Supernatural Provision

By God’s grace we are provided everything that we need to survive. God has commanded that everything that lives submit themselves to our survival. So, if one needs a job God provides. If one needs a car, He provides. It does not matter ones need or walk of faith God provides. God’s name of provider is YAHWAH YIREH. In fact, Jesus said that God provides for the plants and animals (Mt6:28-29, ps104:14). One of the favorite verses that speak about God’s providence is Philippians 4:19 ” And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus “. Solomon understood that God’s providence is for sure but it can whither away (Prv30:8-9). Through God’s daily providence we find no reason or excuse not to thank him and recognize that he is real. It is one of the ways everyone we find our way to God, by his providence.

Matthew 10:7-10

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

But, what if there is more? What if God’s there is a greater providence then our daily bread? There is it is the supernatural aspect of his providence. So, God’s providence has two aspects the one is our daily bread and the other is his supernatural providence. Take for instance in Matthew 17:27 Peter tells Jesus that the tax collectors were requesting taxes from Jesus, so Jesus sends him to the lake and fish, and from the first fish he caught he was to pay. In that urgent moment where if Jesus did not pay the tribute those who were against him would have stumbled, God’s supernatural providence came through for Jesus. God comes through in a strange way; not in the common way we normally see him, that requires urgency or it has purpose. Such a way as in the Old Testament where this prophet who borrowed an ax to cut a tree and it fell of its handle and into the water. Elisha in 2 Kings 6:4-6 caused the ax to float in the water returning it to the prophet. The disciples were sent to preach and because of that they were going to be provided supernaturally to their needs. When we take heed to God’s call he promises to take care of all our needs in a supernatural way (Mt6:33).

The Contract

Making a contract with someone over a property now has become very technical. With all the terminology and the word usage one could get into a pretty sticky situation, just for signing their name. In fact, nowadays the fine print has become even finer, so we will probably need in the near future a magnifying glass for when signing any contract. Signing a contract now is used metaphorically to committing to something by disseat. Now, God’s people voluntarily signed a contract with death; hell, and this because they loved drunkenness and sensuality. According to statistics about 80,000 people die from alcohol drinking. There has been a significant increase of the people drinking in the US. Men are more likely to engage in risky drinking more then women. In fact, because of problems at home, work or where ever people have signed a contract with death and drank. Now, drinking is not the only thing we commit too when hard times come, there is prostitution, eating, excess working, cheating, fighting, stealing and the list goes on. A contract makes us feel responsible or committed to fulfill.

Isaiah 28:15-16  You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death,with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement.
When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood[a] our hiding place.”

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.

Now, in order for a contract to be voided either one has to fulfill the contract, make a law suit, or someone else will take the place.  And, that is where Jesus comes in as the cornerstone Isaiah is referring, that whoever believes should not be ashamed. The contract has to be fully revealed before it can either completely null or some one else can take it over. God’s people gave up hoping and waiting for salvation that they gave themselves up to heavy drinking and sensuality, that they metaphorically signed the contract with death. So, God put in front of them the contract they had made with death with the solution or way out of that contract; Jesus. The Samaritan women had her contract revealed; adulteress, by Jesus when she encounter him by the well (Jh4:14-18). In the song of Moses and Miriam they sang of the salvation of the Lord (ex.15:1-3).  Peter in his sermon revealed what Jesus was speaking throughout his ministry and that is that he was that cornerstone which the builders rejected (Acts4:10-12).  Jesus saved us from the contract of death that we were bewitched.  He is our strength and our salvation (ps.28:8) and therefore we should not fear or feel committed to fulfilling something that makes us feel uncomfortable like a bad contract. 

Withstanding the fury darts

Matthew 4:1:4

The time when we have had a great time or a victorious one is when many times Satan tends to stick his foot out to make us fall. The purpose of temptation has two central purposes one is to make us fall; Satan driven, and the other is to humble us; God permitted (1Cor.10:13). God does not tempt anyone nor can he be tempted (Jm1:13). Now,  A temptation is a desire to do something bad knowing that is bad, and the only one who tempts us to do the bad is Satan.  There are times that we ourselves induce temptation the scriptures call it that we do so out of our own lusts (Jm1:14). 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The temptercame to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[

Now, Jesus had just been singled out with the sign of the dove by God the Father as the Son of God, and was baptized; plus he was at the end of his fasting of 40 days and nights. So, Jesus had a lot going for him just like the typical man of God whose life is turned around in an instance. The greatest battles come after significant moments in our lives.  But, one thing is for sure and that is that God gives us the victory over temptation (He2:18). Jesus’ triumph over the enemy’s temptation is spoken specifically spoken by God in Genesis 3:15, where God says that the women’s see would crush the serpent’s head.  

