Tag: provision

Day Nine

40 Days of Promises

God’s Provision #1

“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), is a true word from Heaven for every person who’s ever lived, and who is living now.

The word is: God’s mercy, compassion, power, love, and, of course, His promises have not faded away. Nothing Heaven has to offer is out of reach to the one who believes. Circumstances may look as bleak as they did to those standing next to the bitter waters of Marah, but God is the same. He provided for His own back then, and He’ll do the same thing today.

“When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”

“And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them.” (Exodus 15:23-25 ESV)

When there’s a need, God always has a tree for you and I. All His provision is found in His Son, and at the cross.

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.”

“Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.'”

“You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:7-18 ESV)

Yes, all we need, or could EVER need, is found in Jesus.

“But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.”

“And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full. Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.” (Deuteronomy 11:11-16 ESV)

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 ESV)

Remind yourself daily

“Jesus Christ is all I need. He is more than my provider; He is my PROVISION.”

I AM

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Just suppose you’re out for a little exercise. You know, just a little walk around the block. You’re minding your own business, when something catches your eye.

Across the street is a burning bush. No, I’m not referring to a winged euonymus, a bush that turns bright red each fall. I’m talking about one like Moses saw; a bush on fire but not consumed.

You are curious, to say the least. You approach the bush, and as you draw near, you hear someone speak to you, calling you by name. You are reminded of Adam, using a bush to hide behind, so God couldn’t find him. Only, here’s someone acting a lot like God, hiding behind a bush, looking for you.

You finally catch your breath and ask him his name. He replies: “I AM!”

His Name is I AM.

Which literally means: “I exist, I be, I become, I come to pass.”

The Name, I AM, wasn’t only for Moses’ day and Israel’s deliverance!

He also says to you and I: “I AM what you really need Me to be!”

I AM the Guarantee for all you need!”

I AM salvation, deliverance, provision and hope.”

I AM the miraculous, restoration, comfort and grace.”

I AM the promise fulfilled, springs of refreshing, the desire of all nations, and rich to all who will call.”

I AM every good and perfect gift, your defender and confidant, and your breath of life.”

“Do you need healing? I AM your healer.”

“Do you need peace? I AM your peace.”

“Are you hungry? I AM the bread of life.”

“Are you lost? I AM the way.”

“Are you confused? I AM the truth.”

“Do you lack wisdom? I AM your wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.”

“Everywhere you go, I AM present. I AM there.”

“All you could ever become, I AM your creator.”

“What do YOU need? I AM!

You know what? After encountering I AM, you will discover life just isn’t the same without Him.

Jesus is the Father’s I AM.

The Church – God’s Ark For The World

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In Noah’s day, mankind had repeatedly violated and shunned God’s plan for man. The Lord decided there had to be a change; He could no longer allow such wickedness to continue in the earth. If there was to be the fulfilling of Genesis 3:15, God would have to intervene to protect the future promise. He would need to find someone He could trust to follow His plan explicitly, prepare His provision for His Creation, and thus keep intact His word regarding the Coming Redeemer.

He found Noah. As He discussed His plan with Noah, He said…

“Build…

…A place large and abundant; a place filled with the fragrance and personality of its Creator. One so large it demands attention and can’t be ignored, yet so precise in detail no one would dare suspect the building “just happened”. Large enough to fulfill the Maker’s purpose; a place where ALL are kept alive, ALL experience the provision that was prepared for them long before their need ever was known. a place ALL are welcomed, ALL are given a purpose in life, ALL are released with blessing to be fruitful.

…A place with lots of rooms; rooms that reveal the manifold wisdom of its Designer. Rooms that speak of the many-sided, multi-faceted grace, mercy, and mission of the Architect. Each room is to be designed to allow for specialized, individual care and nurturing. Expect varying degrees of serving to take place in each of the rooms.

…A place to weather the storms of life, and safely deliver all its occupants to their destiny. One rising above the influence of the world, all the while proclaiming and demonstrating the Designers purpose, love and accountability to all mankind.

…A place with a window, a view of the world; a view where each one can see beyond their own need, their own world, and see the needs of others. A window allowing not just a view of the world, but communication with God and the understanding of His will and direction.

…A place with only one door; one “way” to get in. One large enough to let “whosoever will” enter, yet “small”, or “narrow” enough to guarantee all who enter have chosen to do so.

…A place with multiple levels. A building allowing you to increase in understanding, maturity, revelation, anointing.

…A place unlike any other.

…A place designed in Heaven before the foundation of the world.

