Satan will often use opposition to discourage believers. But opposition is just opportunity that is cleverly disguised. We’ll see today how the Apostle Paul realized that his opportunity was designed as opposition so he would become discouraged. And we’ll see how to combat that same strategy that Satan tries to use against us.
As followers of Jesus, we sometimes attach the ideas of poverty and spirituality to each other. But today, Pastor Ford will help us understand that those two descriptions aren’t synonymous and they don’t belong together. He explains that his job is to separate those two terms for us. And our job is to interpret what he’s saying, while digging into the scriptures to determine whether or not he’s telling us what God’s Word says.
As we continue to look at the reasons God gives us money, we’ll see today how God wants us to line our decisions up with His will for us in order for us to fulfill our destiny. And that includes our decisions about to handle our money.
God gives us money for several reasons. And as we begin today to look at those reasons, Pastor Ford will help us understand that God doesn’t always give to us directly what He wants us to have. Instead, sometimes He uses His power in certain ways so powerful people will use their power and provision to invest in the lives of believers.
Today, Pastor Ford will explain that our salvation through Jesus can actually be described in financial terms. Through His sacrifice, Jesus became the investment. And as He redeems us, we become the dividends of His investment.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.