Philippians 4:19 NKJV – I call Him Jesus

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

We know this Scripture, probably by heart. We have spoken this Scripture into our lives over and over again. Am I making some presumptions here? I don’t think so. God shall supply all of our needs. Through Jesus Christ, God’s riches cover every circumstance. Every circumstance whether physical or spiritual.

What an incredible promise to those who believe! Jesus is by our side, walking with us, resides in everything we face, and is in our tomorrows. So then what’s the problem? Why is it that so many times we don’t accept these truths? Jehovah Jireh, “The Lord who provides”. “Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:12 NKJV)

Well, I think part of the answer as to why we don’t accept the promises of God is because we see our circumstances from our own eyes and our own strength and not from God’s point of view. That is a fatal flaw. God sees the bigger picture and possesses all the strength needed to deliver us, to sustain us, to lift us above our burden, to love us, to provide everything we need and to conquer what holds us down.

When we go to the Lord in prayer for whatever we need, how do we approach it? Do we ask God for help if He sees our need as important? Yikes! Or do we seek God because we believe that God is above all things and is our All in All. When the bible says to humbly seek the Lord, “Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear” (Psalm 10:17 NKJV) it doesn’t mean we go to God without confidence and belief that God is able. Scripture says so much about this:

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV)

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)

Friend, what is it that you need God to do? What is it you need God to accomplish? God is your Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. I know some things to be the truth. God and His Holy Word is the truth. The power of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us and to lead us into all understanding is the truth. And that Jesus Christ loves you with an everlasting love and died for you so that you could have eternal life is the truth. If you don’t have complete understanding of the truth, the power of God and the love of Jesus I talk about above than I might be able to help you with these questions. My family seems to be breaking apart, can you help me? No I can’t but I know a man who can. I’ve lost my job and I don’t know what to do. Can you help me? No, but I know a man who can. My kids seems so distant to me. Can you help me restore our relationship? No, but I know a man who can. I’m so sick. My doctor’s seem to think all is lost. Can you give me something to get well? No, but I know a man who can. I feel I don’t belong. I feel no one loves me. Can you change my circumstances? No, but I know a man who can. I call Him Jesus.

Dear Lord, thank You that You will supply all of our needs according to Your riches. Thank You that we can put our complete trust in Your glorious abundance. Thank You for Your everlasting love and provision. You are our Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. Lord forgive our wicked ways. Lord we believe that You died for us and rose from the grave to defeat our sin and death and give us eternal life. Come into our lives Lord and be our Lord and Savior. May we rest in Your provision and care in Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 90:17 NKJV – Your presence is all we need

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

The beauty of the Lord encompasses so many things. He is glorious. He is matchless. He is wonderful. He is all loving. He is Almighty. In the midst of life, in wilderness or not, it’s the blessing of God’s own presence which gives meaning and joy. When we are wandering in the wilderness of life, we may not leave any monuments or boast to any of our own accomplishments, but God will give eternal significance to the deeds of hands that serve Him. It is God that establishes the work of our hands. It is God who receives the glory.

There are times when we just “keep on keepin on” because we are called by God to live out His will in our lives. We press in when it gets tough. We labor in the face of discouragement. We endure the hardships. The reason? It’s all about Jesus. God gave His all for us. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV) Now we give our all for Him.

An essential part in the life of believers is more than a matter of external observance. It’s more than a matter of what other people will observe, but it’s a total commitment to God. We serve because He served. We love because He is love. We give because He gave. We submit because He submitted. We press in toward the goal because He established our prize. We give our all because He is our all in all. And if others see our service as being different, or see us as “peculiar”, than glory to God. Pleasing God involves inward attitudes, not simply external observance. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” (Romans 14:17-18 NKJV)

The beauty of all of this comes from the eternal and everlasting desire for God to spend eternity with His creation. His desire to be with us has never changed. His gift to us, Jesus, opened the gateway to God’s presence. Jesus Christ is the way to engage God’s Holy presence. Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life. Jesus Christ was given to us because God loved us first. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV) And when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, God continues with His promise to establish the work of our hands.

No matter what we may face, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter the time or the day, no matter how severe our situation is, as believers, God will establish the work of our hands. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV) And if we keep our eyes on God and if what we accomplish by the hand of God touches someone else’s life, than Praise God!

