When I first started this blog I really wasn’t entirely sure what it would consist of. I named it The Journey of A LIFEtime simply because I thought it would chronicle my success journey in Life Leadership. It has obviously chronicled more than that. Since my first published blog The One That Started Them All I have learned a ton.
There’s a story in the Bible that many people are familiar with. It’s the story of the exodus of Israel from Egypt. After many years of what I call preparation, Moses returns from the desert to set God’s people free. For hundreds of years the Israelites prayed to God to save them from their slavery and distress. For they remembered the promise made to their forefathers of a Promised Land for their people. Upon Moses’ return, the fight for freedom began.
Through a crazy and miraculous string of ten events that included the death of all of Egypt’s first born children that included the Pharoah’s son, Pharoah eventually let 2 million Israelites leave Egypt along with all the food, livestock, gold, silver, and supplies they could carry.
It didn’t take long before Pharoah changed his mind and chased after them to capture and/or kill them. Fortunately, God miraculously came through again, parting the Red Sea through Moses’ obedience, allowing the Israelites to safely cross to the other side. And if you are familier with this story, you know that Pharoah and his armies chased Israel through the sea only to have it come crashing down on them killing them in the process.
Israel escaped Egypt only to face tests of their thinking that amounted to many of the Israelite’s complete failure. Despite countless victories and miracles, the first generation of Israelites that escaped Egypt, would not see the Promised land. Due to a lack of faith and obedience, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and eventually died there. They always had their needs met, never lacked for food or water but never entered the Promised Land.
Eventually, God raised up two leaders through the mentorship of Moses. They were Joshua and Caleb. These men would do what millions wouldn’t do before them. They would have the courage to step out in faith and obey God and lead His second generation into the Promised Land.
There were still battles to fight and work to be done. Living in the Promised Land still required faith and obedience for there were still temptations of “better things” and “better ways of doing things.” Some were still tempted with complacency as their parents were in the wilderness.
Amazingly, despite the fact that Israel experienced peace and prosperity unmatched by all Israelites that ever lived before them, God still had more for these people. Unfortunately, they never realized the fulness of all that God had prepared for them.
There are so many parallels that can be made from this true account from the history of Israel. And the parallel I would like to draw from it is related to our finances. So let me ask this question. Where are you? Or better yet, who are you? Everyone is in one of these places; Egypt (the Financial Matrix, the Wilderness (land of debt freedom), or the Promised Land (Financial Freedom).
Most of America is living in the land of slavery, Egypt- the land of the
Financial Matrix. There are differing stages that we find people in these lands based on their knowledge or lack there of. First, there are those who have completely given up that there is any hope to their financial situation. At best they hope the government will take of them, or pray to the lottery gods for their solution. They blame and make excuses. They have long ago given up any responsibility for their lives.
Then there are those literally praying to God or the cosmos for answers. Living paycheck to paycheck, ever struggling to pay their bills, let alone their debts, and despite working really hard, they do not know how to escape. So they can only pray, for they have no knowledge of how to change their circumstances.
Next we find there are people who have some different knowledge. Perhaps you’re one of those like my wife and I who have come across some new information that has helped us recognized the need to leave the Financial Matrix and pass through the Red Sea of lies and deceit brought upon us by those in the media and power positions. Like us, you’re excited, but realize the task ahead of you will be full of challenges, struggles, and adversity. But hopefully, like us, you have a plan.
As people begin and continue through the process to debt and financial freedom, they often encounter struggles created by trying to follow the financial success principles of long-term vision, delayed gratification, and the patience required to see the effects of multiplication working in their lives. These struggles often find people longing for the days of Egypt. After all, for the most part, in the Financial Matrix, they could buy what they wanted, when they wanted, and basically how they wanted by using a credit card, or leasing vehicles, and getting loans, etc.
Then there’s this interesting group of people. They’ve applied the
principlese of Financial Fitness but have become comfortable with being debt free. Their needs are met. They’re not worried about paying bills but have settled into a routine. And to be honest, they are complacent. Their sights are no longer set on the Promised Land. It’s fine if others want a greater reward, but “hey, we’re fine with where we’re at.” They might even realize that it is God Himself that has provided this greater place, but it’s just not worth the fight of faith to possess it. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that in many cases, they are only one lost job, one economic downturn, one major health crisis away from financial ruin.
Lastly are those that didn’t quit at debt freedom but pressed on to true financial freedom. They’ve reached the Promised Land. Not only are they debt free, but they literally do not have to worry about finances ever again. They have enough either in savings or have created a passive residual income that has them set for the remainder of their lives. And what can often happen here is that they too settle into their place of comfort and ease no longer striving for continued excellence in life. Amazingly though, God still has a greater purpose even for those that have reached this place. Just as God had more for the Israelites that possessed the Promised Land, so too does He have more for those who have obtained financial freedom.
In learning from great mentors like Orrin and Laurie Woodward and Larry and Marsie VanBuskirk, and my pastors Mark and Tasha Bintliff, I see that the key to never settling for comfort and ease is to always remember our purpose for living. And that’s ultimately what the Financial Fitness Program is all about- helping others by leading them out of Egypt- the land of the Financial Matrix, into the wilderness of debt freedom, and ultimately into the Promised Land of financial freedom that they too might fulfill their purpose and help others do the same.
So where are you on this journey? Have you even begun? Do you want to?You and I have been placed on this earth for a purpose. There is a path to follow for those who have the courage to take it. And here’s a roadmap to help you begin.