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Relying On God

Rely on God Begins w:Each Day

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” ~ C.S. Lewis

A mountain climber must rely on his equipment to sustain him if climbing alone. A child riding to school in a car must rely on the driver for his safety. Sometimes we put our trust in objects and other times we put our trust in man. But the reality is, God alone sustains us! We are to rely on HIM for all of our needs. To rely is to depend on with full trust or confidence.

Relying on God requires faith, so there needs to be a certainty of His love hidden in our hearts. With this assurance, we are then able to trust His character and believe our every need will be met. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as a “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

A month after leaving Egypt, the children of God started to worry about running out of food. Many of the animals taken in the great exodus had already been slaughtered to feed the masses. The Lord was aware of their anxiety and wanted the Israelites to depend on Him for their survival. Therefore, He spoke to Moses and said,

“Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” Exodus 16:4 (NKJV)

In a miraculous way, God provided food for His children. Manna, the bread God rained down from heaven, tasted like wafers made with honey. Their supernatural provision was sweet to the taste AND met their need for nourishment.

Had rained down manna on them to eat, and given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full.” Psalm 78:24 (NKJV)

“Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (NKJV)

Jesus is the “Bread of Life.” He is our spiritual food. The Bible is the living Word of God and so we are to feed upon it, daily. Normally, one does not go a day or even a week without food. We need to eat in order to stay healthy and strong. Food gives our body energy and enables us to move throughout the day.

God likes to speak to us through analogies, so the feeding of our body with food is aligned to feeding our spirit with the Word of God. Our spirit needs the living Word to energize and move us through each day. Just as our physical body becomes weak and unhealthy without nourishment, our spirit becomes weak and unhealthy when we neglect the scriptures. But when we feed upon the Word, His instruction will become our encouragement. His love within us will become more obvious to others. Our actions will be more like that of Christ.

It is worth noting that the Israelites had to collect their food daily (except on the Sabbath). It took some measure of effort on their part to gather the manna, for it was as fine as frost. Our heavenly Father will always provide for our needs, but He expects an effort on our part.

If the Israelites did not collect the manna in the morning, it melted in the heat of the day. They had to make an effort to rise in the morning and gather in God’s provision before it spoiled. Furthermore, they could not gather extra (except for the Sabbath) and keep it overnight because it would go bad and breed worms. In order to sustain themselves, they had to collect manna daily. We are to follow their example and feed our spirit with the bread of life, daily.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 (NKJV)

For forty years, the Israelites wandered through the wilderness. Every day they ate the manna God provided. This is a reminder to rely on God for strength and provision during personal times of adversity and testing. Encouragement is provided throughout the Bible. We can find great comfort by reading about the many ways God helped His people in the past. He will help us today as well.

Meditate on the following scriptures and pray about seeking God daily.

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Psalm 5:3 (NKJV)

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.” Psalm 130:6 (NKJV)

Look to the Lord and His strength; Seek His face always.” Psalm 105:4 (NKJV)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)

Something Out Of Nothing: All You Need Is Faith!


God requires faith and in order to intimately know God, trust is necessary.

There are many stories in the Bible where faith is demonstrated and blessings then follow. Job, Esther, Moses, Mary….. Isaiah, Joshua, Joseph, and Ruth are just a few of the better-known accounts that have encouraged and inspired many.  In fact, the Bible is packed with an endless supply of encouraging examples and stories of faith, but for some reason they are lesser known. Today, I want to share one such account that has given me personal fortification in my walk with Christ.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

Every person and every event found in the Living Word has a purpose. Over time, each of us will find instruction from a specific account, encouragement to spur us on through our own trial, rest in a peace that transcends all understanding, hope in the midst of a struggle, and even confirmation to a personal prayer request asking for wisdom and guidance.

Today I want you to consider 1 Kings 17:8-16. Elijah the prophet informs Ahab that there will be no dew or rain. It takes amazing faith to make such a bold declaration but God was the one who gave Elijah these words. God was the one in control. Elijah was merely the mouthpiece of God.

As the drought continues, the brook that had been Elijah’s water supply dried up. The Lord again speaks to Elijah. “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 

Now we really see God in action! Not only is He speaking to Elijah, but He is also speaking to a woman of faith who hears His voice and obeys His commands. God often provides for us through others. We can all be the vessels through which God works.

When Elijaha gets to the gate of the city Zarephath, he sees a widow gathering sticks. He asks her to bring him a cup of water and a morsel of bread to eat.

So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 

This widow was desperate and ready to die. However, she trusted God would provide for her and believed the words of Elijah.

“And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.  For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”

If you are in a desperate place (or even just an uncomfortable one) questioning whether God will provide for your needs, I hope this story boosts your faith and cheers you up. The widow had lost her husband. This was out of her control. God stepped in to provide for her just as her husband would have bestowed. The drought was not in her power to correct either. Starvation and death seemed a reality for this poor widow and yet, she gave the last of her flour to the prophet of God.

