2009, Springtown, Texas.
I was living with Roger Sapp, of All Nations Ministries. I will write a detailed blog on him and his ministry soon. To date he has one of the most amazing ministries I have EVER encountered. But it is not always noticeable at first. Kind of like Jesus hid many things in parables, sometimes it takes a bit before you realize it. But after almost two decades of his ministry being helpful to me and encouraging me towards Christ, I realize the value in it.
At this point in life, I had prayed many times for food and various provisions and had God provide it. But I had not much prayed for money yet. Money somehow seemed like a harder thing in my mind, even though it was RIDICULOUSLY simple for God. I decided to start my faith in God for money with something small. I had a nice Tempurpedic style bed that I bought after I returned from Iraq. It was MUCH more comfortable than the military bed I had been issued. But I still owed about $2700 ish on the bed.
I had a part time job working about 10 hours per week at Home Depot. I did not make a lot of money doing this, but it was enough to prevent me from being a financial burden on the ministry I was helping with. I was there to help, not to be a burden. And I was still newer to the concept of supernatural finances (true stewardship).
I prayed to God and asked Him to pay off the debt. I did not tell anyone about this. Nowadays I call it “praying off my debts”. And within the next few days, I get a call from my dad. He tells me he just happened to find some savings bonds from when I was in the Marines, and he sends them to me. I don’t even remember getting savings bonds when I was in the Marines… Guess how much they were for?
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God.’ ”
I don’t follow the old covenant, as we are in the new covenant. But back in Leviticus, this verse referred to farmers. Whenever they were harvesting, they were supposed to leave some of the outlying food available for the poor people to come and eat from it. God blessed you with an entire field of crop, so you were supposed to leave the outlying section to bless someone else. Just keep this in mind. I know this Leviticus 23:22 section was done in the Free hamburger post. But I just love this concept. Sharing the blessings.
For those of you not from Texas, Schlitterbahn is one of the most amazing water parks in Texas, and in the world.
The savings bonds ended up being around $3000 ish. They were enough to pay off the bed, and the leftover was enough take my family to Schlitterbahn. And so I did. God blessed me, and I was able to share that blessing with others.
Remember, when God blesses you abundantly above and beyond your need, sharing is not a bad idea.