Heavenly Deposits

Many of us, hopefully most of us, are familiar with savings accounts. In a savings account, you put aside
funds. Not necessarily for a specific purpose, but for an unforeseen time when an emergency, or even a
desire may come up unexpectantly in the future. Our savings deposits allow us to draw funds so that we
may meet that need or desire whether it is for us, or for someone else.
Some of us have direct deposits between our jobs and our banks. This lessens the hassle of having to
stop at the bank, or the possibility that we may lose (accidentally or intentionally) some of our funds
before we can deposit them. It insures that our deposits are complete and regular.
If we have a good savings plan, we earn interest on our deposits. Interest is the bank's way of showing
their appreciation for trusting our resources in their hands. For those of us with really large bank accounts
(meaning we have been diligent in the quality and quantity of our investments), or those of us with long
term commitment plants, like CDs, we can earn interest rates higher than normal.

Some people may scoff at our savings plants, saying that they prefer to be in direct control of their money
and as a result keep it in their mattress or some other such place. However, we don't have to worry about
our funds being stolen, and we get interest. Others sneer because they feel as though our accounts accrue
interest too slowly, and they prefer to invest in stocks and bonds with higher and more immediate returns.
However, there is NO RISK involved with savings accounts, they value doesn't change with the current
market, and they are FDIC insured.

Finally, if we are diligent in our deposits, we may accumulate enough funds, that we can survive on the
interest from our account alone.

How much more true is this with our relationship with God?
All of the awards and perks for being in Christ don't necessarily have to wait until we get to heaven. We
can deposit to and withdraw from our heavily accounts right now.

We go to the Father wanting this, asking for that, expecting the other. Our God is not a petty God and
does not measure tit for tat. We know that there is no way that we can pay for the blessings and mercies
that God bestows upon us. As Jacob said in Genesis 32:10, "I am not worthy of the least of all the
mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant." However, there IS a heavenly
currency that does affect our affairs here on earth. Let's briefly look at some biblical examples.

Hezekiah: 2 Kings 20:1-20:6
God had determined that it was time for Hezekiah to die. Hezekiah went to God and reminded him of all
of the deposits that he had made into his heavenly account. How he walked upright before God and
served Him with his whole heart. We see that God takes this into consideration, and grants Hezekiah's
withdrawal request. That God allows Hezekiah to make a withdrawal on the sizeable account deposits he
had made during his life.

Rahab: Joshua 2:3-21, 6:17-25. Hebrews 11:31
We see that Rahab's faith in the God of the Israelites caused her to disobey and actually lie to the king of
Jericho and give safe passage to the men of God. Rahab's faith, and the works that followed it were a
deposit that enabled her to request that the lives of her and her entire family be spared. God honored her
withdrawal request and gave her the funds that she needed.

The Disciples: Matthew 17:14-17:21. Mark 9:17-29.
The disciples were faced with a man who's son was possessed of a demon. The man brought his son to
the disciples, for the multitudes knew that these were the followers of Jesus, and like Jesus they were
performing many miracles through the power of God. However, there was something about this particular
case, which made the disciples ineffectual. Jesus ended up casting out the demon. Later, in palaver with
Jesus, the disciples asked why they were not able to cast out the demon themselves. Jesus responded that
they had not made enough deposits into their heavenly accounts and that they were short on prayer and
fasting deposits. As a result, they could not withdraw the necessary funds at the prescribed time.

Finally, what better example than
Jesus Himself: Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13
Here comes Satan. Still walking about on the earth, seeking whom he can devour (Job 1:7, 2:2) and he
decides to try Jesus. Satan temps Jesus after He has been fasting and praying in the wilderness for 40
days and nights. Satan temps him with food, with power, and dares Jesus to show himself as God. This is
such a wonderful passage because we are PROMISED that we will be tempted (James 1:2), and Jesus
leads by example how we should respond. Jesus had been making deposits to his account through prayer
and fasting the 40 days leading up to this episode. However, the deposit that really got Him through this
scenario was when he quoted The Word on satan. It's hard for satan to stand again the (S)WORD. It
behooves us to put in our study deposits, and to know The Word (2 Timothy 2:15), so that the Holy
Spirit has funds that it may withdraw on our behalfs to our remembrance (John 14:26).

To summarize, how do we make deposits into our heavenly accounts?
Through prayer, fasting, meditation, faith, intercession, praise, worship, good works, studying the Word
and more. All those spiritual things that reach up into heaven, are multiplied with interest and then come
back to us on earth so that we may withdraw them.
So when was the last time you made your heavenly deposit?

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me
now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10

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I will store up my blessings, for a time
When adversity strikes and trials are mine
When the rains come and Satan's allowed
To test me like Job, fill my skies with clouds
But though clouds may rain, and clouds may pour
Still the Son shines behind them forever more
And at that time I will take shelter in Him
Each battle drawing me closer to the Victory we win
Each test carefully ordained to strengthen my soul
Perfection in Jesus the ultimate goal.

I will record my peace in Jehovah-Shalom
Planting seeds of joy whilst the soil is still loam
So they will flourish in the rain and not be washed away
Safely buried in Christ when the soil turns to clay
Rooted in the water supplying the living spring
Steadfast, encouraged, braving everything
Swaddled in your mercy, shielded by your grace
Preserved in your arms, rocked by your embrace.

I will stow oil in my vessel so that I will have light
Through the valleys I must walk, during the dead of the night
So I can travel through the labyrinth without  faltering stride
Knowing though I don't see you, you're walking by my side
Your angels sentry 'round me like the glow from my lamp
Heavenly sentinels, protecting my camp
As I am nourished by the light and the heat
Of the flame you sustain and the promises you keep.

I must gather my nuts in the warmth of the sun
And hide in my heart the miracles You've done
For winter is coming when the harvest'll seem bare
And I may question whether life in the forest is still there
So Your gifts to me I'll catalog
To be my compass in the blizzard, my beacon in the fog
And if you never do another thing
You've already done enough that through eternity I'll sing

I will deposit God's goodness in my heavenly account
So that I may live off the interest in case of any drought
Assured and confirmed when other markets crash
More permanent than bonds more valuable than cash
My debt's fully paid, nothing left I owe
Watching my love dividends grow and my joy overflow
I praise You for the peace that is forever mine
And write this psalm to help me remind
Myself.
That You're only ever as far as my closet
And that I'll always have access to my direct deposit.

© Annette M. Parrott
2003


Happy depositing!