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How To Get All Your Needs Met With God’s Promised Provision

Do you have any need?  Is there anything in your life that is lacking?  Are you without anything?  God has promised to supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) In the book of James, we are told we don’t have because we do not ask”. (James 4:2)

Jesus told many parables giving us encouragement to pray and not to give up.  Prayer is an exchange with God.  Prayer can be defined as the meeting of words, my words of need and God’s word of promised provision. The instruction of Peter in his writings tells us that everything we need for life and for godliness is realized in our knowledge of Christ Jesus. (2 Peter 1:3)

One thing Jesus was known for was His prayer life.  In Matthew 6, Jesus taught His followers how to pray.  He began by emphasizing the reward.  Jesus said, be careful who you pray to because that is who will give you the reward.  Jesus was concerned prayer would be profitable. 

Jesus explained the receiver of your prayer exchange determined the source of your reward.  When you pray before man to be received by man, man’s provision is the source of your reward.  When you pray to your father in heaven, your father in heaven is the source of your reward.

Teaching further, Jesus said the words you use in prayer matter. Jesus explained that we should not use empty, repeated phrases in our exchange with God.  We should pray in a manner and with the attitude that God is kind, gracious, and willing to give us what we are asking to receive.  God is not a stingy God, but willing to meet our every lack with His promised provision.  We should be confident God knows what we need, since God knows everything, before we even ask. (Matthew 6:8)

In this thought pattern, Jesus taught us how to pray.  He told us the way to get all our needs met with God’s promised provision.  Prayer is an exchange with God.  It is a conversation where we give God our lack and God gives us His supply.  The word Supplication (ask for supply) is exactly what is taking place in prayer. 

Jesus, in these few short phrases, conveys the “manner” in which we should pray.  When Jesus said pray after this manner, He meant pray like this.  He did not mean these exact words.  He meant pray within this vein, within this meaning, within this outline.  When we want to get our needs met with God’s promised provision, this is how we do it.

Our father which art in heaven,
hallowed by thy name,

thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,
give us this day our daily bread, and
forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and
lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Let’s examine the Lord’s Prayer, or as some people refer to it, the Disciple’s Prayer. 

Our father which art in heaven,

It is imperative we are talking to our father, who is in heaven.  We must have a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave Himself for us.  No one, Jesus said, can come to God (The Father) except through Him (Jesus the Son).  Before we are really addressing “God”, we must first believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus took our punishment, Jesus died in our place, Jesus was buried, Jesus rose again, Jesus is in Heaven with God — and Jesus did all that so we could have a relationship with God. (Ephesians 5:2, John 14:6, Romans 10:9)

hallowed be thy name,

This phrase demonstrates our attitude toward who we are praying.  The word hallowed means unique, set apart, different.  The word name means reputation or character.  It is only once we have a relationship with God, The Father, we recognize His character and perceive His reputation.  We understand there’s no other God but Our Father God.  He has a reputation of making the heaven and the earth, raising the dead, making the dumb to speak, healing the lame so they can walk, causing bound men to go free, and providing for the destitute to name a few things He’s done.  He has a character of mercy, grace, love, pardon, faithfulness, kindness, gentleness, to name a few descriptions of the completeness of His character.   

thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

Everything in heaven and earth belongs to Him.  We want His kingdom to be accomplished.  We want His rule and reign to take place.  We want His ways to be promoted on earth as they are done in heaven. He rules the heaven.  God rules the order of the universe.  He has dominion over every star and over every galaxy.  We want His rule on this earth, where we live, in our home, in our person, and in our possessions.  We desire His kingdom authority to happen.  We align ourselves and our needs to God’s Kingdom purpose.

give us this day our daily bread

God was before there was time and day-by-day we need His fulfillment.  We need His provision today.  We need the things that He has promised us for today.  Our life is temporal, a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow so we need Him to meet our every need today.  Our need for food, water, and the sustaining of life is absolutely necessary for us to live.

forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

God has promised to forgive us to the same measure as we forgive those who have misused us.  God said He would be compassionate to those who are merciful and said we must forgive others so we can exchange our need for His promised provision.  We agree with God to give up resentment, hardness, and making others “pay” because God didn’t make us “pay”.   We forgive others when they rob from us, steal, and overstep their rights in our life because we have a great need for God to forgive us as we have robbed Him, stolen from Him, and overstepped His rights by our thoughts, words, and actions.

lead us not into temptation but deliver us from all evil

God, do not test us.  Do not “try us” because we may fail the test. Lord, save us and deliver us from all evil.  Simply make us totally dependent upon You.  Please don’t allow us to be put in a position to have to win the battles. Our enemies are too strong for us, God.  Save us from all evil.

for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

The only thing that lasts forever is God’s kingdom, His rule, and His authority.  The word Amen means, “let it be so” or “let it happen”.  Therefore, we are asking for God’s authority, power, and rule to happen.

