God Knows the Answer

God knows the answer

Have you ever had a problem that you thought was so huge that no one could solve? You may have racked your brain trying to come up with solutions to no avail. You may have conducted research to find an answer, only to be disappointed when you found that it was an exercise in futility. You may have even reached out to so-called experts, thinking that surely they must have the solution to your problems. But alas, they too were mystified by that huge problem that you presented. Maybe you gave up hope of ever finding a solution to that problem. Maybe you just gave up. The truth is that Google does not have the answer to every question. In fact, there are millions of problems that Google has not and will never cover. So quit looking to Google to provide the answers to your problems.

If you’ve ever been in such a situation then you know exactly what I’m talking about here. It’s about those times when you have asked everybody for their input except God. Except God. The only person who is guaranteed to have the answer to your problem. If nobody else knows, God knows.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him – James 1:5

If we don’t know what to do, we should ask God for wisdom. We can rest assured that He has the answer to any problem that we could ever present to Him – no matter how huge we may perceive it to be. God will make a way when there seems to be no way.

Remember how God made a path through the Red Sea just so that the Israelites could escape from the wrath of Pharoah and the Egyptians? Remember when God told Peter to cast his net on the other side and how great a catch he made that day after toiling all night without catching a single fish? Consider that Peter was an experienced fisherman who had been going to sea and catching fish for several years. He was not a novice by any stretch of the imagination. He had spent his life on the seas, yet he was clueless that day about where to catch fish. It seemed as if all the fishes in the sea had somehow relocated. But God knew exactly where those fish were and what Peter needed to do in order to catch fish that day.

Are you desperately looking for answers to problems that stump you and everyone else around you? Look to Jesus. He has the answer. That is a guarantee. There have been times in my life when I had no idea what to do and when I eventually looked to Jesus, the answer became crystal clear. Stop wasting time trying to solve all your problems yourself or looking to others for the answers. God has all the answers you will ever need. God knows the answer.

A Personal Answer to Your Problems

If you have ever used Google or books to find solutions to your problems, then you know that whatever answer you get will not be a personal one. It will be some hypothetical solution to a problem that sounds similar to the one you are facing. But it will not be a personal solution; a solution just for you. When you allow God to help you solve your problems however, you can rest assured that He has a personal answer just for you. Wouldn’t you rather a solution that is personalized to fit every fine detail of your problem? That is what God has to offer. Trust God with every problem. God knows the answer.

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Standing on the Promises of God

stand firm on the promises of God

Today, I am standing firmly on the promises of God. The bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Have you ever asked God for something but harbored doubt while waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life? We all have doubts sometimes. However, the bible reminds us in the book of James that we should not waver in doubt and unbelief because a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

I am believing God to work a miracle in my life. I am standing upon His word and upon His promises. The bible says in Matthew 18:19 that

Again I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my father in heaven.

These are words spoken by Jesus Christ himself. And Jesus is not a man that he should lie. The word says that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and that whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven.

No matter how strongly we may believe in something sometimes the devil comes in and whispers in our ears to get us to doubt God. But the devil is a liar! He will always try to tell you something that is contrary to the promises of God. His plan is that he can take us down with doubt and unbelief. He tries to steal from us, to kill us and to destroy us by planting doubt. But God has a different plan.

I am reminded today about the story told in 2 Kings 18 concerning King Hezekiah. Hezekiah had put his full confidence in God. When the King of Assyria threatened to take Jerusalem, King Hezekiah stripped the doors of the temple of gold and silver to make peace with him. Nevertheless, the King of Assyria was still bent on taking Jerusalem and he had no intention to make King Hezekiah stop him. As a matter of fact, he mocked King Hezekiah by sending his messengers with this message

2 Kings 18:19 “And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Thou sayest (but they are but vain words), I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? Later on when Hezekiah did not respond to him, he sent messengers to the people in Jerusalem to get them to lose confidence in Hezekiah and God. Here is what he said to the people:

2 Kings 18: 29 – 33 “Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand: Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, the Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. Heraken not unto Hezekiah for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye everyone the waters of his cistern: Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive oil and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuaded you, saying, The Lord will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?”

