Providence – God Knows What You Need

Last update: Friday, September 11, 2015
God’s Providence
Food and Clothing
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“Providence – God knows what you need, make Him and what He wants your priority and then He will give you whatever you need.
Paraphrased from Matthew 6:32-33

Matthew 6:25-34 (RKJNT) Therefore I say to you, Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Behold the birds of the air: they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to the span of his life?

28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin: 29 And yet I say to you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?

31 Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? 32 After all these things the Gentiles seek: but your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall be anxious for itself. Sufficient for each day are the troubles of its own.

Matthew 6:33 An Understandable Version (AUV) So, you should put the kingdom of God and what He says is right first [in your lives], then all these things [i.e., food, drink and clothing] will be provided for you.

Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible (AMP) But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. (AMP) Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Psalms 34:8-10 (KJV) O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 9 O fear the Lord , ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Psalms 84:10-12 (BBE) For a day in your house is better than a thousand. It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to be living in the tents of sin. 11 The Lord God is our sun and our strength: the Lord will give grace and glory: he will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright. 12 O Lord of armies, happy is the man whose hope is in you.

Basic Providence

The basic needs are promised to God’s children, some believe the basic needs include a home or dwelling place. Jesus only mentioned food, drink and raiment / clothing [reference Matthew 6:25; Luke 12:23 {raiment is from the Greek G1742 ἔνδυμα enduma (en’-doo-mah) n. 1. apparel (especially the outer robe); garment, raiment, cloak, an outer garment} and Matthew 6:31]. Providence defined – Webster’s 1828 – In theology, the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures. He that acknowledges a creation and denies a providence, involves himself in a palpable contradiction; for the same power which caused a thing to exist is necessary to continue its existence. Some persons admit a general providence, but deny a particular providence, not considering that a general providence consists of particulars. A belief in divine providence, is a source of great consolation to good men. By divine providence is often understood God himself.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 (RKJNT) But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and we can carry nothing out. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.

God’s power, wisdom, knowledge, and love all prove a providence. “He that denies providence denies God’s attributes, His omniscience which is the eye of providence, His mercy and justice which are the arms of providence, His power which is its life and motion, His wisdom which is the rudder whereby providence is steered, and holiness the compass and rule of its motion” (Charnock). Fausset’s Bible Dictionary – Proofs of providence (III)

A note to all, but particularly ministers; have the more-than-enough type faith in God’s provision abilities. Trust that as you obey and do as He instructed, He will provide all that you need—as He did with Moses—to the extent that you—like Moses—will have to tell the people to stop giving because you have more than you need [Exodus 25:1-9 and Exodus 36:5-6]. You do not have to ask anyone for anything, trust God—demonstrate your faith—to provide what is needed to fulfill His mission. Remember, He sent the disciples (Apostles) without food or provisions because He was / is the provider. Trust God for the things you need.

Psalms 65:9 World English Bible (WEB) You visit the earth, and water it. You greatly enrich it. The river of God is full of water. You provide them grain, for so you have ordained it. Psalms 78:24, 27 Bible in Basic English (BBE) And he sent down manna like rain for their food, and gave them the grain of heaven. He sent down meat on them like dust, and feathered birds like the sand of the sea, [read Psalms 78:17-31] Psalms 104:14-15 New English Translation (NET) He provides grass for the cattle, and crops for people to cultivate, so they can produce food from the ground, as well as wine that makes people feel so good, and so they can have oil to make their faces shine, as well as food that sustains people’s lives. [read Psalms 104:1-35]

God’s Providence
Purpose and Our Role
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“God’s Providence holds something better for us”
Hebrews 11:40a (CPDV)

The Purpose of God’s Providence

Hebrews 11:40 (CPDV) God’s Providence holds something better for us, so that not without us would they be perfected.

Hebrews 11:30-40 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) Faith caused the walls of Jericho to fall after the Israelites marched around them for seven days. 31 Faith led the prostitute Rahab to welcome the spies as friends. She was not killed with those who refused to obey God.

