WINDOWS ON THE WORD - Newsletter of Tim Greenwood Ministries
Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous Light Of Jesus Christ

From The Editor -- by Tim Greenwood   May 2009
What exactly is the Word of God?
I know that this sounds like a silly question, but have you ever really thought about it?

What the “Word of God” means to most people is a black, leather bound book with gold edged pages with the words “Holy Bible” on the spine and cover.  But this is NOT God’s Word.  The Bible is the written record of what God has said, and everything He has said is true.  But even this is NOT God’s Word.

Let me ask you a question.  Is YOUR WORD any good?  Can I trust you to keep your WORD?  If you make me a promise or we enter into a contract, can you be trusted to fulfill your part?  What evidence or guarantee do I have that your WORD is any good?

God’s WORD IS GOOD, and only good all the time.  The entire Bible is legal testimony to the fact that He fulfills every promise and contract and is legal testimony of His flawless reputation.  In fact, Good Faith comes by hearing and hearing of the good reputation of God (Romans 10:17).  God actually WARRANTEES His Word by stating that should He ever lie or breach any contract, He would relinquish His Godhead.

The “Word of God” is that which God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) has said.  And God considers every promise and statement of fact that He has said to be a legally binding contract, made in Good Faith.  God and God’s Word does not have integrity.  God IS integrity!  His Word is the very embodiment of that integrity. 

Hallelujah!  God’s Word is always good and always given in good faith.
Window On The Word -- by Francis Gituru
- Longtime TGM Partner and Head of the TGM African Distribution Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Do Not Be Anxious
 Over Money
It Only Makes the
Problem Worse

Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in GOD, and trust also in Me. (NLT-John 14:1). Anxious thoughts over the economy are bearing down heavily on most people all over the world. The dire state of the economy and projections of worse times ahead have got even the most optimistic tempering their hopes for a quick solution and unwittingly slipping into anxious thoughts over money.

How bad will things get? Will my business survive? Will I get fired? What will I do if I lose my job? How will I provide for myself? Who will solve this problem?  I have to admit that sometimes I just get really tempted to worry and then get mad at the politicians, Wall Street, anything! But this does not solve the problem it only seems to get worse!

This is what it says in Matthew 6:24 "you can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and money both" (Message translation) This passage is really saying that I need to make up my mind on who to worship; I either worship money or God. I make money my God whenever in my thinking I consider that more money is the solution to my problems whether it concerns my daily food, shelter, relations or anything else. As long as I worship money, I am quick to blame everything that is going wrong on God. Yet, this is at best, contemptuous of God! Rather than anxious thoughts, consider the following principles:

1. "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" (KJV Mat 6:25).
2.There you have it! It is not a suggestion on good living. Here, Jesus instructed that as a believer, I should not be preoccupied with anxious thoughts over daily needs but rather to trust God for my provision.

3."What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.” (MSSG: Mat 6:31-32). Simply put, anxiety only makes the problem worse. Fixing my thoughts on God will cause me to relax and able to see clearly into the wisdom of God necessary to get me out of the hole!

4."But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (KJV Mat 6:33). This is even clearer in the Message translation "Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met". I must make a conscious decision to meditate and focus my thoughts on God's awesome ability to get me out rather than being bogged down in anxious thoughts that only worsen the problem.

The end of anxious thoughts is the promise:" And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]." (Amp 2 Cor. 9:8)

So why get anxious over the economy, politicians and Wall Street? Today, choose to practice generosity. Instead of getting worried all day long, why not go to your church and give of your time and resources towards helping someone else who is hurting? Look around your community and you will find many far worse off than you!

To get the promise of Godly abundance (2 Cor. 9:8) you need to do what verse 7 says: "Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving].
The cure to an anxious heart is giving to another. This is a powerful way to get your mind off your personal problems so that you can receive the wisdom of God on how to get out of the present crisis.

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