The king of Assyria exalted himself greatly against God and wanted Hezekiah and the people to doubt God’s ability to deliver them out of his hand. He wrongfully and haughtily believed that he could prevail against the living God! In the end neither Hezekiah nor the people answered to king Assyria. Hezekiah presented the case to the Lord and through the prophet Isaiah, God told Hezekiah that he would cause the king of Assyria to fall by the sword in his own land. And that is exactly what happened. When he went to worship in the temple of his god, his own two sons smote him with the sword and killed him.

Maybe you are struggling to keep your faith in God. Maybe God has promised you something and the enemy is planting seeds of doubt in your mind. Stand firm on the promises of God because God is not a man that He should lie. If he gave you those promises, He WILL fulfill them. Never ever doubt God’s ability or willingness to bring his own promises to pass. And always remember that anyone who opposes the Lord will always be put to shame. Or, as in the king of Assyria’s case, they may end up losing their very lives if they blaspheme against God. God will prevail and you will not be put to shame for putting your faith in God.

Be Blessed and stand firm in your faith in God :). God will deliver on every promise!

You Shall Not Want Any Good Thing

The young lions do lack and suffer hunger but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing

God is a good father. Just like any other good father, all God wants is the best for His children. There is no father who is happy when he cannot provide for his children. There is no father who likes to see his children hungry and wanting. In fact, it always grieves a good father whenever his children are not able to receive the best that life offers. I am reminded of how much God cares for his children and how much He demonstrates His love for us by providing for our needs. According to Psalms 34: 9-10

O fear the Lord, ye his saints; for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

This is such a comforting scripture to me. It reassures me that because I fear God, I shall not want for anything. Fear in this context means to respect and honor. So if I respect and honor God not only as my father but as my Lord, then I shall not want any good thing. I don’t have to earn God’s provision by working for provision. I get God’s provision simply because I honor him and give him the praise, worship and respect due unto his name. The bible says that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments. That’s it! God’s provision for us is a given.

The scripture above says that even the young lions do lack and suffer hunger but those who seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Lions are natural hunters and they go after what they want. They hunt for food and that is just a part of their nature as lions. However, as for us, we don’t need to hunt for food. All we need to do is to seek God and our need for food will be fully met by God himself. And even though the lion is one of the most skillful hunters that exists today, even they suffer hunger and lack!

Can you imagine that? Even the best hunters alive are not able to satisfy their own need for food as well as God can provide for those who seek him! We don’t need to pursue money. We don’t need to pursue wealth. All we need to do as believers is to pursue God himself. When we do that, this Psalms reminds us that we shall not want ANY good thing. So our duty is to simply seek God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds. He is the one that will provide for us. It is not up to our own efforts to provide for ourselves as believers. This does not mean that we shouldn’t work. We should. It just means that we shouldn’t be on the hunt for provision because that will come naturally once we seek God. God is the one who provides the jobs for us so that we can have something to eat and that we can feed and clothe our children. We should make seeking God our priority, not seeking for food.

It is God’s duty as our father to do that. That is why children don’t work, or rather shouldn’t work. That is the parents’ responsibility. Every parent has a responsibility to provide for their children. Even if our children misbehave or disobey us, that does not free us of the responsibility of providing for them. It is the parents who go out daily and work in order to provide for their children. Similarly, it is God’s responsibility to take care of us, his children. All we have to do is seek him and honor him.

Maybe you feel like you are in a place of lack in your life right now as a believer. I want to encourage you with the words of this Psalm today. “The young lions do lack and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Leave it all up to God who is our loving father. Simply seek him and you shall not want any good thing. God bless you.

When Satan Sets Up a Detour

when satan sets up a detour

Just this past weekend I was reminded of how very skilled the devil and his demons are at cunningly setting up detours to keep Christians from walking down the paths that God intends for us to walk. However, God has blessed all of us as Christians with some level of discernment and when we exercise that discernment and couple it with prayer, we are much less likely to fall for the devil’s traps and detours.

