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God's Plan For Surviving the Money Crisis





By Len Parsons

Surviving the Money Crisis

is a Bible based Look at How to Overcome Financially in Today 's Economic Times and those that will come!


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Copyright © [2008] by Len Parsons

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Second Edition: 10-2017

Common Sense is Not to Common!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Bible is God's Common Sense

Chapter 2 These are all Limits... Not Sources

Chapter 3 Be Willing to Change

Chapter 4 Practice looking up and Past

Chapter 5 Take A Risk

Chapter 6 Look For God’s Fingerprints

Chapter 7 Blessed to Be A Blessing

Chapter 8 Learning New Habits

Chapter 9 Learn to be a Giver and not just a Taker!

Chapter 10 Be a Forgiver

Chapter 11 The Truth - the Bottom Line

Chapter 12 Going Through the Storm

How do you prepare for a storm?

step one

Miss identifying the storm can be deadly!

Chapter 1 The Bible is God's Common Sense

# 1 MAKE GOD YOUR SOURCE!

Ps 46:1 God is our refuge and

strength, a very present help in trouble.*

tightness (that is, figuratively trouble); -adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.

Money is Tight

We are in a Time and Season unlike anything any seen before. The Great Depression may be a mild recession in comparison before it is over. The saddest part is...

Most are Totally unprepared..

God is Not their Source!!!

Their Job is.. Their employer is.. their union is...

their savings are...the Government is... the stock market is...

I Want to Challenge You!

I want to challenge you

to do something totally radical,

Make God Your Source for Everything!!

Your Source Is Your God

Everything! everything, everything!!

Everything you have, Everything you Need, Everything you will Need in the Future

Most Christians have Never Made God

their Source!!!

Is He Your Source?

Take the Test

Test it out...

Who do you

look to... to get the Things you Need?

Who is Your Source

WHERE DO YOU FIND...

.... fulfillment... Self worth?... security... freedom... hope...life itself... love... Help?

Is It the Economy,

Your Family?

More credit cards?

A bank loan for A Dream Home?

Your Job?.. A New Job?

A new Career?

A Wife or Husband... with a Secure

Income?

Your 401k?

The company you have worked for 30 years?

More Education?

The Government?

the Democrats or the Republicans?

the Lottery?

WHO DO YOU TRUST

Your investments?

Some New Business from a 2 am

info - commercial? Working Harder?

or Just money in general?

Chapter 2 These are all Limits... Not Sources

WHO IS YOUR SOURCE?

What is your Source?

Here is an Example of what I am Saying....

When you go to the sink and wash your hands.... you turn the knob on... Hot...

cold.. or both... Water comes out.... but the faucet is not the Source!..

It cannot

produce water!... It only controls or limits how much water you get!

It is not the Source..

Under the sink there are 2 shutoffs....

you can turn the water off there too... (to

the fix a leak ).. but they are not the Source either!

If you Can Cut it off It is Not the Source!!

and on and on it goes all through the house till you get to the Main out by the

street....

You can cut it off there,

but it is not the Source.. all the way to the water plant.. and the lake or river...

to the rain itself... all the way to God.... Yes!!!!

He Is the Source!

How do I Know...

He is the Source?

Because No One can Cut

Him Off!!!

When God Becomes the Source.. in your life... You will never be without again!

Why? Nothing will be able to separate you from your supply..

God is Unlimited

YOUR INCOME, YOUR Joy, your self worth,

sense of well being, health,

He is Your Source!

He is beyond the Limit!!!

Doctors do all they can, but there is always a limit! Politicians do all they can but there is always a limit! Do all you can

but there is always a limit! But with God there is No Limit

Take the Limits Off!

If it is Not a source it is a Limit!...

If it is Not God it is a Limit!

If they are not your source... don't let them be your Limit!

It is Your Choice who is it your source or your Limit

It's up to You,.. Is it your God? No!

Limits Hold You Captive to Never Enough

Then don't let it set the Limit

Minimum wage?

Tips? Salary? Commission? All are Limits to how much you can make...

Make God your Source,

Take the Limits off!

We Must Learn to Make God Our Source!

If you are out of work...

Look in the paper,check online,let other people know you are looking...

Look... Look... Look!!

Make every Effort!

But don't forget to Look...to God as the true Source of Money

Chapter 3 Be Willing to Change

MAKE GOD THE SOURCE of Life itself...

1. Pray...ask the Lord for direction

2. Repent.. Realize you have been

looking to other things as your source..

