Provision vs Covetousness

Provision vs Covetousness


Provision
In Matthew the Pharisees asked Jesus a question about marriage at the resurrection. Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. Matthew 22:29. Is your heart hardened towards God grace to provide because you do not know scripture or the power of God? I’ve decided to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts in two days. What I’ve realized is that Jesus and the disciples were not homeless or poor, actually they were well provided for. In Matthew alone, these following scriptures shows how God provided.
We also read the letter Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 5:8  “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” The word also says in Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God is just and all knowing, he knows that we have earthly needs; “Do not worry; For these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you NEED them. But seek first his kingdom and righteous and ALL (food, clothes), WILL be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33.”

So is the word of God true or nah? Of course it is! The better question is, do you believe in the word or nah? If you lack provision and you put God first in everything (you have to do be a hearer and DOER of the word, for biblical promises to manifest), ask God  for the provision that you need (note: you only ask once because if you believe that you received it at the time of prayer, why would you ask again?)..and then stand on his promises to provide for you. You stand on the promise by speaking the scripture that applies to you until you see its physical manifestations. When Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was tempted by the devil, and overcame the temptation of fear by speaking the word of God. The opposite of faith is fear, they are both spiritual forces. Jesus knew to remain faithful, during one of his most vulnerable times, he had to speak the word of a God.

An example of standing on the promise is as follows:

EXAMPLE of a prayer to ask for provision:Father, it is written in Matthew 6, Do not worry, but seek your kingdom and righteous first and everything will be added to me. I seek you first in everything, thus I do not worry. I abound in all grace (spiritual, social, financial, and physical grace). It is written, in 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God makes all grace abound towards me, that always having all sufficiency in ALL things, I may have an abundance for every good work. In the name of Jesus, I thank you for the provision that you've promised me in Deuteronomy 28 [list the provisions from Deuteronomy 28]. I no longer carry this care, because I have casted the care on the Lord because he cares for me, as written in 1 Peter 5:7.”

EXAMPLE of how to stand on the promise: Thank you father, for your promises, are yassss and amen to me as written in 2 Corinthians 1:20. I have the provision for xyz!

The word cast means that you throw something forcefully in a direction at something or someone. Once you’ve prayed the prayer above, you’ve forcefully threw your ask/request to God. So now, he’s able to work it out for your good. Signs that you haven’t truly cast your cares on the Lord: FEAR, which manifest by worry, stress, anxiety, not sleeping because of it, crying because of it, anger, short tempered. After you prayed this prayer, you have to believe that whatever you asked for in prayer that you have received it (Mark 11:24), even if you don’t physically see the manifestation of it, at the time of prayer. Faith is a spiritual force, that is how your prayers work. The devil may try to tempt you to FEAR by worrying but do what Jesus did, speak the word. “I rebuke you Satan in the name of Jesus, for you don’t have in mind the things of God but of man. Mark 8:33” Thank you father, for your promises, are yassss and amen to me as written in 2 Corinthians 1:20. I have the provision for xyz! Satan understands that fear is also a spiritual force, if he can get you to doubt or lose faith, your prayers will not work. He knows that unanswered prayers lead to confusion and may lead to permanent unbelief in God, as told to us by Jesus in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13.

FYI Jesus had a mega ministry (church). Thousands of people followed him, and would listen to his teaching. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus often had to hide to have alone time with his disciples. He also told people who were blessed by his miracles, don’t tell others. I am not opposed to any kind of church size. What’s important to me is if they are hearers and doers of the word (Matthew 23). Large congregations don’t equate to greed, as small congregations don’t equate to humility and love. Which brings me to my next point.

Covetousness 
The Bible warns us against the love of money; “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10; “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. Luke 8:14.”

The difference between provision and covetousness is:
  • Provision by grace comes from God and it’s given through faith. It requires an intimate relationship with God.
  • Covetousness comes from self and a person is covetous out of fear because they don’t BELIEVE that God is able to provide. So out of fear, they store up money and never give to the poor, never tithe. They seek ways to make more money, instead of seeking the Lord to find out what God wants, because they don’t care about God’s word. This doesn’t require God for anything, matter of fact, God can’t provide by his grace because they are filled with self effort and fear instead of faith in God.

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