I had an appointment out of town recently and although I knew the general vicinity that the meeting was to be held, I was not sure how to get to that particular location. Now where I live we don’t use GPS systems. We rely on maps and on directions from others. Now I really did not know how to get there specifically because I had never ever been on that particular road. However, at the Lord’s prompting, I used Google maps to get a picture of exactly where that particular address that I needed to go to was located. I was not very confident that I could find the place but I knew the general area and so decided to just ask for directions once I was in close proximity to the venue.

Now here is where my adventures began. So I am now in the vicinity of the place and decide to call the company to ask for clear directions. After explaining to the operator where I was at that time, she proceeded to give me directions of how to get there from where I was. She said I was to continue straight ahead and just before I got to a certain landmark, I was to keep right and I would pass another landmark that I knew and then just after passing that landmark, I should take the next right turn and I would be at my destination. Clear as crystal right?

The only problem was that first of all when she said keep right, and then she spoke about the second landmark I was confused. Because if I kept right, I would be on the opposite side of that first landmark which she referred to based on what I previously knew. Anyway I thanked her for the directions and then had to make a decision. Should I follow her directions or should I follow what I knew to be true? Mind you, she was the perfect one to ask for directions since she worked at the location and had to get there everyday. So if anyone knew how to get there, it would be her. However, based on what I knew previously about where that first landmark that she mentioned was located, I knew that I would be driving away from the location rather than towards it if I followed her directions.

In the end, I ended up following my own sense of direction. I knew that I was in the right vicinity when I saw the second landmark that the operator had mentioned. However, from there it got confusing. I did not see the right turn that she made mention of and I felt lost. So I decided to ask an elderly gentleman for further directions.

“Hello Sir, can you please tell me where to find XYZ Road from here.”

He paused for awhile and then said, “Miss, you are in the wrong area. You have to go back to Half Way Tree road and then….” He lost me right there because I was 100% certain that I was in the right area. I knew that I had just missed a turn or something so I thanked him and immediately dismissed what he was saying. At that point I decided to turn back and to retrace my ‘steps’ to see if I could figure out where I may have made a wrong turn. So I drove a few metres back up the road and decided to ask another gentleman if he knew where I could find XYZ road from there.

“Miss you have to turn back,” he said. “That road is in New Kingston so you are way off. Turn back Miss.”

What? Was he serious? Turn back? The meeting was scheduled for 10:30 am and it was now almost 10:15 am. If I had to drive to New Kingston, I would definitely be late. Okay, this was ridiculous. First the operator told me to keep right when the correct thing was to keep left. Then the elderly gentleman told me to go back to Half Way Tree and now this gentleman was telling me to drive to New Kingston! Certainly somebody didn’t have their bearings right. At this point I said a simple prayer. I said “God, please show me where to find the place.” At that moment I decided to call back the operator at the company and to find out from her exactly where to go next. When I called her and told her where I was at that time she said “Oh you are right here. We are just across the road from where you are.”

Strange because I didn’t see the place. So I decided to just take the right turn that was closest to me and low and behold, I was on the right road and could see the building nearby! You know sometimes in your Christian journey, you may be so close to your destination and then the enemy sets up a detour designed to keep you from receiving the blessings that God has in store for you. Sometimes you are so close and then the enemy whispers in your ear and leads you off in a different direction away from your destiny.

This is why it is important to know the voice of God firstly and to have faith in what God says, standing firm on what you believe and on what you know to be true. You know when you know that you know that you know even though you don’t know everything? Does that make sense? I knew that I knew that I knew that I was in the right vicinity. I just didn’t know which road to take from there. And so the enemy used that as an opportunity to try to keep me from reaching to my destination. But thank God for His Holy Spirit. Thank God for direction! He is the only GPS that I need to follow!

God is the only GPS that we need to follow. The Holy Spirit is the only GPS that is guaranteed to take us to our right destination every single time. I noticed that the enemy didn’t try once or twice to detour me. He tried about 4 times and that is exactly how the enemy operates. Whenever he sees you moving closer and closer to your God given destiny, he will pull out all the stops to prevent you from doing so. But we are not unaware of his devices. We have the Holy Spirit as our inner guide, gently leading us and guiding us even when all other voices are saying something totally different.

