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{July 31, 2007}   Chapter 6

This chapter shows us how wisdom, obedience, and patients can be beneficial not only in our spiritual grow, but our financial growth.

Applying the wisdom God has shown me not only through His word but through this book, I am in a position that normally would have me fretting on a constant basis.  My current position, I am in between jobs.  Instead, my days are filled with peace and joy.  I find peace in being obedient and being a good steward of what He has blessed me with.

In this chapter, Pastor Jandl shows us how Joseph’s dreams did not bring him wealth, but the willingness to share his wisdom did.  God blessed Joseph with a gift, and Joseph was obedient by using his gift to help Pharaoh by the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream.

There are some who claim to live each day as if it were their last.  To enjoy life, every moment.  This sounds great to many, but God calls us to be diligently faithful to His commands and His will.  There are things that Christians will not be able to experience, but just like any unbeliever, we too have times of success and times of joy.  It is those times when we must cherish the moment, but prepare for the time that will follow.  Yes, we should remain positive and remain faithful to God always, but it is a known fact that times of sorrow and times of trouble will follow.  Life is a cycle of ups and downs.  How we respond to the down times is the key. We should be like Job, never blaming God for things that happen to us that are unfavorable, yet we should bless HIS name and give Him thanks and glorify His name always. (Job 1:21)

This chapter announces The Joseph Principle:

    1. there are cycles of prosperity and recession in every economy.
    2. during times of prosperity, surpluses should be saved and not consumed.
    3. in times of recession, that surplus can be multiplied into more wealth as it is used to help meet the needs of others.

We also learned how the storehouse principle is used during the preparation for the famine.  Joseph used wisdom and the ability to see afar, otherwise known as discernment to vision the future.  He prepared in an abundance for this period to follow.  ALSO, during this 7 year period, Joseph was able to use what he saved to not only help others in need, but to buy up all of Egypt for Pharaoh and collect all of the wealth in Egypt.  People even sold themselves as slaves to Pharaoh.  The only thing Pharaoh did not acquire were the money, land, livestock, etc that belonged to the priests.  But wait, these slaves not only worked for Pharaoh, but gave back to him 1/5 of all their increase.  Increase, I think, here as it is used means 1/5 of their increase in wages per year, like a tax.

God may have us build wealth more aggressively as it is stated in Ecclesiastes 3 1-3, 6 NJKV

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. …A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted. …A time to break down, and a time to build up. …A time to gain, and a time to lose. …A time to keep, and a time to throw away.

As Jesus said, "He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…" "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."

This basically tells me that both believers and unbelievers will have the same cycle of life as I mentioned earlier.  We all will experience hardship and we will all experience times of sorrow, time of prosperity and times of joy.  The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is that our foundation is solid. Solid as a rock because we who believe are founded on His truth, His word, and we have been purchased.  The cost was Jesus Christ’s blood on the cross.

The story of the 10 virgins (Matt 25: 1-13) was used as an example for us to be like the prudent, who were prepared.  Christ will return and we must not be like the foolish who were unprepared.  



{July 29, 2007}   The Kingdom of God

Today in my 3 & 4 grade Sunday School class, we discuss Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness: and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own."

I told the kids that His kingdom is seeking HIS will and we do it by reading the bible.  His righteousness is by being obedient.  I was trying to put it at a level they could understand.

I wanted to expand, this however is best revealed to you by the Holy Spirit directly, actually all things are best revealed to you by the Holy Spirit.

I once wrote this to a 360 friend, Randy:

You first have to be able to see the Kingdom to enter into it. As Jesus said himself, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3.

Some who read this are thinking, "how can I be born again?" Well again Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5

Now this entire chapter is great to quote, but I want to say that there is great controversy over being baptized in the water and in the Spirit among different religions thorough out our country. I am not here to argue that point, but to simply restate what the Word of GOD says.

Jesus goes on to say, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:6-8

This chapter goes on to say why it was important for Jesus to be crucified on the cross. I strongly suggest that you read the book of John.

