Spiritual Health

 

SPIRITUAL HEALTH

HIS PEACE

A message I preached at Peerless Full Gospel on May 17, 2015

 

John 14:27   Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

The Lord understood the importance of peace in the heart of the believer.  Without his peace he knew that we would be subject to discouragement, depression, anxiety, anger, and bitterness.  The Lord knew that without his peace we would lose hope, give up, tear up, and become a nervous wreck, and perhaps even wreck havoc.  Without His peace, our heart will be troubled and we would become afraid.

Fear is an awful thing, because it has torment, but peace is fearless in the face of anything and everything.  How does the world give peace?  The peace that the world gives is an outward peace dependent on fleeting and changing circumstances.  We all desperately need His peace, which is inwardly – in our heart.   The peace that the world gives also comes in the form of alcohol, drugs, entertainment, food, and other temporary diversions.  This is why the scripture instructs us;

Ephesians 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

PEACE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

How was Jesus going to leave us his peace?   How does the lord give us his peace?  What Jesus said here about peace, He said in the context of promoting the coming of the Holy Spirit into His disciples to live.

John 14:15-18  If you love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

The reason we find the word ‘but’ is because the fruit, or the expression of the flesh was just listed above – hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. 

We are told that those who manifest such attitudes and actions will not inherit the kingdom of God, therefore we must conclude and understand that without His peace abiding within us and being manifested by us, then we will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Obtaining and maintaining His peace is vital to not only our mental, physical, and spiritual health, but it is vital in obtaining an abundance entrance into the brotherhood of the beloved.

 

PEACE CONCERNING OUR CIRCUMSTANCES 

   Examples of fear because of circumstances, and the need to be at peace instead of fearing, are all through the word of God, and are certainly experienced in our own lives constantly.   Many times Jesus encouraged those who had become afraid because of adverse circumstances to not be afraid, but rather to be at peace.

Mark 4:37-38  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke him, and said to him, Master, don’t you care that we perish?

   Here we see the great difference between those that have peace, and those that have not peace.  Has your peace ever been so disturbed that you could not sleep?   How was Jesus able to sleep when circumstances were so grave?   Why wasn’t He staying awake to worry with His disciples? 

   It is because He had heard from His Father, and He obeyed and spoke that prophetic word in faith, “Let us pass over to the other side”.   They had heard the Lord repeat what the Father said, but they chose to believe only until that great storm arrived – and then the word of the Lord meant nothing to them as they totally discredited it and rejected it.  Fear will override the word of the Lord if we allow it to.

   Yes, we all can believe and rejoice as long as there are no great storm clouds arising, but we discard the promises of God very quickly when we allow ourselves to become afraid!  Do we think that those wonderful peaceable words of the Lord are not going to be tested?   

   Concerning the word that Joseph received from the Lord we read, “Until the time that his (the Lord’s) word came (was fulfilled): the word of the LORD tried him”, Psalms 105:19.  It is not whether His words will be put to the test – they will be!  The question is will we stand and fight in faith, or fold and run scared.

39  And Jesus arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

   Let us stand and resist the devil by speaking peace into the raging circumstances that have come against us and the will of God – for Jesus taught us to pray, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, Matthew 6:10.  Let us stop retreating and giving the devil what God has promised to us, and instead let us stand and resist the devil with those prophetic words which the Holy Spirit recorded in the Holy Scriptures and has personally spoken into our heart!

40  And he said to them, Why are you so fearful?   How is it that you have no faith?

   Jesus exposed their problem and our problem – fear and unbelief in the face of opposition.  Our minds are busy either believing or doubting, but let us all obey, “Casting down imaginations….and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”, 2 Corinthians 10:5.  Rebuke those worse case scenario videos that the devil plays in your mind, they are not from God or of God, and therefore we must expunge them from our minds and hearts.

