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He is A God of The Basics

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He is A God of The Basics

Jesus prayed to the Father, “Give us our daily bread today.”[1] Bread is the most basic food we eat! God hasn’t promised that we will always have abundance in every season, but He has promised is to meet our needs abundantly.

God has promised to always cover our basic necessities. Truthfully, we want the abundance so we don’t have to trust for the basics. And scripture is very clear about this principle.

James 4:2-3 says, “You don’t have the things you want, because you don’t pray for them. When you pray for things, you don’t get them because you want them for the wrong reason—for your own pleasure.”[2]

On the one hand God says, “You may be asking for things that I know won’t help you. I have promised I will meet your basic needs every day of your life.”

Have you ever had the experience where God gave you what you asked for, and then He let you struggle through the challenge of the very thing He gave you?

Sometimes God gives us things we don’t need to teach us to learn to accept His “no.”

Every “no” that God gives comes with His foreknowledge. Every closed door is closed for a reason. We have to trust that God knows what is best.

God says, lean into me. Be content. Be grateful. I will meet your needs.

People who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth imagine that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.[3]

Just because our God is a giving God doesn’t mean He’s going to make every Christ follower rich in earthly riches. God knows what we need. He gives to us according to our God-given capacity.

Some of us are destined for more. Some of us are destined for a little less. It doesn’t really matter how much we are destined to oversee. What matters is how well we watch over what God has given us.

Do you enjoy what God has entrusted to you? Do you utilize it for the good of others? Are you content with God’s provision?

 

Listen to the entire message on Lakeview’s podcast. http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2016/10/09/living-the-jesus-perspective-provision/

[1] Matthew 6:11 GW

[2] GW

[3] 1 Timothy 6:5-10 ESV

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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