 6:21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Sometimes we get so engulfed in the routine of day to day life that we never take the time to properly prepare for our future. I believe that there are three areas that we need to make sure that we take time to invest time in. Number one our health Pastor Rance Allen shared with me something that his doctor shared with him. His doctor told him that up to age 40 our body takes care of us after age 40 it is up to us to take care of our bodies. Nowadays we find that even amongst teens there is an obesity problem here in the USA due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Personally for 8 years I travelled this country and did not properly take care of myself having a very poor diet and not exercising. While I’ve never smoked, drank, or used drugs poor diet and lack of exercise finally did me in. It has been 15 years since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I’m still not physically right. However there has been a vast improvement in my illness due to Prayer, Diet Change, and Exercise. I can only imagine what my life would be like had I not made the needed changes to my lifestyle and it is an on going process. 

Believe it or not the Bible is an excellent resource to help us when it comes to a proper diet. The Levitical Diet as found in the book of Leviticus has proved to be both beneficial and life saving as chronicled in the book  The Makers Diet by Jordan Rubin http://makers-diet.net/  here is another link about the Levitical Diet http://www.livestrong.com/article/227385-levitical-diet-food-list/.  God promises us with life and often we shorten our on life via the choices that we make one such choice is the lack of investment in proper diet and exercise. Dr. Ramona Bethany is spear heading a major emphasis on health for the year 2012 with the support and blessings of Pastor Robert Culp she along with the entire church family of First Church of God will be addressing this very important area in 2012.

One thing that often causes health problems is stress, stress and financial problems often go hand in hand.  As noted in our scripture text above the book of Proverbs tells us that a good man leaves an inheritance to his sons, sons.  That’s pretty hard to do when we are living from pay check to pay check which is usually a result of poor or no financial planning. I’m guilty here also personally there was a time in my life where during a three year period I spent $22,000.00 on vehicle leases. For some leasing is fine for me it was not, it was a poor decision. During those years I could have purchased two excellent used cars for around $5000.00 each and could have saved at least $10,000.00 of that $22,000.00.  I walk a lot these days and have not had a car payment or lease payment in 15 years the car I have now was mine when I drove it off the lot paid in full.  Whenever I walk to my office I pass a buy here pay here car lot these dealerships are really bad news.  I have noticed some cars that have been sold three or four times the same vehicle. Before you fall victim to these types of dealerships seek some advice and help. I recommend talking to people such as Derick Gant of  Comexx Consulting  http://comexx.net/  Derick will help you to get your financial house in order so that hopefully one day you will be able to leave an inheritance for your sons, sons as our scripture says.

Finally the scripture tells us (James 4:14) What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears (CEV). No matter how long you live it is only a fraction if that much when compared to eternity. So what type of plans are you making for the real future?  Our text above encourages us to lay up treasures in heaven. My dad told me that his Dad often said “what if the Bible is right and you wait until Judgment Day to find out? It would be too late for you to do anything about your soul”. The biggest investment you can make is that of Eternal Security, these days people are so inelligent they rule out the existence of God. However if their life depended on whether he does or does not exist (which it does) there is no one anywhere that can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that God does not exist. Nature itself begs to differ the yearly changing of the seasons shows us that there is a master designer of this earth and life.

Today you can invest in your eternal future by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. (Joh 3:16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (Joh 3:17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. Once you’ve made that eternal investment then encourage others to do the same. Treat people as you want to be treated, Love those who are unlovable, care for others, help others, and do as much good as humanly possible and by doing so you will be investing in an awesome everlasting future. Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.     

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