Supplying your needs…

                                        – according to –

How does God give you what you ask for?
How does God supply your needs?

Well, what did Jesus do…?

      When a multitude followed Jesus to hear Him teach,
      … eventually they were hungry and needed food.
      Jesus told His disciples to feed the multitude,
      … they replied

      We have here only five loaves and two fish.
      Matt 14 17

      In actual fact, those few fish and loaves
      … were not even enough for the disciples.
      So, did Jesus give them money to go buy food?
      No!

      He took the five loaves and the two fish,
      looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves
      and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
      So they all ate and were filled,
      Matt 14 19-20

And … when all had eaten,
… there was more left over than when they started,
because God does not supply according to our need.

So how did Jesus supply in the need of that multitude?

      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Phil 4 19

 

Small faith – Big results

                                    …a seed in the ground!

Faith is not just about big things
in fact faith is really always about the small things.

      So often we ask of God,
      … then we wait for an answer from God
      and as often it seems that nothing is happening,
      … and that God also is not saying anything!

NOT TRUE…
God always answers,
and He will supply our need according to His riches.
So why then do I not hear?
Why is nothing happening?

God’s Kingdom is based on the principle of
seedtime and harvest (Gen. 8:22)
As Jesus explained in so many of His parables,
… and He even compared faith to a seed.

      if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
      you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’
      and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you
      Matt 17 20

It seems that God mostly answers our prayers
… and our request, by giving us a seed.
A seed, that if we receive it and plant it
… then He will take us to the next step of His answer!
As the Bible also says,

      Now may He who supplies seed to the sower,
      and bread for food,
      supply and multiply the seed you have sown
      and increase the fruits of your righteousness
      2 Cor 9:10

 

What is the difference between…

                            capitalism, socialism & Love?

What is the difference between
… capitalism, socialism and Love?

      Capitalism is about what I can benefit from what I do!
      Socialism is about what others do for me!
      And love…?
      Love is about what I do for others!

Now on the surface it would seem that
… capitalism is most beneficial,
and even socialism
… seems to be a wonderful option as well.
But what about love?
It seems only others benefit from it.

But is that true?
Actually … NOT!

There is a physical principle or law,
… that is based on a spiritual principle,
that governs our lives and most everything on earth,
… what we eat, our relationships, etc…
It is the principle of – seedtime and harvest!

Capitalism uses this principle,
… but mainly for personal benefit.
Socialism demands this principle from others
… specifically for personal benefit.
Love, lives this principle,
… applying and thereby benefiting from this principle
and therefore able to receive simply because it gives!

      Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down,
      shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.
      For with the same measure that you use,
      it will be measured back to you.
      Luke 6 38

 

Walking on water…

There are times when we may need…
                                    … to walk on water!

There are times when we may need to walk on water,
… but we can only do that
if we have come to know and trust God.

      Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
      Prov 3 5

If you don’t trust God,
… you will not be listening for His voice.
Therefore get to know God,
… spend time with Him,
… talk to Him
and learn to trust Him.

As it is written in Proverbs …

      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths.
      Prov 3 6

God is faithful!
Start trusting in Him,
… and step out on His word!

      As you do that,
      you will find yourself dealing with your challenges
      … as if you are ‘walking on water!’

      ‘Jesus’ said, ‘Come’
      And Peter … walked on the water to go to Jesus.
      Matt 14 29

 

What has -Covid- changed?

                                            …actually very little!

Since the spread of the Covid-19 virus,
everyone has been saying that things are changing,
and that nothing will be the same as it was before!

Yes, we may be wearing masks, washing our hands more,
… but since the first easing of restrictions
people have shown themselves to be
… as self centred as they were before!

How come?
As so often is the case, when there is pressure,
… whatever is inside comes straight to the surface.
FEAR…
A fear that is based on … Me!
It’s all about ME!
What I want! What I may lose!

What we put our eyes on, is what influences our lives,
… and if we limit ourselves to ME
what will we influence or positively impact?

      Instead we should be resisting that fear
      … by dealing with its root cause, ME!
      Because when we put our eyes on others,
      … on what we can do for them,
      … to improve their lives
      a potential is released that can move mountains!

