Love you all, praying for you,
I just love God’s Word. It gives you truth that directs your life, that saves you from going in the wrong direction. One little revelation can save you years of misplaced focus. It could save you from unrecognized distraction that could steal weeks or months of your life. Instead it can turn you around, re-focus you, give you your peace back. What do you desire? Status, Success, Money, Wealth? Freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want to, with no thought of the cost? Many fall into that trap. God warned clearly. In the last days, men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. (2 Tim 3:2-5) He cautioned against falling into the trap: “Those who desire riches fall into temptation (not could fall, they do fall) and a snare and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in ruin and destruction.” What is valued among men, is not valued by God. Not worth a cent in eternity, just temporal gain for the mist that is life on earth. God gave some wisdom to Solomon who shared uncommon wisdom for desire. Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Esteemed by whom? God. Who else matters? If you are esteemed by God, you will be rich for eternity, live in full safety and provision down here, and be esteemed by men whose caliber and character is worth esteem from. Do you want money? or a good name? If you could choose, what would you choose? You can choose. Do you want to be esteemed by God (and if that, then others), or do you want silver and gold to do what you want, when you want? What will you spend your life, your thoughts, your time and energy, your mental preoccupation, pursuing? What is a good name? Good is God – everything good comes from Him, nothing good exists apart from Him. He is good – that is His nature and character – He can do and give no other but good. There is nothing good outside of Him and His will for you. His plans for you are good! A Name is power, authority, reputation, renown, everything you did, do, or will do. That’s why God’s Name is above every other name. A Good Name – is God determining and leading what you do, and what you will do. He has covered your past. He’s working on a new name for you. A name that reflects and represents His Name. Grow your name. Grow your praise, your prayer, and your obedience, and you’ll grow your name. A good name is not necessarily a famous name. The poor widow received recognition of her good name from Jesus himself. It’s not how much money you have, it’s how you obey with what you have, and how you obey with what God told you to do next. Time is more valuable than money. Money can go, and you can get it back, time you can’t. God can bring money if you are doing what He tells you. He’s got it, don’t worry about it, just do what He called you to do. Find out! PiVAT before dinner – no exception, it’s a joy, not a task, it’s a blessing not a burden, it’s a conversation, not just a command. Seek first the Kingdom of God, that’s God being the bossa you. Follow His plans for you and the King will have dominion. His kingdom will be what you walk in. Take joy, be content with your wages. He will not let his children be underpaid forever. And inheritance is never earned, it’s what your Father earned. He’ll give you your wages, and He’ll give you the inheritance. A good Name is His Name in you. His plans for you, His words coming out of you, His thoughts consuming you, His kindness and mercy, truth and love flowing through you. His Name is how your name becomes good. And then your name just adds to His Name, if you let him run the ship, and run the table. Praying that you will desire a good name more than a good income, or net worth. His Name in you is His plans for you, His thoughts for you, His desires for you, His love through you to others. That is a good name. Ask God to change your desire for a good name, not silver or gold. Ask Him for His plans every day before dinner, ask Him to help you take joy in His presence, and in every smallest step of obedience. Ask Him to give you a heart to run to the battle, with the weapon of praise, the shield of faith, sword of the spirit, and the full armor of God. If you change your diet, He’ll change your desire. His Word – speak it into your heart. And use your words as weapons. Declare what He said, and what you will do. Ask Him to help you. He will. He will give you a good name, and it will just add to His. He chose you to be a part of it. His good name for you, adds to His Great Name. He’s still making His Name great!
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!