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Topic: BROKEN (12/06/18)
- TITLE: Need Money?
By Claudia Barrington
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May you be inspired by the following true story of BREAKTHROUGH whatever your need may be.
I worked and also homeschooled my youngest (computer genius) son, taught High-School History at our parent-run school, and did all the cooking, cleaning and laundry for my household. Church, school, sports and family activities filled the rest of the time slots. Often we had a house full of people. I was tired. You know how it is. Way too busy with no break in sight.
I kept the Lord first and so kept my inner peace. If my day began at 7:00 am, I would get up at 4:30 or 5:00 am in order to be alone with the Lord for an hour or more. That was really my only time to rest. I loved to meet with Him in the mornings. You probably do something similar.
I married young and gave my heart to Christ 12 years before my husband did, so for a long time, we saw things, um… differently. I tithed and trusted the Lord for provision while he trusted in money. My husband (who will vouch for this story) was at the time pressing me to make more money. I couldn’t. And he liked to come home with new cars without talking to me first...and stuff like that. This money issue was a huge battle in my household for years.
One morning when I was being pushed especially hard, I SNAPPED.
“You want money? Ok! You’re going to get money!”
When he left to go to work, I opened up the Word of God. With fiery determination, I made up my mind to pray aloud every single scripture in the Bible concerning finances until he had all the money he wanted.
I began at 8:00 am. "It is written!" and "Lord, You said..."
By 9:00 am I was stomping around and speaking much louder.
At 10:00 am my husband, who works in construction, called to say, “Every single job I’ve quoted for the past 6 months is calling in TODAY! This is crazy!”
I replied, “Good. You wanted money so I’m praying for money.”
He then said, “Well you can stop now because I have more than enough. I don’t even know if I can do all this work.”
I said, “Nope. I’m just getting started! You’re going to have SO much money!”
At 11:00 am I was still fervently declaring the Word of the Lord when my oldest son, an electrician, called.
“Mom? I just talked to Dad (chuckle), and he said you were praying for money (chuckle), and I wanted to tell you that I just picked up a $1000.00 side job for this weekend. Thanks Mom!”
At noon, my husband called again and with a terrified laugh begged, “PLEASE STOP praying for money. I’m going to have to hire some people.”
I said, “Nope.”
At 1:00 pm, my youngest son’s boss asked, “Do you want all these old phones? I don’t know why I’ve held onto them. Here, take them.” My young computer genius son sold ten i-phones on eBay.
My older son called again, laughing hard.
“Mom! I just got ANOTHER $1000.00 side job for NEXT weekend! Thanks Mom!”
“You’re welcome honey. Thank the Lord for it.”
That evening my husband said to me, “There’s this lady who lives out of town but has a condo on the beach and needs it painted fast. It’s an easy job. She said I and my family could stay there for a week, but I’m too busy. I quoted it at $1600.00. Do you want to do it?”
The following week I was paid $1600.00 to live on the beach while enjoying this nice lady’s coffee maker, stereo, and view. Just the Lord and me.
My husband and a family friend who’d been out of work for a while ended up swamped for the next nine months. They made a lot of money.
Jesus is the Word of God. (John 1:1; Rev. 19:13)
Jesus has all power and authority. (Matt. 28:18)
God’s Word does not return to Him void. (Is. 55:11)
The Angels carry out the VOICE of God’s Word. (Ps. 103:20)
The enemy (the resistance) resides in the second heaven. God’s Throne is in the Third Heaven. I BROKE THROUGH the second and into the Third. (II Cor. 12:2)
What is YOUR impossible situation? (Luke 1:37)
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