Saturday, November 12, 2016

God Takes Care Of Our Needs

Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew    6:31 - 34 (NASB)

Jesus was teaching the multitudes on the mount. He touched on the perfection of the law before coming to the place where He told the multitudes not to worry about their daily needs. He made the comparison of king Solomon to the lilies of the valley on how king Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like the lilies. That's because the glory of the lilies comes from within and not without.

Jesus expounded on how the Heavenly Father, who looks after the lilies of the field which come and go in a short time, will take care of the needs of the multitudes. The bible tells us which of us by worrying can increase our stature. That's to say, which of us my worrying will get the issue resolved!

The bible tells us about the manna principle. During the wondering and wandering years of the children of Israel, God caused manna to drop on the camp daily except on Sabbath day. God told the children of Israel to collect the manna for each day's portion and on the sixth day to collect double portion. The bible tells us that there were those who collected more than a day's portion and the balance portion bred worms and stank.

God wants us to live life care-free, trusting in His love towards us, living each day by faith and not by sight. Living each day knowing full well God will take care of all our daily needs. For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the world so through that one sacrifice, believers can live an abundant life. We can cast all our cares upon the feet of Jesus for He cares.

Whatever the concern that's weighing you down, cast that concern at the feet of Jesus. Praise Him and thank Him for having taken care of the things that are bothering us. For Jesus has conquered death on our behalf, what more will He not do it for us! Mayb it be a medical condition which the doctor has given a negative report, may it be a finanical situation which you have no way of getting out, may it be a relationship issue which seems impossible to reconcile, whatever the issue may be, leave it at the feet of Jesus.

Live a care-free life knowing you have a loving Abba Father who loves and cares for us deeply. Trust Him to provide for all our needs. Believe in His perfect timing, for all things will turn out for our good. Hallelujah.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

O You Of Little Faith

But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?" - Matthew 8:26 - 27 (NKJV)

There was a story where Jesus' disciples were in a boat together with Jesus. Jesus was sleeping at the stern of the boat. And there was a great storm hitting the boat. The disciples were afraid and probably terrified of the storm even though most of them were seasoned fishermen. That must have been quite a storm to frighten the disciples. Yet Jesus was sleeping, a rest He needed.

The disciples were so scared that they woke Jesus up and asked Him to save them. Jesus awoke to calm the boisterous storm and turned to His disciples to calm the storm in their hearts. Jesus didn't chide the disciples for waking Him up. Instead, He reminded them of His promise, presence and His power. His promise because He told them that they will go over to the other side of the sea. His presence because He was right there with them. His power because He just demonstrated His power to still the wind and the waves.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has the power to change our lives according to the Heavenly Father's will. He is working behind the scene to make all things turn out for our good. While not all things are good and perfect at the moment, all things shall turn out for our good eventually. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28 (NKJV) As long as you are a child of God, He shall work all things for our good!

With God, all things are possible. The bible didn't tell us to look at our faith to believe for good happenings. The bible tells of the Author and Finisher of faith Himself, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. He is here to sozoe us and to bless us in all things to enjoy! We are to look to Him whom nothing is impossible to Him. We are to take and receive from Jesus. Each of us has been given a measure of faith, use it! The more we exercise our "little" faith, the stronger will the faith be.

The only people that Jesus said had great faith were the Roman centurion and the Cannanite woman. They have great faith because they don't look at their own qualifications to deserve miracles in their lives but they looked to Jesus alone for the miracles they wanted to manifest! Whatever we are believing God for, keep believing! For it shall come to pass in His perfect time. Keep exercising our faith by proclaiming the victories that Jesus has already won on our behalf. Keep focusing on the One who never fails. His work at the cross is completely complete! There is nothing impossible to Jesus. Hallelujah!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ask Not What God Wants You To Do

Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
So He said, "I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain."- Exodus 3:10 - 12 (NKJV)

When Moses was young, his "nanny" would have taught him the ways of the Jewish people and that one day the Jewish people shall be delivered from the Egyptians. He grew up well learned in the way of the Egyptians and the Jews. At age forty, he killed a Egyptian to protect his Jewish brethren. The news spread and he had to flee Egypt. At that point in time, he would have thought that he can deliver God's people through his ways but the result was disastrous.

He stayed in the desert for the next forty years thinking that he was long forgotten by God. Just then, God appeared in a burning bush and tasked him to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. The once proud Moses was then stammering and asked God for help. God asked Moses to bring his brother Aaron to complete the assignment of bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt. Just when Moses thought that he was a has been, God was going to use him mightily to carry out some of the most amazing things recorded in the bible.

When we are on fire for God, we may have asked God what He would want us to do for Him. We may have seeked Him to find what we can contribute in the Kingdom of God. And maybe we have also asked God what are our gifts and talents that we can exhibit them for the glory of Jesus.

I have heard a testimony from a fellow brother in Christ: Ask not what God wants you to do, but what can you do for God. In short, he was asking God what He would like him to do for Him. God didn't give a direct answer but rather answered back: What would you like to do?

This brother likes to play the guitar and simply praise and worship God. While not professionally trained in the area of playing the guitar, he started the Guitar Worship class to teach fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to play guitar so that they can be enabled to bring worship to a whole lot new level! That was some seven plus years ago and today the demand for the guitar lessons is still overwhelming.

Many a times, we tend to ask God what He would like us to do for Him. But the grace to fulfill His master plan in our lives is already there. If someone is graced to lead praise and worship, the liking for singing will already has been there. If someone is graced for the pulpit minstry, the love the His word is already there. If someone is graced for the children ministry, the love for children would be like rivers of living waters overflowing to reach out to children.

Whatever the five loaves and two fishes that we have, leave them at the hand of Jesus and it will be able to feed multitude of people. Act out the giftings and talents that God has already given and we will be fulfilling His purpose in our lives.