Stay Cool! God Bless

{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. 😀

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