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God’s faithful blessings and provision!

Scripture reading for March 26th:  Deuteronomy 27-31, Luke 12

Key Scriptures:  Luke 12:27-31 “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not seek what you are to eat, and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”  

Jesus called His disciples attention to the birds and the lilies of the field.  God takes care of each of these, clothing them and feeding them.  Man is much more valuable than these!  God’s people should not worry about their daily needs, God knows about them and promises to supply!  God’s people should seek His kingdom and all their needs will be met!  God’s provision will run after them and overtake them!

Faith confession and prayer:  Father, I trust You to meet all my needs for food, clothing and shelter as I pass through this life.  I have set my heart to seek first Your kingdom, knowing Your blessing will follow after me!  Give me open doors today to share Your kingdom and righteousness.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”  

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Rejoicing in God’s Loving Care!

Scripture reading for October 30th:  Luke 10-13

Key Scriptures:   Luke 12:22-25  “Then Jesus said to His disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens:  They do not sow or reap; they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” 

Jesus knew the fear that beset all mankind because of the fall and their broken relationship with God.  He taught His disciples not to worry about the basic necessities of life.  As an example, Jesus pointed their attention to the birds of the air–in particular the ravens.  These birds did not sow or reap or have storage bins to eat out of, yet God cared for them each day by supplying food.  Jesus clearly stated that each person was of much more value than any bird!

Rejoicing in God’s care:  God’s questions to Job concerning His ability to provide:  “Do you hunt prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?  Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?”  (Job 38:39-41)

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Rejoicing in Father’s Care!

Scripture reading for October 13th:  Matthew 3-7
Key Scriptures:  Matthew 6:25-27  “”Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?””

Jesus Christ taught the crowds that followed Him and His own disciples about the Father and His loving care for them.  He pointed to the birds and how they are cared for.  They don’t worry or fear for their next meal.  God provides for the many creatures He has made.  And man, made in God’s own image is much more valuable than the birds.  We can depend on God’s care for our basic needs and obey His command to seek His kingdom and righteousness first of all.

Rejoicing in Father’s Care:  “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.  He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.  He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.”  (Psalm 147:7-9)

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Don’t worry!

Scripture reading for March 31st:  Luke 21

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 21:12-15  “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.  They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of My name.  This will result in your being witnesses to them.  But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.  For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”

Jesus was very plain in instructing His disciples what would happen to them before the end of the age and His return.  Things would get tough for His followers and they would suffer on account of bearing His name.  This persecution would bring opportunity to be witnesses to some of the world’s most important people.  Jesus emphasized that they should not worry about how to defend themselves.  He would give them the words that they needed in their hour of need!  This would not guarantee physical deliverance, however.  Some would be hated and others put to death. but “not a hair of your head will perish.”  (Luke 21:18)

Observations for over-comers:  A daily walk of faith in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit will enable all God’s people to stand firm and be the witnesses Christ desires to the lost of this world.  “For the Lord is just and will not forsake His faithful ones.  They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”  (Psalms 37:28-29)

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Seek first the kingdom!

Scripture reading for January 8th:  Matthew 6

Jesus’ message was full of teaching about the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father.  Their first request was to be the declaration, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:10)  Jesus wanted His followers submitted to the King and in agreement with His will!  In their case, the King would be their heavenly Father!  Jesus was taking them beyond where they were to a New Covenant understanding of adoption as God’s children.

Jesus taught His followers not to store up money or earthly treasures.  He taught that many things can rob us here of those earthly treasures. Thieves could steal them or the elements could cause them to decay or become worthless.  Instead, kingdom people store their treasures in heaven where they will be eternally safe.  Jesus stated emphatically, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matthew 6:21)  Besides that, no one can serve two masters!  “You cannot serve both God and Money.”  (Matthew 6:24b)

We all have a tendency to worry about our daily needs.  People in Jesus’ time did the same thing.  Jesus encouraged them not to worry about their needs, telling them that their heavenly Father knew them.  They were supposed to ask Him for their daily bread each day!  (Matthew 6:11)  They could observe the birds and the grass and see that God cared for them.  They were much more valuable to God!  “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  (Matthew 6:33-34)

 

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Rejoice always!

Scripture reading for October 3rd: Philippians 4:1-23

Paul’s letter from prison was full of encouragement to these Philippian saints, but one of the only corrections in this letter occurs here when Paul calls two ladies to come into agreement.  Euodia and Syntyche were evidently at odds in some dispute.  They were in need of help to settle the matter and move on.  They had much better things to do that be in strife!

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but  in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)  A cure for strife is found in rejoicing in the Lord!  When we rejoice, our attitude lightens up and the troubles seem to melt.  Gentleness should mark believers when they deal with problems between each other.  Prayer and petitions about the problems should be given to God.  A thankful heart is full of faith and God honors that!  His peace will come over you and the problems will melt away!

After praying, setting our minds of the good things of God also helps.  Paul was himself rejoicing in the Philippians concern for him expressed in their gifts.  Paul had learned the secret of contentment in all circumstances–rejoicing in God’s goodness!  “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” (Philippians 4:13)  God always gave him grace to enjoy or endure!

Paul thanked the Philippians for helping him with an offering to meet his needs.  Paul described their offering:  “They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.  And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” God always rewards generous giving.  Our offerings are like a fragrant sacrifice going up to God.  God is pleased and we can be sure we will be blessed!  Rejoice in the Lord!  And again I say: Rejoice!

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Don’t Worry, Seek the Kingdom!

Scripture reading for October 7th: Matthew 5-7

There is a war going on in the hearts of men everywhere.  It is a battle for man’s affection and attention.  On one hand, we have “money” and its fatal attraction.  Money cries out for men to seek her and when they do, they end up serving her in slavery.  Money is visible, has influence, and is out to steal our heart.  Money promises happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment, but rarely can deliver.  It can be easily lost or stolen by others.  On the other hand, God seeks the hearts of men everywhere.  He wants none to be lost, but all to come and love Him.  God promises to provide everything we need and more if we will love and serve Him.

“No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)   Jesus taught his disciples about this war for affection.  He warned them that it was impossible to serve both masters.   It has been said that “money” makes a good servant, but a cruel master!  When we love money, it is a one way relationship.  The Bible states that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.  (1st Timothy 6:10)  God is the only true Master and Lord.  We can truly love God and receive love from Him.  His love always does what is best for us.

Many in America today are trying to do what God said was impossible; they are serving money during the week and then trying to serve God on Sunday’s.  In the end, the lover that gets the least time becomes hated!  What is God’s advice to those who struggle with this war and worry about getting ahead and meeting daily needs? “So do not worry, saying,’What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33)  By putting God and His Kingdom first, all our physical needs will be provided.  God is the true Lover and Master!  Cast all your cares on Him and give up courting “money”!

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