We have been studying Weathering and Erosion in class. As an extension activity, we took our classes up Old Alchesay Mountain. It was a gorgeous day and I am proud to say that ALL students made it up and back safely. Five miles round trip.
During the entire six month process of short-selling our home, we knew the realities that it could fall through, that the two banks might not agree to it, or that the buyer might change his mind. When we finally did sign the documents, we were told that we would be responsible for the shortage. And that even if the bank did cancel the debt, we may be taxed on the canceled debt as income received.
At this time of year, you are no doubt getting some form of 1099 in the mail. Their purpose is to determine your liability for taxes due. We just got our 1099-C from the short sale of our home. The final line states, "Total Amount of Debt Canceled: ______".
Total amount of debt canceled. Those words sound so sweet. I was instantly reminded of another moment in my life when all my debt had been canceled. The moment I received Christ as my Savior. Romans 6: 23 says that "the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Did you catch that? Free gift.
We entered the 1099-C into our tax form and got a message that says it does not affect our tax liability and we will still enjoy our tax return. God not only canceled our debt, but also let us enjoy a reward. "But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life." Romans 6:22.
Total amount of debt canceled: eternal death. Reward: eternal life.
I had read the Prayer of Jabez a few years ago and it has transformed the way I pray. I realized that I wasn't praying to a big God. I was limiting Him. If I did ask for anything, it was usually small and insignificant. He WANTS to bless us, just as we want to bless our own children. But, my understanding of that prayer ended there, in the first line. "Lord, bless me indeed!" Tonight, I understand a little more.
I have been asked to take over a large portion of our Children's Church ministry. Before you begin to think highly of me, know that I do not feel qualified for such a responsibility. I am humbled and honored to have been considered. Before I gave an answer to the pastors, I wanted to search the scriptures and listen to God for direction. He kept pointing me back to Joshua. Now, I have a certain affection for Joshua, as I named my son after this great leader. My favorite verse (well, ONE of my favorites) is Joshua 24:15. All my searching in the concordance kept coming back to Joshua. And then it made sense. The second line of the Prayer of Jabez is to "increase my territory" meaning to give me people to minister to, to talk with about God. I had been praying the Prayer of Jabez everyday this week, not knowing what was coming. Now I see! God is increasing my territory, just as He increased Joshua's when he entered the promised land. I will have 50 little souls to minister to each week! I feel so blessed!