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When God Provides for Us

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice n hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-5

Because it’s late, my eyes are droopy, but my heart is intrigued to write about an episode in my life that I’ll never forget.

For some of you, this will serve as a reminder that wherever you may be and whatever needs are in your life, God will provide.

Just as He provided for me, He will provide for you, beloved. 

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6:31-32

This story isn’t about the $50,000 that He provided for our missions team to go on an outreach trip in under 3 days. Nor is it about how He provided me with $1,400 from an unexpected tax return on the very day that I needed to depart Sydney on the last flight to Los Angeles (so that I could eventually meet my team in Mexico City). And this isn’t about how God provided a buyer for my house (which had been on the market for months during the “Great Recession”) just days before the bank would have turned it over because my own funds had run out.

God has provided for me on countless occasions, just as He will provide for you. Today’s simple post is a short reminder of one humble story that is seared into my mind for a lifetime.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 

“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10 

While staring up at the Aussie sky on one mild evening , I asked God exactly how I would eat the next day. At that time, I was completing a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission in Perth. Unlike my housemates, I didn’t have much food, but I knew that I’d need something before heading to my lectures the following morning. So I began inspecting the fruit hanging from our backyard fig tree, but to my dismay, they were all  hard and inedible. In a short, gentle, and undramatic prayer, I simply asked the Lord to provide before heading to bed.

The next morning, I made coffee from our communal stash and walked to the back patio to reflect. As the sun began peeking through the branches of our tree, I happened to notice something unusual. Walking closer,  I saw three plump, soft, and beautiful figs ready to be picked.

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 

Lord, that’s impossible! Last night none of these were even close to ripe; in fact, they all should have taken days to ripen. Right then I knew that the Lord had caused that fig tree to produce food so that I could have something good to eat (even when I had nothing).

And moments later, a housemate also brought in a beautiful seedy piece of bread that a bakery had donated (just for me)!

To many, this meager breakfast of figs and bread may seem small. But seeing God show up so tangibly when you’re hungry and in need is breathtakingly beautiful.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17 

Today I felt that God wants you to be reminded of this truth. God provides even when nothing seems possible. In my case, He caused figs to ripen in His timing and made them both sweet to my taste and nutritious for my body.

 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

As His children, God supplies exactly when we need it and in the way that we need it. When we trust Him with full hearts and openly cry out with our needs, He as our Loving Father delights in giving us good things. Look to Him, beloved. Look to Him. He will provide all that you are in need of today. He is faithful!

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A Word to His Beloved

Whoever you may be, I strongly believe that the Lord has a special message for your heart today (entrusted to me through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit). As I always note, I am simply a messenger, one that serves the Lord Jesus Christ through His abundant grace and seek only that He may receive glory. Please take this message and the scriptures below back to the Lord Jesus Christ that He may confirm and/or thwart what your heart needs to hear. May His will be done and may He alone be glorified.

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:6-8

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, butthe same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 

“I am for you My child, but you aren’t always for Me. I watch over you, lovingly protecting you from danger you never even see. I guard you, My beloved. How I long for you, but you don’t long for Me. I desire to be the center of your world, to be your everything, but you prefer to look elsewhere. You somehow think another person will fulfill your desire for significance, yet overlook the fact that I alone can satisfy your longing for acceptance and purpose.

I am your Creator, not another man or woman. I am your Provider, not your job or a tax return. I am Your Healer, not medication. I am Yours and you are Mine, yet you turn away from Me. Why is this so? Why do you look to those who cannot satisfy? Am I not the God who created the universe? Am I not the One who holds you together, who formed you from My brilliant hand? Do I not keep your very heart beating as you read this? Why would you ever doubt that I couldn’t be enough for you? Why are you so afraid when you belong to Me? What can truly come against you that I cannot handle? What is so heavy that I cannot carry? What is so hard that I cannot soften?

