When Christians think about money, we often encounter a Psalm 73 moment—“I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death, their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace…always at ease, they increase in riches.” That is the stewardship of the world. Yes, it can be impressively philanthropic at times; but it aims at a prosperity that begins and ends in this life. Distinctively Christian stewardship, on the other hand, begins, aims, and ends elsewhere.

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But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
Galations 5:22-23
When compared to the acts of the flesh discussed in the verses 19-22 of Galatians, the fruit of the spirit seems to contain the polar opposite in its qualities: love over hatred, joy over rage, self-control over drunkenness, etc.

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Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 25:14-30; Revelation 20; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 2:11-12; Hebrews 6:10, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 1 Peter 5:1-5; James 1:12, Matthew 6:19-21

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The purpose of the book is to help believers find God’s will for our lives. Wilkin is clear that finding God’s will is less about asking, “What should I do?” than about asking “Who should I be?” Dallas Willard wrote about this idea in his classic, Hearing God, suggesting that as we become more like God, we begin to think as he thinks and to see as he sees. As we walk closely with him, we don’t need messages written in the clouds to know his will—we know his will because we know what he is like, and we are becoming as he is.

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A friend asked the question: What are prayers for unbelievers I should pray? How do I pray effectively? I trust that every Christian regularly prays for family or friends or colleagues or neighbors who do not yet know the Lord. And while we can and must pray for matters related to their lives and circumstances, the emphasis of our prayers for unbelievers must always be for their salvation.

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