Scripture: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91: 1

Our daily lives are filled with so much noise. Not all of the noise is negative but we are conditioned to be constantly on the move, constantly taking in information and never resting.

The Psalmist says "he that dwelleth". To dwell means to sit, stay or abide. This requires us to slow down and make time to sit with our Maker.

The secret place is simply that space with you and God that is not affected by others, where you can be completely free and raw with your feelings and thoughts.

Sometimes we can find ourselves in the secret place in the presence of others if we can tune them out and just focus on the Lord. But I encourage you to make time to be in the secret place without others around.

It is one thing to raise our hands and shout praises at church, but what are we doing when we are alone just washing dishes or doing small daily tasks.

What you do in those times is most precious to the Lord because there is no motivation to impress anyone else. It is the secret is sacred.

Challenge: Take note of the amount of time this week you stop to be in God's presence outside of church settings.

Scripture: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. -Psalm 24:1

The pastor started off his sermon by saying "You have everything that God can trust you with so far".

Ouch. This was a good reminder that we are stewards of everything that we have. A steward is not an owner, but the owner gives the steward what he believes he can handle and make improvements on.

What has the Owner entrusted you with? Children, marriage, home, finances, opportunities, gifts, talents, etc? We have all been entrusted with things big and small. Sometimes we get distracted because we are too concerned that someone else has been given more than we have. Instead, we should focus on diligently working with what he has already given us.

Challenge: What if instead of being frustrated about the blessings you don't have, you prayed that God would help you to be a better steward of what you do have knowing that when you have been faithful, he will bless you with more.

Scripture: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10

Time and time again the Lord has convicted me of desiring money more than I desire Him. Of course, no believer would ever want to admit this but when we are honest with ourselves, we find that more often than not we are counting on money more than the provision of the Lord.

Everyday we make decisions that reveal if our desire is to have more money or to please God.

We may lie on our taxes to get a bigger refund.

We choose careers based on money instead of God's calling on our lives.

We don't give generously to people in need.

We take advantage of people and overcharge for products and services.

We pride ourselves on the amount of money we make.

We constantly stress about our lack of money or are constantly chasing money goals.

We make choices based on money rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We believe the answer to most of our prayers is more money.

We believe it is God's obligation to make us rich on earth.

Did you see yourself in any of these examples? The point is that we all may have areas of our lives that we are desiring money over God. Remember that money is a tool that God provides, but money is not the provider. God is.

Challenge: Seek God about any area of your life that you are desiring more money rather than more of Him. Repent and ask the Holy Spirit to help you trust the Lord.

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