You’ve Already Got Everything You Need!

When we look to God as provider, we are surrendering our independence and trusting someone else to meet our needs, over which we have no control. We need to fight the urge to take over and just let God be God, because He can provide for us better than we can. ~ Corallie Buchanan

Know what? God has already blessed you and me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. ALL is one of God’s favorite words. He leaves nothing out, intent on providing everything His kids need.  Philippians 4:19 affirms that God meets ALL our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Paul declared, “God is able to make ALL grace abound toward you, that ye, ALL-ways having ALL sufficiency in ALL things, may abound to every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8). After David listed his many blessings in Psalm 23, he declared, “My cup runneth over!” Whatever you need, God has ample mercy, grace, favor and blessing to give you everything you need and more!

Why did God declare them ‘spiritual blessings’ instead of material ones? Because all things originate at the spiritual level.  Idea precedes physical reality. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

Nothing on this earth arrived without a spiritual connection. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen. 1:1). We were each conceived first in the heart and mind of God as spiritual beings, then we received our physical existence. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Gen. 2:7).

What are those ‘spiritual blessings’? Healing, for one. There’s nobody sick in heaven! Jesus came to earth to demonstrate all the blessing God provides for His family. Repeatedly, the New Testament confirms that Jesus ‘healed them all’. He restored lepers’ bodies to wholeness. He called Lazarus’ body back to life. He strengthened the lame, gave sight to the blind and restored mental health to those who were demented.

Attend to My sayings …for they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh (Prov. 4:20;22). Healing is a covenant right, bought and paid for by Jesus our Redeemer.  Paul, confirming the prophecy of Isaiah, said that Jesus His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed (I Peter 2:24). Notice it says ‘were’. That’s past tense –already done. As far as heaven is concerned, you were healed! It’s up to you, by faith, to believe and receive that promise from the Father. Trust His Word: I am the Lord that healeth thee (Ex. 15:26).  

Then there are all His promises of prosperity. God wants His people to prosper. That’s what the Blessing is all about.  Throughout the Bible, the Blessing message is reiterated: Be fruitful! Multiply! Replenish! Have dominion! Those words out of God’s mouth are a powerful as, “Light be!” He declared you fruitful, multiplied and replenished and He gave you dominion over the circumstances of your life!

Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant (Ps. 35:27). God gave Adam the Garden of Eden. He blessed Abraham until he was ‘very rich’. Noah, Joshua, David, Solomon and many others were blessed with extreme wealth. Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius AND in the reign of Cyrus the Persian, a foreign political appointee under a Gentile government. Each one followed the Biblical precept:  he that puts his trust in the Lord shall prosper (Prov. 28:25).

God even caused poor folks to prosper. Remember the widow who had only enough meal and oil to make one more small dinner for herself and her son? The prophet told her to make him a little cake first—why? Did he want to steal her last meal? No. He wanted her to sow in faith—essentially, a tithe of her small wealth. Remember what happened? And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail (I Kings 17:16).

Or consider the widow whose children were about to be taken for slaves because of her husband’s debts.  Or the man whose borrowed axe head fell into the lake. God, through His prophets in the Old Testament and through Jesus in the New, provided all sufficiency in all things for anyone who would believe His Word.

The Bible calls Him the God of restoration. It says He restores your soul, joy, peace, comfort and health. Joel 2:25 says, I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten. Jesus restored eyesight, withered hands and feet, mental health and lepers to wholeness.  He told the woman with the issue of blood, “Your faith has made you whole.” Her faith connected with His grace!

God’s grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). Actually, it’s more than sufficient! That’s why we can have all sufficiency in all things and abound to every good work. God’s desire to prosper and bless His children never wavers and His system never changes. Beloved, I wish [pray] above all things that you might prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers (3John 1:2).

Therefore it is of faith that it might be by grace. Faith is the currency that brings your ‘all sufficiency’ from spiritual provision to physical fact. If you need a lot of provision, you’ll need a lot of faith! How do you get more faith? Sow!

Remember Jesus’ parable? The sower soweth the Word. … and received some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundredfold.  The Word is seed, ready to be sown into your spirit to produce a crop of all sufficiency for whatever you need. Even more, He said that if you’ll delight in Him (spending time with Him in study, prayer and meditation), He will give you the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4).

Faith cometh by hearing. Sow the Word into your eyes and ears. Let it grow in your spirit. Don’t be stingy. The more you hear, the more your faith will grow. The Word is seed, but it also ‘waters’ the seed, bringing an abundant harvest of faith and victory.

Jesus taught about seed in Mark 4. He explained that of all the people who heard His teaching, only about a fourth actually heard what He said and acted on it enough to get results. What about the other seventy-five percent? They let Satan steal it, or allowed distractions, afflictions, cares, deceitfulness or lust to choke the Word, and it became unfruitful (v. 19).

Small problems may be solved with thirtyfold faith. But the big stuff will require hundredfold faith. You’ll have to dig in, plant a lot of Word seed, and keep out the tares that could choke out your desired harvest.

Tares are the problems and situations Satan sets up to destroy your harvest. He tries to sidetrack you with unforgiveness, anger, frustration, distraction, turmoil and busyness. He’ll set you up to get you upset. He’ll plant seeds of doubt and water them liberally with “you don’t deserve that” or “you’re not good enough”. He’ll remind you that you haven’t been going to church or tithing. He’ll do his best to talk you right out of your harvest.

Jesus explained it this way: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat (Matt. 13:25). If you go to sleep in the middle of your faith fight, if you get lazy and forget the Word, prayer and affirmation, you leave the way open for the devil’s weeds to choke out your harvest.

Unfortunately, that’s been happening to me. I’ve allowed myself to get so ‘busy’ with life’s issues, schedules and problems that I’ve let my time with God slip. “I just don’t have time right now, Lord. I’ve got to … (fill in the blank!). Maybe later … or tomorrow … or this weekend.”  You know as well as I do that it’s easy to get side-tracked with ‘stuff’. What we fail to realize is that the ‘stuff’ is scattered into our lives by Satan. He wants to drown faith with his deluge of distractions.

Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7). I forgot in the midst of chaos, problems and pain that God doesn’t want me dealing with that stuff personally. He wants me to PRAY and BELIEVE HIM. He wants me to give Him room to work! Throw out the devil’s bad seed. Don’t let it take root in your mind and heart. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).

You will have to follow the instruction in that verse if you want to receive everything God has ready for you. Cast down imaginations—those thoughts that run through you head. “I don’t know how I’ll find enough money to pay that bill.” Or “I’m just so mad, I’ll never forgive them!” Every negative thought is contrary to God’s promises of victory, dominion, healing, peace, and love.

Don’t allow those thoughts to grow more powerful than God’s Word. Instead, fill your heart, mind and mouth with His Word until it overwhelms your negative thinking. Get back on track, knowing that God has good plans for you that include everything you’ll ever need!

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