Thursday, April 8, 2010

Make Your Needs Known

Make your financial needs known to other people. Everyone has financial ups and downs. Don't let pride stand in the way of letting someone be a blessing to you.

Cynthia Yates says: "Many churches have volunteers who help people set up budgets and savings plans. There are also nonprofit organizations that will help you set up a payment plan if you're in debt. Even some people from collection agencies say, 'We will work with most people and come up with a plan if they will approach us and communicate with us.' Buy a notepad, write down the people you think you can call, and start calling."

In the first Christian churches, the believers shared their possessions, and no one was ever in need of anything. This is a model for churches today. Find out what ministries are available to help you with your spiritual, emotional, and physical needs. God's plan is for people to help one another. Today you may need help from someone, and tomorrow someone may need help from you.

Listen to benefits that were bestowed upon the people in the early church, who were faithful to God's teaching:

"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the
Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need" (Acts 4:32-35).

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