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How to Open the Storehouse of Heaven
By Gwenn McKone

Why are so many people lacking in this world? God wants us to live in abundance. He wants us to have enough food to eat-in fact, He wants us to have enough food so that we have extra left over to share with others. He wants to be our provider. Read on to see how to receive His provision, and why you may be lacking at this moment.

First, provision means "the providing or supplying of something, especially of food or other necessities." Everything we need comes from the hand of God, whether we want to acknowledge this truth or not. The world and everything in it is God's, and therefore all that we have, even if we have worked to earn it, has come from God, because every breath we breathe is given to us by God and God alone. God gives life and God takes it away. God gives us our health in order for us to work and earn what we have.

God also has immutable laws; or, what other people might call "natural" laws. You can try to fight them, but it'll be as effective as spitting into the wind. For this article, here's the immutable law which that we must get our minds around before we can expect God's provision: We must first honor God, then come to Him and ask for what we need, and trust Him for His provision. When we do these things, we open up His heavenly storehouse.

There are two portions of scripture that are so important to your well-being and to mine, that if you take these scriptures to heart, and trust them, and speak them over your life (we'll talk about the importance of speaking scripture out loud in another article), you will find that God will provide for you. We'll focus on the first scripture in this article, and I'll talk about the second scripture in my next article.

The first scripture is this:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

One of the hardest things for us to understand is that God sees and knows so much more than we do. God has said this in the Bible: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than Your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

If we insist on taking our lives into our own hands, rather than trusting God to help us, we are seriously limiting ourselves and our potential. God's ways are completely different from ours; His thoughts are so much broader and His perspective so much bigger that if we would ask Him to help us, and trust Him to provide for us, He can make a way. He has every resource on this earth at His disposal. All the earth is His, and therefore, He can bring about what we need by simply speaking the command.

If we trust Him, we have taken a giant step toward gaining the provision from God we may have never had before. If we do not trust Him, He will allow us to do it on our own, but we will be entirely responsible for the outcome, whether good or bad. If we are not being blessed with provision and abundance, it's because we have not chosen to ask Him for help. God wants to be invited into our lives; He does not force Himself upon us.

How many times as children did our parents try to help us, but we refused their help, and went running headlong into a problem or unfortunate situation? They certainly wanted to help us, and they offered their help many times, but we steadfastly refused, because we were sure we had more wisdom than they. It is the same with God; through His word He has told us that He deeply desires to help us, that He is always available to us, but many people turn away, because they don't believe Him, or take Him at His word. These are people who have turned away from blessings and provision from God that could be theirs, but instead, live as paupers-not only in regard to their physical needs, but their spiritual needs as well.

The second part of the scripture in Proverbs is equally important. It is the other half of the equation. "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

What this means is that He wants us to put Him first in everything we do. He wants us to come to Him and talk to Him about everything, so He can help us. For example, let me give you an idea of what a typical day in my life looks like. This is not to make me look overly righteous because my children will be quick to tell you how downright human I can be; it's simply to show you that I try hard to acknowledge God in everything I do, so that He will bless my life.

I get up early in the morning before I wake my children, and I sit down and read my Bible for about half an hour. After I get my children off to school, I sit down again and spend time with God through prayer. I talk to Him about everything that comes to mind, and also ask for His help and His blessing in certain areas. I ask for His guidance, His direction and His counsel. My goal is to honor Him and acknowledge Him first in my day, so that the rest of my day is truly blessed and directed by my great God.

You would be amazed at how God honors the time I spend with Him. When I take time out of my day to spend with Him, I then ask Him to make the rest of my day efficient, so that I can still accomplish a lot. He always honors that request, and does amazing things to help me. Right now, as I write, it is morning, and when I am done posting this on the website, I will ask Him to be with me and help me to accomplish much. When I have prayed this prayer, I have gotten to appointments perfectly on time; I have been kept from hitting or being hit by another car; I have gone into my refrigerator to prepare a meal, and found exactly enough for what I need; my day is ordered so that when I have schedule conflicts, things are suddenly resolved; my car continues to work beautifully even when it has 160,000 miles on it; and in all things, I have been given everything I need.

This does not mean I have no problems, but rather, I can see God's hand moving through my life, helping me, guiding me, blessing me.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

If I could select one verse out of the Bible that I could call my life's verse, this would be it. Oh, and by the way, what does it mean to "make your paths straight"? It means that when you're heading somewhere, on your way to a destination, whether it's a goal, a financial need, or the path of your life, if you acknowledge God, He will get you from Point A to Point B (your destination) in a straight line. If you don't acknowledge Him, I can almost guarantee that your path will take lots of twists and turns, you will waste an enormous amount of time, and you'll be exhausted when you get there...if you get there.

So, which path are you going to take?

I'm the author of "God, Up Close and Personal," a book about the personality and character of God. Come on over to my site and read my blog... I've always got a great "God story" about how He shows up in my life in some pretty incredible ways. God is a very personal God... as close as the hairs on your hand... and if you haven't experienced Him like that, then you're missing out on the most incredible relationship of your life. Come read about Him at http://www.godupcloseandpersonal.com/.

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