At another time, Jesus said the Temple should be called a house of prayer.  After He made this declaration, He turned the money-changers’ tables over and declared that they had made it a den of robbers.  By doing this, Jesus emphasized God’s purpose in prayer.  We are to pray for God’s provision in exchange for our need.  It is God who provides.  Our prayers are answered not because we can pay, but because we cannot pay and we look to Him for His provision.

God’s provision is all of grace.  It is not because of how we ask, where we are when we ask, or when we submit the request.  We receive God’s provision in exchange for our needs because of God’s free gift.  When we pray, let us pray by grace through faith.  We receive what we ask for because of God’s great benefit.  It is because God has set His love and His affection upon us.  Our persuasion of God and our view of God enables us to exchange our need for His promised provision.  God indeed wants to meet all of our needs in accordance with His great value. 

When we pray, let us prayer in line with God’s character, authority, agreement and pleasure to meet our needs.  Make a great exchange . . . your great need for God’s promised provision.  He has promised to supply all you have need of according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

BEGIN TODAY . . . Exchange Your Great Need For God’s Promised Provision.

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6 STEPS TO RESOLVE CONFLICT WHEN YOU’VE BEEN HURT

If you’ve ever been lied about, falsely accused, or hurt you understand the resolution of the conflict is a process. God desires us to resolve these conflicts. He provides a guide for this in Genesis 31.

In Genesis 31, we find Jacob fleeing from Laban, his father-in-law. Jacob overheard Laban’s sons accusing him of stealing from the family. Jacob knew this was not true. God told Jacob to go back to his homeland, take his family, and all his possessions with him. Jacob made plans and departed immediately.

Three days later, Laban heard of the escape and began to hunt Jacob down. It took seven days for Laban and all the men he had brought with him to catch up to Jacob and his family. Laban was angry with Jacob and Jacob knew it. God protected Jacob by telling Laban he could not speak good or evil to Jacob.

When Laban overtook the traveling group, he asked a lot of “WHY” questions. He lied about Jacob, accused Jacob of stealing, and made an un-invited search of all the possession of Jacob and his family. There was one place Laban agreed not to search at the request of his daughter.

Jacob became angry with Laban and his tirade. Because of this, Jacob honestly recounted the facts of their family history. In the process, Jacob answered some of the “WHY” questions Laban had posed.

After hearing Jacob’s “side of the story”, Laban proposed to make an agreement with Jacob. They set up a monument and decided they’d stay on their sides and not cross. Jacob agreed to take care or Laban’s daughters he had been given as wives. Laban agreed to not cross the heap of stones they had set up to cause harm to Jacob.

The story ends with a meal, restful night, and departure the next morning

The 6 steps we can learn for resolving conflict when we’ve been hurt from this true story are

  • Know you’re in God’s plan for your life – Jacob had heard God tell Him to go back to his homeland. He followed God’s lead, did what God had said, and was trusting God’s leading.
  • Confess your fears – When Laban asked the “WHY” questions, Jacob answered honestly confessing his fears and distrust of Laban.
  • Ask questions – Laban asked a lot of questions, but Jacob also asked questions. He wanted to know what he had done to cause Laban to be so angry with him. Jacob wanted to know why Laban had thought so poorly of him that caused him and his sons to tell lies about him.
  • Be honest with the facts – Jacob honestly stated the facts of what had happened. He told the truth about the history of their relationship, circumstances, and his perspective on how the past had occurred.
  • Listen – Jacob listened to Laban. He heard Laban’s side of the story. The “side” Laban told was a lie but Jacob did not retaliate. Laban stated his request to “no body wins”, but let’s come to an agreement.
  • Join in the agreement – Laban came up with a “no pass” agreement. Jacob wouldn’t hurt Laban’s girls and Laban would not step beyond the agreement to cause harm to Jacob.

Everyone did keep their agreement. Jacob did not hurt the daughters of Laban and Laban caused no harm to Jacob.

The next time you have been “hurt” in a relationship, attempt these 6 steps to work to resolve the conflict. If you are unsure or need additional support or guidance, seek counsel from a Christian leader, mentor, or coach. Proverbs 11:14 says ” in an abundance of counselors there is safety”.