3. Seek Wisdom... God's Common Sense... The Book of Proverbs is All about Wisdom!

4. We Must Begin to Look up! We must Look Up to Our Source to God who does all things well!

The Bible says it this way.

Col 3:1-2

If ye then be risen with Christ,

seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

5. We Must learn to Focus our attention on God! Who He is,

2Ch 6:14 And said, 0 LORD God of Israel, there is no God like You in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keeps covenant, and shows mercy unto Your servants, that walk before You with all their hearts:

Why we should want to Change our ways to Please Him

Pro 16:7

When a man's ways please the LORD,

He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (need some peace from bill collectors?)

6. How Powerful He is,

Luke 18:27

And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Got anything that is impossible?)

7. How much He cares...

1Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.

8. How Loving He is

Joh 15:13

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

How Wise He Is...

Jas 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom,

let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him

Chapter 4 Practice looking up and Past

(DANGER....LOOKING up leads to growing up)

Check out the

The 3 Looks...

Look up..(to God)

Look Past... (everything else )

Look For (the Change that's Coming )

As we make God our Source we must learn to look Past a lot of stuff.

To Survive the Money Crisis we must look past what everyone else is saying, seeing or doing,

We Must see God Bigger than it all,

God is Preparing a way for me to come out better than before

To Overcome the Money Crisis I... Look past... the News!

CNN, Fox, or Talk Radio....

Whoever, is giving out Gloom and Doom!

(I am gloomy enough by myself, I don't need help focusing on the Problem!

I need God's Help to Focus on Him!)

If I need a Job I don't need to Hear 40 or

so times a day how hard it is... to get one!

I have to Learn to Look Past all the Negatives... to see God getting Me a job,

(I don't need a million just one)

Some Things I need to Look Past.. to get a job.... My Education

My Experience

My Age

My Qualifications

Health Issues

I Need to let Go of all Preconceived Ideas of who.. They are looking to hire..

Where we Focus our eyes determines our level of Peace

Chapter 5 Take A Risk

IF YOU DON'T APPLY you won't get the Job!

If we don't try We Fail automatically on purpose!

If You Have a job you also have to learn to Look Past some Things!

1. The first is your job itself!

2. Rate of Pay... Don't limit How much God can do by How much you

are making!

3. Look Past your employer.. refuse to get negative...

4. Refuse to expect your Boss or Company to be Your God... Your Source!

Look Past them, and See God working behind the scenes to bless you even in spite of where you work.

5. Where you Work... It is not the Location you work at that God bless' But the Attitude of your heart as you work!!

Look Past your Work environment

Eph 6:5

Workers, be obedient to them that

are your boss' according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in

singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

(You Are Really Working for Jesus )

Eph 6:6 Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Eph 6:7

With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Eph 6:8

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord,

Look Past People and See God!

6. Be Thankful Look Past Your Work Environment

Refuse to Curse the Job! You Have or the people God gave you to work with!..You are there to be a Blessing.. Be One!!!

7.Look Past your work history, Past your Experience and See God!

God Is Standing Behind you, God is Walking Beside you,

God is Going before you....

Chapter 6 Look For God’s Fingerprints

START LOOKING FOR...the Evidence of God's Hand...

Working in Your Life, Family, And Money!

Pro 10:22

The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

(the word for Rich means to increase by Growing )

Look For Change! That's what Hope is..

A Constant Expectation of Good! My Hope is in My Source

If the Next Government Bailout is My Hope, then It is my Source.. not good!

But If God is my Source I can...Look Past the Bailout... to the Blessing Amen!

A Bailout Is Temporary

The bailout is a temporary fix... But the Blessing can go on Forever!!

I Need to Look Past my Past

Past my work history, Past my Experience and See God!

God Is Standing Behind me, God is Walking Beside me,

God is Going before Me....

He is standing in the shadows watching over His Own!

He is causing People to notice me,

God is Causing Favor to come to me,

Grace to abounding toward me,

He is Blessing others so they can Bless me

Watch For God Moving Behind the Scenes on Your Behalf

Chapter 7 Blessed to Be A Blessing

HE IS BLESSING ME.. to be a Blessing!

All things are working Together For My Good!

Rom 8:28

And we know that all things work

together for good to them

that love God,

to them who are the called according to His purpose.

I am Looking Past

The doctors report...

Past Bankers opinion...Past the economy...

Past my pastor...my family.. my ability...

I Am Looking To... Jesus!

