I would rather be poor than to let money rule my life and I say that without shame because my Father is rich. So really I don’t lack anything. I always have what I need but if money means compromising my relationship with God, I don’t need it. Really. I would rather have nothing than something without Him. I’m that madly in love with Jesus. Nothing matters more than He does. Nothing ever will.
Jesus tells people why worry about clothes and you’d think we would have enough clothes but when you’re trying to maintain your life or when you are your own provider, you find identity in what you’re wearing and you buy differently, not so much to glorify God but to feel good about yourself. Worry doesn’t escape self-interest.
But when you know it’s God who keeps you and provides for you, you buy differently. You don’t just buy random stuff out of boredom or just spend to escape dread or to feel like you have everything all together, no anxiety or fear of financial instability.
Worry, no matter how rich you are can run and ruin you, make you do things you wouldn’t do if God was your God and provider and not money.
We tell ourselves faith is God changing our circumstances but true bible faith is actually us clinging to who we are now that He came because when you see who you are you no longer need those things to change, they just part and align to the will of God like the red sea, no struggle, no worry, life endowed with the grace of God. Nothing can stop you.
God doesn’t bless need in truth. Everyone has need. Everyone, everywhere. He blesses identity. He blesses His image and His image is love.
First seek the kingdom of God, the way God operates and His righteousness, that’s an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God, knowing His love well, letting Him fill you to overflowing. Don’t worry about tomorrow, He says. Seek Him first today.
My Father has always showed me, from the time I was born until now, that He always looked after my needs. I could never even recall any time where I was in want. There may be some instances when I was desiring for something that I did not have, but it was provided to me later on (and even better).
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 KJV
I am not perfect. I had a lot of mistakes. I consider myself the least among all His children. However even if I am the least, He has showed mercy and grace unto me. How much more to people who are above me? His thoughts are not my thoughts and His plans are better than my plans.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:25-26 KJV
All of these provisions are not just because He can, but because He knows better what I need. He can give me all the riches of the world, but the question is, do I need it? What would I get from it? For me, I pray, as long as it will not separate me from my Father, it is good. But if it will lead to my destruction, I better not have all those riches on earth. God holds the future and He knows the outcome of everything. His plans for me is to keep me away from destruction. Therefore whatever He has blessed me with, I am content. 😊
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV
Key: do not be like those who don’t believe because of what you have yet to see. So, are you not going to put your clothes on because you fear they’ll tear? You’re not going to eat in fear of not having anything left? Tomrrow has enough worries of its own with all the sin in it. Understand that no one would have anything if it weren’t for the goodness of God. So be the first to rely, not the first to doubt and panic.
Jesus says all those things, those needs…car, a home, job, clothes, food, money…oh they’ll be provided to you but first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Make knowing love your priority, not perfect circumstances like unbelievers do. After all these things the Gentiles seek. Don’t worry like they worry when you know the source.
In this season of Harvest, we want to pray for supernatural provision in people’s lives, for now and the future. This year of 2020 has been difficult. Many have experienced a drop in income with furlough or job loss, found it difficult to move house, and people have also been left grieving family members who have passed away due to the virus. This prayer will remind us that despite our circumstances, God is still good and He longs to pour out His blessing upon His children.
Lord, we praise Your holy name, we honour and thank You for who You are and all that You have done for us. Your Word says Your love is better than life and that Your ways are perfect! Lord, You are our refuge and our strength, in times of trouble, You are the rock which we cling to. Your love is unfailing and it is an incredible privilege to call You, our creator, our Father and our friend.
We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. In faith, we declare that our needs are met and our cup will overflow with Your blessings. In Psalm 23 Your word says “You lead us to still waters, You refresh our soul and we lack nothing”. Help us not to worry about the future. Worrying does not add a single hour to our life. Our life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. We thank You God that the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet You feed them. We are more valuable than them in Your eyes.
Grant us wisdom and self-control over our finances, lead us to a place where we can once again bless those around us who need help. Teach us to steward our money well and never be lazy or complacent with our work. We trust You God and ask for what we need, our daily bread, security, shelter, comfort. Be the one we run to in every situation.
Thank You for all the physical provision and spiritual blessings that You give freely to us.
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. — 1 Timothy 5:8 | The Cambridge Paragraph Bible of the Authorized English Version (CAMB) The Cambridge Paragraph Bible of the Authorized English Version, by Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose, 1813-1891. Published by Cambridge University Press. Cross References: 1 Corinthians 6:6; 2 Timothy 2:12; 2 Timothy 3:5; Titus 1:16; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4; Revelation 2:13
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:13,14
You may have heard it said “The Lord always has a ram in the bush”. This saying comes from the story of Abraham’s obeying God to the point of offering Isaac as a sacrifice even though he was the one through whom the promises of God would passed down.
As Abraham and Isaac walked towards the place God had shown Abraham, Isaac inquired about the lamb for the sacrifice, seeing they had the wood and the fire. Abraham in faith told him “God will provide himself a lamb”. Just as Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, God stopped him. Abraham saw a ram who had gotten caught in a thicket and offered it instead. In remembrance he named the place Jehovahjireh, which means “The Lord will see to it”
Whatever you are going through know that Jehovahjireh, “The Lord will see to it”. He will supply all that you need, when you need it, where you need it. He will see to it!
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19 Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. 20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep forth. 21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God. 22 When the sun rises, they get them away and lie down in their dens. 23 Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until the evening.
24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures. 25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, which teems with things innumerable, living things both small and great. 26 There go the ships, and Leviathan which thou didst form to sport in it.
Paul said he knows contentment no matter what state he may be in, with enough or with not enough for Christ gives him strength in all things. But the way God provides for us is through relationship, because Jesus illustrates the care of a father for his child in need to the way we ought to relate to God concerning the things we need for daily life. So in turn for placing the pressure of trying to maintain your own life, He says continue in right relationship with Him and you see how all these things will be taken care of.
Long ago we thought to enjoy some good tasting fish you needed to find yourself at the seaside as soon as the local fisherman brought in whatever was the fresh catch of the day.
Today it ain’t so - depending on where you live and how selective your tastebuds are. In metropolitan countries the options for fresh and frozen seafood [and all else] are greater and I’m sure - at least in earlier times it’d fit almost any budget.
But this little treat I whipped up a few years ago was bought at one of the specialty stores my parents started going to many years ago when they first arrived on the local scene (being the big food lovers) that sells both local and foreign catches.
This right here if I recall correctly is a popular one found in our waters - especially so right before Easter. It’s called Carite. Sold fresh it can cost a pretty dollar and fresh is the word if you’re buying fresh fish as opposed to frozen.
If seasoned well, in my view there’s no real way to tell the difference. It was delicious and enjoyed by all! Nothing to it, but some lime/lemon, fresh or dried thyme, cilantro (chadon beni), fresh or minced garlic and onions, ginger optional, dried saffron optional, hot pepper (or homemade sauce) and voila!
Steamed fish served with what we call ground provisions (root crops like melt in your mouth eddoes, cassava, sweet potatoes, dasheen or yams), callaloo (spinach, okras, pumpkins, coconut milk), breadfruit or rice with mixed vegetables and you got yourself a meal!