Mark 5:35-35  While Jesus yet spoke, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Your daughter is dead: why trouble you the Master any further?  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

   As soon as we hear discouraging words we must declare what God has said and promised.   When Jesus arrived at the ruler’s home, He commanded them to “Give place” to the word and the power of God, but “they laughed him to scorn”, Matthew 9:24.  They failed to Neither give place to the devil, Ephesians 4:27.

   The devil is always seeking a place in our lives, our heart, our circumstances, and in the work and ministry of the kingdom of God – but we must first Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”, James 4:7.

Acts 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 

   How long will we continue to be moved away from the hope of the gospel”, Colossians 1:23.  The Apostle Paul declared that he was not moved by his circumstances.  When will we declare that neither the devil, the world, or circumstances (real or imagined) will not move us away from running “with patience the race that is set before us”, Hebrews 12:1.

PEACE WHEN WE HAVE SINNED

1 John 1:7-8  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

   Here is a false peace based on the lie that grace covers, erases, cleanses, or blots out our sin.   There is only one thing that can cover, erase, cleanse, or blot out our sins, and that is the blood of Jesus.  Grace does not activate the blood of Jesus – walking in the light as He is in the light activates the blood of Jesus.  Don’t walk in the light and His blood will not cleanse you from sin!

   We can have peace that His blood is cleansing us from all our sin as long as we continue to walk in the light.  Did we think that we were saved to continue to sin, or saved to cease to sin and walk in the light?

9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

   Peace concerning our sins comes as we confess our sins to God.   Confessing our sins to others may give us a sense of relief, but that is only temporary and will not cleanse us from our sins!

10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

   Saying that we have no sin means that His word of truth concerning sin is not in us, but rather we have believed a deception and therefore we have no true peace, and no peaceful eternal future.

1 John 2:1-2  My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation (price paid) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

   This scripture declares two things that we have in Christ, we have a reliable advocate, and we have one that paid for our sins in full.  Peace is ours when we know that we have an all powerful advocate that will without fail erase and defend us from all accusations against us.  If we will walk in (obey) His light, then He will present  His own blood to the Father as the price paid for the covering and cleansing of all our sins.  Peace is ours when we know that we have an advocate that has paid in full for all our sins.

3-5  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whosoever keeps (obeys) his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

   If we sense that the love of God is not active in us, then we must conclude that we are not keeping His commandments.   Since “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”, Romans 5:5, then we must have the Holy Spirit abiding in our hearts to experience the love of God (Galatians 5:22).  But we cannot have the Holy Spirit abiding in us unless we are one of them, “that obey him” (Acts 5:32), or that keep His commandments.

   What does the love of God do in us when it is perfected, or is complete because it has come to maturity in us?

1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment.  He that fears is not made perfect in love.

   The perfect love of God casts out fear – and therefore we have peace.   Peace is the opposite of fear, and the perfected love of God is us casts out all fear and is replaces our fear with peace.

1 John 2:6  He that says he abides in Christ ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

   It is not just what we say that counts, but what we do, for our saying must be backed up by our doing.

PEACE BECAUSE OF FAITH

Mark 9:20  And they brought the boy to Jesus; and when the spirit saw Jesus, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.

   This foul unclean spirit made sure that this boy and his family had no peace.  This family needed the peace that Jesus gives,my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I unto you“, John 14:27.  Today the world would attempt to give such an afflicted one peace through therapy and prescription drugs.  But the peace that Jesus gives requires no daily dose of medications etc.

21  And Jesus asked his father, How long is it ago since this came to him?  And he said, Of a child.

   The Lord is no respecter of persons or age, but He does respect faith.  The devil is also no respecter of persons or age, but he always “as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour, 1 Peter 5:8.  The devil is a child molester and abuser.

22  And often it has cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.

   My dad had a younger sister that suffered like this boy did, and they had to constantly watch her to keep her from injury.  But when she was 12 years old the unclean spirit operating in her cast her into the fireplace and she died from the burns.  They knew nothing about healing or faith, and therefore not only did they not have peace, but the devil was able to destroy that child.

