By Jemima Rayan
Our God is a God of miracles. We operate on ‘Heaven’s Economy’ and therefore can have supernatural provision. Our citizenship is in Heaven. (Phil 3:20). Though we are in this world, the Bible says we are not of this world. We have a different economy, which is not governed by the changes in the world’s economy.
Do the troubled economy, shortages and scarcity around you bog you down? Train your eyes to see the unlimited riches of God’s kingdom. Wake up to the abundance in Christ Jesus. The Bible says ‘ My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory’! (Phil 4:19). Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Eph 3:20). We serve an abundant God. Amen!
Ravens brought food:
God took good care of Elijah, the prophet when he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith at the Word of the Lord. God had commanded the ravens to feed him there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. (1Kings 17: 4,6) That servant of God got the most sumptuous food when there was a drought in the land. God has His own ways to supply your need.
Fish brought money:
There was once Peter and His Master needed money to pay their taxes. Jesus told Peter to go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And that fish brought a ‘piece of money’. Jesus asked Peter to open its mouth and take the money and pay the taxes for him and his Master. (Matt 17:24-27). Isn’t that amazing? Peter followed the Lord when Jesus told him to. Supernatural provisions are given to people who follow the Lord. Miracles happen in ways, which cannot be comprehended.
Who in the world would think of the ravens and the fish when it comes to food and money? But nothing puts a barrier on God. He can use just anything if He wants to. So cheer up! God will make a way where there seems to be no way.
The Bible says, ‘…The Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant’ (Ps. 35:27) God takes pleasure in blessing especially the ones who lay down their time and resources for the Lord. If you are on God’s business, then, prosperity belongs to you. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil, which contradicts the Word of God.
Did you notice the pattern God had in the lives of the children of Israel? When they were in Egypt, they lived in lack. It was a condition when they had ‘less than enough’. But God took them through the wilderness, the Lord provided for them, as they needed. This was a condition when they had ‘just enough’. But God’s plan was to take them to a place flowing with milk and honey. This is a condition, which is ‘more than enough’. God does not want to see you poor. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Cor 8:9) Remove that poverty mentality from your mind. God wants your prosperous. He promised that He will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. (Is 58:14) What is Jacob’s heritage? Prosperity. Gen. 30:43 says that ‘Jacob became exceedingly prosperous’. God made him so.
Powerful principles to activate ‘Supernatural Provision’:
1. Do what God tells you to do:
Obedience is the key. The prophet of God, Elijah went and did according to the Word of the Lord. (1Kings 17:5) He did not reason with his mind. He did not think about the drought when God asked him to go. He just did what God wanted him to do. Such supernatural provisions will not come to someone who is rebellious and wants to do what is pleasing in the eyes of man. The Bible declares, ‘If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land’. (Is 1:19) Do you want to eat the good of the land? Then, be obedient to the Word of God. Do what God tells you to do.
2. Honor the Lord and His servants:
Jesus said, ‘Give and it shall be given to you good measure, shaken together and running over shall men put in your bosom…'( Lk 6:38) This looks like no solution to the financial need you may have in the natural. But as you honor the Lord with your giving, it won’t be long until the prosperity of God is poured out on you.
There was a widow who lived in Zeraphath. Read 1 Kings 17: 8-16. She was living in a time of famine. Today’s crashing economy can be compared to that famine. But that was the time, God sent His servant on her way asking for some bread.(vs.11) She said,’ I do not have bread, only a hand full of flour in the bin, and a little oil in a jar…(vs.12). The words ‘do not have’, ‘hand full’ and ‘a little’ clearly indicates there was not much that she had. That is when, Elijah asked her to make first cake and bring it to him and after ward for herself and her son(vs.13). This woman in spite of having a need for herself and her family gave what the prophet of God asked her. Her attitude triggered the miracle and the whole scenario was changed for the better. She gave the prophet, that cake out of her need not out of her abundance. The act of giving made the deficit to disappear. God made a supernatural provision for her. And the Bible says this widow, Elijah and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry (vs.15,16). A generous soul will be made rich (Pro 11:25). How true that is?
May the Lord supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus according to Phil 4:19. Amen.