May 03, 2011

Needs or Distractions?

Needs or distractions?  This is a question we all should ask ourselves as we face today’s challenges.  The challenges I am speaking of are the things we must have such as food, clothing, gas, and whatever else we may need to make it through the day.  The Lord Jesus speaks of these things in Matthew 6:30-33, and gives us some great spiritual insight on how to deal with these things.  He says, 30)Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  31)Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32)(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  33)But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 

The first thing I notice in the Lord’s teaching is that He reinforces to us that God is more than able to meet any need or situation that we have.  The Lord assures us that God will clothe and provide for us all we need.

 

The next great truth the Lord gives is for us to get out of fear and worry and back over into faith.  Both faith and fear have a confession.  Fear confesses the need but faith confesses the supply.  You can’t get God’s supply in your life by confessing your fear and needs.  To be overcomers, we must get our eyes off of our needs and on God.  We must stop confessing lack and start confessing that our God will supply our every need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.

 

In verse 32, the Lord calls these things needs.  God knows our needs and has promised to help us in getting these needs met.  The key is for us to not let these needs become distractions that dominate our time and stop us from doing what God called us to do.  Our needs should never dominate our lives, that place is reserved for Jesus and Jesus only.  Our lives should be influenced by the Lord and doing what He has called us to do.

 

In verse 33, the Lord gives us the key to walking in both victory and the divine provision of God in our lives.  That key is to put God and the expansion of His kingdom first in our lives.  Simply stated, we are to be a witness for Jesus no matter what our circumstances.  When we refuse to become distracted or discouraged by our needs and choose to put God first by praising Him and being a witness to others, the Lord Jesus says, “and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 

In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said, 37)Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  38)Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  This is our time to be laborers in God’s harvest.  Don’t allow personal needs to become distractions that keep you from witnessing and serving the Lord.  Put Jesus first, be a witness to others and make God’s kingdom the priority in your life.  If we do these things, the Lord promises that as others struggle, we will experience the supernatural provision of God in our lives.