“I’d be happy to help you right over here.” I smile, “What do we get to do for you today?”
The customer says, “I’d like to deposit this into my account.” She hands me a few checks and some cash.
I take into my possession her money. She is ENTRUSTING me with that which is of value. She is RELYING on me put the correct amount into the correct account. She has YEILDED, SURRENDERED, DELIVERED OVER her money to a bank that is now responsible to keep her money safe and available for her use.
With this is mind, let’s look at a Scripture.
“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:12
Here is a command to deposit your mind into ‘God’s Instruction Bank.’ You always have the choice to withdraw, but if you leave your mind in the bank, it will be safe and grow in value so that it will be of use.
COMMIT- is a verb, meaning an ACTION; to assign (as to a person) especially FOR USE or SAFEKEEPING.
Other words that can be used in place of commit are:
RESIGN yourself to
YEILD yourself to
BESTOW yourself to
PRESENT yourself to
SURRENDER yourself to
HAND yourself OVER to
Two especially cool words are:
ENTRUST and BANISH
ENTRUST: an action word; to confer (give) a trust upon <entrusted him with responsibility for completing the work> RELY on God’s instruction; DELIVER yourself over to God’s instruction
BANISH YOURSELF FROM THE WORLD AND COMMIT TO GOD’S INSTRUCTION
BANISH: To EJECT by FORCE; CAST OUT; EXILE; REJECT; DISPLACE; SHUT OUT; EVICT, TURN OUT, BUMP, CAN, DISCHARGE, DISMISS, FIRE, PUT OUT, SACK, BLACKLIST, BOYCOTT the “behavior and customs of this world.”
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Do we trust, rely on, yield, resign ourselves to God’s instruction? Will you DEPOSIT your mind to God’s way of living? Do you believe His way is the better way?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Humans were created as relational beings. You’ve heard, “No man is an island.” Yet, our society seems to stress self-reliance and independence as features of a strong person. That’s just not how the Kingdom of God was intended to be.
On a dragon boat team, all members are necessary. No one is a “winner” by themselves. There is the drummer (coach) who sets the pace for the team. There are the lead strokers who set their pace to the drummer. The lead strokers are who everyone else watches to know their stroke timing. There’s the “engine room,” the strongest paddlers, in the middle of the boat, giving the needed energy, strength, and speed for the race. There is the steersperson, who is responsible for the safety of the team and is the one who keeps the boat in the lane when racing. Everyone else who is paddling gives strength, speed, and energy to the race. Everyone is needed. Even the people on the sidelines, coordinating races, coordinating lodging, manning the first aid tent—everyone is in relationship with everyone else, either directly or indirectly.
Thus, God has created The Church. We are not just a group of individuals who meet in a building. We are the Body of Christ, doing His work on the Earth—not by ourselves, but in conjunction with others. In every church there are people operating in their area of gifting. Some are leaders; some are visionaries. Some are pastors; some are teachers. Some are prophets; some are apostles. Not only are we working together, we’re building relationship with each other.
Why is relationship on this earth important? This all said, God puts us in relationships in order to teach us how to relate to Him. As Neil T Anderson said, “Aloneness can lead to loneliness. God’s preventative for loneliness is intimacy – meaningful, open, sharing relationships with one another. In Christ we have the capacity for the fulfilling sense of belonging which comes from intimate fellowship with God and with other believers. “
Our relationships with others—people we can see and touch—teach us to have a relationship with God and to build intimacy with Him. Henry T Blackaby said, “If you have a relationship problem, you have a God problem.” We need to acknowledge that we need each other. We need to accept everyone at the table. Everyone has their gifting. It may be different than yours, but that’s where teamwork comes in.
Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Job often spoke of the anguish and bitterness of his soul. He had become a man who suffered deeply in every aspect of life. Physically he had lost wealth, children and health. Socially he was alienated from his friends and family. He was scorned by the public and betrayed by his closest friends. Spiritually he felt forsaken by God, believing the Lord had turned against him. Afflicted in every way possible, Job underwent a wide range of emotions: anxiety, uncertainty, rejection, betrayal, fear, loneliness, and despair that led to a desire for death. Job 7:11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul [O Lord]!” What does this mean? We WILL go through hard and difficult times! It’s OK while going thru severe trials and suffering to express your feelings openly to God- speaking from the heart to God about our anguish and bitterness in an attitude of submission is not wrong! Be honest with Him- HE KNOWS and HE CARES! Let your pain draw you TO GOD- don’t run from Him and don’t blame Him; but He can take your emotions. He loves you so much! He listens and He soothes. He brings peace & comfort. In due time- He will deliver!
One of King David’s greatest strengths was his conviction that God’s help and direction were absolutely essential for success in battle; thus he made it a regular practice to inquire of the Lord. David did not assume that because it had been God’s will to go up to battle on one occasion, that it was true every time. 1 Chronicles 14:10, 14 “David asked God, Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said, Go up, and I will deliver them into your hand. (vs 14) And David inquired again of God, and God said to him, Do not go up after them; turn away from them and come [around] upon them over opposite the mulberry trees.” David’s example teaches us that fulfilling God’s propose for our lives will likewise depend on our seeking God’s guidance through prayer and our being led by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Calling on God for His grace and presence is an ONGOING NEED for our lives. If we neglect to turn continually to God for His help, we will find ourselves facing life’s troubles and demands alone. He desires we seek Him in EVERYTHING- not just the difficult decisions, but the small day to day ones as well. THY WILL BE DONE!
Over the past few weeks, many of us have all been talking about the new building we are trying to purchase for Faith and Victory Church. If you have not heard, then here is a quick run down on what our church is trying to accomplish. The vision is to be able to purchase a church building in the community we already service. This building is 1.3 million dollars and 1.2 miles from our current location (we rent a warehouse space). We are a bible believing, people loving, God fearing non-denominational church in Auburn, WA. We serve the community around us with weddings, a food bank, couples counseling, money management, emergency rent assistance, but most of all God’s love. God has been growing our church and has given us the vision that we are to step out in faith and purchase this church building.
Like many of you, I have been praying and asking for God’s guidance in how my family can financially help support our church. After the new building meeting last week, I wished I was one of those in the room with hundreds of thousands of dollars to give to the church. Alas, we are not at this point in time but moments like this remind me of why Kasey and I started down our financial journey. So someday, we can be that couple in the room able to give what God lays on our hearts. If you are in my same boat, thinking about how your family is going to be able to help with this vision, then here are my thoughts.
First of all, if you do not tithe then you should. If you cannot live on 90% then you can’t live on 100%. This is one of the biggest ways you can help with the purchase of the new building and support the church and ministries on a monthly basis. Tithing is one of the few times, God asks us to test Him. We tithe not to receive blessings from God but because He has already blessed us with salvation if nothing else.
Second, if you feel you are unable to provide any financial support then commit to working a budget and getting yourself out of debt so you have the freedom to tithe, give and support the church and bless others. The borrower is slave to the lender.
Third, if you have money to invest, first pray about the decision. If you are married, talk and pray with your spouse, to make sure you both agree. If you are single, again pray but then find an accountability partner to discuss your decision with. Search out someone who will provide wisdom. Assure that you are able to continue providing for your family with food, shelter, clothing and transportation while investing in the church.
For more information on how you can invest in the new building https://www.semble.com/listing/faith-and-victory-church.
Fourth, continue to pray for this decision, for the leadership of the church, for Gods guidance. God can take $1 and turn it into $1000 if he wishes as he did with the loaves and fishes. We must seek God and have full confidence that if this is His will, then He will provide the means for it to happen. We serve a mighty and sovereign God who can move mountains.