Stay Cool! God Bless

{August 22, 2007}   Chapter 8

Wow, this chapter made me feel guilty for all the past years when I did not save.  Thankfully here recently when I was working, I learned to apply this lesson of creating a storehouse.

1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT) What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?  Obedience is far better than sacrifice.  Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.

HIS command:

Deuteronomy 28:8 (NAS) The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Now Pastor Jandl was teaching Pastor Crouch this message that many over look. Pastor Crouch did not give to his own ministry or his own storehouse.  He was faithful to give to other ministries, but failed to apply a percentage into his own savings other wise known as a storehouse.  Pastor Jandl asks, "How can God bless what you do not have?"

This chapter reminds us that God intends for us to live debt free.  Meaning to be in debt to no one and  to be in debt to no business or organization.  Pastor Jandl confesses to Pastor Crouch that he has paid for everything in cash, everything in their own lives and ministry. (100s of acres, buildings, vehicles, and more)

Now as I read in the bible another verse caught my eye, Deuteronomy 28:9

The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you will keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and walk in His ways.

This verse meant a lot to me for a few reasons.  Financially, right now I am having to pull from my storehouse to make ends meet during this time in between jobs, God will still establish me to Himself and the time will come again allowing me to put back what I have taken out.  I know Pastor Jandl claims that we should not pull from our storehouses, but right now God knows I have no choice.  I also found comfort in knowing that as I stay obedient to his commandments and walk in His way, He will not only work things out in my financial situation, but also my situation with my boys.  Now verses 10 says, "So all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord…." There are some in my life that continue to try and ruin me and try to break my faith, but my love for the Lord is deep within me.  I can honestly say now that when all has been taken, I will continue to bless the Lord.  I am thankful to see how God has carried me through some trying times.  There was a time in my past when I had nothing except my 7 month old boy and the clothes I could carry in a bag.  God restored me then and now today, I know he can do the same thing again.  I may have lost the man I love once again and it appears my boys have been taken away, but I know that God will hear my cry and bring them home, my boys that is.  Just in case you might have missed this reason for why only my boys, my ex-husband has remarried. (you see I married this same man twice because I love him, also to allow God’s light to shine through the reconciliation, but the enemy has a way of coming in and steeling our blessings.)  God has blessed the boys and myself with a wonderful community, a wonderful school system, and a cozy home.  He will rebuild what the enemy has tried to destroy.

Sorry, I got off on a tangent…basically God has commanded us to create a storehouse and I urge you to be obedient to that, however with that said, I want to remind you to still give to your church or ministry.


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