Are you seeking direction in your life? Do you want to know which move to make next and where to turn? Listen to the Holy Spirit. When satan sets up a detour, listen for the voice of God and follow it. Remember the words of Isaiah 30:21

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left

Answering God’s Calling

answering God's calling

When God calls you to do something, it makes no sense to run away from it, deny it, ignore it or shun it. Because when all is said and done, when God puts a call on your life, you have no choice but to answer that call. And so, today after several months of abandoning this blog, God has called me back right here to finish what I started. The bible says in Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus

So it is not actually you or me doing the work but it is actually God doing a work in us. And He will NOT leave it until he is finished. God does not start something only to stop half way and abandon the project like we humans like to do sometimes. No, whatever God starts, he finishes. So, since He started a work within me many moons ago, He must finish it. And I must yield to God’s authority. I must submit to His will for my life.

I am reminded today of the story of Jonah and how Jonah tried to run from the calling that God had on His life. God had given Jonah a specific assignment to carry out but he didn’t want to do it. So he tried to run away and to hide from God. Don’t we know that we can’t hide from God? Don’t we know that the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good? If we make our bed in hell, God is there. So it makes no sense to run from God and His calling.

I know without a shadow of a doubt that God has called me to proclaim His word in written form. The bible says in Ephesians 4:11

And He gave some apostles; and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some, pastors and teachers

I believe that God has called me to be a teacher of His word. I am not trained in teaching and I am not qualified to do this job. But I have learned that God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. So, in spite of my inadequacies and my shortcomings and my weaknesses, God has chosen to use me. And I now yield myself as a vessel to be used by God, knowing that it is HE who will do the work. I am just the vessel that He has chosen to use to accomplish certain things on this earth.

I started this blog some years ago because I felt that God had called me to start it, to write for Him. But after writing diligently for several months, I did not see the point of continuing. I did not believe that anyone was actually reading my blog because when I would publish a post, all I would hear would be crickets. “What’s the point?” I often asked God. What’s the point of writing what You tell me to write when nobody is even reading what I have to say? God’s answer was a blow to my ego.

“I didn’t call you to write to become popular. I didn’t call you to write to become a reknown blogger, I called you to simply write for ME.” Okay..so God wants me to just continue to write without seeing the point, without seeing any tangible results, just to write by faith and out of obedience to God. Well, I figured that that must have been the devil telling me to continue doing something that was obviously futile so I quit. Yes, I quit. And that was the end of that.

Until….Until today when God orchestrated it so that I would come face to face with Him and would have to make a decision – either I would obey the call that He had made on my life or I would keep running in vain. So, here I am God. Your will be done. I am done running. Now use me as you choose to.

Now it doesn’t matter who wants to read my blog. It doesn’t matter who wants to comment on it. It doesn’t matter if I continue to hear crickets whenever I publish my blog posts. All that matters is that I have finally answered God’s call on my life and I know that my life will never ever be the same. I don’t know what God has in store for me, but I know that whatever it is, it will be for my good. I never wanted to be a teacher. I never had any desire to be a teacher. In fact when I was younger, I did a few teaching stints and I absolutely hated them. Not only that, I was no good at it. I never had the patience to teach children.

It’s funny how I now I have that burning desire to teach. But it’s not to teach children. I believe God has called me to teach adults. I can’t see my way ahead and I don’t know what’s in store. But I am stepping out in faith, trusting God and holding on to the word that says that he who has begun a good work in me will perform it to the day of Christ Jesus.

God let your will be done.

We Have Moved!

We have moved

UPDATE (April 2016): We are right back here where we started. Please ignore the following message. Glad to be back and looking forward to meeting up with you here :)!

 

Top of the day to everyone! Please be advised that we have moved to a more comfortable location and you can now find us at http://www.spiritualoasisonline.com.

