I didn’t spend loads of time praying today. I did more thinking.
Too often I live in a poverty-conscious mode. That is, I keep expect that I will run out of resources (usual financial) before all tasks/needs have been met.
I have actually reach the point of an anxiety attack! 😦
This is not of God, I know. What do I do?
1. I started rehearsing how far I have come in building a stable financial base for myself. (Years ago, I didn’t even have my own checking account.)
2. I quoted scriptures regarding how God will provide for me .(Proverbs 22:4 By humility and fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.) Worrying about lack is not what I am supposed to be keeping on my mind. I need to focus on today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble in it (Matthew 6:34).
3. I searched online and started reading others quotes and explanations about the provision of God. (http://dailychristianquote.com/dcqprovision.html and http://thingsgodtaughtme.wordpress.com/2007/07/01/according-to-the-riches-of-glory-what-does-that-mean/)
4. I will close this entry with a challenge question. What day has come that God did not provide what you needed, not wanted, for that day?
I can think of no day. There has never been a day that I needed a supply of something: be it money, food, or someone to help me that it was not provided?
Can you think of such a day?
Leave your comments here.
What causes you to believe God?
Remember the post from June 25, 2010? Okay, it’s no surprise if you said no.
In that post, I was expressing distress over some bad financial news.* (See https://presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/god-is-a-god-of-multiplication/ )
I was reading the bible recently and came across a scripture which made me think of that post.
Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
If God is our portion or “our allotment” surely we will not do without. (And if by chance there are some material things that He does not allow us to have, it will be okay. Trusting Him as our personal God and Father We solidify our resolve to know that He does not withhold from us that which we truly need!
* No God has not resolved the issue yet, so I am still waiting for Him to work things out for me. 🙂
Is there some trial, temptation, or weight that you can’t shake off?
Do you have a problem that you know you can not fix? You give it to God for 10 minutes. Then, you pick it back up again: you find yourself worrying about the problem or you find yourself trying to devise ways to fix the problem.) Many of us are right there with you in the same vicious cycle. 😦
Finances or what appears to be the lack thereof, trips me up all too often.
I took the matter to the Father again. He encouraged me and I now encourage you.
1. Remember, God loves us no matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done.
2. He wants the best for you.
3. If you are waiting for deliverance from a habit or for some circumstance to be resolved: do what you know is right to do.
4. Then rest. If you do not see your way out of it today, then today is not your day to come out. For when it is your day to come out: God will be the way out , God will let you see the way out, and you will come out.
Keep praying unto the Lord about the matter. One day you’ll be praying a prayer of thanksgiving instead of one of request!
Hold on help is on the way!
The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not lack any good thing.
(My paraphrase of Psalm 23:1)
See Parts 1 and 2 in the October 2009 blog list.
Previously I wrote about having godly hope.
You may have read that entry and asked, “What should I do if I don’t have this hope and desire it?”
Be encouraged that the scriptures were written to build up our hope. As we learn (internalize) the scriptures, we get hope. Romans 15:4 states, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
May we all find ourselves abounding in hope as seen in Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Hope is defined on www.onelook.com as “the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled .” ~ Definition entry #3
So I ask, “What are you hoping for?”
Could it be a new home, a new car, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a spouse, a raise? There is nothing wrong with wanting these items at the proper time of your life.
Nevertheless, there is a hope (an expectation or waiting for) that we should have greater than these. It is our hope in God. Expect that God will fulfill not only tangible or earthly desires but all His promises to you.
What should I be hoping for?
We should have the hope in God that:
1. He is our portion ~ Lamentations 3:24 (KJV) “The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” (With God as our portion or allotment, we will never have lack.)
2. We, too, who are born-again can expect to be raised to eternal life because of the example of Jesus. In I Peter 1:3 (KJV) we have, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
The tangible items that we hope for and often receive do make us happy. Yet, the godly hope that we practice will keep us joyful from now until resurrection day!
Faith: it can be difficult to exercise. It is wonderful to read the definition of faith as given in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ”
Yet when you really want a circumstance t o come past, don’t you start looking for some tangible evidence that the circumstance is changing? I certainly do.
As I hear the Word and read the Word of God more thoroughly I am being challenged to not look for the “tangible” evidence.
Faith in itself does not need to be verified by my physical senses. My faith (trust, reliance) in God’s ability to perform everything and the depth of God’s love for me is my evidence that circumstances will work out for my good.
How do you know when you’re walking in faith?