|Daily Bread APR/20/12|
|Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen|
|Friday, 20 April 2012 17:46|
Psalm 44:3 - For they did not gain possession of the land with their
swords, and their own arm did not save them; for your right hand and your
arm and the light of your face, for you favored them.
There are so many people who struggle to get ahead. They are constantly at
war with their finances, doing anything to achieve a breakthrough. What
many fail to realize is that wealth and success is something that God has
purposed for all of His people. However, we must realize that such a
blessing only comes to us because we are willing to trust the Lord. We must
realize that all of His blessings, provisions, and promises come to us by
way of a miracle. God absolutely forbids us to trust in our own ability and
to rely upon the arm of flesh. We have to be willing to walk in the
day-by-day instructions of His word.
God led Israel through the wilderness and fed them manna so that they could
learn that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceeds out of the mouth of God. It was God's desire to give them power to
make wealth; but before he could do that, they had to come to a place of
obedience to His word - a place of absolute trust in Him (Deuteronomy
8:16-18; Joshua 1:8). So the prophet Jeremiah says, "Blessed it is the man
that trusts in the Lord, that makes the Lord the sole object of His trust"
(Jeremiah 17:7). Yet, at the same time he says, "Cursed is the man who
trusts in the arm of flesh" (Jeremiah 17:5). We have to realize that the
promotion that God desires to give us will not come through our own might
or power, but by the Spirit of the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). If God sees that
we need to go through a fiery trial of faith or through a wilderness place,
that we might learn to trust Him and live only in obedience to the dictates
of His word, then He knows what is best!
However, what happens if we draw back; and instead of trusting God more, we
trust Him less? What happens to us if we begin to rely more on what we can
do for ourselves than what God can do for us? It is there that we must face
our self-reliance and need. We must repent and humbly ourselves under the
mighty hand of God; and faithfully do all those things that he has
commanded, no matter what the cost may be (1 Peter 5:6).
When we step into the promises of God on any level, we have to realize that
it was not by our own abilities or through the strength of our own efforts;
but it was by the blessing and miracle provision of God that we inherited
those things that God freely gave (Proverbs 10:22). Just like Israel, we
must come to a place where we are willing to say, "Whatever you command we
will do, and wherever you send us we will go" (Joshua 1:16); realizing that
those of Israel faced a certain death if somehow God failed to uphold them.
Their actions were those of absolute trust, and through their commitment
they inherited land and riches that would have otherwise been impossible to
obtain. Understand this: God has not planned your failure; He has planned
out your success. Though many would make us a defeated people who do not
have the ability to live free from sin and walk in the abundance of God's
great riches, it does not change the word of God, which is forever settled
in heaven. God has put a treasure on the inside of us, so that the
excellency of His power might be made manifest in our lives. Therefore let
us not draw back - but always press on!