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{August 12, 2007}   Chapter 7

This chapter is the end of Pastor Al Jandl testimony and leads the way for Van Crouch.  It also uses the ant as the basis to teach us about saving.

This chapter refers to Proverbs 6: 6-8

Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provision in the harvest.

Now this chapter does not refer to the verses 9-11, these scriptures give a warning of what will happen if we do not take action.  It warns of poverty.

I could understand his point about working hard. When I read about the ant storing up food, naturally I thought of saving money, but Pastor Jandl is referring to more then money in our lives. He mentions that the ant makes it through the winter providing not only for herself, but others in the colony and even those outside the colony, like the grasshopper. When spring sets in, the storehouse is still in abundance and the need to go gather food is not present, but this does not stop the ant for continuing to work. When spring sets in, the ant goes out to gather more food to continue to add to the abundance all ready in the storehouse. Another words, just because we have good size savings does not mean we should stop.

About 3.5 weeks ago my temp position at the base came to an end. To my surprise I found my self in one of those life situations that could destroy me. Thankfully, by my wiliness and by being obedient I was able to allow God to prepare me for this time in my life. About 2 weeks ago, I found myself in a new situation, a battle against my ex. I was concerned about using my small storehouse and it all being used up in my defense, but to my surprise there was a twist in my situation. Not only would I need to use my small storehouse, but I needed lots more. God is so good and provided it. I have made attempts to avoid poverty, I immediately began to look for work and I trust in God for tomorrow.

Right now today, there are things in play attempting to ruin me, but like this chapter said there are two things or two ways to look at this. One, am I willing to help others, or two, do I want others to take care of me? I have always tried to help out others when I can. By applying the principles that Pastor Jandl has taught us thus far, I can see how I will be ready and not miss the opportunity to help others when that time arises.  However, if I fail to apply these principles then it will be easy to miss that opportunity and in doing so miss the blessing.

I like how Pastor Jandl states, “Look at what you have – whether it is time, talent, or treasure or any combination of these – …start building storehouses for your future. Build a spiritual storehouse, a natural storehouse, and a mental storehouse. Build storehouse for yourself, for your children, and for others.”

It doesn’t matter where I am at today or what happened in the past, I must start preparation NOW for tomorrow, as Pastor Jandl says, “…So that whatever tries to knock you down will never knock you out.”

When I read ‘build a spiritual storehouse’ to me that meant to continue to have a relationship with God and to continue to seek his word. It does not matter if you have read the entire bible already, re-read it. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you on a continual basis teaching you God’s knowledge and understanding for that is where true wisdom will come from, asking for discernment, always. His word is a live as it is stated in the book of Hebrews.

When I read ‘build … a mental storehouse’ to me that meant to continue on my pursuit of obtaining my Bachelors. I tell you, my Bachelors of Science has been put off for some years now and I sometimes wonder if it is worth it.  I have not been able to find steady employment in my field and therefore contemplated whether it is really worth pursuing. At one point in time having two Associates of Science degrees was enough, I had achieved them simultaneously and have enough college hours.  Motherhood and being a wife set in, I thought I did not need it to pursue my educational goals.  I was in slumber as it is described in Proverbs 6:10. That is in the past and I am must continue to pursue my education and not give up, to be honest whether I ever use it or not, it is good to always learn. We should always keep the door open to the intellectual growth. Everyone claims that no one will change them or that you shouldn’t change for someone else. We all change on a daily basis whether we are attempting to or not. In life things happen, we see or hear something that affects how we look at life and in doing so we change. If we feed our minds with good things then we can become even better individuals then we are or then we think we are. No one is perfect, not even a Pastor or a Minister or the Pope. We are all capable of failing. But we are all capable of learning and growing and making a better future.  For myself, I change on a daily basis, as Christ who lives in me shines through, I change.

Like the ant who is wise and a victor, we too should act as wise and become a victor by starting now today. Not waiting for tomorrow or for something better or when things settle down. Come on, things will never settle down.  In stead of living our lives as "undergoing a situation" lets live our lives as "overcoming a situation."

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