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{January 22, 2008}   Why certain desires are harmful

1 Timothy 6:9 

NIV
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.

KJV
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

NASB
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.

Commentary
    It is not the possession of riches, but the love of them that leads men into temptation.

Vincent, M. R. (2002). Word studies in the New Testament (4:276). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

In the New Testament, many warnings are given of the dangers of letting money and things possess a person’s heart. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke of "treasures on earth" and "treasures in heaven" and called upon His followers to be careful of which treasure they chose (Matt. 6:19-21, 24).

Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (1995). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible dictionary. Rev. ed. of: Nelson’s illustrated Bible dictionary.; Includes index. Nashville: T. Nelson.

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This is a beautiful story.

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: ‘How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?’

The surgeon said, ‘I’m sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn’t make it.’

Sally said, ‘Why do little children get cancer? Doesn’t God care any more? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?’

The surgeon asked, ‘Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he’s transported to the university.’

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. ‘Would you like a lock of his hair?’ the nurse asked. Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy’s hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally.

The mother said, ‘It was Jimmy’s idea to donate his body to the University for Study. He said it might help somebody else. ‘I said no at first, but Jimmy said, ‘ Mom , I won’t be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom .’ She went on, ‘My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could.’

Sally walked out of Children’s Mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy’s belongings on the seat beside her in the car.

The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Jimmy’s belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son’s room.

She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She lay down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Lying beside her on the bed was a folded letter. The letter said:

‘Dear Mom ,

I know you’re going to miss me; but don’t think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just ’cause I’m not around to say ‘I Love You’. I will always love you, Mom , even more with each day. Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won’t be so lonely, that’s okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn’t like the same things us boys do. You’ll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know.

Don’t be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you know what? Jesus doesn’t look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom ? I got to sit on God’s knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That’s when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn’t allowed. Well, you know what Mom ? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him ‘where was He when I needed him?’ ‘God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children.

Oh, by the way, Mom , no one else can see what I’ve written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn’t that cool? I have to give God His pen back now He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I’m sure the food will be great.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don’t hurt anymore the cancer is all gone.. I’m glad because I couldn’t stand that pain anymore and God couldn’t stand to see me hurt so much, either. That’s when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?

Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me.



{January 22, 2008}   Chapter 18

A Blueprint for Change???? 

"Real change and transformation occur in your life as you renew your mind to God’s way of thinking and acting.  As you plant the ‘seed’ of God’s word in your heart and water it with worship, meditation, obedience and prayer, you will bear ‘fruit’ in every area of your life." (pg 173).  I couldn’t have said it any better.  🙂

Abundance………Giving………..Faith

I hope you have enjoyed this book as much as I have.  I hope to see you in the next book.  Feel free to comment, even if you are not a friend in my friends list.



{January 22, 2008}   Chapter 17

This chapter includes a wonderful prayer.  It also reminds us of Matthew 16:26:

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Here is a quote from Jim Elliot, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."  We can’t keep materialistic things to include money, but we can keep our soul, when we give it over to the Lord.  When we die and we all will die, if we have a relationship with Jesus and have remained faithful to Him, we will have eternal life.  That is the MOST important thing to remember.  It is not what we have, who we are, but how we live.  Live for HIM!  Let HIS light shine, giving him all the glory for all things.

I thank Him for the good and the bad.  The bad things have taught me how to respond, how to live, and how to rely on HIM, only Him.  The good things have taught me how to enjoy, peace, happiness, and has shown me love.  The bad things have shown me HIS love.

If you are uncertain or unstable about your spiritual life as you might be about your finances, then here is a prayer to pray.  It will bring you peace with God.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for making a way for me to have a relationship with you; I realize that I am a sinner and need forgiveness, and that I am hopelessly lost without You.  Thank You for being a perfect Father; I ask you Lord Jesus, to be my Savior and my Lord.  I believe that You died for me.  I want to turn from my sins.  I repent and receive Your life in exchange for my sin.  I choose to trust and follow You as my Lord and my Savior.  I now invite You to come into my heart and life.  In Jesus name, Amen. (pg 171)

Talk with God everyday….every moment of everyday.  Read the bible as much as possible.