   This parent tried to put the responsibility for their circumstance upon Jesus, instead of accepting his responsibility to have faith for deliverance and the healing of his tormented son.

23  Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.

   The only answer to their need for peace was to have faith in the power, authority, and compassion (willingness) of Jesus to help.

24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

   Do you lack faith?  Lacking faith will cause us to lack peace!  What must we do if we find ourselves in the same position as this father?  It’s simple – cry out and ask for faith just like we would ask for other things.  No faith – no peace!  Also let us remember that faith is a fruit of the Holy Spirit in those that He abides within (Galatians 5:22), and therefore let us be sure to stay filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

 

PEACE BECAUSE OF CONFIDENCE

   Peace and confidence is intertwined, because our peace is dependent upon our confidence in our relationship to the Lord, and His willingness to help us in every way.

Hebrews 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house we are, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

   We have a very important assignment, and that is to hold our confidence strong until the end.

Hebrews 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end;

   Partaking of Christ determines whether He lives within us and we live in Him, and also determines our obtaining eternal life and which will raise us up at the last day (John 6:54&56).  Whether or not we can partake of Christ is contingent upon our holding our confidence steadfast to the end.  No confidence – no peace!

Hebrews 10:35  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.

   Certainly a great part of the reward of our confidence is peace in our heart regardless of the tests of time.

1 John 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

   When our confidence removes shame, peace is ours!  Confidence is a fruit of abiding (living) in Christ at all times.  The Lord told us to always be watching and ready for His coming.  We can do this in peace and without fear if we will only live in Christ, and not in ourselves or in this world.

1 John 3:21  Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God.

   Let us keep our hearts in righteousness so that we may have confidence and not fear the Lord. 

1 John 5:14-15  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us:  And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

   Knowing that He hears us affords great peace to our troubled hearts!

PEACE BY KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD 

1 Samuel 20:30-31 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, You son of the perverse rebellious woman (you son of a whore), do not I know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own confusion, and to the confusion of your mother’s nakedness?  For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the ground, you shall not be established, nor your kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him to me, for he shall surely die.

23:17  And Jonathan said to David, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you; and you shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you; and that also Saul my father knows.

   This is a beautiful example of having peace in the midst of a storm because you know the will of God.  When the Lord promised to give us His peace, part of having and maintaining His peace in our heart is that He reveals His divine will to us.  Therefore when the devil tries to shake us loose and move us out of fear and accusations, we can remain in peace because we know the will of God!  Like John the Baptist, Jonathan was at peace knowing that he must decrease so that the one chosen of God could increase.  Do we also have such peace?

   Sometimes when the devil speaks words of fear and discouragement to me, I counter with a declaration that the Lord has revealed His will, and what the devil is saying does not line up with the will of God.  And since God cannot lie, then it must be the devil that is lying.  

Acts 20:22-23  And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:  Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

   I know that the Apostle Paul was at peace regardless of the prophecies that were coming forth warning him of impending danger and persecution.  He was not rebelling against the Holy Spirit, but rather he simply was not accepting deliverance, Hebrews 11:35.

 

PEACE WHEN NO FEAR OF DEATH

Acts 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

   God has ordained for all of us His course and a ministry if we will receive it and walk in it – until we have finished it – but most are not interested in such a course and ministry.  Most are busy with their own agenda of living for themselves and doing their own thing.  And some are even ‘doing’ a ministry that God never called them to, but which was attractive to them, or they thought that they could profit from it.

   To finish the course and ministry that He has assigned to us often involves much trouble and danger.  In such a course and ministry there can be no place for fear, though there may be cause to fear if we are holding our life dear to ourselves.  Let go, and experience joy and peace!

Luke 12:4-5  And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, Fear him.

   Fear of man has torment, but fear of God brings certain and lasting peace!
 

