Posted by: PC | May 10, 2010

Too Much For God

Budgets were cut a while ago, but recently the salaries have been trimmed way back. In a hurting economy the Church will struggle to stay afloat as well…right?

The American Church falls prey to the American culture it lives in. A culture dependent upon what makes it attractive and “with the times” has bled its way into the Church. It has not been more evident than it is now; when the funds are no longer there to maintain the same style of lavish ministry.

When your church or ministry falls on hard financial times, is the first step to get rid of people or to get rid of the fancy things it has grown dependent upon for “ministry”?

I have always said if your creativity is dependent upon your budget, then you are not creative.

I cannot help but think American churches and ministries are getting a taste of Gideon right now.

In Judges 7, Gideon is ready to take his great army to the land God tells him to go, but God tells him in verse 2: “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into your hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.'”

The American Church and American ministries are dependent upon their resources. Though we may thank God for them, the problem is that we have become dependent upon them.

God may be speaking to the American ministries and churches, saying, “The resources you have are too many for me to give the results into your hand, lest your ministries boast over me, saying, ‘Our own resources have saved us.'”

God has a way of layering away at (if not obliterating) our resources until we truly learn to depend on him more than our resources.

When you pray during hard times, are you asking God to replenish your floundering resources?

OR

Are you asking for trust, dependence, faith, and creativity?

Are you depending more on God or your budget? (I am NOT asking if you trust God FOR your budget.)

We are filthy rich, and there are a lot of things we are dependent upon, and though they may have been great gifts, they are only things.

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What resources are God layering away from your ministry?

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