God takes provision and blessing to another level. He does not just merely supply your needs, but He goes over and beyond the norm in order to bless you!
In Psalm 23:2 we don’t just read He leads us to pastures, but He specifically leads us to the best, most tender and greenest pastures (the most delicious!). Later on in the Psalm we read that our cup is not only filled, it runs over (v. 5).
Other verses that testifies about the God of MORE than enough:
“Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; and instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron.” Is 60:17
“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]…” Eph 3:20
This last verse describes God’s provision as being superabundant, more than we can ever dare to ask for or think! If you can imagine something good in your life, God will go infinitely beyond this and surprise you with His goodness.
The cross of Jesus is the center of Christianity. We must never underestimate it’s significance – it is crucial to every aspect of our faith. I don’t think we will ever be able to fully comprehend the magnitude of what was accomplished on the cross – but I love the parts that God has already revealed to me! Also read “God’s gift to us (Part 1, 2 and 3)”
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” John 16:33
Many people simply quote the part about tribulations and trials in the previous verse, without referring to the parts that precedes and follows it. Firstly, Jesus promised us IN Him we will have perfect peace and contentment. Secondly He tells us to be of good cheer, for he HAS overcome the world and deprived it of it’s power to harm us! Therefore it is a choice – stay in the world where you will have trails and tribulations and distress, or believe in the complete work of the cross.
Jesus deprived the world of it’s power and released it’s stronghold on the children of God (those who believe). The world in this sense refers to what we experience daily as a result of sin. Sin came into the world, and death (decay, suffering, problems, sicknesses etc.) as a result of sin. Jesus completely abolished sin, therefore also setting us free from it’s power:
“Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],” Rom 8:3
We cannot look at anything without considering what was accomplished on the cross of Jesus. Everything was made new after that sacrifice. In Revelation we also read the following incredible confirmation from Jesus:
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Rev 21:5
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes weigh myself down wondering what other people think of me. This kills my joy and hinders me from being myself. Like a snare, it keeps me from going forward and limits me to a boxed-in life.
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Proverbs 29:25
I want to break out of this box. The only opinion that matters, the Highest opinion – is God’s opinion. I am promised that His thoughts toward me are wonderful – no other man’s praise or thoughts can compare with His! He makes plans of peace for me – no evil thought crosses His mind. How wonderful! I am completely accepted, approved and loved.
“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; no one can compare with You! If I should declare and speak of them, they are too many to be numbered.” Ps 40:5
What would you do differently, freely out of the depths of your soul, if you could not care less what anyone thought? God’s thoughts are the only thoughts that matter – and they have already put the stamp of approval and blessing on us!
The benefits of Christ living inside us the moment we are born again are truly boundless, fathomless, incalculable, and exhaustless (Eph 3:8). It seems as if there is no end to this discovery – what an incredible gift it is! A quick recap:
- Jesus is the Word, so we now contain the truth inside us
- God’s presence inside us causes blessing to be around us
- God’s presence (the secret place) protects us and keeps us safe
God is the source, the author and the creator of all life. He IS life. That means this powerful, situation-changing Life now exists inside us. It is this Life that will change hopeless situations into enriching situations full of possibilities. It is this Life that will breathe new life into dry bones. It is this Life that will heal sickness and take away depression. Any ‘dead’ situation will change because of the life which now exists inside of us.
“And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, presihable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” Rom 8:11
“And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now posesses) eternal life.” John 3:36