Friend, join me today in prayer, thanking God for His work in us. Thank God that He prepared beforehand the good works we would do. Thank God that He establishes our way for His purpose and His glory. And thank God for giving us His Son, Jesus, as our gateway to His glory.

Precious and eternal God. Thank You that since the beginning of time You desired to spend eternity with Your creation. Thank You that You establish the work of our hands. Keep us Lord as we serve You. Strengthen us with Your mighty hand. Restore us Lord when we become weary. Thank You God that You gave Your all for us, Your Son Jesus, so that we can receive Your greatest gift. May all we say and do give glory to Your name. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

1 John 2:27 NLT – It’s the Holy Spirit that reveals God’s truth

But you have received the Holy Spirit,and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as He has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

Believers have an illumination (discernment) from God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who accompanies the Word and keeps us in the truth of the gospel. The Holy Spirit is the source of human understanding. This Scripture verse ends with remaining in fellowship with Christ. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit and His wisdom goes hand in hand with fellowship with Jesus Christ. They are one and the same. So when we step out on our own and insert human wisdom, why do you think we fail?

Scripture says this, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:12-13 NKJV)

The lost of this world do not have the capability to understand the wisdom of the Holy Spirit because they can only know the things that are natural. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV) So it would seem to me that if we are in Christ and abide in Him, we would never want to venture out on our own relying on our own human understanding. But, guess what? We do. Believers become complacent in their walk and the blessings of God and feel they “got it”. No condemnation here. I’ve done this as well. It’s a scheme of the enemy to get us to think we’re capable on our own. But let me tell you, we are not.

The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He is the Spirit of truth and continues to reveal the truth of God to believers. The Holy Spirit teaches us the ways of God. “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.” (Psalm 143:10 NKJV) And the Holy Spirit’s teaching is centered on Jesus Christ. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14-15 NKJV) Fellowship with the Holy Spirit and His wisdom goes hand in hand with fellowship with Jesus Christ.

Where does one start to establish fellowship with the Holy Spirit? It starts with submission of your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It starts with understanding that no human effort can earn eternal life. It’s only by God’s grace that we can live eternally in fellowship with Him. It’s all about Jesus. God gave us His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Only the perfect sacrifice could atone for our sinful nature. Scripture says, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10 NKJV) Humanity is lost until they come to the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17 NKJV) To receive the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit, we must first come to the cross; we must first be saved.

Friend, let me share something with you that a dear friend of mine gave me recently. I don’t know who originally wrote this, but here’s what it says:

You are Complete in Jesus Christ

“God sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter. He’s the still, small voice we hear guiding us in God’s ways and nudging us when we sin. He teaches and prods. When we grow weary, He strengthens us. When we lose faith, He reminds us of God’s love. The Holy Spirit never lies to us. Therefore, we can trust Him. When He leads us through the dark valley, He knows the way to the other side. We may want to take our own path, but He alone guides us as we grow in Christ.”

Does this sound like someone you would desire to have fellowship with? Does this sound like someone you would desire to help you survive living in this world? Then all you need to do is go to God in humble prayer. First, seeking Jesus Christ to be the Lord of your life, and then ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit.

Dear Lord, I understand that true wisdom comes from Your Holy Spirit. It is only through Your Holy Spirit that I can receive true knowledge and walk in true wisdom. Lord, there is sin in my life and I don’t call You Lord and Savior. I desire to change so that I can have fellowship with You and the Holy Spirit. Forgive me Lord for my sin and come into my life as my Lord and Savior. I believe that You died for our sins and defeated sin and death once and for all through Your resurrection. Holy Spirit come and fill me up; come and live in me. I submit my life into Your hands. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Isaiah 32:18 NKJV – The peace of the Lord

My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places

There’s something about the phrase, “peaceful habitation” that is comforting and even soothing to my mind. The world we live in is not very peaceful. There are areas of great unrest and conflict. There are wars and police states. We’ve heard the term, “Marshall Law” in areas where peace cannot be controlled. But God’s people are promised “peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