One final thing to consider . . . notice Laban never agreed he had hurt Jacob, done him wrong, or violated him in any way. Sometimes in conflict resolution, we will not get a validation of our hurt from the individual who hurt us.

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4 Strategies To Experience The Blessed Life Found in Psalm 119

Intense happiness is another way to describe “blessed”. Do you need a little more intense happiness in your life? Do you want to experience the blessed life? Psalm 119 will enable you to participate first-hand in the happy life.

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible and believed to have been written by David over his life span. It is 176 verses divided into 22 sections which each contain 8 verses. The Hebrew alphabet contains 22 letters. Each section begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

The excellencies, benefits, and usefulness of the Word of God is the main topic of this Psalm. Some words used in this Psalm to describe the Word of God are statutes, commandments, precepts, and testimonies. No matter your chronological age or the number of years you have been following the Lord, the study and practical application of this Psalm will be a blessing to you.

When studying God’s Word including Psalm 119, use these 4 strategies in the order presented to experience the most from the written word: (Note: Due to the length of Psalm 119, you may choose to take 8 verses at the time to apply these strategies.)

  • Read the text to understand what it says. You should read it completely through multiple times before moving on to the next strategy.
  • Use the text to build understanding of what the text meant to the readers for which it was written. Attempt to identify the writer, readers, and current culture at the time of it’s original presentation.
  • Identify words which need further clarity in their meaning. Use Dictionary.Com and/or Strong’s Bible Concordance to look up the meaning of words appearing in the text. Seek to summarize your understanding of what the text means in general terms.
  • Draw conclusions from the reading, meaning, and understanding you have to craft principles for the meaning of the text to you. Set up a system to remember the principles and implement them in your day-to-day life.

Once you complete these 4 strategies, you will have a better knowledge of Psalm 119. When applied to your life, this knowledge will promote a blessed, fortunate, happy life.

BONUS:
Psalm 119 is made up of Prayers, Praise, and Proclamations. Get the most out of the text by identifying each verse as a prayer, praise, or proclamation.

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How Would You Rate Your Level Of Peace?

To rate something means that you judge it a particular worth or a particular value. Paul told us as he closed 2 Corinthians we should live in peace. Isaiah, in the Old Testament, told us we will live in peace when our minds are focused upon the Lord.

How would you value or rate the level of peace in your life? Our level of peace is directly related to the measure of Christ in our lives. Jesus, who is The Christ, the son of the living God, is called the Prince of Peace in the book of Isaiah. It is only when Jesus Christ is in us that we have peace. It is only when we focus on Him that the level of our peace is increased.

Peace can also be called rest because peace is a lack of war, it is a lack of hostility. Peace is when there is no fighting. As you consider your level of peace you would also consider your level of fighting. Your rate of rest equals your rate of peace. What is the level of rest in your life?

In 2nd Corinthians 13, Paul encourages us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Being in the faith is being in the persuasion of God and the things of God. Consider these four evaluation measures to determine the level of peace in your life. Remember the level of peace in your life is directly related to level of Christ in your life.

In Matthew 11:29-30, Jesus gave us a path for peace. He gave us four things that we could do to be sure that we find rest. Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

STEP ONE: COME TO HIM

Jesus said “Come to Me.” The first question we need to ask – Have we come to Jesus? We could evaluate our answers in light of John 3. Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again. Jesus is asking here, have you been born again? Have you come to the Light of the world confessing your great darkness and asking Him to cleanse you of all your sin against God. Sin is rebellion against God. Have you come to Christ Jesus, the Savior of the world, requesting Him to deliver you from the rebellion you have against Him. Are you living at peace with the Son of God who loved you and gave Himself for you?

STEP TWO: UNITED TO HIM

Jesus said “Take My yoke upon you.” The second question we need to ask – Have we taken Jesus’ yoke upon us? A yoke is piece of wood that is used to connect two animals together to work the fields. It causes them to walk together in unity. The animals do not fight one with another, they are joined and in agreement. What Jesus is commanding here is to be in agreement with Him. For us to be connected to Him is what Jesus had in mind. He wants us to take His measuring stick for how things should be done. He is requesting us to join Him and work connected to Him.

STEP THREE: GET TO KNOW HIM

Jesus said “learn of Me.” The third question we need to ask – Are we getting to know Jesus? Jesus described himself as gentle and humble. Have we gotten to know Jesus as non-harsh? Jesus is the perfect picture of peace. He was completely submissive to the Father’s will. Jesus had his own will, but it was surrendered to do only what God, the Father, wanted Him to do. He lived “unpuffed up” in his own will. Jesus never had his own agenda. He did only those things which pleased the Father. Are we becoming what we behold? Are we becoming the gentle and lowly followers of God we see modeled for us by Jesus?