Time to restore

There is a time and a season for everything said Solomon in Ecclesiastes, and sure enough no matter how long it may take for things to change they will without anyone provoking it. Sometimes, we desire change and for things to get better and we wanted it at a set time or day, but for some reason most of the times it does not happen. Life is not fair for a good number of us, things do not always turn out the way we expect it. However, faith always keeps us waiting and expecting a change (Ro4:16), we continue believing even though things do not look good. God has this thing called faithfulness that keeps him on check on fulfilling his promises. David said “for I always have been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness”(ps26:3). He also said that God’s faithfulness reaches the skies (ps57:10), David knew that God always came through for him. No matter how hopeless a situation may look God has deemed a time to deal with it, and he deals with it in his own style and by his own peculiar way. Even as to use the oddest person such as a cup-bearer, God will work.   

Nehemiah 2:17-18

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Now, Jerusalem and the people of Israel had gone through a devastation like no other; the city was burned down, its walls torched and the people who survived the exile were back at the city. And, Nehemiah had heard from one of his friends this bad news of which turned his stomach upside down; the worst news he’d heard for a while. It was bad enough for Nehemiah that he had been selected to be the cup bearer for the king, which meant that before the king drank anything he had to tasted it for poison. So, Nehemiah had it bad, I guess that is how God works he takes the weak to save the weak (2Cor12:10), Paul said that when he is in weakness is when he is strong. Nehemiah sought out permission from the king to go and restore the city and the people he loved, and that he got. God gave him favor after he prayed to obtain the permission and letters he needed to go and restore Jerusalem. The Jews did not know that this was going to happen and while they were in oppression, God was working out a plan for restoration for them. Psalm 91 says that he that dwells in the secret places of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty (ps91:1). And, when we make it accustom to be in the secret places of God; those unwanted situation, painful, ugly, will be shadowed to where ever a need may be. 

Nehemiah’s mission was ultimately to encourage his fellow Jews and to get  up and become part of the restoration process. And, when they finally began to work on restoring they found themselves working with one hand and holding sword with the other. Our struggles are said to be against principalities from the outer darkness, therefore we need to make sure that we pick up the sword and fight to achieve what we are waiting for. 

Why Silent?

One of the benefits of prayer is that first we can air out whatever we are going through that day, and we know that at the other end there is someone who is listening to us. Where as if we meditate we are just releasing stress and thoughts, with no one on the other side that can provide solutions. When we pray we release our frustrations and concerns, but not just into the air to him that is able to hear us and deliver us. David said that the righteous  cry unto the Lord and he delivers them (ps34:17). God takes pleasure in hearing the prayer of his people (ps66:18-20). Now, God especially hears our prayers when we can come in a way that makes him comfortable; in a humbling way (2Chr7:14). Now, you might say why should we pray if God knows our every thoughts, well, the very act of prayer tells God that we him and that we are lost without him. But, why don’t we pray? Why do people keep silence even during their toughest moments in life? Could it be that the feeling of despair set a tone of defeat like no other time and many of us cannot seem to shake it off? 

Jeremiah 33:1-3

While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Being in jail is probably one of the worst feelings anyone can experience and it is probable one of the saddest moment in anyone’s life. Jeremiah was in prison for declaring the word of the word of the Lord and God had not heard from him for a while. Jeremiah was one of those person who on a continual bases spoke with God, so it was strange why he had not spoken to him for a while, so God spoke to him the second time. The question that comes to mind is why had he not spoken to God. Jeremiah had looked out the prison window and noticed that the people; his people, who were supposed to be free were being tormented and put into slavery. So, he was noticing that the things that were supposed to bring him hope was gone, and so this feeling of despair deepened into his heart. Jeremiah had that same feeling Elijah had when he was in the mountain and felt like he was the only one left that served God(1K19:10). God had some promises for restoration and peace for God’s people that were going to lift up that feeling of despair of Jeremiah (Jer33:10-11). 