{January 22, 2008}   Chapter 16

This chapter had some very good testimonials of others who have applied this lesson in their life.  For me, they not only provided encouragement, but a small amount of guilt.  I learned there are three different groups.

The first who claim they can’t start a savings and continue to live from need to need.  Second, those who begin a savings only to pull it all out within a few months for one reason or another.  Then the third, those who apply and live the principle correctly and years later see the harvest.

I will confess, since my temp position ended in July, I did have to fall on my storehouse as a back up for my checking, now as I sit here with the realization that it is empty, I am broken hearted, yet not discouraged.  I can see how God is picking me back up from my fall and I know HE will help me restore that which the enemy has taken and/or that which I have failed to do.  

I want to be faithful in all things including the little things.  I want to be a good stewardship, so after you read this, please say a prayer for HIS blessings to fall on me and my household.

This lesson is not only a pure common sense fact, but it is a spiritual concept that God does command.  Deuteronomy 28



{January 11, 2008}   Chapter 15…updated
Are you a blessing?  Are you blessed?
 
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and will curse him who curses you." Genesis 12:2-3
Now this was God’s command, commanding a blessing on us.  Before I go on about the contents of this chapter, I would like to relate this verse to my personal life…..please bare with me.
 
"I will make you a great nation," hmmm, I would not say I am a great nation per say, but I do have two wonderful boys and they will produce many more and that is the bases of creating a nation.  The opposite side of this is that my children were never born or if something awful were to happen to them.  The fact is God has blessed me. 
 
"…make your name great," to my surprise, He has done this too.   I am not boasting for my glorification, but for HIS.  I look at my life and I feel as if God has made my name a name to be proud of.  Although it is my married name, it is still wonderful to know people recognize me for the good things God had done through me in my past employments, community involvements, church, and my home.  He (GOD) has taken a shy timid person and has created a bold, courageous one willing to stand up for what is right and to publicly communicate it.  I have been told that I am a blessing to others, but I would like to state for the record, it is GOD who is the true blessing using me (his vessel) to help others.
 
"I will bless those who bless you,"  I am thankful to hear about blessing bestowed upon those who have helped me whether a shoulder to cry on, financially, or other (like working in the yard, etcetera).
 
"…will curse him who curses you,"  I am thankful not to hear about this one.  I know in HIS timing He will do this, for He does state that He is our avenger, but the thought of this is frightening.  I try to be one who forgives, and ask God to help me.  To have His love, His understanding, His forgiveness.
 
Okay moving on into the chapter.  Since I last wrote about Chapter 14, I have not worried about January, it seems to be taking care of itself.  I find that when I sit to think about a budget and finances and repairs needing to be done, that is the only time I concern myself with it, I don’t consider that worry.  Worry is if I loose sleep over it or can’t stop talking about it, and I do not find myself doing that too often.  I won’t goes as far as to say never, because I am still a growing Christian, but as I apply the principles in this book those moments of worry disappear, are less and less.   God wants us to have time for our families, going to their events and games, be home to tuck them in, read to them, contribute our time to our community and churches, and to have the resources to provide for our loved one and to fulfill the dreams HE has placed within us.  Ask whether your dream is one you placed there or one God has placed there, it makes a huge difference.  It really does.
 
We need to show self-control, discipline in all areas of our lives.  One thing we have today that Abraham did not have in his day is the blood of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (The Storehouse Principle, 2004, pg 145) is where Pastor Al Jandl and Pastor Van Crouch remind us of this fact.  Remember God wants to be in control of our lives, and money should not be in control.  Turning this part of our lives to God, will allow others to see HIM in our life more abundantly with the hopes of winning more souls to Christ, but the great thing is we will receive even more than we ever hoped for.  God is a God of his word, He wants us to be faithful stewards of all He gives us.  All He gives us, understanding, wisdom, discernment, confidence, financially, and yes, even the people who come into our life.  All parts of our life belong to him, even those quiet alone times. 
 