It’s God’s Holy Spirit that brings a sense of well-being, contentment, and security whatever our outward circumstances. Peace is an indication of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Peace is a resource that the Holy Spirit gives to believers. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17 NKJV) If peace is a resource of the Holy Spirit, then to partake in a peaceful habitation, we must be spiritually minded. “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 NKJV)

So where do we find peace, security, and quiet resting places. It’s found in an intimate relationship with the Lord. Our lives are often filled to the max with things to do. We are very busy. I will warn you that this is one of the enemy’s schemes to keep us from spending time with the Lord. But to find peace, security, and rest, we must find God. To be at rest spiritually is to find peace through Jesus Christ. And this rest is promised to those who place their trust in God and obey Him. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 NKJV)

I cherish the moments in the day when I place my full attention on the Lord in prayer. Prayer time for me is where I sense the presence of the Holy Spirit (peace) and grow in intimacy with the Lord. When I place my mind on nothing else but conversation with and praise to the Lord, the surroundings I am in and the circumstances I am facing disappear. Everything around me vanishes and all that is left is the Lord. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” (Psalm 61:3-4 NKJV) My security, my well-being is promised in the shelter of the Lord.

Friend, if you are feeling the effects of the world which may include stress, unrest, and weakness in spirit, turn to the Lord. I encourage you to call upon the name of the Lord in prayer. Set aside time every day to sit in the stillness of His presence and pray. In the secret, in the quiet place, in the stillness You are there.”

Precious Lord, thank You for Your presence. Lord, You are as close as a whisper to us. In Your presence we find peace, security, and rest. We find strength in You as we spend time with You. You are our strong tower, our hiding place, our safe refuge. Forgive us Lord when we think that we can find true peace in the things of the world. True peace comes only in You. Thank You Lord for the fullness of Your grace and mercy. Turn our hearts toward You Lord. May we be refreshed by Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

James 1:2-4 The Message – Testing

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Trials can be considered pure joy only when there is knowledge that they are designed by God for a purpose. They are tests of faith given in order to develop perseverance, thereby producing maturity in Christian character. “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.” (Romans 5:3 NKJV)

I will tell you that I don’t like tribulation. I don’t like it, but I understand it and where I need to place my trust. God seeks proof of genuine love, faith and growth in the lives of His people. He tests them in various ways.

God tests us to refine us. “And it shall come to pass in all the land, says the Lord, that two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it. I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” (Zechariah 13:8-9 NKJV)

God tests us to prove our obedience. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” (Exodus 16:4 NKJV)

And God allows faith to be tested. Faith testing is the means through which the genuineness of our faith is proved and our Christian character developed.

Testing proves the genuineness of our faith. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV)

Testing develops our Christian character. That’s what our foundational verse is saying. But not only does testing prove and develop our character, it cleans and purifies us. “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10 NLKV)

But thanks be to God that He promises help during testing. “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:32 NKJV) and “When you pass through the water, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:2 NKJV)

Friend, our faith will be tested. Faith testing is not always pleasant, but with our minds and eyes fixed on God, it will produce a blessing that someday we will not be able to contain it. When we believe that our faith is being tested, that’s the perfect time to go to the secret place where you can call on the name of the Lord and pray. That’s the perfect time to ask Him to strengthen and enlighten you as you walk through your circumstance. It’s the perfect time to gather prayer partners around you to agree to pray with you. That’s the perfect time to worship the Lord. It’s in the midst of worship that God manifests Himself. When God appears in His awesome power, those things, the enemies of God (sickness, disease, conflict, unforgiveness, strife, heartache, fear, sorrow, pain, sin) have reason to fear Him and flea as they will be destroyed. In the midst of worship, God moves. Worship is turning to God in awe, praise and joy, as his people realize how wonderful He is. Prayer is a natural part of worship: to know God is to want to worship him and pray to him. Prayer demonstrates our absolute dependency on God.

Dear Lord, thank You that You test our faith and our obedience. Thank You that You refine us and cleanse us and make us stronger. Teach us to turn towards You when we face testing. Teach us to call upon You in prayer and praise. Thank You for the promises of Your Word that the testing of our faith will develop our patience, and patience will bring about perseverance so that we can run the full race and not fail. Forgive us Lord when we think that giving up is a better answer than to keep on keepin on. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!