The instant transformation of a sinner is when they die to self and are reborn in Christ, into the Kingdom of God. COL 1:13-14 “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

When Christ said ‘seek first his kingdom’, He was speaking to sinners under the Old Covenant. Until the resurrection of Christ, these sinners could not be redeemed, could not be re-born. But, we who are saved should always seek after his kingdom, in order to avoid backsliding.

Born again believers are children of God, in the Kingdom, no longer captives, and we are to walk in obedience, in His victory, and giving glory to HIS name always. If we let the peace of Christ rule our hearts, then HIS light can shine through us all.   KEEP IN MIND, just because we are no longer captives, no longer sinners does not mean we are free from sin.  We are human beings who do and will fall short of being obedient.  That is why I encourage you all to  CONTINUE to seek his Kingdom by staying in HIS WORD on a constant basis, asking for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is granted at the time of re-birth, but only for those sins that were committed at that time.  Christians are NOT perfect and have to ask for forgiveness after each sin has been committed.  Otherwise, they are blinded and are living foolishly.

Now ask the Lord to confirm it to you personally, HE WILL that is why he has sent the counselor, the Holy Spirit.



{July 27, 2007}   Sex and Marriage

I have been asked about a previous blog.  Below is a link to it. 🙂

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194966763&blogID=280133312



Close your eyes…And go back…

….Before the Internet or PC or the MAC……

….Before semi-automatics and crack….

….Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari…

….Before cell phones, CD’s, DVD’s, voicemail and e-mail….

….way back….
….way…..way…..way back…..

I’m talkin’
`bout hide and seek at dusk
Red light, Green light
Red Rover….Red Rover….
Playing kickball & dodgeball until the first…no…second…no…third
Streetlight came on
Ring around the Rosie
London Bridge
Hot potato
Hop Scotch
Jump rope
Duck….duck….GOOSE!!!
YOU’RE IT!!
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home – no pagers or cell phones
Mother May I?
Hula Hoops
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets
Running through the sprinkler
Happy Meals
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom
Cracker jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend
…but wait…..there’s more….

Watchin’ Saturday Morning cartoons
Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force & He-Man,
Schoolhouse Rock (One of my favorites)
Watchin’ Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges)
Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos
FONZIE….AYYYYYYYY
Playing Dukes of Hazard
Catchin’ lightning bugs in a jar
Christmas morning
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight
Kisses
Climbing trees
Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin’ down the steps
Jumpin’ on the bed
Pillow fights
Sleep-overs
A 13" TV in your room meant you were RICH
Runnin’ till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush
Your first kiss (I mean the one that you kept
your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman" in the classroom, remember that?

Oh, I’m not finished yet….
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
So was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
When nearly everyone’s mom was at home when the kids got there
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance;
and another quarter a MIRACLE
When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries…and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn’t because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! Some of us are still afraid of em!
Didn’t that feel good? Just to go back and say,
"Yeah, I remember that!"
Well, let’s keep going!!
Let’s go back to the time when…

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly"
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn’t odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20. (CRAP! I’m officially old!)
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.

Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better.
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life……I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!



{July 25, 2007}   Chapter 5

2 Peter 1:9 (NAS)

For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

Just as it seemed the task had been completed.

God will call us into another area or expands what he has us doing.  In this chapter this Pastor thought, "Time to settle in and expect many years of growth and prosperity," for his church.  The church was built and had television coverage and all was paid off and the ministry lacked nothing.

God sometimes calls us to open our eyes and our minds to what he has in store for the future.  How he will use us in HIS mission and in doing so continues to provide for us. We must be willing to listen. That is the key to spiritual growth, LISTENING.  I can relate to being stubborn at times and the Spirit has to bring to my attention the same passage until I am willing to accept that I am missing the point.  At that time, I pray and ask for discernment and the ability to listen and hear clearly what He is telling me. 

God does use others to grab our attention.  In this story, God uses the couple from California to grab hold of Pastor Jandl.  He was looking into buying land to build a new home for his family, but turns out he buys enough land to set aside for the future of the church.  For when the church does does grow it can expand.  Even if he is not around anymore to see it grow and expand.  The land was later used to build Victory Camp.

