Scripture on Provision

Scripture on Provision

What comes to mind for you when you think about provision? Food? Money? Clothing? What about Peace? Strength? Wisdom? Whatever it is, chances are we go throughout our day asking or wishing we had something. We’re often searching for something to be provided for us that we need that day, but how often are we going to our ultimate Provider?

I don’t know about you but I can go the whole day getting the things I need and hoping for the things I don’t have….all without God being a part of my day. I’ll just get my todo list done or go to the store to go get food or lean on my own understanding to share wisdom with our friends or with our children, but when I do that I’m being my own provider, when the Bible would teach the opposite.

We think we can provide for ourselves and when we don’t have something, we’ll just “muster up the courage” to go get it, but living like that is exhausting and we’ll never be satisfied.

The Bible teaches that God supplies every single one of our needs. It teaches of a God who not only provides food, clothing, wisdom, strength, etc. over and over again to His people, but provides life. Life is only truly found in Jesus.

He is all that we need. He satisfies the soul more than anything. He is our provider.

We Are Anything But Helpless

This is a guest post by Erica Boutwell who is “a Jesus-follower that also has the privilege of being the wife to a guy named Stephen and the mom to 3 wild boys. Her passion is leading other Jesus-followers in worship, pouring into the next generation of worship leaders, and discipling women. You can follow her on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

We Are Anything But Helpless

A couple of weeks ago, while sitting with two sweet friends who I hardly ever get to see, we were contemplating the state of our nation. We were talking about how we believe that God is calling His people to their knees and positioning them in preparation for something big. At one point, my friend Jennifer brought up something that I’d never really thought about before, but that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since, and it involves a scripture that I’m confident everyone of you reading this right now has heard before.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This is it believers! How have we (or maybe just I) missed this? God has laid out the secret if/then formula right in front of us.

“If my people, which are called by my name” – that’s us, Christ followers! Why are we so shocked at the behavior of the people leading, and potentially leading our country? There is nothing new under the sun happening in our government. We just live in a day and age where finding out about it is easier. Can we really be surprised when people who are far from God act as though they are far from God? It would seem to me then that, based on this verse, the future of our country is more dependent upon OUR actions than those of the people sitting in the White House.

Why Is Encouragement So Important?

Why Is Encouragement So Important?

We live in a day where discouragement is all around us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t go a single day without running into someone who is complaining, being negative, or is very discouraged. Oftentimes I find myself being that person too.

  • What is the deal?
  • How can everything be so discouraging?
  • Is the world doomed?
  • What is the Christian’s response in this scenario?

I think encouragement is written about so much in the Bible for a very specific reason…we are easily discouraged people… but when we are encouraged…we start to live the way God has designed us to live in the first place.

Where Discouragement Begins

If you think about it, discouragement has to come from somewhere. We don’t just drift into discouragement and it doesn’t just happen to us. Discouragement comes from sin. God is not a God who has designed us to live a life of discouragement or to lose hope. That is not who we really are and you can be assured if you’re living this way, that’s not who you really are. Your life has tremendous value.

Sin is bad. It’s ugly. It’s terrible. It’s deceiving. It’s evil. It’s mean. It’s negative. It’s discouraging.

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” – Hebrews 3:13

God calls us to encourage one another because otherwise, we’ll be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Sin will actually harden us more and more and make us even more discouraged. What’s challenging about this is that if we don’t encourage others, we allow them to become more hardened by sin, but at the same time, the encouraging part of this is that there’s an answer to discouragement.

Where Encouragement Begins

Encouragement begins with Jesus.

If we remember what Jesus has done, we’ll immediately be encouraged. How could we not be?

He came, He lived a perfect life, He died and took the wrath of our sins…all of them, and then He rose from the grave defeating death and sin in victory. How in the world could we not be encouraged by someone who has done so much on our behalf?

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

In light of the cross, God calls us to encourage and build up one another. We need it. We constantly are battling sin including forgetting what Jesus has done for us and we need to be reminded over and over again what He has done. Once we remember Jesus, our perspective immediately gets realigned with His perspective.

Scripture on Faithfulness

Scripture on Faithfulness

Faithful is defined as “true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.” or “reliable, trusted, believed.” We all appreciate someone who is faithful and trustworthy at the end of the day, but often have a hard time finding someone who hasn’t let us down before.

We are often guarded of making new relationships because of trust issues and frankly, because it takes a lot of time to build up a relationship, to build up faithfulness in someone else.

I think because of this very reason we have a hard time believing in a God who is perfectly faithful, every…single…day. We either doubt His faithfulness when we think we have let him down and He will be upset with us, or we just straight up can’t believe someone would be perfectly faithful.

The fact that Jesus lived a perfect life, paid the penalty for our sins and died, and rose again from the grave defeating death and sin in victory should remind us that God is faithful, and we can’t forget that. Sometimes we are too quick to “move on from the Gospel” that we think “yea yea I know what Jesus did…BUT…_______.” Whatever we put in the blank reveals what we think is most important in that moment.

Christian, walk confidently today knowing God is faithful in all circumstances. Not only for your daily provision, but for your salvation and for your eternity. So no matter what you face, remember He is with you and Jesus is better.

Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on faithfulness:

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Read Scripture App And Why It’s Important

Read Scripture App And Why It’s Important

First off, let me say this is not a paid sponsorship, but rather this is a resource that we believe is huge for the Church and we wanted to make you aware of it.

Crazy Love Ministries recently release a new app called Read Scripture.

This is one of the best apps we have seen out there for encouraging someone to read scripture, on their own, and seeing how the Bible is one large story that all flows together. It allows you to not only track where you are reading, but breaks up the Bible in sections that we believe are very helpful to understand the larger story.

On top of that, each section has an intro video that’s extremely helpful and simple at the same time to help you understand more of Scripture.

I’m personally using it to go through the Bible this year and engage more with God by myself without too many resources. I just want to spend time with The Lord and His Word over and over again and hear what He has to say to me. I’d like to encourage you to do the same.

Read Scripture also now has a podcast where Francis Chan shares what he has been learning from reading in the same areas that everyone is reading through on the app.