The old site will be removed shortly and so all previous subscribers are invited to subscribe to this new blog. You will still find all the old posts at the new location but I have upgraded the look and feel of the site as well as changed the name. The name change more closely reflects the direction that God has been leading me in. Spiritual Oasis Online is a place where Christians can relax, reconnect and reflect upon the awesomeness and goodness of Jesus Christ. You can look forward to bigger and better things from me in the upcoming year. I look forward to interacting with you all and invite everyone to join me on this spiritual journey with Jesus. Let me use this opportunity to wish you all a very blessed and happy Christmas and a prosperous and Christ-filled New Year!

Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Immediate Healing through Faith

Healing through Faith

Healing through Faith

Do you long to be healed? Are you suffering from an illness that the doctor tells you has no cure? Have you spent every other dollar that you have just trying to get some relief from a stubborn malady that simply will not respond to any type of treatment? Have you prayed and prayed and prayed for healing but it just doesn’t happen? Why does nothing work? Well only God knows the answers to all your questions but He has given us hints from the bible about how we can receive healing.

Faith Without Works is Dead

The bible says in James 2:17-20 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea a man may say, Thou hast faith and I have works: shew me thy faith without works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know o vain man, that faith without works is dead?” This tells me that simply having faith is not enough to accomplish anything. It has to be combined with works for it to be effective. For example, let’s say I am believing God for a raise. I pray and pray and pray for this salary increase but I don’t do anything else. I don’t upgrade my education, I don’t apply for a higher paying position and I don’t even ask my boss for a raise. What are the chances that I will get that raise? Very slim as you probably figured out.

Many times we as Christians say we have faith but it is not demonstrated in our actions and the bible says that without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. We just need to realize that faith without works is really not faith at all. It is simply a wish. So praying and praying and praying for healing without adjusting your diet or your lifestyle or failing to make time to exercise will have little to no positive effects. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that prayer is useless. Far from it. What I am saying is that praying alone is not enough if it is not backed up with faith demonstrated through works. In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 we see true faith always being backed up by actions. The entire chapter speaks about faith through actions. It says that by faith Abel ‘offered’, by faith Noah ‘moved with fear’, by faith Abraham ‘obeyed’, by faith Sara ‘received strength to conceive a child’.

Thy Faith has made thee whole

A beautiful story of healing through faith is the story in the bible of the woman with the issue of blood. Luke 8: 43 – 48 “And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me?…..And he said unto her, daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”

Do you hear how long this woman was suffering? Twelve long years! She had spent everything that she had and had depended upon the doctors to heal her but nothing happened. I can imagine how frustrating this must have been. This woman no doubt had probably wondered if she would ever receive healing. There must have been times when she felt like simply giving up. Afterall, nothing was working, nothing had worked for 12 long years! But did she give up? Or did she continue to have faith that she would be healed? I can just imagine how hopeful she became when she learned that Jesus would be coming to a town near her. Obviously she had heard that Jesus had healed many people and she made up her mind that whatever it took she was going to receive her healing that day. Despite her illness, she pushed through the crowds and made her way towards Jesus. If she could only touch the hem of his garments, she would be healed. Fellow believers, that is faith in action right there. Despite her long battle with her illness, she still had faith that Jesus could heal her and she showed that faith by reaching out to touch Jesus. The bible says that immediately she was made whole! Wow immediately! Ladies and gentlemen she not only touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, but I believed that she touched his heart by her faith when she reached out to touch him. Jesus ‘felt’ her faith.

Faith is not some intangible thing that cannot be touched. the bible says that faith is the ‘substance’ of things hoped for, it is the ‘evidence’ of things not seen. To me this means that faith is something that you can see and feel. It is not like the wind that no one can see. It is something that is evident through our actions. When Jesus felt her faith he was moved. Note that Jesus told her that it was her faith that had made her whole. It was her belief backed up by her actions that had caused her to receive healing. Not faith in men, not faith in herself but faith in God, faith by believing that Jesus could heal her of her disease.

