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{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).

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G says:

My friend said this about my post:
Hey I finished reading it.  Ya know it is funny it all made sense, but I felt it happen to me when I was praying for you, after I found out about you getting let go.  I started praying because i was worried about you, and one of my prayers was that the lord would make sure you were okay and take care of you, and instantly i heard in my head, "I am."  Then I knew you were okay.  I was still worried about your financial well being, but I knew that you were okay, your heart and soul.
  I am glad i could help you today, it was nice to be able to show people you are a good personand are not going to freak out just because life threw you a curve ball.  I will keep praying that you will find a job that will fit your needs that you can be happy in and find fulfillment. 
luv you honeee,ang 



G says:

My friend email that comment to me July 16, Thursday, after Maj Tringali\’s Fini-Flight. 



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