Don’t forget to start applying the lessons we have learned. 
Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. Exodus 23:30
Allow God to use you to bless others, he will bless you in return.  As long as your heart and intent is right and you are not looking for self glorification and are willing to allow HIM to be the one to take the glory.  Lay your life down, as I always state, "it is not my way, but HIS way…it is not my life, but His life."
 
Quoted from page 149:
Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income
 
As goods increase, so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?
 
The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.  (This is my favorite.)
See you in Chapter 16. 😀
 


{January 1, 2008}   Chapter 14

You know, I have a confession to make.   I have never been much of a writer or reader, but for some reason I feel compelled to blog my thoughts on this book and the next book on the list.  I do not know if anyone is reading these blogs, but I will be faithful and write what I have in my heart about the matter.

The Storehouse Principle is more of a way of thinking, a ‘Storehouse Mentality.’  God calls us to show diligence in everything to include our money.  God does not call us to be lazy.  He wants us to remain faithful and patient to inherit what has been promised.  I believe you will find this in Hebrews 6:11-12.

This chapter is a recap on how we all need to be faithful in the little things.  This chapter discusses how Pastor Al is faithful in picking up pennies.  When questioned about it, he reminds us all about Sam Walton, the founder and owner of Wal-Mart.  Most of you business college students know how he changed the industry in how we market merchandise and chain stores.  Anyway, Pastor Al informs his readers of how Sam is known for picking up all small coins.  I found comfort in this, because I tend to do this.  I fail in the area of depositing them though.  I normally buy a soda or pass them to my child, who now tends to give more in offering then I could expect him to at his age.  Anyway, why allow money to become barred  into the earth?  It does no good there, now does it?  Actually, the story behind Pastor Al’s reasoning is as follows. He states, "He that is faithful in least will be faithful in much."  It is about being faithful in little things.  Now days time spent saving money makes more in the long run than time spent earning the same amount of money.  Financial peace is not in the amount of money we earn….it is the money you keep that counts, the money we build. 

I liked reading this, "The difference between success and failure is often in the diligence in handling the small details." (page 131).  I think of my new job.  I have been there now one day shy of three months, and God has used me and the skills HE has given me to help straighten and clean things up that needed to be, and my new boss and the board members all make me feel important.  It is amazing how God takes me to a place that I would not think of going and it turns out to be a wonderful place to work.  I am somewhat concerned about the financial lacking, but God has been faithful to ensure the bills get paid and food is on the table, and yes clothes for my son.  I would like to live without a  tight budget, not to worry about something that may come up unexpectedly, and to be in a position to help someone in need. 

Oh yeah, guess what. About 1 1/2 months or so ago, the youth pastor mentioned a youth in need of help in the area of camp fees for d-camp, a camp for discipleship training.  I do not know why, but I felt as if the Holy Spirit prompted me to give the entire amount.  This was not difficult at the time, I rose to my feet, walked to my car, wrote the check putting it into my pocket.  I walked back into the service and sat as if I were in a daze listening to every word being said.  Afterwards, I walked up to the youth pastor, handed him a check, smiled at him not looking him in the eye, not paying any attention to what was being said at this point, turning around and walked off.  The next day I felt as if it were a dream, but I could tell it was not when I looked into my checkbook.  DO you know something, I did not struggle that month or the next month that followed.  Today, I am somewhat concerned about January, but again, I will remain focused on him. 

I woke up this second day of 2008 and realized I should elaborate a little.  Some of you are thinking that I might have gotten help via some government agency or my church.  The answer is NO, I have not.  No I have not asked my family either.  To be VERY honest here, I have just been watching how I spend the little money I have.  Yes, I have spent some foolishly, but I am human.  Foolishly how?  Eating out, when perhaps eating at home would have been the better choice.  Buying things not necessary, but again I am human.  Using extra gasoline out gallivanting around when not necessary.  I guess these are the reasons I am somewhat concerned about January.  Overall, I personally am very shocked, yet thankful in how God is helping me.  Even with the financial lacking, I have financial peace. 

We only have 4 more chapters in this book.  I will do my best in completing them promptly, if for no other reason, to be faithful. 🙂

Happy New Year………Best Wishes………In all you do, do it with the Lord.!!!



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