Want to be a mountain mover?
Put your eyes on the One who can move mountains,
make Him your source, your strength and your future.

      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Phil 4:19

 

Looking for success…

                              …it is in you!

We all want to be successful,
… hoping for a lucky break,
… for an opportunity to come our way,
… for someone to offer us a fantastic deal,
or that God will help us become successful!

And God wants you to be successful,
… He wants to help you be successful!

BUT…
asking or expecting God to make you successful,
… won’t work!
Because success is already in you.

      You have to recognise what is in you,
      … find out from God what He has prepared for you,
      then, you have to act on what God’s prepared for you,
      … and you have to live out what God has put in you!

Therefore God says to us …

      For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
      plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
      plans to give you hope and a future.
      Jer 29 11

When you trust Him for your future,
… He will surely help you,
and He will make sure
that you are successful!
 

The impossible becomes possible

                             … when need becomes desire!

When lack or need becomes want or desire,
… what seemed to be impossible becomes possible!

Why? How?
      Need is always about expectations,
      … about waiting for others to act,
      … for others to do so that you will benefit!

      Desire on the other hand
      … puts the onus on you to act.
      Desire motivates you to do something about that need!
      … and makes you responsible to act on your own behalf.

Stop needing and start seeding,
… start putting something in,
so that those answers can come out!

But, I don’t have the resources to accomplish my dream!

All the more reason to formulise your desire,
to make it real in your mind, in your thinking,
… so that you can share it with others.
Most people want to be part of whatever has potential,
and finding help with what you are willing to invest in
… is not a problem.
Even God is waiting to help!

      God will bless … all to which you set your hand,
      Deut 28 8

In fact God says that He will, and He does…

      Now may He who supplies seed to the sower,
      and bread for food,
      supply and multiply the seed you have sown
      and increase the fruits of your righteousness
      2 Cor 9 10

 

Love is looking…

                                          … for you!

What is love?
Most everyone will tell you that to love is to give,
… and they are right!

What does this mean?

      If love is to give,
      then love wants to give!
      If love wants to give,
      then love must be looking where to give
      and love must be looking what to give!

Are you looking where you can love
… and what you can give?

      God is Love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

What does this mean in your life?

      You don’t have to advertise your needs
      Love is looking after you!
      But Love cannot give to you,
      and Love cannot reach out to you,
      if you are not where Love is,
      … where Love can touch you,

      Let your gentleness be evident to all.
      The Lord is near.
      Phil 4 5 (NIV)

 

A vision – for the future

                                       where do you see yourself?
life

What vision do you have for your life?
What plans are you making?

      In other words …
      Where do you see yourself?
      Because, where you see yourself
      … is where you are going to land up.

Our minds are always active,
… continually making pictures.

      Pictures that we need to look at,
      random thoughts that we need to consider,
      … where do they come from?

In fact, Scripture urges us to …
      take every thought captive
      2 Cor 10 5

For not every thought is positive
… nor is every picture of real value,
and should not simply be acted upon,
… but scrutinized in relation to a standard or value.

Therefore Scripture urges us to bring those thoughts …
      into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
      2 Cor 10 5 (The Message)

Then our thoughts will have focus and structure,
… our plans will have potential,
and our vision will lead us
into the fullness of His blessings.
 

More than just living

                                          … abiding in Life!

      in Him we live and move and have our being,
      Acts 17 28

And so we do … (or should do),
but unless we are also alive in Him
… our lives will be rather empty, and
… without victory over the challenges of life!

Why?
What is living all about?
Where you live is where your stuff is.
Where you live is where you get your mail.
And yes, it can also be a place of potential,
… as Jesus very clearly said,

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire,
      and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

On the other hand, as Jesus also explained,
… to abide is an action and is all about
… what you DO where you are!

Therefore,
if you live AND move AND have your being – in Him,
and allow His words to abide in you,
… responding to and acting on them,
THEN …
the potential that God has provided for us,
… will become ALIVE in you
and you will have victory over life’s challenges
… and His promises will manifest in you!

      If you are willing and obedient,
      You shall eat the good of the land;
      Isa 1 19