PEACE BY THE WORD OF GOD

Psalms 119:11&105  Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

1 Corinthians 14:1&3  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.  But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

   When we are free from sin we have peace.  When a prophetic word comes forth it brings peace – I have been on both ends of that many times and therefore I know this is true.   Both the written and spoken words of God afford perfect peace in the heart of those that will hear and believe.

 

PEACE BY RELATIONSHIP TO Christ 

2 Timothy 1:11-12  Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.

   This Jew of the Jews suffered much from the Jews because he obeyed the call of God to minister to the Gentiles.  However, he was not ashamed to suffer before his brethren the Jews because of his very strong and intimate relationship by which he knew the Lord.

  

THE NEED TO HOLD OUR PEACE

1 Samuel 10:26-27  And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched.   But the children of Belial (rebellious ones) said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.

   There is not much that any minister can do unless that the Lord will touch the hearts of some to come along beside him and help him with the work (the Apostle Paul testified to this).   We can hire all the people we can find and afford, but none will serve like those whose heart God touches!

    Yes of course there will always be those that despise our calling because they see nothing of worth or ability in us, but remember the lowly things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are“, 1 Corinthians 1:25-28.   

   Once we override the peace that the Lord has given to us, then we began to operate in the flesh and no good will come because nothing good dwells in our flesh.  If we fail to hold our peace just one time, the next time it will be easier to lose our peace, and the anger and wrath which replaces it will be more intense – I know this personally to be true!

Mark 14:60-61  And the high priest stood up in the middle, and asked Jesus, saying, Answer you nothing? what is it which these witness against you?  But Jesus held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

   Because Jesus never once operated in the flesh, He held His peace.  Once we have the peace that the Lord gives in our heart, let us obey this:

Colossians 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,

 

PEACE BECAUSE OF THE HOUSE OF GOD 

Psalms 73:3&5  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

12-14  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.  Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.  For all the daylong have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

16&17  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

   Hopefully you assemble together in the name of the Lord with others in truth so that your heart can also be at peace regardless of the seeming success of the wicked.

Philippians 4:7  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

REALIGNING OUR DELIGHT

A message I preached at Peerless Full Gospel November 16, 2014

 

Psalms 37:3-5  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.   Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

   We see here four things that we must do: trust in the Lord, do good, delight in the Lord, and commit unto or roll our way upon the Lord.  If we will do these things, then the Lord will keep us, feed us, give us our heart’s desire, and He will work for us, or do for us what no man can do.  If we will trust, do good, delight, and commit our way to the Lord, then He will do what we have desired Him to do for us.

 

SECURITY 

Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land,

   Security is important.   In the history of the kingdom of Israel, one of their greatest fears concerned their security, that an enemy army would come and remove them and take them captive to another land.

   God had promised and given to them the land which they lived on – but He warned them if they wanted to remain in that land of promise – then they must trust in Him and do good in His sight. Their security was tied to their trusting and doing what He deemed good.

   However, before they ever entered the Promised Land, Moses had prophesied that a day would come that Israel would turn away from the God that gave them the land.

Deuteronomy 32:15  But Jeshurun (Israel) grew fat (prosperous), and kicked (rebelled): you are grown fat, you are grown thick (powerful), you are covered with fatness (prosperity); then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

   Moses correctly prophesied that Israel would no longer delight in God, but rather they would provoke God to jealousy as they became unmindful of the Rock that begat them, and forget the God that formed them.

   The United States of America is fast approaching the same position toward God, if we are not there already!

Our nation is not just forgetting God, but it is pushing God out of sight and at the same time flaunting its sin.  This nation has become fat (prosperous), and is kicking (rebelling) against the God that formed this nation.

Deuteronomy 32:19-20  And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred (despised) them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.  And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very fraudulent (perverse) generation, children in whom is no faith.

