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Provision to Prosper - A Devotion

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Philippians 4:19 (Amplified)
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Today our friends and family will participate in a benefit put together to bless our son who has battled cancer for more than two years. Over these difficult times, the Lord has supernaturally supplied our every need. Even on the days when our budget is stretched, it seems there is always enough to do whatever it is that needs to be done and a little more. With a tight budget comes the stress of resistance as our flesh points to God accusing Him of withholding from us or giving us less than we deserve. Nothing could be further from the truth but it is difficult sometimes to understand why we do not prosper in all things as the Word of God says. Dissatisfaction and discontentment are the enemy’s tactic to detour God’s People from experiencing prosperity and the fullness that is a quality of abundant life. God will liberally supply your every need. Not according to man’s standard but according to His Riches in glory through Jesus Christ. If you are not experiencing total satisfaction in your daily life, it is directly connected to your spiritual life. God provides everything we need. It is up to God’s People use what He supplies to prosper.

2 Corinthians 9:7-11 (NLT)
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.”

In the beginning, the Lord put mankind in a flourishing garden providing everything that they need to thrive. Adam would not have to put his hand to the plow but simply reach down and take what the Lord provided to satisfy his hunger completely. There would be no lack in God’s Provision yet somehow humanity wanted more. Rather than enjoying what God had given them, they desired only what they were told that they could not have and so they were sent out of God’s Provision to fend for themselves in the world. Everything in the garden was now in the world except the Tree of Life. The only difference was now rather than God doing it all, man would have to work for it and discover the term “labor”. This was never God’s Intention for His People. Man refused to fully trust the Lord and has reaped the consequences of sin. Jesus Christ has made a way for us to return to the place called righteousness. In right standing with God, we are given full access to the Presence of God. God never stop providing for you. It is His Plan for your life that every need would be met even more than we think or ask. The Lord delights in providing for His People. (Psalm 147:7-11) The world in which we live has everything that we need to survive and satisfy us but it is our compelling need for more that keeps us from enjoying it. God provided it and continues to maintain it. (Psalm 65:9-13) God’s Purpose for our life is prosperity. Not as man has defined it and directly associated it with money, but to be enriched in all things and in every way so that the fruits of righteousness can be manifested in our life. What are those fruits? “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”(Galatians 5:22-23) Who can live on love? You can. The problem is that we spend all our time trying to make money rather than cultivate the fruits of righteousness in our life. When we have a problem, we try to throw money at it rather than take it to the Lord in prayer. We do not see the Lord for the excellent Father that He is who has left a rich inheritance for His Children through Jesus Christ, His Son. (Matthew 7:9-11) We look for the Lord to bless us monetarily and measure our prosperity according to man’s idea of wealth rather than looking deep within to the condition of our heart.

Numbers 20:6-12 (NLT)
Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to them, and the LORD said to Moses, “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.” So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the LORD. Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”

We limit our prosperity because human beings have trust issues. Even Moses, after all God had done right before his very eyes, could not trust the Lord completely. Prosperity comes when we grow roots so deep in righteousness through Jesus Christ that we expect God’s provision every day. It is the moment that we decide to take Him at His Word knowing that it will not return void and must accomplish EVERYTHING that it set out to do. (Isaiah 55:10-12) God told Moses to go “speak” to the rock and He would send water to satisfy the people. However, the first time that the Lord provided water He instructed Moses to strike the rock. When Moses went before the people, his doubt caused him to try to do it the way that he knew produced results the first time rather than having total faith in what God was doing this time. It cost the Man of God entrance to the Promised Land. Lack of faith and trust in the Lord will do the very same thing in our life. Although God has given us freedom to choose, we have self-imposed restriction due to a lack of faith and total trust in the Lord. I can only imagine the thoughts running through Abraham’s head when he was climbing the mountain with everything to make a sacrifice but only his son to give. Isaac represented everything that the man had hoped for and dreamed of yet his total trust in God is revealed in that Abraham would give even his own son if that is what the Lord required because he was a total believer. He called the Lord – Yahweh Yireh or the Lord will provide. You will never know if you have God’s Best until you meet Him in the place of sacrifice when you must give all that you are to have all that He is. You must be in the right position to receive the Blessing of God for your life. (Genesis 28:20-22) Prosperity comes from total trust in the Lord without reservation. God has a plan for your life. He has given you divine purpose that leads to prosperity so that you will be complete lacking nothing. You must take what God has provided and use it to His Glory to experience prosperity. You have it all, you just maybe haven’t put it all together yet.
Romans 3:22-24 (NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

It is God’s Will for you to prosper. It is His Plan. He allows you to live this way through Jesus Christ. You do not have to suffer the consequences of sin which is the enemy’s excuse for God is not blessing you. God has blessed you (past tense). He has given you EVERYTHING you need to prosper. Righteousness is the freedom to do just that. Sin took you out of God’s Glorious Standard of living, but righteousness puts you right back in that place of undeserved privilege. There is nothing that you need to do other than follow Jesus Christ. As long as you are connected to Jesus, you will have everything you need because it has been there for you all along now God’s Spirit will use it to cultivate prosperity in our life. God has glorious and unlimited resources. (Ephesians 3:14-17) If we believed that than we would withhold nothing from the Lord not even our money. (Malachi 3:10-12) Not only that the enemy is looking to devour the resources of God designated for your life. Living in a covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ rebukes the devourer. We must be alert because satan is constantly preying on weak and vulnerable faith divided between God and men. (I Peter 5:7-8) We are given good and perfect gifts every day from the Father with love that we take for granted or cast off for lesser things that produce immediate gratification. (James 1:16-18) God is constantly providing for His Plan in our life. (Psalm 139:16) Prosperity and obedience are partners of faith. (Deuteronomy 29:9) We decide whether or not we prosper using the constant provision of God as resources to further the Kingdom, establish our faith and please our Father. (Deuteronomy 30:15-16) Only those who sow will reap. You have everything you need today to prosper. Will you use it to the Glory of God? His Provision is to prosper us His Way. (Psalm 34:11-14) Commit everything you do to the Lord and you will prosper. (Psalm 37:3-5) ”Oh, the joys of those who do not or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” (Psalm 1:1-3)

Psalm 16:5-11 (NLT)
LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

The people who have planned or orchestrated the fundraiser for our son have been working on this selflessly for months. They set a goal that has already been reached before the first meal has been served. The Goodness of God is evident in their giving. They love our family. They wanted to do something, anything to bless us in this difficult time. We do not know exactly when or where the treatment will be or when it will begin. But God does. In His Divine Love and Provision, He has put it on the hearts of ordinary people to do an extraordinary thing. He has blessed their investment and it is most definitely prospering. To God be the Glory. It is my profound hope and constant prayer that those who participate today will be blown away not by the money that is received but overwhelmed and overtaken by the Glorious Riches that we have found in His Love, Joy and Peace that allows us to smile each day, laugh through the tears, love through the pain and sleep peacefully at night! This is true prosperity! It satisfies our life. It is a gift – a gift that has already been given!

Ephesians 3:14-17 (NLT)
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.