32 What more should I say? I don’t have enough time to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. 33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, did what God approved, and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 put out raging fires, and escaped death. They found strength when they were weak. They were powerful in battle and defeated other armies. 35 Women received their loved ones back from the dead. Other believers were brutally tortured but refused to be released so that they might gain eternal life. 36 Some were made fun of and whipped, and some were chained and put in prison. 37 Some were stoned to death, sawed in half, and killed with swords. Some wore the skins of sheep and goats. Some were poor, abused, and mistreated. 38 The world didn’t deserve these good people. Some wandered around in deserts and mountains and lived in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these people were known for their faith, but none of them received what God had promised. 40 God planned to give us something very special so that we would gain eternal life with them. NOTE: verse 40 (KJV) “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” The word ‘provided’ is from the Greek προβλέπω problepo (prob-lep’-o) v. 1. to look out beforehand, i.e. furnish in advance. [Reference Romans 11:25-27; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; Hebrew 1:14, 10:35-39, 11:16; Revelation 6:11]

Our Role in Providence

The body of Christ-the church-have a role to play in God’s plan to make provisions for each other. The letter to the Corinthians used the body to help us understand God’s planned providence through working together. We need each other to survive; The eye can’t tell the hand, “I have no need for you,” or again the head to the feet, “I have no need for you.” But God composed the body together, giving more abundant honor to the inferior part, that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. [Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (reference verses: 21 (WEB), 24-25 (NHEB)]

Acts 2:44-45 (BBE) And all those who were of the faith kept together, and had all things in common; 45 And exchanging their goods and property for money, they made division of it among them all, as they had need.

Acts 4:32-35 (BBE) And all those who were of the faith were one in heart and soul: and not one of them said that any of the things which he had was his property only; but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the Apostles gave witness of the coming back of the Lord Jesus from the dead; and grace was on them all. 34 And no one among them was in need; for everyone who had land or houses, exchanging them for money, took the price of them, 35 And put it at the feet of the Apostles for distribution to everyone as he had need.

1 John 3:17-22 (WEB) But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him? 18 My little children, let’s not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and persuade our hearts before him, 20 because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have boldness toward God; 22 and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.

Scriptures to read and study:

Matthew 10:5-15 (focus on verses 9 and 10); Matthew 6:25-34 [(focus verses: 25, 31-34); compare Luke 12:22-34 (focus verses: 29-31)]; Mark 6:7-13 (focus: 8-9); Luke 9:1-6 (focus: 3); Luke 10:1-12 (focus: 4); Luke 22:35-38; Acts 2:42-47 (focus: 44-45); Acts 4:32-37 (focus: 34-35); Philippians 4:10-20 (focus: 14-18); Hebrews 11:30-40 (focus verses: 39-40); Luke 12:4-7 (key verse: 6); Acts 2:40-47 (focus verses: 44-45); Acts 4:32-37 (focus verses: 32-35); 1 John 3:16-23 (focus verses: 17-18 and 21-22); 1 Timothy 5:3-16 (focus verses: 8-10 and 16)

God’s Providence
Conclusion

1 Timothy 6:3-10 (WEB) If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn’t consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, 4 he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, insulting, evil suspicions, 5 constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out. 8 But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Jesus relied on provisions through others

The God of providence can give us anything we desire, but in His divine wisdom, He limits provisions to what is good for us. Jesus, the King of kings, set the perfect example and taught His disciples to do as He did. Luke 8:1-3 (NHEB) “It happened soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the Kingdom of God. With him were the twelve, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward; Susanna; and many others; who provided for them from their possessions.” Yes, Jesus relied on God working through others to provide His basic needs.

Matthew 21:1-3 (WEB) When they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them, and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and immediately he will send them.” Are you willing to trust God for your provisions? 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 New Living Translation (NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.
Be blessed in the providence of the Lord my friends—Tim.

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Bishop Pettiford

Welcome to a different type of ministry; we are primarily internet-based, we NEVER ask for MONEY for anything we do. We are faith-based and solely rely on God to give what we need. Your attention and time to check what we freely give is all we ask of you and that you be blessed by this ministry.

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