I have to quote the gentleman from Australia, he says to Pastor Jandl, "If what a person does for God ISN’T around a hundred years after that person had died, THEN that person HASN’T really done anything at all."….OUCH.

Remember the blog I posted about Marriage and Sex on my MySpace?  It speaks about our future generations and past generations.  Well, this chapter emphasis that we must plan for future blessing to be upon the next generation and must do it by being obedient to HIS will and HIS commands.  Our blessings today can be enjoyed by the next and the next.  Just the same as the price for our disobedience can be a curse for our future generations.  REMEMBER our sins were cleansed at baptism, and although we are no longer sinners, we can still sin.  In order for that sin to be washed away, we must humble our self to Christ asking for forgiveness.  Thankfully because of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, we can experience HIS merciful grace of forgiveness.  Do not lay down at night forgetting to ask for forgiveness for those things you might have done and ask God to show you what those things were so that you can learn from your mistakes.  It is all a part of growing and maturing in our relationship with Jesus Christ, GOD, and the Holy Spirit. 

Remember the Passage where David prepared the way for the temple that God tells him that he would not build? 1 Chronicles 22: 3-5 (NAS)  

And David prepared large quantities of iron to make the nails for the doors of the gates and for the clamps, and more bronze than could be weighed; and timbers of cedar logs beyond number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought large quantities of cedar timber to David.  And David said, "My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it."  So David made ample preparations before his death.

You can see how him knowing that he would not have the privilege of building or taking credit for building the Lords temple did not stop him?  We must prepare the foundations for our children to inherit a better future or at the very least give them the tools (a good understanding why a relationship with Christ, the father, and the spirit is important) (morals, values, etc) they need to build a better future for themselves and all future generations.

VISION, WISDOM, and FAITH………ask GOD for those things.  Oh, don’t forget discernment.

As Edwin Louis Cole once said, "We sow to the future and reap from the past."

You know since I started reading this book, I have learned that it has value and makes since.  I had always been giving to the church not putting a dime into savings.  I had the mentality that it was wrong or something, not sure, but in my marriage, we struggled financially and when my husband left me, I did not have a job.  I often wondered why God was not blessing us for our reconciliation and things I thought proved we were being Christians and such, but now my reconciliation was failing.  We had this new home that my husband left me with.  Well as time went on, I learned to focus on God and HIS will.  I did not pursue the divorce and it amazing to look back today on how God has carried me through some trying times.  I am divorced.  However about March or April time frame, the tax refund came in.  Oh yes the thought of new work clothes or school clothes for the kids or new furniture came to mind.  Instead, one thing I have managed to learn to do is turn to God in prayer and through Christ ask for discernment on everything including what I should buy and how I should spend my money.

In doing so, by May, I found myself with a lot of things caught up and even some things paid off.  My husband has not paid me what he is suppose to from invoices that the courts said he should, but God was and is providing.  Hopefully God will make Darrell pay me, but for now I had reached a point where bills are current and I only have two small balances on two credit cards.  Darrell was bothering me about getting his name off the car loan and the mortgage.  Well by the end of May, I found myself recovered from a car accident with a poor lonesome DOE.  No one was hurt and I was with out a car for less then 2 weeks.  I had began to apply the lesson I have learned from reading this book.  By the end of June, I had a small storehouse built, still tithing to the church as God lead me to, a new car, and the vehicle insurance that has always been a nightmare.  Monthly utilities or payments are tight enough and having to add insurance premiums to it is difficult. Well the insurance for my new car was paid in advance for 6 months.  OUT OF THIS WORLD.  That has always been a desire of mine since I was 17 years of age, and finally at 35 years of age I can rejoice and say, "yeah!" 

