“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30)
It’s challenging not to “take thought” of what we have need of. What we need is in our face every single day: food, shelter, transportation, paying our bills, providing an education for our children, health care, and the list goes on and on!
It’s true I’ve never heard a complaining blade of grass, or a bird singing, “God has forgotten me.” We must remind ourselves God provides, and we can believe Him for miracles of finances and open doors for our ministry. The Word tells us how much more God is going to take care of us. And Jesus, added pointedly, “O you of little faith!” Thank God He is patient and we have something powerful to work with: the Word of God. We have that “measure of faith” God has given to us that we can build upon. (Romans 12:3)
So, let’s take what we have and think sensibly, “as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one of us.” Work with it line by line, precept upon precept, until we see an abundance of fruit on our tree of life! Let’s believe provision is provided for every area of need, our God is able and willing! (Philippians 4:19)
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Letting go is such a hard thing to do, letting go of the good past, as well as the bad. Do you know that both can weigh you down? The negative effects of a hurtful past can hinder by bringing paralyzing fear and intimidation to the present, resulting in little productivity. Living in the memory of the good past can also be paralyzing because it may appear as if nothing can ever compare to what was.
What is the solution?
Remember the past, learn from experience, rejoice in the victories, but live in the present. God is able to do “exceedingly abundantly” now (Ephesians 3:20)! Realize that He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Remember that we walk by faith and not by sight (II Cor.5:7). Our walk in this life must be on the foundation stones of the Word, which produces faith to live in victory right now!
On this episode, I’d like to share with you the progress that is being made to our Feeding the Nations warehouse. The area has been cleared, the dirt is moving. Can you see the lives being changed by this project? By the Power of God, this warehouse will provide food to little lives that will someday be the leaders of their nation.
Watch to see how you can help us, help them.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. -Psalm 23
I just want to start off this entry, by focusing on the first verse that says, “The Lord is my shepherd.”
A shepherd didn’t have two, or three, or four jobs. He only had one, and that was to look out on behalf of the sheep. So whatever was going on in the life of the sheep, the shepherd knew about it. Where it slept…where it ate…where it drank water. More than that, it was the protection of the flock. You know there were wolves out there who made it their mission to mess up the life of those sheep.
Ever hear someone say, “there’s a wolf coming in sheep’s clothing?” The wolves were very strategic and even disguised themselves, but the shepherds could sniff them out. They’d get their nose in the air and know, something wasn’t quite right with one of their sheep. Why’s that? Because it was a wolf trying to act like a sheep. In that scripture, it says because the Lord is my shepherd, “I shall not want.” My body, my soul, my spirit, my material needs, my soulical needs, my mental needs, my emotional needs, my spiritual needs. Every single thing I have need of, God has already provided. Sometimes you don’t know He’s there until He hits you with that shepherds staff.
If you’re going in the right direction, He has no need to poke and prod you. You only get poked and prodded when you’re going in the wrong direction. I bet some of you are thinking, “Why is the Lord being so mean to me? Why is He directing me? Why is He hitting me? Why this chastisement from the shepherd?” Well, it’s pretty simple. You might be going in the wrong direction. You get back on que, in the direction of the Lord, then all of the sudden you’re in the perfect will, the perfect place that He wants you to be.
I know that we have our own flesh and our own desires. The little sheep go this way and that way. But the Bible says, that He leaves the 99, to go find that 1. That’s how much the Lord loves every single one of us. Thank God that He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul, He leads me in a path of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through, I don’t have to, but sometimes you do, walk through the valley of the shadow of death, YOU are with me. Let me just reiterate that; the Bible says, “you are with me.” When the sun is out, He’s with me. When it’s dark as midnight, He’s still with me. He hasn’t departed, He isn’t abandoning you. He is there. He is there, all the time.
I pray that you will sense that presence of the Almighty God right now, and receive the provision of the Lord today.