Am I not God? The Great I Am, the Almighty, the Magnificent One? Who do you really think I am? Do you believe that I intend good for you? Or do you believe that deep down I am not for you? That I don’t desire to bless you but to turn My holy back from you, cursing you, abandoning you, and leaving you to your grave? Is this the God you profess to serve? The God you sing and declare is good? If you believe that I am not big enough, strong enough, omnipotent enough to carry you, to heal you, to bless you, to pursue you, to die for you, then why do you serve Me? Why do you declare that I am your Lord if you don’t believe that I want good for you? And that I am truly good?

Beloved, I cannot lie, nor does My Word lie when I say that I am just and I am good. I do not forsake the righteous, I long to no longer be your Master but your Husband, I desire you. I am a personable God. A God that desires a deep, intimate relationship with you. Will you entrust your cares to Me? Will you entrust your heart to Me? All of it, not just a portion. You will not be disappointed beloved. What I have for you is more than you can imagine, if you will just follow Me. Trust Me, I am for your good. I long to share in your life. I long for you. I want to be apart of what you experience day in and day out.

Will you include Me? Will you call upon My name? I will hear you from My holy hill, and I will respond. I am faithful and I am good. I can be trusted. Do not fret, My sweet beloved. Do not fret. I am able to do all things, exceedingly and above all you could ever think possible. Just trust in Me. I am a God of excellence and One that does not disappoint. You will never regret following where I lead you. Never. Because what I give is abundantly great. Allow Me to bless you. Allow Me to put you in awe. Allow my majestic wonder to consume your mind. I am good, and I am worthy of all praise.”

“I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.” Psalms 3:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” Psalm 37:4-6

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5

“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” psalm 100:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12

“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17

May God alone receive the glory as you take this message back to Him and meditate on His word. He is always good and faithful, beloved.

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A Positive Attitude is Wildly Contagious

Here is a Scripture that the Lord continues to put on my heart – both for me to meditate on within my own heart and to share with you as His beloved.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9 

As children of God, royal priests of the Almighty, examples of His divine creation made in the image of the Creator, and the very ones Jesus has ransomed from death by saving us from sin, we should have an incredible message to share with the world, right?

Our message should be positive, hopeful, joyful, vibrant, and overflowing with an inner glow that shouts, “I have a place for eternity!” And not only do we hope for a heavenly inheritance spent with Jesus Christ, we also still get to enjoy Him every single day – even as we live now on this earth. While all of this sounds incredibly positive, do we all really focus on this every day?

If anyone in this world should have positive attitudes, we should as Christians. And our identity as Christians is not found by association with a predominantly Christian nation or family, but by having accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and living by the word of the Living God.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16 

While sipping my hot tea and reading God’s word, the Holy Spirit emphasized this very point contained in the opening of this passage (referenced above).

With the term “Finally, brothers”, God indicates that He is speaking (using His divinely-inspired words spoken through the Apostle Paul) to His beloved. This message is specifically for God’s family. Why? Because we are His children, and He wants us to know both how our Father thinks and how we should think.

He’s teaching us to be like Him. Even at the point where He is being beaten and hung on a cross for us, Jesus focuses all of His mental efforts on His father’s will. On the good, holy, perfect, and amazingly awesome will of His Father, even though that very will (of God the Father) was bringing about painful circumstances in His (Jesus’s) own life. His example shows us the power of the mind.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galatians 5:16-17

A positive attitude is absolutely contagious. When spread amongst others and meditated on long enough, you can imagine it as a small flicker of a flame that quickly ignites a blazing wildfire.

If you want a real change in your life today, here’s my advice to you: Focus on the positive. 

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Your thoughts control everything – your perception of God, yourself, your marriage, your friendships, your job, your future, your health, and your overall being. Imagine what your life could be like if every single area were drenching with positive thoughts. Imagine what could happen. And remember that all of that is possible through Jesus Christ.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 

Do you have a positive or negative perception of reality? You can choose, beloved. And God gives us the very tools we need to choose the positive (through His word and His grace that are available to us all).

“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!” Psalm 119:1-3

Join us tomorrow as we share 10 reasons why optimism is a wise investment (and how to implement them) both temporarily (while here on earth) and eternally (for our lives in heaven). You don’t want to miss it.

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