20th June 2019

Daily Provision

“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Matthew 6:11 (NKJV)

He is Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our provider, and He has promised to meet all our needs according to His riches in glory. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” When we obey His word and instructions with regard to giving, we can expect God to fulfil His promise, as we read in 2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT, “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

Does Jesus expect us to support His work financially? Without question. In giving to support the work of God we are assisting others to profit from what God has given to us physically but most of all spiritually. Apart from financial giving Jesus expects His people to give justice, mercy and to have faith (Matthew 23:23).

Jesus knew how easily all of us are tempted to become devotees to money and all the things it can buy. Jesus warned (Matthew 6:24 NLT) “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” He was speaking about being absorbed in the things that gratify our fleshly desires and self-centred ambitions. He asked “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Speaking of profit, publisher Frank Doubleday had a one-of a kind book that was bound in red Russian leather. He called the book the “The Book of the Law and the Profits.” Unlike the portions of the Bible known as the law and prophets, Doubleday’s book was an account of his business dealings and his financial profits. According to author George Doran, the red book contained Doubleday’s morning and evening prayer, in other words Doubleday worships money!

Money can’t buy us true and lasting profit. That can be found only by trusting the living God, as the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who give us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Prayer
Eternal God, we give you grateful thanks for being our provider. You have given us the greatest gift of all—Your Son, our Lord and Saviour. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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