As was true last post, we’ve been busy at our house even through a “Stay at home” order from the state. I’ve installed new gutters on our house over the flower gardens that border the walls under the eaves. That took up three days of my time.
An office building near my place was being torn down and I noticed that there were a lot of polished granite about to be taken to the landfill. We wanted to build a burn/charcoal pit so I walked over to the foreman of the demolition crew if I could pick from their debris pile for pieces I could use to make the pit. He said it was fine and pay attention where I walked. My wife and I got 21 blocks. This took up another day of our time.
Going in another direction, one of my neighbors moved out. He was elderly and the family placed the man in a nursing home. Inside his work-shed was a cement block floor taking up the entire 9 X 15 floor area. I asked his son if he had any plans for the block. He said it was going to the landfill because the shed was rusted and falling apart. The place was being sold to someone else and the location of the shed was terrible. The back was falling down the slope of a hill and the side was caving in because of a tree growing next to it. He told me that I could have the block if I cared to move them out myself. Again, my wife and I spent all of another day moving the block.
What is the point of telling you this? We appear to be prospering to our neighbors. We have a large pile of granite, fifty floor blocks, and new gutters. Our savings got the gutter for us. And God helped us get the rest.
Now you can ask, “How did God help us get the cement floor and granite?” All I did was ask a foreman, and a neighbor’s son. Where does God come into the picture?
It’s like this, who gave me, or where did I get the thought to ask? Why would I ask a stranger for something? Would you ever think to ask a stranger anything unless you had a thought or nudge to do so? When I got the thought to ask, both times, I also got a reminder of the same verse of scripture.
James 4: 2 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
I’ve learned a long time ago that whatever I get the desire to receive some time in the future, I will eventually have an opportunity to receive. It doesn’t matter what it may be as long as greed is not part of the picture, but honest need. Here’s how the needs work out.
- We are allowed to park a vehicle in our back yard, however, if we do, and it rains, the yard will get muddy and rutted. I didn’t like that all. So I know that I would either have to pour concrete or get a load of gravel. I didn’t want to invest the money for either solution so I decided to wait until a better solution presented itself. When this flooring became available, it didn’t matter that it was used, it was 150 ft2 of concrete blocks. It was enough for me to make a pad for my car or truck using only sweat equity. I couldn’t argue with the price, and since we are experiencing a statewide quarantine, I had plenty of time.
- So what about the granite blocks? My wife loves to get plants. But she doesn’t have a workbench that is useful and good looking. I can use the granite blocks and set them into a table to make her a workbench that handles water and looks great.
- The rest of the blocks can become the walls of our grill table. (Yes another project to build.) It can handle heat. Double as a burn pit, and make a great looking grill on the patio. Something I wanted to do, but didn’t want the same old average stone and mortar look. Now I can build a grilling pit that has a high end granite look using available materials and (yes once again) sweat equity.
- So what about the gutters? It’s simple. My wife really hated having her plants beaten down by water runoff from the roof. I could see her point and had the time to fix a problem that really bugged her.
All of these things were little problems that required time and money to fix. Gutters didn’t require a lot of money, but time where both of us could work together. Everything else required both time and money, and by staying patient and listening to God, the money was no longer part of the equation. I got great materials at no cost to me and plenty of time to install it all. All I needed to do was:
- Pray for a solution to the problems I wanted to solve. (That’s asking God first.)
- Stay patient for an opportunity to solve the problem. (That’s being faithful.)
- Be willing to act on the solution when God says to act. (That’s obedience.)
- Do exactly what He says to do. (That may mean asking the world.)
- Problem solved. (Now we’re living life with the spiritual realm and defeating the world.)
You see, God cares about His children. The Holy Spirit is the only way that God can speak to you. The only way to get the Holy Spirit is salvation through Jesus Christ. We live in the world, but God’s children are not part of the world. He makes it possible for His children to receive blessings from the world in ways that confound and confuse those who walk by the flesh and reason.
The world requires everyone to earn everything they have. You must work to receive anything you need or want. That is the way of life and only churches, the government, and non-profits operate from money given or taken from people. Gifts are reserved for people you know and love. It is a rare thing for a stranger to give a gift to another stranger. It is even rarer for a stranger to give a substantial gift to another stranger. A stranger is somebody who has no connection or knowledge of another person. The profit motive is the general rule of life in the world.
But God doesn’t operate from a profit motive. He is a loving Father to His children and offers everyone in the world the opportunity to become one of His children. The Holy Spirit is the personal gift of love from God that makes the body and soul person, one of His body, soul, and spirit children. All because of another gift that Jesus Christ gave long ago. He gave His life freely and with full knowledge of the suffering He would endure so that anyone in the world could become a child of God. That means you and I, and anyone else who decides to believe and choose to follow Him. The only way to follow Jesus, is to know His voice and and obey Him.
John 10: 27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”
Following Jesus requires the ability to know Him and know His voice. This is how you are able to build a relationship with Him. He cannot know you without having a relationship with you. Then He will be able to talk with you and help you get your prayers answered. He will be able to place you into the ask and receive mode instead of the work and earn mode. God works by and through people. Just as you are able to hear and obey God’s voice, there are many other people who are able to do the same.
This is how God is able to answer your prayers for needs, (and sometimes wants). He is the one who can inspire a stranger to give you something, just as we were able to receive this week. They didn’t know who I was or what I was praying for, but God knew.
This is how I can answer, “How did God help us get the cement floor and granite?” All I did was ask a foreman, and a neighbor’s son. This is how God came into the picture and as you build your relationship with Him, you will be able to recognize when God answers your prayers as well. If you want to know how to build your personal relationship with Him, click the picture below and get the book. It’s also in the running for the Author Academy Award for the Best Religious Non Fiction Book for 2020. Please vote by clicking the picture below the book and vote in all of the other categories as well. My book is in the eleventh page, (category), and thank you for your vote.