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Asking for God’s Provision

JESUS SPEAKING

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7: 7 – 11)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

We are encouraged by Jesus to recognize God as a provider. He is our heavenly Father and we are his children. If we ask Him in faith to fulfill our needs, He will pour out His blessings upon us. We will never thirst or go hungry; nor lack any precious or necessary thing. In humility, we as little children will eat from the hand of our shepherd; and follow Him wherever He chooses to lead us. No matter the circumstances, or the obstacles, we must trust in Him who is able to overcome everything.

As the story goes, one day a destitute philosopher in the court of Alexander the Great approached the Emperor, seeking his charity. Alexander responded by telling the treasurer to give the man any sum he might ask for. The man promptly demanded ten thousand pounds. The treasurer objected to the extravagant amount. But Alexander replied, saying, “Let the money be instantly paid. I am delighted with this philosopher’s way of thinking. By the largeness of his request, he shows the highest idea he has conceived of my wealth and generosity.” In like manner, God Himself is honored.

In the book of James we read, “you have not because you ask not.” If we desire to walk with God, we must learn to rely on Him by making daily requests for His provision. When we seek Him in prayer He is attentive. If we need food, water, wisdom, healing, strength, etc., He is faithful to lavish upon us great blessings, so that others might see His generosity and be drawn to the the foot of the cross.

“Lord Heavenly Father, may we learn to rely on You for all of our needs. You are our great provider; our wonderful counselor, our mighty God. In You we place our trust; in You we have our peace. Give us more of Your Holy Spirit, that we might better serve You by reaching out to those who are lost in darkness. Live in us, that Your great light might shine forth for all to see. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

Don’t Cause Others to Stumble

JESUS SPEAKING

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18: 1- 7)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

Using a small child as an example, Jesus informed the disciples that they had to be converted and become as little children to enter the Kingdom of God. Being reborn means returning to a childlike state of enduring innocence and purity. Sadly, this world remains rife with temptations that lead to sinful practices. The devil lurks around every corner, “seeking whom he may devour.” The punishment for assisting Satan in his efforts to entice believers and little children to sin is accordingly severe. Christians are therefore prohibited from behaving in ways that might cause others to stumble.

How we dress has an effect on other people. In western society today, inappropriate clothing is common, and even celebrated by popular culture. Short skirts, skin tight leggings, and shirts that reveal cleavage are accepted and promoted as ideal. (Men are also guilty of dressing with sinful intentions.) Each of these enticing styles is worn to purposefully tempt others, and to elicit lustful glances. We read in 1 Timothy: 8 – 10, “in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.”

As the world suffers through temptations, Christians are admonished to remain pure; to exist as little children. Our actions, our mannerisms, our attire, our speech, and our habits are all being monitored by others. When they look, they must see genuine Christianity; a way of life devoid of conduct which might cause others to stumble. As the light of Christ, we must shine with His brilliance. May our lives always be an example of humility, modesty, and purity.

“Lord Heavenly Father, we yearn to share in Your perfection and purity. May we become as little children; walking with integrity; never tempting anyone to stumble into sin. Strengthen us by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Let Your light shine through us, that others might come to know You as we have. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

Being Yoked to Jesus

JESUS SPEAKING

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

In ancient times, beasts of burden were commonly paired together in groups of two. A single harness, known as a yoke, would bind the animals together. If one of the beasts died, a new ox would be strapped into the harness; initiating a training period. As the mature animal plowed correctly, the new ox was steadied and prevented from wandering off or disobeying the plowman’s commands. The fresh recruit needn’t focus on every rule, expected behavior, or custom. Instead, his labor was simplified; he only needed to walk in unison with the ox beside him. Obviously In this illustration, Jesus represents the ox, and those who receive the gospel are yoked to Him. He carries the heavy weight of our sins; transforming our hearts and minds. We then follow the rules and regulations of the bible, not because they can lead us to God, but instead, because we are moving in fellowship with Jesus. [NOTE: There are still acts of repentance that must occur upon receiving salvation.]

The original Mosaic law outlined in the Old Testament consisted of 613 laws; a hefty sum of regulations. And yet over time, more rules were added through what is known as the Mishnah; the writings of the Rabbis who expounded upon the Mosaic law. They created hundreds of new ordinances; many of which were not explicitly outlined in scripture. When Jesus arrived, He discovered that most of the common men and women struggled beneath the burden of these man-made laws. In turn, He struck these rules down; thus restoring the law to its original intent. [Note: Jesus also reduced the hundreds of laws into only two requirements; which if followed will result in complete adherence to God’s will. See Mathew 22: 37 – 40.]

Jesus came to lighten our burdens and to restore mankind to a right relationship with God. Legalism, which places an emphasis on rigid expressions of outward adherence, misses the mark. Instead, we can adhere to the Spirit and the letter of the law by focusing on our relationship with Jesus. When we are yoked to our Savior, we are transformed into His image and likeness. We are then capable of adhering to God’s laws.

“Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and ask that we be yoked to Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we not fall victim to outward legalism, but instead, be born again; adhering to your ordinances because Your Holy Spirit dwells within us. May we follow You with our whole hearts, and commit our entire lives to the furtherance of Your Gospel. We love you Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.” God bless all of you!


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