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{November 5, 2007}   Chapter 13

Which would make you happy?

Living the lifestyle you have right now, with a million dollars in the bank; or having a million dollars worth of stuff and nothing in the bank?

Living within your means will bring peace and satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. As we prepare the future for not only ourselves, but our future generations, we come to a point where action is necessary. Action in planning, organizing, and implementing the action required to carry out decision made from those times of planning and organizing. Even God calls us to manage, plan, and organize our lives. Luke 14: 28-30 (NKJV) says:

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first sand count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it, lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’”

There are so many who end up in the endless cycle of debt, why? To please whom? Are they ever really pleased? No. In fact they grow weary and end up in despair, some ending in suicide others ending up bitter and unhappy. All to meet a need momentarily, they see something new and think, “I must have it. It is so cool.” In reality something that would cost them, oh lets say for example, $100 would end up actually cost them $165 or more depending on their finance charge and how many months it was actually an occurring balance.

Those that have money, you couldn’t tell by looking at them. They are frugal with their money. Frugal meaning to use sparingly, saving, not to waste. I believe this chapter mentions how the millionaire maintains his investments as a hobby. They are careful planners, budgeters, and investors.

Proverbs 20:21 (NIV) states an inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end. Meaning that if you don’t work hard to have it, you won’t take care of it and it will be gone just as fast as you acquired it. As it is said in Proverbs 13:11 (AMP): Wealth won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase his riches.

“Won in haste” not earned. God’s word says we must work, not be lazy. As Pastor Crouch says, “In other words, most of America’s wealthy did not get rich overnight, but built their wealth over the years.”

We must have pure hearts before we can hope to handle money. Stewardship requires putting God first in all things. We must have the will to be content.  In doing so, we find ourselves happy with what we have right now. If we trust in God, in His leading, and wait patiently for His timing then God can multiply what we have so that we will be a blessing not only to our families, but also to our church, our community, the our nation, and the world.


{November 1, 2007}   Chapter 12

Has your upkeep become your downfall?

Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Timothy6:6

In this chapter Pastor Van Crouch reminds us of how the bible does in fact state how much we are to give back to HIM (the church), 10%.  As for our storehouse, the bible does not state how much.  You can put a $1 in or higher.  You could use a percentage of some kind less or equal to or even greater then the 10%.  One thing I miss-understood in the early part of the book was how the storehouse compared to the 10% tithe.  I didn’t worry about it nor do I feel guilty about it, God had not shown me the error in my thinking until this chapter.  Although, I have asked Him to forgive me, I know He does not hold it against me, but basically the storehouse is second to the tithe portion. 

In a way I am glad I did not know otherwise.  It was because of HIS teaching, and HIS message given to me via these two authors and this book that has prepared and provided for me during the last three months.  Although, I have even less now that I have returned to work, I ensure my tithe is given with a grateful, loving heart.  To be honest, since I have returned to work, I have not put a dime into my storehouse.  That is no excuse, and I will begin to replenish my storehouse starting now.

This chapter opens our mind to consider all the things in our life that require our money and time.  The effort and time we give to work is important and should not steal from our love ones.  Another words, do not let our salaried jobs consume 60 or more hours.  If you get paid for 40 to 50 hours then put it in, but do not do more then necessary.  Especially if it steals quality time in your relationship with HIM.

If we give faithfully, even when we do not have it to give, He will give us the wisdom on how to manage what is left.  To correct our attitudes regarding money and material items.  Strengthening our self-control in our spending.  Most of all, patience to make the money work more efficiently by stretching it and doing more with it.

I could state some of the statistics, but I believe that Pastor Van Crouch does a nice job on page 112 & 113, I will let you read it.

God does not mind if we have new things or nice things, He wants us to acquire it on a cash not credit basis.  Do more with less.  Hmmm… that was the military motto when I worked on the Altus AFB.   We must save for the future and have the storehouse mentality, "Only Pay Cash."

et cetera