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By Ivy Joy Johnson
The Joy Mission 

Delta Dawn When That Light Comes On

Week 26

 

“For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes those things he says will be done, he will have (possess, own) what he says.”  Mark 11:23

In the little words, “I do!” I became $90,000 in debt.  I moved to Julesburg, became a farmer, not a rancher. and learned the intricate skills of wielding a 9/16 wrench and how combines work.  My sales business remained intact, for the time.

At a goal setting sales conference, Frank announced to every being in the Universe, “I just want to be debt free!”  Fur coats and new refrigerators were not as important as before.  But, crying out to God has consequences.  The bank turned Frank down for our yearly operating loan.  His stellar repayment history meant nothing in a time when foreclosure on farms was epidemic.

 Success always requires reverence and cautious steps.  I changed banks the next day.  Jehovah Jireh remarked, “Frank can’t get out of debt by borrowing money.”  “Well, yeah!  What do we do, Father?”  “YOU could borrow money.”  Really?!   A friendly banker granted me 1\6th of the needed funds for seed and fuel. 

“Now, use what I’ve granted all men,” Father counseled.  Every man has time.  Frank and I tithed 2 hours and 40 minutes, each day, in prayer. encouraging one another.  We asked, sought and knocked on God’s Word for knowledge, wisdom and clear understanding.  Miracles began.  First, Father gave me extra-ordinary discernment in commodity pricing.  We bought low and sold high.  Our wheat crop escaped wildfire.  We found favor with the corn seed salesman.  When that was used, quality seed was given to us. 

The produce of our best acreage was set aside for Kingdom work in our church’s youth group.

In less than a year my grandmother, my father and Frank’s mother all passed away.  Our part was a small insurance policy with Frank as the beneficiary.   We flew to Anaheim, CA to our first Believer’s Convention.  We soaked up tithe, offering and faith-seed teachings.  We smacked our bills, calling them paid.  The wheat crop was lost to rain, but the farm sold, for cash, $200 per acre above market.  We realized Deuteronomy 8:18 ‘wealth’, a covenant created by tithing, giving and naming our seed: Cash Buyer.  That was 30 years ago.

With the proceeds, we bought a pickup, needed household items and founded The Joy Mission, debt free.  ‘Whom the Son sets free is free, indeed!” John 8:36

“Lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make smooth your paths.” Proverbs 3:5, 6   “And you shall remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant.” Deuteronomy 8:18

Next Week: Fail Safe

 

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