Sometimes, we have to get down to our last bit of flour and our last sip of water to finally understand that God will always provide if we obediently trust and obey Him. Not only will God provide…. He will bless. God blessed the widow in a way far beyond her own thoughts and imagination! God provided a miraculous bin and bottle with an endless supply of flour and oil!

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”   Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

Provisions of God


What comfort there is in knowing that our God will provide for our every need!!  It is a safety net I gladly accept.  He will feed the poor and help us through every adversity.  We merely need to pray and wait for Him to work.  Answered prayers are answered in His time and in His way.  Therefore, have faith and trust He will provide.  It is a promise! 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19 (ESV) 

Paul writes in Philippians 4:11 that contentment occurs when we learn to be satisfied with every situation and circumstance.  How is it then that God promises to provide for our needs and yet Paul speaks of being hungry?  God provided many trials for Paul to test his faith and love for Him. God’s provision was a supernatural strength that enabled Paul to withstand the hardships.

I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.”  Psalm 132:15 (NKJV) 

If you are experiencing financial hardship, there will be provision.  He will feed you and clothe you.  He may be putting you through a test of humility, but there is the encouragement that says humility comes before honor. 

When we are in the middle of a trial and issues are whipping around us like debris in a tornado, it is hard to calm our anxieties.  Even so, make an effort to breathe and ask God to quiet your anxious thoughts.  When you can take even a minute to petition the Father help is on the way. 

The enemy likes using chaos and fear to devastate us, so fight back!!  The children of God are not to be lukewarm.  Put on the armor of Christ so that you can be Christ minded and identify the lies of the enemy.  Ephesians 6:10 commands us to “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”  The word STAND is written four times in verses 6:11-14 of Ephesians.  When a word is repeated that many times we ought to make a note of it and do what it commands.

I urge you to stand against your worries and frets today.  I encourage you to stand on the promises of God, including the one stating He will provide for you needs and give you strength.  No adversity or test is sent your way that cannot be overcome with the provisions of your Father. 

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”   Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV) 

Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?”  Luke 12:25 (NKJV) 

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’”  Hebrews 13:5 (NAS)

Submit To God And Watch Him Open Doors!


“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Job 22:21 (NIV)

Olga from “My Spiritual Breakfast” is just one of MANY people who have been a support and encouragement to me as I step out into Christian Ministry.

God opens doors and gives me favor in ways that can only be described as supernatural. If you walk by faith and submit all your plans to God in humble obedience, He will always open doors to accomplish HIS will in your life.

I think of Tina Carson, Greg Holt, Lynn Leaz, Darlene Shortridge, Becky Capps in addition to Olga. All of these folks have been used by God to move me forward in a path I never imagined for myself. I thank God for His provisions. I thank God for all of these lovely people!!

God Always Provides!

UTR Help Come From

Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.””   Exodus 4:10-12 (NKJV) 

“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.” Matthew 10:19 (NASB) 

Some of us have been blessed with spiritual gifts that require us to speak.  Maybe we are teachers, or able to interpret spiritual tongues.  Others might be given a word of encouragement and pressed to step out in faith in order to deliver it, often to a stranger. If we are too fearful to speak we quench the Spirit of God and miss a blessing.

Moses is believed to have had a problem with his speech, maybe it was stuttering.  This speech impediment caused him to hesitate when God told him to be His spokesperson.  Moses asked God to send someone else in his place (Ex. 4:13-16).   Instead of choosing another man for this honor, God provided Aaron to help Moses. “So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God.”

If Moses had been stronger in his faith, he would have realized that God would never have asked him to do something he was ill equipped to handle. God always gives His children the tools they need to carry out His purpose and plan. Aaron was a crutch Moses really did not need.

If the Holy Sprit has prompted you to speak but you don’t know what to say, you must step out in faith.  “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:19-20

Whenever I read Genesis 22, the story of Abraham and Isaac, I breathe a sigh of relief.  This unusual testing of Abraham’s obedient faith may seem cruel to us, but God had good reasons. He always does! Certainly there must have been tears of joy when God called a holt to the human sacrifice.  God provided a ram to take the place of Isaac. This is when Abraham calls His God, Jehovah-Jireh, “The-Lord-Will-Provide.”

God provides in so many ways.  Matthew 6:31 reminds us not to worry about what we eat, drink, or wear.  He knows what we need even before we think to ask for it.  God created our bodies, so He knows we are fragile. Philippians 4:19 says He will supply all of our needs. 

Love is one of our needs.  God has a limitless amount of unconditional love to offer and He longs to bestow it upon us daily.  Humans are often fearful and require strength to persevere and endure hardships.  God promises to provide these as well. 

Whatever you need, God will certainly provide it for you.  Love, healing, strength, courage, abilities beyond measure, and so much more are yours if only you believe. He will loosen a tongue, provide the words, and remove the fear. Don’t let others miss out on the blessing God wants to give them.  You are merely the spokesperson.  He is the one who will teach and encourage.  You have only to yield yourself to His power and provision as Moses did so long ago.

I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”  Luke 21:15 (NKJV)

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