July 24th – GOD IS OUR PROVISION

Opening illustration with Russian Nesting Dolls:  A place for everything but every space completely filled.

The catch phrase on the American Culture seems to be “We need more STUFF!”

  • If we have no STUFF we work to get money to buy more STUFF.
  • If we get a raise we really do not see it because we get more STUFF.
  • The higher up the ladder we go the bigger our houses and garages need to be to hold all our new STUFF.
  • We have TV shows, Magazine ads, newspaper inserts, piles upon piles of junk mail and hundreds of unsolicited e-mails to tell us what kind of STUFF we need, where to get it, how much we should pay for it, how to put it together and where to store our STUFF.
  • Then we have TV shows that talk about those who hoard too  much STUFF or forget about their STUFF in storage lockers and others go to the auction to buy their STUFF.
  • We worry and fret over getting more STUFF, only to worry and fret of how to protect our STUFF and then later our families worry and fret over how to divide our STUFF; because you gotta know that you ain’t taking none of it with you!
    • Hearses don’t have trailer hitches and U-Haul don’t go where your going!

 

  • Is having STUFF so bad?  Not until your STUFF begins to run your life.
  • If the acquisition of STUFF is you overriding goal then, yes you have a problem.
  • If the cost of your STUFF is more than you can afford so you go into debt for STUFF then yes you have a problem
  • If the cost to maintain your STUFF leaves you with no money for food and utilities then, Yes you have a problem.

Somewhere along the road we have lost sight of how much STUFF we really need.

What do we really need?

Some of the basics are clear:  Food, water, clothing and shelter.

These are good things and are proper in their proper proportion.

How about other things?  STUFF like:  Protection, Peace, Happiness, Joy, Contentment, Acceptance, Love, Usefulness, Purpose and relationships?   Just to name a few.

These are things that cannot be purchased at WalMart and no online vendor can provide them.

Where is our supply for these?  Where is our provision?  God.

 Psalms 84:11  “For the LORD God is our light and protector.  He gives us grace and glory.  No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right.”  NLT

God loves His children.  God gives abundantly to His children.

God, like all fathers, expects His children to DO WHAT IS RIGHT!

God blesses those who are faithful and obedient.

Contrary to popular humanistic thinking, God does not pour out his blessings upon disobedient, unfaithful kids.

Salvation is available to every single sinner on this planet – YES

Forgiveness is available to all – YES

This Grace is extended to all WITH FAITH AND REPENTANCE!

Acts 26:19-21 “”Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.” ESV

Listen to what Jesus Himself taught us about STUFF:

Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, 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 of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  ESV

  • Love DOES NOT mean never having to say you are sorry
  • Being a Christian does mean that you shouldn’t have to worry about “STUFF”
  • God is your provider and He will provide everything you need.
  • Don’t Worry.
  • There is a price to be paid for this divine supply:
    • You:
      •  Faith – Seek FIRST the kingdom of God
      • Repentance – His Righteousness
        • Cleansing that comes from believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Forgiver
        • Cleansing that comes from turning from your sin and living your life God’s way
    • God:  His only begotten Son PLUS everything you need

Who pays the greater price?        God:  He is your Provider.

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