Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Your Needs Will Be Met

Sometimes we forget who we are, and we fear. But God says, Fear Not, your needs will be met.
If you have been with us over the past couple of weeks, you know we have talked about who God is. That God is a God of love, and not some old man sitting on a throne, waiting for you to mess up, just so He can condemn you to everlasting torment. He is your Father. He Loves you. He wants nothing but the best for you, both in this life, and the one that follows.

Last week, we talked about who YOU are. Both in a world sense and the way God sees you. We talked about the difference in being a creature by God, and a Child of God. The difference in walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit. I gave you this prayer to pray, in your own words..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

Then we talked about who you are now. A Child of God. Adopted by the Spirit of God. A Heir to all things that is, ever was, or will be. The God that created all, is now your Daddy. As you remember in Romans 8 declares:

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So we are now Children of God. As a Child of God, NOTHING can separate us from the love of our Father. NOTHING. However, we still live in the world. from time to time, we allow the things of the world to creep in. We start concentrating more on how we can get ahead, or make more money in our Jobs. We worry about paying the rent or Mortgage. We worry about paying the Electric Bill. Can we afford that new car? ETC.

We get so caught up in the stuff, of this world, that we forget our Father, is GOD. When you forget that very important fact, you can allow the same fear that everyone in the world has. What next? What will tomorrow bring? How will things work out? What must we do?

Jesus tells us how we should pray. He gives us what has become known as the "Our Father" Prayer. However, lets actually look at what Jesus said. First, he did NOT say, just recite this prayer multiple times during service and all will be find. As a matter of fact, right before he gave it to us, he said THIS in Matthew 6:

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Then he said THIS:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
After this manner Pray. "Our Father, which is in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name." You are to recognize God. Acknowledge HE is the God of Gods, Lord of Lords. Honor his Godliness. Do just use him as a symbol or an icon of religion. Recognize that HE is GOD. That you are talking to him as you would your Earthly Father.

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." In other words, recognize that it is God's will that is the most important. Not what you feel like. Or the way YOU think things should be, but God's will. All is His, both here and in Heaven. He has a plan and a purpose for you and for your life.

"Give us this day our daily bread." Meet our daily needs. Ask God, of whom Jesus just told us "your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." So just ask Him. He already has a plan. He really doesn't need your help.

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Ask for forgiveness of your daily Sins. Yes, you still Sin daily. Ask Him to forgive you. While you are asking Him to forgive you, forgive anyone in your life that may need forgiveness. If they ask for it or not. Remember what Jesus said while dying on the Cross? Luke 22:

34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
You have been adopted into the Family of God. You have received the same Spirit that was in Jesus, and are now equal to Jesus. You are a Child of God. Whenever someone does something against you, they do not truly know what they are doing, or whom they are doing it to. So forgive them so that God can forgive you for your Sins. Just after the Prayer "outline." that Jesus gave us. He said this:
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
How can we expect God to forgive us, if we are holding on to anger or ill will towards someone for doing something stupid towards us. You are a Child of God. Why are you worried about your neighbor saying something that is most likely not even true about you. Or why worry about your co-worker playing games trying to get a head. You do not rely on man. You rely on God. Do you not think he is more than capable of getting you that promotion if it fits into His Plans? Do you think He is not willing to show the truth? There is NOTHING that your neighbor, co-worker, and even boss, can do that will effect God's plans. You are part of those plans now. So why worry?

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." Help us to recognize the snares of the Devil. Teach us the ways we should go. Be with us and keep us safe. Not only from the World, but in some cases, from ourselves as well. Again, give God the Praise and Glory, for He is God.

So basically, Jesus tells us to pray to our Father. Realize and give Him credit for being older and wiser than us. Give ourselves over to Him. Ask daily for forgiveness our the Sins we commit and forgive those that do stupid things toward us. Then end the prayer with praise. Back to Matthew 6
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
You could even say it this way?
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
You see, God is not really all that worried with how much "stuff" you have. He is more concerned with you and your soul. He is more concerned with how YOU treat others. Are you sharing the Gospel? Are you sharing His word? Are you doing His work? If you do, don't forget what Jesus said in Matthew 19:
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life
And again in Luke 18:
29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
If we try to do it on our own, we may succeed in a worldly sense. We may become successful. We may get much stuff. But remember what Jesus warned us of in Luke 12:
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
But in this same passage, Luke 12, Jesus tells us that we should not worry of such things. Again, Your Father knows what you have need of. He said this..
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
In Mark 10: 
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
You see, the world doesn't like the fact we are God's Children. They do not like the fact we do not have to worry. Jesus said a few times, that the world hated him, therefore, being a Child of God, and doing our Father's will, will make the world hate us as well. But we must not take thought of what the world thinks. We are in the world not of it. We need to rely on God Himself. He will meet our needs. Mark 11:
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Think about that. This is a promise, given to us by Jesus himself. And in Luke 11, Jesus says it this way.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
We have nothing to fear folks. ZERO. As long as we are doing the right thing. Seeking first the Kingdom of God. Seeking God. Seeking Jesus. Doing His work. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. There is nothing that can even kill us anymore, being a Child of God. Even your death is now in the hands of God. Remember that story of Satan talking with God about Job? Job 2:
3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
4 And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
We will talk about about this meeting coming up in a future Message. But even Satan himself can no longer kill you, if you are a child of God. So why are you worried about what Joe Schmo may do to you?

So how do you seek first the Kingdom of God. How do you get to know who God really is, and how do you learn who Jesus really is? How do you grow in Faith? Simple. Read God's Word. Get a Bible if you do not have one. Read it. Ask God to show you what he wants you to see. Find a Church that is teaching the Truth. Ask God to lead you to one. The one he wants you in.

Get knowledge. Feed your Spirit. Grow in Faith. Then ASK God, what would you have me do? It may be helping out in a food pantry. It may be as simple as sharing the Word. It may be that you should become a Pastor. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Everyone is different. But God knows who you are. He knows what you are capable of. He already has a plan and a purpose for your life. Find out what it is.

As for all this other stuff? God knows what you have need of before you do. He knows before you ask. The same Spirit that raised Lazarus from the Dead, is IN YOU! Do you really think that the Spirit is unable to find a way to feed you? To make sure you have a Roof over your head? Do you think, as Jesus said, we know how to give good things to our Children, and we are evil, imagine how much more God, being Love itself, will give his Children.

So fear not. Be of good cheer, God is your Daddy. Your needs will be met. Until next time, God Bless, and Jesus Is Lord!

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