2 Samuel 11:1-15, 2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 14, Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21, Ephesians 4:1-6, John 6:1-21
A brief note this morning about provision. In this time in our culture, we generally are covetous and easily depressed over tough economic situations. Our covetous nature makes this economy consumer-driven. When we can't pay our bills, we feel inadequate.
However, there is good news, God is the ultimate provider. He can make a way out of no way. Jesus taught that lesson with the five loaves of bread and two fish. Paul teaches us that not only does God see us through in tough times, He gives us gifts to survive and thrive.
Our God is a giving God. He provides for our needs on a daily basis, and as the ultimate gift, He gave us His only begotten son for our salvation. We want for nothing. When a minister of the Gospel reminds you that you are wealthy because you have the inheritance of God, take that to heart.
You may not can keep up with "the Jones" on earth, but what you have no one can take it away, and there is so much of it, everyone on earth can have it. Use your faith as a weapon against poverty and depression. Temper your desires, financially and otherwise, and let God work His blessing upon you.
You have the ability to see your way through any adverse condition and you have a God that will walk with you every step of the way. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that even if you get weary, don't faint. That extra effort will lead you to your moment of provision and yet another blessed day in the Lord.
Be strong, brothers and sisters in Christ, help is always on the way.