One thing about despair is that it pops up unexpectedly and uninvited.   It is said that trouble; which is what sets in motion despair, it can spark at anytime and in a fly (Job5:6-11). Jobs friend understood that while trouble sets up a flair of despair at any given moment without anyone’s permission, prayer is that fire hose that turns it off.  

Let’s play darts

The game of darts has been around for years. According to history the game began when several soldiers were bored because there was no war and nothing to do that they began to throw small knives onto the bottom of a barrel. Their practice of throwing the knives to the barrel became a competition of which more and more people began to play this game in their homes. The center of the dart game is the bull’s eye and it is the highest point anyone can get, but it takes lots of practice to hit it. The game of darts has a symbolic meaning in our spiritual life, it is the practice of pin pointing the bad things in our lives and hitting them with the dart of the spirit; God’s word (Heb 4:12). There things in the game that help us to miss the mark, in the game board lines of wire are inserted to cause the dart to miss and drop to the floor. These wires within the game are in our spiritual lives known as lies from our enemy, the bible tells us that Satan is the father of lies (Jhn8:44).  The game of darts can become frustrating, because unless one puts interest and really tries to hit high number to eventually hitting the bull’s eye they will give up and not play. 

Psalms 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Missing the mark in the game of darts is like sin that for whatever reason when your dart hits the board it miss and falls on the floor. And, in order to unpack this message we will begin with the last verse of Psalms 1:3. Baring good fruit in God’s kingdom takes practice and will, and when this happens it prospers just as Jesus said regarding the seed sown by the sower (Mt12:23). One of the signs a fruit tree has is its leaves. Jesus had an encounter with a tree whose leaves gave the sign that it had fruits, and when he went to feed of it saw on the other wise; it was barren (Mk11:12-14).  In the game of darts one has to set a goal as to where you want your dart to land; the closer to the bull’s eye as many times as possible to achieve high numbers, and such is with God’s word. We need to set goals to hit in our lives with the aid of God’s word, so daily it has to be a practice of reading and studying (Jhn5:39). When we stop reading and studying God’s word our aim is cut short, and our focus to be on target is deterred. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that we need to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. 

When we miss the mark is related to verse 1 of Psalm 1 “stand in the way of the sinner”. We need to define what is a sinner and what is to stand in the way there of. A sinner is defined as a person who voluntarily violates a divine law. So, to stand in the way means to persevere in that way of a sinner, but the psalmist tells us that blessed is that person that does not stand in that way. We must change our ways in order to become prosperous in God. God told his people by Ezekiel the prophet to turn from their evil ways lest they die (Ez33:11). 

A Societal Influence

There are many influences that for many help decide live matters and one; of which has been for many years, is the main stream or popular demand. In fact, there many whom at the sound of popular opinion will jump and sway. The bible tells us not to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Ro12:2).  To conform means to fashion one’s mind to the pattern of someone else’s, in other words , to change your opinion and or belief to the way either one or popular demands deems. Society is and has been full of people with great influence to the point of changing cultures and people at the price of blood or exclusion. This one guy’s parents when they were brought to the synagogue because Jesus had healed their son, preferred to exclude themselves from defending their son  and stand up for Christ; who healed their son, then to be excluded from the synagogue (Jhn 9:20).  Main stream will separate even the closest of family’s if allowed. 

Be not Conformed

Mark 10:

Mark 10:46 -52Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Now, Bartimeus found himself struggling with mainstream and popular demand. Bart was blind, and I am assuming that blind must be a pit of which if anyone had a choice it would not be chosen even if life depended it on it. The opportunity of a life came to Bart and nothing, not life, nor main stream, nor nothing in life was going to alter his decision for pursuing this healing. So, he shouted louder and louder when main stream or popular demand demanded that he shot up and stay quite. The apostles found themselves conforming to mainstream especially Peter.  Peter, when he was eating with the gentiles and the Jews came he would shy away and go with them, afraid of what they would say (Ga2:11-13). The influence of society or popular demands can alter the way the church functions around its members. The influence was so great at the early church that other apostles besides Peter were dragged, and it took someone who was not willing to be conformed to those patterns like Paul to straighten things out. 

