I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way.
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.
But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
God’s system of success is not positive thinking or a scheme dreamed up to work in the world system. It works in the spiritual realm. It works out of the human spirit, not out of man’s intellect. If you only confess out of your head (your mind), the system won’t work because it’s a spiritual operation.
"Provide yourselves bags which wax not old…." Let your spirit produce what you need. Let it be the ground in which you deposit the seed of God’s Word. Out of that seed good things will grow and you will reap the harvest on earth.
You and I never have to fall prey to the devil! If we can shut every door, close every window, and seal every place in our lives through which the enemy would try to access us, we can prevent him from getting into the middle of our affairs.
Several years ago there was a TV commercial that became a national joke. The byline was: "Help!..I've fallen and I can't get up!" I have come to realize that there are lots of ministers that have fallen and need help getting up. Unfortunately many believers within evangelical Christianity don't offer much hope (or help) for those who have fallen into sin.
Have you ever considered your ministry as a GIFT to someone else? In other words, have you ever considered that the fact you're serving where you are presently really has nothing to do with your training, promotion and promotion for Kingdom advancement but rather has everything to do with how you're serving the person over you in the Lord at this present time?