Desire is not Faith

Let me point out something that I observe here. Many people often mistake desire for faith. Many people desire to be healed and they long to be healed and they pray to God for healing because they desire to be healed. And they spend all they have trying to get doctors to heal them because they desperately desire to be healed. But desire is not faith. Faith is a belief in God (and what his word says) and this faith is evident through our actions. Now we can be praying to God yet not really believing that God can answer our prayers. We just do it out of hope or desire but there is no belief. James points out in James chapter 1 that if any man lacks wisdom, he should ask of God and God would give him wisdom. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord” (James 1:6-7). Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, faith without works is dead. Just like the woman with the issue of blood, our faith can make us whole. Faith, not desire. Faith is demonstrated through our actions and only when we move out in faith will we be able to please God and receive our healing. Be blessed!

Time Out for God

Make time for God

Make time for God

I have been delinquent. I realize that. And I’ m sorry. When God calls you to do something, you need to find the time to do it. In fact it should become a priority. The apostle Paul told Timothy that he should preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. What has God called you to do? Have you made the time to do it no matter what?

It is so easy for us to become distracted and sidetracked by life…the children, the family, the bills, the business. We find time for everything else and then we give God what’s left of ourselves. My brothers and sisters that should not be. God should have top priority in our lives. Full stop. No ifs, buts or maybes. For the past few days I have found myself skipping my devotions and just squeezing in little hurried prayers when I feel bad. God please protect my children today. Thank you God. God understands right? He knows that I was so tired that when the alarm went off I simply turned it off and went back to sleep. He ought to understand that that is why I ended up not having the time to do my devotions and why I had to fly through the door without spending any quality time at His feet at the beginning of the day.

I got up this morning with the words to the song “Chosen” by Kevin Downswell playing in my head and in my heart. I know it was God trying to get my attention. I just know it. It makes me reflect on the Apostle Paul and how focused he was on fulfilling his God given purpose in life. Paul allowed nothing to distract him, nothing to throw him off course. When friends and fellow believers desserted him and didn’t bother to show up to support him at his first court trial, he pressed on. When he was thrown into the lion’s den and had suffered much at the hands of many, he remained focused. At the end of the day he himself acknowledged that he had fought a good fight, he had finished the race, he had kept the faith. I wonder if I’ll be able to say that someday. I certainly hope so and with God’s help, I will. I will make time for God because when all is said and done, only what’s done for Christ will last. This is my personal commitment…again.

Thank you God for second chances, and third, fourth and fifth chances.

Can God Furnish a Table in the Wilderness?

God's provision

God provides

Psalm 78:19 “Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” This scripture refers to the children of Israel when God had set them free from the bondage of the Egyptians and they were on their way to the promised land. The fact that they were now free was great. The only trouble was that they had to go through the wilderness to get to the promised land. The further away they got from Egypt, the more they began to miss the food that they had while in bondage in Egypt: the fish, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions and the garlic. How were they going to survive in the wilderness without food? The Israelites began to doubt God’s ability to provide. Never mind that God had supernaturally parted the Red Sea and had caused the Egytians to be drowned while they themselves went through on dry land. Never mind the fact that God led them with a cloud by night and with a light of fire by night. All they knew was that they were in the wilderness and they didn’t have any food to eat. So they began to question God.

Isn’t that so much like many of us today? How quickly we forget God’s provisions in the past. How quick we are to question whether God can take care of us when our human minds cannot fathom where our provision will come from. No job. No contracts. No source of income. How on earth are we going to make it through the month when we have bills to pay, children to send to school, loans to cover, and so much to consider?

Ok hold up. Let’s just put things into perspective here. Wasn’t it God who had provided that job that you hated in the first place? Wasn’t it God who had brought in those contracts and wasn’t it God who had helped you get that last promotion? So how come now we are so quick to doubt that God can still provide for every single need that we have even though we may be out of a job? During these uncertain times, we sometimes forget that everything is owned by God. The bible says that the cattle upon a thousand hills are God’s (Psalm 50:10). God says “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 50: 12). The same God who fed 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes can certainly feed you and your family. Don’t get me wrong. I have questioned God’s ability to provide for me so many times myself that it is a shame to recall. I am making a promise right now that the next time I feel like questioning God’s ability to provide, I will look back and remember all the provisions that He has made for me in the past. I will remember how He has always provided for His people and I will remember that God is my provider. The job is not my source. The client is not my source. God is my source.

