Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Praise & Worship Message - Abundance Out of Nothing

Over the course of our lives, my wife and I have had to endure quite a few major upheavals in our lives. Many things have changed within just a matter of weeks. In the past year, we have endured major events that seemed impossible to overcome. My illness and the selling of our house are just a couple of the items. Out of the top twenty stressful events, my family and I have lived through six of them in one year. 

The only thing we had to sustain us was our love for one another and, most importantly, our faith. If it were not for our faith, we would have been pulverized into a fine powder and blown away by the winds. God reminded us of His promises and, true to His word, He held us up when life pounded us to our knees. When all seemed lost, we boldly approached the throne of God and humbly asked Him for help. 

It was in those moments that we realized the full extent of God’s will and power. In Matthew 19, Jesus reminds his disciples, “26 Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” 

Nothing is impossible for God. He saved us from ruin and lifted us up on the wings of a snow white dove. We did not grow weary from our journey. Just as He provided for the Israelites in the desert, He made sure that we had a roof over our heads, something to eat and that all of our daily needs were met. He never failed or left us. We were never forsaken or dismayed. God was always there to provide. We truly understood His name of Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide.

Just looking at my illness, I began to wonder why I had to go through such a horrible event. I thought of the question that Peter asked Jesus in Matthew 19, “27 We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?

It is a simple question that many will ask. Jesus did not rebuke Peter but took the opportunity to remind him of the glories that are to come. 

Jesus replied, “28 I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Think about it. Jesus always reminds his disciples of the glories to come. Our real treasure is not stored here on Earth. It is laid up for us in Heaven. But, while we are here, God provides for our needs even when things seem impossible.

In Psalm 81, the psalmist records the words of the Lord, “But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. 12 So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas. 13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths! 14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes! 15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him; they would be doomed forever. 16 But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.

The Lord wants His children to live in accordance with His will and walk the righteous path that He has provided us. However, when we allow our own desires to guide our footsteps, we soon find ourselves living for ourselves and wanting only the things of this world. When we live righteously and follow the will of the Lord, He will do great things for us. 

When we are hungry, He will not just give us something to eat. He will provide a table before us with wonderful things to eat in an unimaginable abundance. He would give us the finest wheat and wild honey from rocks. He gives us, even though they seem impossible, only the best of everything.

Although my family and I have endured what seemed to be the worst moments of our lives, we realized that God does provide and gives us wonderful things in abundance. Each day seemed like a torture test. As each day came to a close, we thanked God for the abundance of that day and the opportunity to share with others especially with those who were enduring situations worse than ours. 

As you go through this week and face problems, always remember that God will never leave or forsake you. He will, in accordance with His will, lift you up in victory. We must always remember that He provides for our daily needs and that our true reward and treasure is not here on this Earth. They are stored in Heaven where neither rust nor insects can destroy them. 

Everything here in this world is temporary. Things will fade away in time. Houses, cars, money and other things will lose their value and fade away. Houses and cars grow older and fall into ruin. Money can even lose its value. However, our Heavenly treasures never fade, rust or lose value. They are everlasting.

Once you begin to fully realize God’s provision for you and live in accordance to His will, you can confidently stand firm in His grace and face the impossible armed with the truth and Word of God. 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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