"Give us this day… "(Matt 6:11)
It is important for us to realize that we have nothing we have not been given. This is an area of Christian life that can actually stretch our faith considerably. Every material blessing ultimately comes from the Father.
Jehovah Jireh – When we were talking about the Name of the Lord, we noted that this is one of His names: The Lord your provider. In case you do not recall the story, in Genesis 22 God tells Abraham to take Isaac his “son of promise” and sacrifice him on an alter – to present his only son’s blood as a sacrifice to God.
When Isaac and Abraham where alone climbing the mountain to do this deed, Isaac (who was no dummy) took stock of the situation and asked his father what animal they were going to sacrifice. Abraham said: “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering.” (Gen 22:8 NASB) This is huge, and this God has done. God took His own “Son of Promise” and presented to Himself the innocent blood of the perfect Lamb. [Tweet This]
James tell us :
“Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” James 1:17)
All good things come from the Father, and He gives and does not hold back from us any good thing. In Romans 8 Paul tells us:
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 NASB)
More than just material things, Paul tell us in Ephesians:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3 NASB)
This verse is huge. It is written in the past tense implying that we already have everything we need in the Spirit. It has been given to us – deposited in our spiritual bank account for immediate withdrawal. We just have to figure out how to access that account.
The scripture even tells us that if we delight in God, He will give us the desires of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4) There are a couple ways to understand this. You could take it to mean that if you love God He will give you whatever you want. On the other hand, you could read it this way. If you delight in the Lord, then His desires will become your desires.
I had a Pastor when I was in high school, Dr. Richard Halverson, who used to say that if you pray persistently for anything, say for example a million dollars, and really prayed into it, not just say the words, but really prayed daily for that million, you would either get the million, or your heart and desire would change so that the million is no longer the desire of your heart.
Because Our Father is our provider, it is never necessary to compromise in order to get or keep a job, or any other form of provision. God is faithful, and has inordinate supply and so there is never justification to step outside the bounds of good upright conduct in order to protect or secure your income. Don’t ever lie for your boss!
“And what do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7) Paul uses this idea to demonstrate that no one member of the body of Christ is superior to another because every gifting and talent that we have comes from God. We are who we are because God made us that way. This is a big deal too. There are a number of take-aways from this idea.
- God does not make junk. You were created and gifted by the amazing creator of the Universe Who does all things well.
- You are not a mistake.
- God gave you a specific gift/talent mix – I like to think of it as your Spiritual DNA. This unique combination of personality, gifting, talents, temperament is all part of His amazing plan.
- You yourself are a gift and a provision for the Body of Christ, both on a local basis, and to His body worldwide. There is no one in the body that brings the exact mix that God has put together in you, and you are an integral part of what He wants to do in your local Church, your school, your workplace, your home.
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