The God who provides

Let’s follow up with that story with the Israelites. After they questioned God’s ability to provide for them in the wilderness, God caused water to gush out of the rocks and the streams overflowed. Was that enough? No it wasn’t. The Israelites went on to question God further “Can he give bread also? Can he provide flesh for his people”? (Psalm 78: 20). Even though God had caused manna to rain down from heaven for the Israelites to eat daily, even though they ate angel’s food, they were still not satisfied. On boy did that make God angry. While they ate the manna God’s anger was kindled against them and He slew the fattest of them and smote down the chosen men of Israel (Psalm 78: 31). What lessons can we learn from this story?

  • God’s ability to provide for us is not limited. Therefore we should never doubt that He will provide every single thing that we need.
  • Everything we own has been given to us by God. We are only stewards on the earth. God can easily transfer wealth from one man to the next, from one place to the next. It is God who gives us the power to create wealth in the first place. So he has the ability to send resources to us that we never even dreamed of. Relax. God has this.
  • God is our only source. Let us not trust in ourselves or in any one else for our provision.
  • God hates ingratitude (or forgetfulness). Let us be grateful for whatever we have lest the anger of God be kindled against us and he smite us like He did to the Israelites.

So can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Can He give bread also? Can He provide flesh for His people? The answer is a resounding yes, yes, yes! Hallelujah! God is our Provider! Let’s never ever forget it. Be blessed!

Time for a Mindset Makeover

What's your mindsetIt’s been a long, long time coming. I need a change. The hum drum of life has finally gotten to me and I have finally decided that something needs to change. Yep, something has got to give. I cannot continue like this. I have reached that point. What point you ask? That point in life when I realize that I must accept full responsibility for everything that has happened in my life so far. All my accomplishments, all my failures, all my dreams that have come true, all my nightmares that have come to life…..everything. It has been quite easy for me to just shove all the responsibility on God in the past. After all, He is the ruler of the Universe, the omnipotent one. Everything is in His control. But I have a role and a part to play too. I have a say and I have a choice. My choices matter. Everyday I wake up I make a choice. Will I have a good day or will I have a bad day? At the end of the day, it’s all up to me. Yes, God has the final say, but he always gives us a choice and a say in the matter. I’m not a slave or a puppet that has no control over what happens to me or what doesn’t. I choose. I decide. I do it. Not God. God doesn’t decide for me, neither does He choose for me. He simply gives me the guidance and I choose to follow it or not. I choose to follow God’s directions or to follow my own mind or to follow the advice of people. It’s all my choice.

So many of us as Christians tend to blame God for our circumstances in life. I turned out this way because God allowed this to happen and that to happen to me. So that is why I am the way I am. Don’t blame me, blame God. That’s the crutch. That’s the lie. That’s how we deceive ourselves. The truth is, God allows us to have a say in our own lives. If you are a student and you choose not to study, then you also choose to get a grade that you may not like. If you are unemployed, broke, busted and disgusted, then realize that you have played a role in that as well. Take responsibility for your own actions or lack thereof. And that’s what I have decided to do. No more playing the blame game. No more excuses. If it is going to happen, I have to make it happen. And I can choose to acknowledge God and to heed His advice or I can choose to ignore Him. Whatever I choose, I am an active participant in my own life. If I choose to do nothing, I have still made a choice and I should be fully prepared to face the consequences of all my own actions. Now please don’t get me wrong. I do realize that there are situations over which we really have no control. But the truth is that we have a choice in how we choose to “see” things. We can choose to be negative about it or we can choose to see mishaps as opportunities for greater things to come. The bible says that ALL things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose. So I can choose not to let a mishap spoil my entire life because I choose to believe God that in the end, it will all work out for my good. The situation may not be good but in the end, it will work out for good. I choose to dwell on the positives and not on the negatives.

So I have begun with a mindset makeover. I have a choice. We all do. Let’s go out there and live…by choice, let’s prosper, by choice, let’s succeed, by choice, let’s win, by choice, let’s celebrate, by choice! Be blessed!

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