7530 - God's Provision For Me


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In 1 John 3 we read: "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that’s what we are; friend, every person who has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a child of the King of kings.

To live as a child of the King we appropriate the provisions He has made available to us. Today let's examine five of His provisions for His children.

#1: He has provided the person of Jesus Christ. What a necessary gift this is. Without His sacrifice in our behalf we could never have a relationship with God.

But equally as precious is the indwelling presence of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who lives each day within every believer. Galatians (2:20) says: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Jesus lives in us to endow Christians with every resource we need for victorious living as a child of the King.

#2: A second provision God has given every believer is the indwelling Holy Spirit. Jesus told the apostles (John 14:16-17): "I will ask the Father and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."

1 Corinthians (6:19) affirms this truth by telling us: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God..."

Just think, that means that every child of the King is indeed the container of the Godhead. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit lives within each one of us.

#3: God has also given us His Word. Psalms (119:11) tells us: "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Having God's truth in our heart protects us from the wiles of the evil one. Listen to 2 Timothy (3:16-17): "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

You see, God's Word is to teach us what we need to know. It rebukes us, or tells us what we are doing wrong, then we can keep short accounts with God, by quickly repenting when we grieve His Spirit. The Word also corrects those things we do wrong.

Oh friend, don't neglect a consistent intake of God's Word. That's the main ingredient in the maturation process.

Provision #4 comes from God's tender heart. He tells us in 1 Corinthians (10:13): "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

Notice this carefully. We do not have to sin! Our heavenly Father has provided for His child to be equipped to stand strong against evil and to resist the evil one. God personally watches over us and will not allow us to be stretched beyond our tensile strength. He always opens up a door for your escape.

#5: God provides His power for every child of His! Your source of power never runs down; it doesn't get shorted; however, we may fail to plug into it. How tragic when we fail to appropriate the power of God, and instead seek to do God’s work in our own power.

Ephesians (1:19-20) describes this power with these words: "And his incomparably great power [is] for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly realms."

This power is to strengthen us for facing daily trials. It's His energy, not ours. Therefore, it's His victory and not ours. So give Him the credit by consistently praising and thanking Him.

What a fantastic life the King has provided for His children.