…A place unmoved by critics, but moved with the wind of Heaven.

…A place stronger than the mightiest, but weaker than the weakest.

…A place totally dependent upon God.

…A place big enough where God can set up shop.

…A place where Life is nurtured, and multiplied to fulfill the Will of God.”

Noah did, God did, and the world kept spinning. Time passed, Jesus the Redeemer came and fulfilled God’s Genesis promise.

Jesus had a word for Peter in Matthew 16:18. He said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build…

…A place large and abundant; a place filled with the fragrance and personality of its Creator. One so large it demands attention and can’t be ignored, yet so precise in detail no one would dare suspect the building “just happened”. Large enough to fulfill the Maker’s purpose; a place where ALL are kept alive, ALL experience the provision that was prepared for them long before their need ever was known. a place ALL are welcomed, ALL are given a purpose in life, ALL are released with blessing to be fruitful.

…A place with lots of rooms; rooms that reveal the manifold wisdom of its Designer. Rooms that speak of the many-sided, multi-faceted grace, mercy, and mission of the Architect. Each room is to be designed to allow for specialized, individual care and nurturing. Expect varying degrees of serving to take place in each of the rooms.

…A place to weather the storms of life, and safely deliver all its occupants to their destiny. One rising above the influence of the world, all the while proclaiming and demonstrating the Designers purpose, love and accountability to all mankind.

…A place with a window, a view of the world; a view where each one can see beyond their own need, their own world, and see the needs of others. A window allowing not just a view of the world, but communication with God and the understanding of His will and direction.

…A place with only one door; one “way” to get in. One large enough to let “whosoever will” enter, yet “small”, or “narrow” enough to guarantee all who enter have chosen to do so.

…A place with multiple levels. A building allowing you to increase in understanding, maturity, revelation, anointing.

…A place unlike any other.

…A place designed in Heaven before the foundation of the world.

…A place unmoved by critics, but moved with the wind of Heaven.

…A place stronger than the mightiest, but weaker than the weakest.

…A place totally dependent upon God.

…A place big enough where God can set up shop.

…A place where Life is nurtured, and multiplied to fulfill the Will of God…

Build My Church.”

Blessed!

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“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel.

Say to them, “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” ’

“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”(Numbers 6:24-27 NKJV)

Blessed!

The Hebrew word, barak, means to kneel, to bless God (as an act of adoration), and man (as a benefit).

It has always been God’s will for His creation to be blessed; to enjoy all the benefits He prepared for them. Yes, there was the rebellion which took place, but The Lord still had a passion and a plan to bless His people.

He told Moses to instruct Aaron to bless the people, impart the will of God to them, by SAYING. Aaron would speak to the children of Israel the word of God, His revealed will, and God equated that with putting His Name on them.

According to God, they were blessed with benefits and protection, fellowship and favor, deliverance, healing, and wholeness of spirit, soul, and body. This is what God desired for them and delivered to them, through the words of Aaron.

That was the Old Covenant. The New Covenant, established upon greater promises, has not diminished the blessings of God. Rather, He has secured, guaranteed the blessings through Jesus Christ.

“God sent Jesus to bless you, by turning each of you from your sins.” Acts 3:26, paraphrased.

But do the blessings and benefits really pertain to this present life, or the one to come?

Both!

Ephesians 1:3, “He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings, in Christ Jesus…” Spiritual blessings aren’t just those that touch the spirit of a man. They are blessings originating from, and distributed by the Spirit. They affect every area of our life, for He has given us ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness. Blessed in Jesus!

“Beloved, I pray of above things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2

Under the Old Covenant, David blessed The Lord because He “daily loaded him with benefits.”

The New is better.

Under the Old, the psalmist declared, “I will say of The Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress…” and ,”He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases…”

The New is better!

The Old Covenant kept the plan of God intact, until The New Covenant was established in Christ.

The New is better!

Blessed going out and coming in. Blessed in giving and receiving, planting and harvesting. Blessed because He sent His Word to heal us and deliver us from all our afflictions. http://clicktotweet.com/t3SO4

Just as the High Priest, Aaron, spoke the Word of blessing over the children of Israel, so the High Priest of the New Covenant, Jesus, God’s Living Word, speaks over (and into) us.

Our response, our amen, our part is to receive the Blessing of God. Jesus, THE Blessing of God!

We are blessed in Jesus because He says so! We agree so by believing God raised Jesus from the dead, and by declaring Jesus the Lord of our life.

“And let the redeemed of The Lord say so!”

BLESSED! It is so!

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