Good Morning All,
We have had such and incredible week this week. So many blessings have come and literally overtaken us. My question to you this morning is, “What Economy are you living under?” If you look at the natural realm of the time we are living in, times are rough for many people. There are people looking for jobs, losing their homes due to lack of finances, seeking daily provisions from anyone who would help. Gas prices are high and most people are feeling the effect of a hurting economy…
Over 9 months ago the Lord directed my husband and I to do nightly meetings at our church. When God puts something on your heart. not everyone around you is excited about what you are doing. But we knew we heard from the Lord and we started this new journey. We have s sign posted out on the road that says “LIVING IN REVIVAL” . And that is what we are doing. It is not just a couple of weeks of meetings , God has called us to seek him with every fiber of our being, so we have stepped over from the worlds way of doing things to God’s Way.
Walking in God’s economy means Walking in FAITH!
New King James Version (NKJV)
By Faith We Understand
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
In the natural world we live in we are led by our senses, in God’s economy we are led by his Spirit and we walk it out by FAITH!! Faith is the hook that we put out to grab something and pull it in to existence. You may be thinking now, I have heard enough about FAITH, why is she teaching it again…. Because Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We need to understand Faith so we are able to use it! To know something is one thing but to WALK BY IT, is something totally different!
For the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”
Last week I shared a little bit about Isaiah 55 lets look at that again.
An Invitation to Abundant Life
1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance
Let me ask you something, Can you go anywhere in our natural economy and BUY something without money? I would say most of the time you need money, for example the grocery store or the clothing store, you need some kind of money, whether cash or credit. There are other examples of maybe trading something you want for something you already have…
The Lord is speaking in this verse about walking in his economy come and buy with no money! All that is required is Faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. But with Faith all things are possible as we see in
New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”
When we look at circumstance in the natural we usually see all the obstacles…. The lack of time, lack of finances etc, but when we look with the eyes of faith, we can know that God is in control if we are trusting and believing on him!!!
Lets look at what Paul says in Philippians, he gives us a key to walking in God’s economy. I am sure you have heard the verse :My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory, but people haven’t looked at the verses before that to see what he is talking about. Lets look at the whole picture!!
1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer
2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And[a] I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Here we are shown that our attitude is important. We should consistently be rejoicing, always gentle, never anxious and in prayer and supplication with God. Plaul is giving us some characteristics that should be evident in believers.
Meditate on These Things
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Here Paul is giving you the keys on where your thought life should be. Instead of thinking on and meditating the hard circumstances that you may be going through, we are to meditate the promises of God that are always good and always true.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me.
14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father beglory forever and ever. Amen.
Here Paul is telling the churches as they gave gifts and blessed him, there would be fruit coming back to their account. And it is after he is talking about their generousity that he says the familiar very that “our God shall supply ALL your need according to His riches in Glory. I believe that this is a key to living in Gods Economy. As we are obedient to give when the Lord directs us to be a blessing, as they were led to support Paul, the God will in turn supply our needs. He also says Give and it will be given back to you, pressed down and shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom.
All that we do, should be done with the right heart attitude and under the leading of the precious Holy Spirit. He will lead us and guide through this time where the economy of the world is tough, but as we live in His ways we will be Blessed.
God Bless you
Greeting and Blessing
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.[c] Amen.