   This nation became great because we honored the Lord, but now it has provoked its sons and daughters to forsake the Lord for entertainment, sports, money, sexual perversion, drugs and alcohol, and other sinful pleasures.  Can we imagine what will happen to us when God comes to abhor (despise) us, and to hide His face from us?  When God hides His face, all our military strength and wealth will not stop the destruction that is coming.

Isaiah 59:2  But your iniquities (lawlessness) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

   Just as they covered their ears when Stephen spoke truth to them (Acts 6&7), so many refuse to listen today to the warnings that are going out concerning the spiritual condition of this nation.  Even the church is saying, “Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits, Isaiah 30:10.  But our end no one can stop – except that this nation would repent and turn back to God.  I don’t see this nation repenting unless God chastens this nation.

Deuteronomy 32:22  For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23-24  I will heap disasters upon them; I will spend my arrows on them.  They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts on them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

25  The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.

   Have we not seen disasters heaped upon us, and arrows sent upon us (the Twin Towers in New York City).  Those things are warnings of worse things to come, but still – who is repenting?

FOOD

   Because of the sins of this nation, we are facing trying times – even perhaps times of insecurity, hunger, and even starvation for many.  But if we as individuals will trust in the Lord and do good, then He in turn will keep us and feed us in spite of what happens in the future! 

   This does not mean that we should not prepare.  I have heard many say that they are not going to prepare, but rather they are just going to trust the Lord to feed them – while they continue to splurge their money away. 

Proverbs 6:6-8  Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

   The scripture says, “If any would not work, neither should he eat”, 2 Thessalonians 3:10.  Yes, trust God, but work and prepare while you are trusting and He is leading you.

Exodus 16:3  And the children of Israel said to them, Would that we had died by the LORD’S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

   When God brings us out of bondage most don’t expect to enter a wilderness with no grocery stores or gardens.  Perhaps someone told you that when you get saved it will be a ‘bed of roses’, but they should have told you that the ‘refiner’s fire’ awaits you.

   After Jesus’ wonderful experience at His baptism in the Jordan River, the same Holy Spirit that had filled Him after He came up out of the water of faith and obedience, also immediately drove Him into the wilderness.  There in their wilderness the children of Israel faced what men have faced many times since, and what we could face in the future – hunger.

   Some don’t believe that hunger could ever come to America – that we are too rich, too powerful, and too advanced to experience what many third world counties already face, but let me remind you that it has already happened here before.  Some don’t want to listen to talk like this, and some scoff at such a possibility, but let us not boast too quickly.  In the graphic dream I had in which we were warning people of coming trouble, they were agitated because we warned them.

   My parents faced hunger when they were growing up.  My mother carried her lunch of cold biscuits to school in a syrup tin wearing a dress handmade from a flour sack.  If they didn’t grow a garden, they didn’t eat. 

4  Then the LORD said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.

   Do you know that God has a principle called ‘daily bread’?   It is a principle that requires faith, for without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”, Hebrews 11:6.

   Also the scriptures declare that “the just shall live by faith, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38.  Jesus taught His disciples to pray for their daily bread, which is His daily bread principle:

Matthew 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

Luke 11:3  Give us day by day our daily bread.

   God intends for us to live daily by faith in Him for our needs, including the ability to prepare as Joseph did.

Psalms 78:19  Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

   Whatever comes to you, do you believe that God can furnish a table for you and your family?  They were chiding the Lord – questioning His ability to provide for their needs.  Have we done the same?

Psalms 23:5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

   Do we maintain a testimony to the grace and power of God to provide for us when our enemies, and even the enemy Satan comes against us?  Do we believe for more than a little in our cup, or can we believe that our cup will run over?

   I heard a poor lady in Catarina Mexico tell how the Lord provided for her family.  One day she borrowed a cart so she could go out and dig some dirt to sale and earn a little money to buy some Ramen Noodles to feed her hungry children.  While she was digging the dirt suddenly a whirlwind came, and when the dust settled and she could see again, there caught in a bush was some paper money.

   Do we think that was just a coinci