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;..

Looking Ahead

GOD IS WITH ME!

God is on my side!!

Rom 8:31

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Rom8:32

He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Remember He is working In you

Php 1:6

Being confident of this very thing,

that He which has begun a good work in you

will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

Recall the Grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ!

2Co 8:9

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus

Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.

It is God's will for you to be blessed

Psa 37 :4

Delight yourself also in the LORD; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psa 37:5

Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.

God is Able to Make it Happen for you!!

2Co 9

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

The Money Crisis is a Great Time to take Inventory. What has worked,

& what has not been successful in the past.

At times like these...we may forced to evaluate how we spend our money!

Chapter 8 Learning New Habits

WHEN THINGS ARE GOOD we tend to spend out of habit.

We need to learn to spend on purpose to think

Before,During &After. Do I need this?

Do the kids Need this?Is it worth what I am Paying?

Is this an emotional Purchase? Will I even remember wanting it in 6 months?

Can I get a better deal elsewhere? How about a used one?

To make wise use of precious resources we must re-think what we do and how we do it, and the biggest question of all,

Why we do it

In times of plenty we get into Thought Habits that Drain our resources. We get lazy and don't have to think, don't like to think, just do what we always do.

Why do we do what we do? It's just the way we do it•..

Take another Test.

Have I been letting money to love my family for me?

Have I been buying peace in my house with a plastic card? Do I buy something new as an

antidepressant?

It is Time to Educate Yourself Re -tool our minds (get some new thoughts )

Get Creative & Release

Learn to Release the Creativity....

God has placed inside of you

to overcome and be successful

in this life!

ALLOW GOD TO BE

the Source of the Creativity

we Need to come out of this Money Crisis!

How to spend Less yet

Have More!

How to Come out with more than we took in..•.

How to come closer together as a Family and not be pulled apart! You Need Wisdom •••

You Need God's Common Sense •••• It is in the Bible ••• Read It!

See for Yourself..

God Thinks Differently than we do

Isa 55:8

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

His Thoughts Are Best!

Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts

Need to know what to say to the bank, credit card company and other bill collectors?

ASK GOD FOR WISDOM

Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men

liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.

Everyone goes through storms, Learn what we have to Learn & go on..

into a Better Life Ahead in Jesus Name

HE IS NOT AFRAID OF them! You don't have to be Either! Isa 54:17

No weapon that is formed against you

shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD.

They are Not Your Source •.

He Is!!

Gen 12:2

...and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing You are Blessed to Bless others. God has Blessed you on Purpose!

Gen 12:3

And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you:

and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Deu 28:2

And all these blessings shall come on you,

and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

Chapter 9 Learn to be a Giver and not just a Taker!

LUKE 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down,

and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.

For with the same measure that you give it shall be measured to you again.

Be a Giver

Learn to be a Giver and not

just a Taker!

Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down,

and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.

For with the same measure that you give it shall be measured to you again.

What Can I Give?

Compassion!

Remember all the people you have Judged when you hadn't walked in their shoes?

They just aren't trying... anyone who wants to work... can work!

They should have Handled their money better.... (like Me)...

They Should have saved for a Rainy day... They didn't need that house, or that car

.... those Clothes...

If they had listened to me...it is time to be gracious

Give them the same thing God has Given you! Mercy

Be a Giver.... Encourage... Don't be a I told you so.... God could do that to you and watch you drown in a mess... He saw coming and tried to warn you about....

Chapter 10 Be a Forgiver

BE A GIVER... BE A Forgiver....

As you Sow you Reap

Gal 6:7

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

What do You Need?

Identify what you Lack..

Plant that.. sow that in others..

Need Hope... Plant Hope!!!

Forgive anyone you have something against... including yourself.

If you are in Debt forgive every debt you can!!! We are not just talking about money...

If you need a hand, give someone else one!

Don't just Focus on your problems Help

someone worse off than you are!

Sow it! Plant it!

God says you will receive it back many times over.... shall men give back to you.

trespasses

MAT 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Don't Be Afraid!

Isa 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when thou walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you. Job 5:19

He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.

Pro 29:25

The fear of man brings a snare: but whoso puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Depend on the Lord!

John 15:5

I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.

Ps 128:1

Blessed is every one

that fears the LORD;

that walks in his ways.

Pro 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all Your heart; and lean not unto Your own understanding.

Pro 3:6

In all Your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct Your paths.

