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Monday, May 9, 2011

All you need

Every Thursday morning myself and a group of ladies have been meeting to journey together through a great study called Made to Crave.

While watching the video session last week I saw something I had never seen before.

The teaching for this particular week was centered on the truth that all things may be permissible, but are they beneficial?

Another truth was centered on how easily we forget the magnificence of God. And a great example of this is how He was so faithful to deliver and sustain the children of Israel from 400 years of Egyptian bondage...

BUT, how quickly they forgot the magnificence of God- how sustaining and delivering He had been in the past- which led them to doubt He could do it again in their future.

In Psalm 78:11-22 we saw them in the desert demanding "the food they craved" but God did not supply their demands, He met their needs.

Every morning He rained down manna, enough for each person but only enough for each day. The next morning, they got up, and went out, and received again what they needed to sustain them for one more day.

Here was what came to me as we studied this last Thursday, there was a daily dependence on God. God set it up so that in order for them to make it through another day, they first had to come to Him... Come to His provision.

And it is still that way today. His word tells us that His mercy is new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). But if we don't go to Him each day to receive it we are certain to go through our day malnourished.

Day after day of this and you will eventually get weak, and eventually our spirit man will die.

Now, each morning when you get up you don't feel like you are about to die (spiritually or physically) of starvation.  So it is easy to skip breakfast.  We feel fine.  We feel we can make it on our own power and strength stored up.  

But if you were to go for extended periods of time not consuming life giving food (spiritually or physically) life will come to an end for you very quickly.

This is what the children of Israel knew and feared. They were in a dry, hot, devoid of any life desert and death would certainly be eminent if food was not provided, and provided soon.

Some of you know exactly how they felt. You are in the desert of life where it is dry, hot, and devoid of any life and if something life-giving is not provided for you soon you will not make it.

You're tired of mirages in life. The thing that promise fulfillment but leaves you even more empty and more disillusioned.

God's answer for you is manna so to speak. You need to daily depend on God. You need to daily run to His provision.  And if we would be really honest, we already know this.

But schedules, car pools, deadlines, errands, ball games, relationships are all vying for every precious second pulling us in way too many different directions and we won't take the time to center our lives on the One who gave us life.

I shared with the ladies last week in our group discussion a statement I recently read, If the devil can't make you bad, he will make you busy.

Too busy to take time to rest and recalibrate.

Too busy to take time to cultivate your marriage.

Too busy to receive daily from God everything we need to sustain us through our over scheduled lives (which is a topic for another day).

If you will choose each day to go to God, go to His provision, you may not receive all you want, but you will definitely receive all you need.

I hope this helps you a little today and you will begin to run to God daily. It maybe hard at first to get into the routine. But after a while you will begin to realize that His daily bread really is all you need.

How magnificent is that?

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