The Four Values That Frame Life

Don't know what to do about an area of your life, your relationships, your children, your finances, or  your job?  Join the club!  Yet, there is some clarity for us.  Whatever question you are asking, it's actually the fourth question.  What?!  There are 3 other questions to ask first, and then the last question will present a clear answer.   Read the 4 Values, then we will bring it all together.

God is Good - 1

Our picture of God determines our view of everything. If His nature is good and for us, then we freely receive His love and expect favor in our life. If He is mysterious and distant, then our connection to the Father is hindered, and confusion will rob our identity and purpose.
God is not angry at you or the world, but is pursuing every person to receive the Son’s redemption at the cross and live in deep relationship with Himself.
Moses cried out for glory, and God has all His ‘goodness’ passed before him. Exodus 33:19
Israel sings again and again ‘His lovingkindness endures forever’, until the tangible glory of God came. 2 Chronicles 5:13, 14.
Jesus reveals what the Father is like, and we are awestruck. John 1:18

I Know God can, but does He want to...?

God is Willing - 2

Jesus Christ came to establish the Father’s will on earth. God’s sovereign purposes have been clearly revealed through His Son, who is perfect theology.
Jesus’ first words to the people were quoting Isaiah 61:1- 2, where He finishes the quote with ‘the year of the Lord’s favor’, but drops the corresponding ‘day of vengeance of our God’. Interesting! Christ introduced a dispensation of grace/favor. (Luke 4)
Shortly after this declaration, a leper came to Jesus and said, “I know you can heal me, but do you want to?” In other words, ‘I know you are good, but are you willing?’ Jesus said “Yes, I want to heal you.” Immediately the crowds came from everywhere when they heard Jesus say, “I am willing!”. (Luke 5)
Too many of us pray, ‘Lord, if it be your will’, when Jesus revealed the will of God in Heaven, and we are to agree with it on earth. Matthew 6:9-11
Amazingly, Jesus told the disciples four times to ask whatever you wish, because it is the Father’s good pleasure to answer. We grow in favor, as we align ourselves to His will. John 14:13,14; Luke 2:52, 10:21
God’s promises are Yes and Amen. 2 Cor. 1:20-22.

We are Significant- 3

God likes us! Our identity in Christ is secure as sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. We are deeply loved and fully accepted in God.
At the cross we are placed into God’s Beloved Son, and we are heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ. We are seated in heavenly places and our performance doesn’t change our acceptance...this is love!
We are His beloved, and we cry out Abba Father...always. Galatians 4:6-7
We are a kingdom of sons/daughters, established as royalty, totally embraced and cherished by God. Ephesians 1; Romans 8:28-39
This is a grace based covenant, not law based with rules and regulations. We live from victory, not just for victory. Galatians 4 & 5; Colossians 3:1; Ephesians 2:4-6

We are Responsible- 4

If responsibility is what you do with who you are, then we are powerful because of who God is, and who He has made us.
As we receive the transformative nature of the first 3 Values, we realize we are responsible to the world to model Christlikeness, to re-present the kingdom, and love and influence everyone.
We are ‘born-again’ leaders! Loved, empowered, and co- laboring with the Holy Spirit.
The original mandate from the garden in Genesis is about modeling the image of God, leading the world into an encounter with the Father, and this pursuit changes familiesandcommunities. Genesis1:26-29; Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus commissioned the church in Matthew 10, 16, and 28 with the ‘keys of the kingdom’ giving authority in love, bringing freedom to the afflicted and demonstrating the power of God.
We are each uniquely to be salt and light in our daily circle of relationships and culture.

If our issue is finances, then let's apply the 4 Values to it.  

Who is God 
in my finances?
speak that out

What is God doing in my finances?
speak that out

Who am I 
in my finances?
speak that out

What do I do
in my finances?
speak that out

If our issue is anything, just fill in the blank,
job, college, health and apply the first three values,
then the question will be clarified

...and hopefully answered.

This is Kingdom Minded Thinking.