PS 128:2

For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

Ps

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

Mat 6:31

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewith shall we be clothed?

Mat6:32

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.

Mat6:33

But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you

Php 4:19

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Deceitfulness of makingMoney your Source

PRO 23:4

Labor not to be rich:

cease from your own wisdom.

Pro 23:5

Wilt thou set your eyes upon that which is Page 32

not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Ti 6:17

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; Money has a Purpose

1Ti 6:18

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

1Ti 6:19

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

God Gives Us the Ability to get Wealth... to Increase

Deut. 8:18

But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is He that gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which he swear unto your fathers, as it is this day.

Prayer is Relationship

Mat7:7

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Mat7:8

For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

God gets the Glory when you ask and He Answers

Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the

Son.

Job 14:14 If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Tell others How Your Father.. Hears when you talk to Him...(pray)

Encourage them to pray as well!

Math 6:6

But you, when you pray, enter into your closet,

and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which

sees in secret shall reward you openly

He Knows Before we Ask

Isa 65:24

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I

will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Jer 33:3

Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.

Chapter 11 The Truth - the Bottom Line

PRO 16:18

Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

The Truth is Most People are in the mess they are in because of Pride!

Our Nation, Our Government,

Our Economy, theChurch, Our Families,

We All want to do things Our Own Way and not God's!

To Make God Our Source is to Humble Ourselves Before God

& say Forgive me, Help me.

Be Honest With God...

I'm Sorry I didn't learn to do it Your Way!

Help Me Find out Who You Are in a Real World Way!

Our prayer can be something like this...

Lord I live in a Real world and I Need a Real God! I may have knew you as a child but I need to Meet the Grown up God. I need a Grown Up God to Grow me Up! I need you to grow me up in all the places I'm still a little kid! Selfish, mean, & full of pride (wanting my own way)

Forgive me 0 God I ask You in Jesus Name.

I have never taken you seriously before... I never never knew you were even interested in me or my life in an earthly way. but now I do... I ask for Your Provision in my Life as I face this Money Crisis..

Lord I now see I am Really dealing with a God Crisis..

A Lack of God in My Life...

Come in Now and change me I ask in Jesus name Amen

Contact Pastor Len Parsons

Po box,2013, Murfreesboro,Tn.37133

www.pastorlen.com

Chapter 12 Going Through the Storm

IF YOU LOST ALL YOU have... Would you still be who you are? Who will you Look to Solve the Storms in your life?

Everyone goes through storms, Learn what we have to Learn & go on..into a Better Life Ahead in Jesus Name.He is Not Afraid of them! You don't have to be Either!

Isa 54:17

No weapon that is formed against you

shall prosper; and every tongue that shall

rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the

servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD.

They are Not Your Source •.

He Is!!

Gen 12:2

...and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing You are Blessed to Bless others.•

God has Blessed you on Purpose!

Gen 12:3

And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you:

and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Deu 28:2

And all these blessings shall come on you,

and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

How do you prepare for a storm?

THINGS TO REMEMBER....notes to take down :"you're not in control of the storm but God has control "

step one

# 1 BE AWARE OF THE coming storm

# 2 don't expose your self to the elements

# 3 seek refuge

# 4 be prepared

# 5 be supplied

# 6 have a plan

# 7 supply of food Water bottles of water

#8 Identify the storm

Miss identifying the storm can be deadly!

WHAT KIND OF STORM is it? How are you affected? What is the area of alert?

Is it a hurricane?

Is it an electrical storm?

Is it an emotional storm?

Is it a blizzard is it a tornado or is it a flood?

Is it man-made or all of the above.

In all of these things we must limit our liability - risk -

Vulnerability is the amount we are exposed to the elements.

Protection is the amount we are covered or protected from storm.

What you should stock up on is directly related to what will be hardest to access in the emergency.

Fear can be a friend or enemy in an emergency situation depending upon what it motivates you to do!

Noah was motivated by Fear & Faith to build the ark. Fear and Faith motivated him to provide for those he loved!

Faith that if he Prepared God's way,

God would be faithful to protect him and his family.

In your lifetime you will face many trials,storms and crisis’ Let Jesus Be your Savior, Your provider,He alone can give you the wisdom to be prepared. Did a money crisis cause you to find Jesus then be thankful it happened. God in His mercy exposes our weakness so we can find our strength in Him.

God bless you Pastor Len

Contact Pastor Len Parsons

Po box,2013, Murfreesboro,Tn.37133

www.pastorlen.com


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