KEYS TO FAMILY INCREASE (3)
KEYS TO FAMILY INCREASE (3)
With great joy and excitement, I bring God’s Word your way today. Last week, we saw the role of the man in the family. This week, we will consider the role of the woman in family finance. As we go along, I want you to believe God’s word as it comes to you through instructions; and as you believe and obey His instructions you will experience His mighty hand in your family.
From creation, we can see the role of the woman. God created the woman to be a help that is meet for the man. That is, she is the help that is suitable for the man. You are meant to be a help not a dis-help.
There should be no “his” and “hers” in family finance. Both should have access to each other’s money. Where there’s a joint account, no one should spend money without informing the other. At an agreed date, both partners can come together to plan the family budget, mapping out how much should be spent on food, children and each other, as well as paying electricity bills, etc. It is refusing to work together as a team that places families under tension and crisis.
Trust is the key word in family finance. Husband and wife must trust each other enough to put their money together and be prudent in spending it. Note that accountability helps to boost trust. Where no one wants to be accountable to the other, there will be no progress financially.
There are some women who spend feeding allowance given by their husbands on clothes and other personal things. The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 is trustworthy. God’s Word says:The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her… Verse 11.
A good place to start in building up trust in one another, is by being open about your monthly income. If you lie about it, you are only opening the way for the enemy.
Consider this testimony
“I had problems at home financially. The money I had did not seem to be enough to make ends meet. My husband too was not co-operating. Then I heard about “Family Clinic Programme” conducted by Pastor Mrs. F. Oyedepo and I decided to come and seek counsel concerning the finances of my home. After the teachings, I applied all I learnt and since then my husband has changed; he has been giving me money not only for feeding but enough to start a business. Thank God for His counsel.” Mrs. T.
As you obey the Lord’s instructions, your finances will take a new turn as this lady’s in Jesus’ Name.
Anxiety is defined as a troubled feeling in the mind caused by fear and uncertainty. It is a killer disease which needs a cure. If left unchecked, it degenerates into bigger diseases. However, as great and advancement as medical science is, it has not been able to provide a cure for anxiety. So, how do we overcome anxiety? The only cure to anxiety is the Word of God. The Word is the all-producing and never-failing solution to every issue of life. (Hebrews 1:3).
Before we can successfully tackle this disease, it will be good to know the causes and effects. It differs from people to people; ranging from fear of insecurity, finance problems, failure, ill-health of a family member, etc. Maybe you live in an area where robbers pay regular visits to, if the general economy of your country is not encouraging or you are to execute a project, and the means to do it is not visible you are susceptible to anxiety. These and lots more are diverse causes of anxiety plaguing homes, families and people generally, in the world today.
The effects of anxiety are overwhelming and devastating. Spiritually, anxiety cuts you off relationship with God and takes away your joy. Without joy, you cannot worship God, serve Him acceptably, or pray effectively. When all these are not in place, the devil has a free hand, and anything can happen. God forbid! The family today is prone to this killer disease called anxiety. Never let it catch up with your family. Fight it and free yourself. Give the devil no chance in your affairs.
So, what is the cure for anxiety? The Bible says: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).
The above scripture is a commandment from God. To obey is better than sacrifice. When you give room to anxiety, you are working in disobedience. You may say, “Well, I know it is a commandment, but what do I do now? How do I pay children’s school fees, landlord’s rent, and car expenses?” Remember, the book of Proverbs chapter 29 and verse 1 says that anyone who refuses instruction shall perish suddenly without remedy. God knows about all these before He said you should be anxious for NOTHING. It means He has given you what it takes to avoid anxiety. You have the power to refuse anxiety.
When you consciously refuse to be anxious, you are obeying God’s commandment and He in turn makes things begin to work out for you. Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. When you give in to anxiety, you are judging God unfaithful, and you are calling Him a liar. You are not too sure of His abilities and therefore, you can no more depend on Him.
To have an exciting marriage and family, you have to surrender your life to Jesus Christ. This is by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are already born again, rejoice because your case is settled. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).