Freedom is the birthright of humankind. But very few people in this day and age ever actually get to experience freedom.
For the most part, as I may have mentioned here before, your lifestyle has already been designed. And it's been designed by someone who does not have your best interests at heart.
You may have heard this term in bible study, where they often quote, "You cannot serve both God and Mammon." And people think that means you can only be a good person if you're poor, but that's not exactly true.
People think Mammon just means money, but it's more than that. It's a life state. A life state based on unending consumption. Based on exploitation of natural resources and of plants, animals, and other humans, for the sake of getting the maximum possible personal gain.
Almost all publicly traded corporations run themselves based on this kind of energy, because their shareholders are concerned with one thing and one thing only: return on investment.
It's a climb to the top of the mountain, only the mountain is made of garbage and dead bodies.
But it's not all money's fault. Money itself is neither good nor evil. It's a tool in the hands of whoever uses it. Yesterday, someone used it to anonymously pay off one of my friends' sizable hospital bills. But it can also be used to buy a gun to shoot someone with, or to buy drugs to sell to people to get them addicted.
These are extreme examples, but you get the point.
When I was a little girl, I understood intuitively that money is not just paper and metal, but it is energy. It is actually another form of life energy, which is why we refer to our jobs and salaries as our livelihood.
And that is why we are attracted to money--because we know it allows us to secure the means of survival.
We are trading our lives to get this money, so that we can continue to live.
Also when I was a little girl, I learned the concept of compound interest in math class. (Back then, it was the 1980's, and you could actually get compound interest in your savings account.)
But as I grew up, I watched interest rates on savings accounts go into the toilet, while interest rates on credit cards skyrocketed upwards.
And I wondered why this could be, because the Bible promises that wealth invested, multiplies. But I wasn't seeing that happen on this Earth.
I just didn't see ANY place where I could invest my money and maintain any sane degree of hope that it would grow...aside from investing it indirectly in my own education and personal growth, which I have always done in one way or another because I'm one of those weirdos who LIKES to study things.
Nonetheless, I came to know, just as you may have also come to know, that God's principles of wealth are timeless and everlasting, no matter what changes take place in financial markets on Earth.
I say it again in another way: follow God's investment advice, and you will receive God's return on investment. You can have your needs supplied abundantly, with peace of mind...and isn't that what we all really want?
So, the million dollar question:
What does God think we should invest in?
And you know what, I really wish I could tell you the answer, but I can't.
Do you know why it's this way?
It's because God wants you to ask him yourself.
See, the way things are set up on this Earth...what works for me may not work for you. And what doesn't work at all for me, might be exactly what you need.
An example is this: A lot of people are very successful in their personal relationships by being cocky, arrogant, bordering on bullying others. "Be popular" coaches and dating coaches actually encourage people to act this way.
But it doesn't work for me, and doesn't work for a lot of other people--who can only find friendships by putting the other person above ourselves. (This sounds virtuous, but it can also lead a person to fall into the trap of being a groveling people-pleaser who no one respects!)
Anyway, that is why you need to seek God directly. His advice will be tailored specifically to you, because God already knows you. And he wants nothing more than for you to desire to know Him too.
And if you look deep down inside, you will realize that you want this too.
Even now--even though your finances are fucked and you stay up all night worrying about them--God wants you to just come to Him!
Don't you think that the intelligence who created the entire universe might know something about what it's going to take to get you out of debt or out of slavery?
And if so...why aren't you asking God directly, right now?
All Prayers Are Answered
God answers every prayer that any person sends His way. Christ said "Ask and you shall receive," and he wasn't messing around!
I don't think people realize quite how amazing this is, until they actually experience it. If they did, no one would be obsessing over the Kardashians, panicking about Putin, or ranting and raving about Obamacare.
Because none of those things can hold any power over you when you have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Any good thing you could ask for is literally yours--in fact, what you already have in God's love is so much more than the absolute best possible life you could have on this Earth.
Even if you became as wealthy and wise as Solomon, and had a huge palace and a thousand concubines of your preferred gender...none of this would come close to the love and peace of God.
The thing is...and the reason a lot of people don't believe God answers prayers...is because He doesn't always answer them right away, and He doesn't always answer them the exact way you think they should be answered.
God answers prayers in His own time and according to His own will. But the longer you walk with Him, the more answered prayers you experience, and the better you get to know yourself through this process--the more you will realize that God's will and your own highest will are one and the same.
Once you experience the unmistakable knowing of an answered prayer, you can never go back to living the way you did before.
Are you ready?
If so, then begin your conversation with God...now! And I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.