His Provision

July 25, 2018

Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

 

His Provision

 

As I spent time with the Lord this morning I talked with Him about provision and blessings, not just for our needs, but for the needs of the body of Christ.  So many are struggling in these times.  You can imagine my delight as I came this morning to write and the Lord spoke into my spirit Philippians 4:19. I had no idea that this was the content of the scripture when He spoke it to me.

For over a year now I have been hearing the Lord speak about divine provision through the things that I’ve heard Him speaking, but honestly I haven’t seen those expectations manifest yet, but just as honestly I continue to have the faith and confidence that the Lord is our provision.  There are areas that He is dealing with in our lives and with the body in general.

One of those areas is in the unity and the function of the body.  We are like a husband and wife with separate checking accounts and finances.  We are possessive of our own things.  We haven’t yet begun to move in the area of unity that Christ has called us too.  We are fearful of being taken advantage of or we are jealous that someone else appears to be blessed more than we are.  There are dynamics within the body of Christ that we need to move past, because truly most of us aren’t operating out of kingdom principles.  If we don’t have the kingdom principles down then we are never going to see the kingdom power manifest.   Just as there are rules of aerodynamics there are rules of kingdom dynamics.  If we ever want to see our lift out of this earthly and into the heavenly then we all need to begin to apply these kingdom principles.  The body doesn’t work where one member supplies every other member’s need; it works as we jointly supply one another’s needs.

One of the areas so many of us need to release to God is in the areas of our finances.  We have become so fearful that we tend to horde what we have and dole it our quite sparingly.  We not only rob the body, we rob God and even more, we rob ourselves.  A seed planted will always produce more than a seed eaten.  There is a need for the body of Christ to begin moving back to the book of Acts principles of having all things in common.  It doesn’t mean that we don’t have things that are personal, but that we are all more willing to share of the resources and the talents that we all possess.  We are family.  If we are flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone then the same holds true for those who are our brothers and our sisters in Christ.  We are each other’s responsibility.  Maybe you don’t have finances, but you are skillful in building, or sowing or accounting.  I am reminded again of  Haggai 1:3-6, “Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands.”

God is telling us why there is such lack in our lives and in the body of Christ in general.  We are still dwelling in the houses of our making, our agenda, our own prosperity, while God’s house lies in ruin.  God’s promise to us is that if we build His house first we will see blessing in our own lives.  This is that promise that He gave me a year ago.  He concludes it in Haggai 2:15-19 by saying, “” ‘Now give careful thought to this from this day on —consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the LORD’s temple. 16 When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty. 17 I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not turn to me,’ declares the LORD. 18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid. Give careful thought: 19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.

‘From this day on I will bless you.’ ”

It isn’t God that is withholding our blessing, it is us.  His desire is to bless us, but we have to get things in order in our personal lives as well as our spiritual lives for the Lord to be able to release to us our divine provision.  We are moving into times where it is more and more important that we learn the value of corporate unity and oneness in the sharing of our resources.  It is no longer about us as individuals living the American dream, filling our pockets and others be damned.  We are about putting each other’s needs before our own, reaching out in the love of Christ and often personal sacrifice to meet the needs in one another.  This is building the house of the Lord.  This is the restoration of the unity that Christ longs to see in His body.

We are the stewards of the Lord.  In order for a Stewart to be entrusted with much, he must prove himself first faithful in little.  Do not despise the days of small beginnings for they are the foundation stones to the days of greatness and blessing.  Let us be faithful where we are at and with what we have.  Be willing to give of yourself to the body in all of the areas that you are blessed and gifted.  Isn’t this what God is looking for in His people?  God is able to meet all of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus, but there are hindrances that we must deal with first.  We are all looking to God for our needs to be met and He is looking to us to start meeting the needs in one another and to faithfully give to Him what is His.   If we will follow kingdom principles we will see kingdom results.

Blessings,

#kent

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