STEP FOUR: DISCOVER YOUR REST

Jesus said “find rest for your souls.” The fourth question to ask – Are we living a life of peace? Do we have rest in our lives? Do we have wholeness in our spirits? The words of Jesus encourage us to have the highest rating possible of peace and rest in our lives. Jesus concluded his prescription with the words “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Jesus is saying everything about coming to Him, uniting with Him, learning of Him is to create peace and rest in your life. He described the connection with Him as being suitable and easily managed.

What is the result of your examination? What is your level of peace, your level of rest, your level of tranquility? If you find yourself lacking in any way, I encourage you to go back to step one. Come to Jesus. He wants to give you rest. He wants to give you His full measure. He continually offers step two, unity with Him. He wants you to agree with Him. Getting on the same page with Him because no one comes unto the Father but by Him. Third, never stop learning of Him. He wants you to be thoroughly acquainted with Him. He doesn’t just want you to know what others have said about Him. He wants you to know Him for yourself. Finally, He wants you to discover wholeness in your life. He wants you to be free from hostility, have freedom from fighting, and live in peace.

Jesus said in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Jesus wants nothing more for you than for you to live in abundant peace. He wants tranquility to be to the full in your life. He wants your cup of rest to be overflowing.

Let us examine our level of peace on a regular basis. Examine to ensure we continually come to Christ, unite with Him, get to know Him, and discover the rest found only in Him.

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7 ACTIONS TO TAKE TO ALWAYS LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE IN GOD

Anything done without faith is sin. Sin is rebellion against God. Faith is persuasion of what God has said and that the outcome He has promised will take place. Anything you do in your life without a whole-hearted persuasion of what God has said is rebellion against Him. (Romans 14:23 – whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.)

Taken from Proverbs 12, we find 7 actions we can use to always live with confidence in God. It is imperative we implement these activities in our day-to-day lives. We do not want to be found in rebellion against God. No one is without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

ACTION ONE – Love Instruction

Love the state of being “in the know”. Love learning, being taught, being warned, having restraint, being corrected, and having discipline imposed on you. Jesus loved instruction. He listened to counsel and restrained himself to be under the authority of His mother and father. He studied the scriptures and often did things so “the scripture would be fulfilled“. (Luke 2:51-52)

ACTION TWO – Be Pleasant/Agreeable with God and others

Don’t resist God. Do not fight against Him. Do not oppose others even when they are fighting against you. Speak pleasantly to others and agreeably with yourself. (James 4:6, Colossians 4:6, Matthew 5:11)

ACTION THREE – Be Wise – Have Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of the Lord is to hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and twisted speech. To be wise means you act informed, from a place of health, in whole stability, and power. Be thoroughly equipped unto every good work. (Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 8:13, 2 Timothy 3:17)

ACTION FOUR – Promote Life and Health in Others

Be controlled by virtue. Ensure you are in right standing with God and others are in right standing with God. Encourage others on to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24, Galatians 6:10

ACTION FIVE – Work What You’ve Been Given

Do not follow empty pursuits and waterless clouds. Instead ensure that you are using the resources you’ve been given. Exchange, expand, and expose the value of God’s provision in your life. (Ecclesiastes 9:10, Jude 1:12, Matthew 25:14–30)

ACTION SIX – Always Tell the Truth

Tell what is actually so. Speak the truth in love. Tell Jesus. Jesus said He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” Do not lie to one another. Do not be deceived, you’ll reap whatever you sow. (1 Corinthians 6:10, John 14:6, Colossians 3:9, Galatians 6:7, Ephesians 4:15)

ACTION SEVEN – Be Decisive

Be confident in the decision you make. Just as a sharp knife makes divisions easier than a dull knife, be sharp in your decision making processes. Seek to always please God. Be firm in your choices, emphasis, firmness, values, and decisions. Make up your mind. Set your face with certainty toward knowing, understanding and moving in all God’s ways. (2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Kings 18:21, Joshua 24:14-15, Isaiah 50:17)

God wants us to be thoroughly persuaded! He wants us to be rooted deep. He doesn’t want us to miss the mark, rebelling against Him. He is warning us not to perish because of being uninformed. (Hosea 4:6)

Let us make up our mind today and do these 7 actions. This will enable us to live fully persuaded the actions of our life are in line with Him.