The Servant

Once a person decides to serve God; that is get involved in a ministry or become actively involved on a frequent basis, two things happen in the spiritual realm one he/she become an active target of Satan and two God’s divine shield of protection towards the ministry is activated. Now, everyone is an open target of the enemy, because the scriptures say that he, Satan, came to kill, steal, and destroy (Jh10:10). Peter tells us that our enemy is prowling like a roaring lion seeking to see whom he may devour (1Pt5:8). At one of the churches in Revelations Jesus tells them that they are the synagogue of Satan (rev2:9). So, Satan’s work becomes more engaging when one individual becomes and active member of their church or ministry. He will strikes at the work place, the home, the church and every place that person encounters. Satan’s disguise is so discrete that churches have been deceived; the angel of light (2Cor11:14). God has primary interest with his servants, they are his delight (ps35:27). He has set apart his servants and pays special attention to them when they pray (ps4:3). God will protect his servant (ps34:22) and though Satan will attack the church it will not prevail against it (Mt16:18).

Esther 6:13-14 His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” 14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Now, Satan had instill in Haman’s heart to destroy God’s people the Jews and had the king decree to reward anyone who would kill a Jew, so one final blow would utterly destroy God’s people and that was to kill their representative and intercessor Mordecai. It seemed like the perfect plan, after all the king was his all time buddy whom crowned him with all kinds of favors. But, God who knows the thoughts and secrets of men and just as Haman was about to get his way he changed the entire panorama. Haman’s friends this idea that no one can come up against God’s servant and prosper. Isiah says “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord” (Is54:17).

Fathers called to reign

Fathers are considered the priests of their home. Their functions as priests; similar to temple priest, is in their home to provide guidance as to the direction their families will go and to make sacrifices for their families.  Now, there are those who are only baby makers and those who are casual fathers that have limited functions at home. In part, some of the reasons why some fathers are not active fathers at home with their families is because of low esteem. There things or ideas in life that have been increasing the amount of men with having low esteem, such as the media, the body weight and society.  80% of the world’s population suffer from low self esteem One of the things that results from low esteem is substance abuse including alcohol. Failures and the reminders tend to bring down someone’s esteem, and many fathers for the fear hold back from engaging in the family. Now, reminders of our failures come from our spouses, children and our accuser. The bible tells us that Satan the devil came to kill, steal and to destroy and one of his way by which he does this is by attacking our self esteem(Jhn10:10). He is known as the accuser of the brethren(Rev12:10), and his goal is to constantly remind us of our unworthiness, failures and unfit to do what we are called to do.

Zechariah 3

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[a] standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

Every person some day will have to come before the very presence of God to be judged for the things we have do here in earth, but here Joshua is a symbol of a father who has be snatched from the fire standing near the accuser and an angel and the Lord himself. God has been at work snatching men from the expected fire to come(Rev20:15), and he has been using others to save others(Jude1:22). Now, the very first thing that God that he does, is rebuke Satan the accuser and shuts him up and he does this because once we come to Christ he, the accuser, has to stop accusing us. In order to over come low esteem one has to come to God. In a research study of children who went to church results found that these children did not have a low self esteem(self esteem).  The next thing God does with Joshua is that he orders to be removed his old rags(Zec3:5), and this relates to our old way of living and how we feel about it(2Cor5:17). He orders for those at the place to dress Joshua with new clothing, and one comes to Christ the church looks at him as a new creature.

As fathers we are called to rule justly at our homes and this is a preempt for reigning in God’s kingdom (rev5:10,2tim2:12), and we see that God tells if he walks in obedience he will reign in his kingdom(zec3:6-7). Christ has to be the center of our homes and in Zechariah 3:8 God introduces Jesus as the branch which via the engraved scar he takes away the sin of the world.

 

Your Reward

Every person has a need for recognition and today more people are on the quest to get that recognition at what ever the cost. I guess that that is why Facebook and other social network sites have become so popular.  Lately, people have been posting crimes on Facebook such as rap, torture, and pranks just to gain popularity; going viral.
Matthew 6:1-4
6 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
The idea of the reward of recognition from others is a system of reward that is vain and deceitful; it is hypocritical.
Colossians 2:18
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Our rewards are in and from heaven
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
1 Corinthians 3:14
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1 Corinthians 3:8
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Colossians 6:23 and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
For your rewards and my rewards we do not need to sound trumpets lest we receive our rewards here in earth. When you receive rewards here in earth it is what it is, there is nothing else, but when you chose to wait for your reward then it becomes a more glorious one.
James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
That thirst and hunger of recognition is a subtle feeling that can be destructive. It leads people to do things they never thought to do.