Well you know that for me, it seems after God showers me with blessings, the enemy has to attack and destroy.  Even Chaplin Hogget said the same thing.  July 18th, I found myself unemployed once again.  It was only a temporary position, but I was doing so well and making a name for myself.  This was still very difficult to take in.  You talk about pulling the rug out from under someone.  I had hoped that my temp position could be easily converted into something permanent.  I have learned that in the DoD system that is not so.  I am not worried at this time, which I am beside myself when I realize this.  Why?  Because naturally I am the type to worry.  Naturally I am the type to fret.  Well, I have a tendency of analysis myself.  According to others I am to hard on myself.  Well, I have found one position that is permanent here at the same base and would allow my boys and myself to continue with our stable life here.  The small storehouse God has blessed me with will carry us for at least a month or so.  I have hope in God that He has something around the corner.  As many have told me, "I am a good, hard worker.  I get things done.  I am considered and expert in my field."  There are many compliments that I have received from different Commanders and Officers and Chiefs and a few Senior Master Sergeants, but I will not bore you with them. 🙂

Anyway, the purpose for sharing all this, is because of the Storehouse Principle, the boys and I will be okay for the next few weeks while I look for another position, because I have learned to apply the lesson God has shown me via this book and HIS book. 🙂

REMEMBER: Proverbs 13:22

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

"God wants to expand His kingdom on earth today and that kingdom includes both the children of God who embrace Him now and also those who will be reached with the Gospel in the future.  A storehouse is a foundation upon which we can establish that kingdom.  And it is not just for church congregations and organizations; God wants to establish His kingdom in our personal lives and in the lives of our family members as well." ( The Storehouse Principle, 2004, Chapter 5, pg 46).



{July 25, 2007}   Just a Thought

This blog is a work in progress.  I am currently trying to understand these terms.  My Pastor discussed these things in a Wednesday night sermon.  My mind was intrigued and I am currently looking into them.  Please feel free to post your comments.

 

 

Eschatological

Study of End Times

(Dictionary.com, 2007, Retrieved 24 July 07 from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/eschatological).

 

Theological

Study of God

(Dictionary. Com, 2007, Retrieved 24 July 07 from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Theological).

 

Below are three categories of three different styles of belief, as I learn more of each style, I will blog more.

 

Style 1

Postmillennialism

The doctrine or belief that the second coming of Christ will follow the millennium.

 

There are some that believe that once the church establishes the Kingdom of God on earth, he will return.  That good will gradually triumph over evil without a final battle.

(Reference.com, 2007, Retrieved 25 July 07 from http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Postmillennialism).

 

Style 2

Premillennialism

The doctrine or belief that the Second Coming of Christ will precede the millennium.

 

Jesus Christ returns, saves those that belong to him.  Satan is cast down.  When released after 1000 years, another battle, the final battle, Satan is defeated by Jesus.

(Reference.com, 2007, Retrieved 24 July 07 from http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Premillennialism).   A penultimate period, a period next to the last period, Jesus will return not placing one foot on this earth and taking those who belong to him.  (Dictionary.com, 2007, Retrieved 24 July 07 from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/penultimate).  On his second return, he returns to the earth for the final battle defeating Satan.

 

Style 3

Amillennialism

1.  A thousand-year period of holiness mentioned in Revelation 20, during which Jesus and his faithful followers are to rule on earth. 

2.  A hoped-for period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice.

3.  A thousandth anniversary.

 

No literal View of Christ Return, No kingdom of God, that the kingdom of God is a spiritual place in heaven. (Reference.com, 2007, Retrieved 25 Jul 07 from http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Amillennialism)



Coming to know Jesus Christ is as simple as ABC. This past Sunday, I taught this subject in Sunday school to my kiddos, but felt the need to post here.
A…..Admit ….Asking
Admitting your sins to HIM, asking for forgiveness and for HIM to come into your heart.  Dieing to self and being re-born.
B…..Believe
Believe Jesus Lived, Died, and has Risen. Believe He will return.
C…..Confess
Confess your relationship with HIM to others.

Now the road to Salvation is long and hard, a very NARROW path that not many can follow, but KNOW that HE is real and wants a relationship with you.

Being saved is as easy as the above, but you must know that the enemy who leaves you alone as a sinner will become your greatest enemy. With that said, the hardest part of your relationship will be at the get go, when the enemy will try to cause you to falter and pull away. I encourage you to attend a church to be feed scripturally, but also to be encouraged and have a support group to fall on.



et cetera