Then You Have a Chance to Live in the Moment. . .

“If you are not starving to death at this very moment – then you have a chance to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {such as food} shall be added unto you- Matthew 6:33, which includes receiving your daily bread. In that moment of truly seeking, you will receive the reality of, Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?- Matthew 6:26. If you are wearing clothes at this very moment – then you have a chance to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {such as clothes} shall be added unto you- Matthew 6:33, which includes receiving clothing. In that moment of truly seeking, you will receive the reality of, Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you? Matthew 6:30 If (or when) you live in the moment – then you have a chance to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {such as all our needs} shall be added unto you- Matthew 6:33, which includes knowing that you will receive tomorrows needs when tomorrow arrives! Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof– Matthew 6:33. Living in the moment prevents the ills of starving, the worries of clothing, and of all of tomorrows frightening possibilities, because in this moment you are seeking God first. In the very moment you feel satisfied – the next moment will only be better.” ~LMJ~

God Is a Rewarder

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible, the word “faith” is a word that means believing faith. When we hear the common phrase “have a little more faith,” what is actually implied from a biblical standpoint is that we believe in what the Scriptures declare, and then our faith, which is our believing faith, will begin to blossom from within. Romans 10:17 proclaims that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So if one has a lack of faith and is in need of “a little more faith,” then faith can be greatly enhanced by hearing the Word of God. Faith, pure believing faith, comes to the individual with everlasting benefits when he or she believes in what they will hear (or read) from the Bible.

Hebrews 11:6:   But without faith {believing faith,} it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Book of Hebrews says that without believing faith it is impossible to please God. I sincerely wished that someone had shown this verse to me as a child because I could have saved countless hours trying to figure out how to be pleasing to the Creator. I never knew all that was required of me is to believe. By the simple decision of the mind to believe, I could have been pleasing to God all along. However, and thankfully, now I know how to be actively pleasing to God and how be rewarded for my believing.

With the simple first step of our belief that God exists, He begins rewarding us. This decision to believe in an unseen God is for some people a very difficult decision to make, and this is why we need God’s Word — because faith comes by hearing His Word. When we do believe that God is God and we seek Him out within His Word, He will abundantly reward that effort. Acts 17:27 says, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.” One reward is that we will find God to be a loving and forgiving Father and this is a present-tense reward that we can begin enjoying right now.

In Hebrews 12:2 we read that, “Jesus {is} the author and finisher of our faith,” which means that as we allow Jesus into our hearts, he will help us with our faith. So as we learn the Word of God, we will find details about our Savior and our own personal believing faith will be enhanced.

Matthew 6:33:   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {the things mentioned leading up to verse 33, clothing, food, and these things we need to live, and the righteousness of God Himself, and His kingdom} shall be added unto you.

At one time in my life I could not have fathomed receiving the kingdom of God, let alone everything else He gives (Romans 8:17). Then I discovered the author and finisher of my faith, Jesus Christ, and with him, my believing-faith began to grow effortlessly. The reason that we are encouraged to seek the kingdom of God — first, is because God “called you unto his kingdom and glory” (I Thessalonians 2:12). These are promises to and for those who diligently seek God first, as promised. All we need to do is believe, believe, and believe! Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” and that power in us is our believing faith, which energizes us exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. As our own believing-faith grows, we will be enabled to believe in things that at one time in our lives we perhaps thought were impossible, yet with God, all things do become possible (Luke 18:27), as we with our believing-faith begin not only asking and seeking, but also receiving and enjoying, because God is a rewarder.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Christian lifestyle is certainly wonderful as we continue learning about the bountifulness of God and our believing faith unlocks the vast supplies of His heavenly storehouse. In Psalms 50:10 God says that He owns “cattle upon a thousand hills.” This is a small portion of God’s abundance and your inheritance. The implication of Psalms 50:10 is that God can afford to reward those who diligently seek Him.

Today, enjoy the search, experience the joy, and rejoice as you receive the riches of your heavenly Father through your believing-faith to receive, because God is a rewarder.

Genesis 15:1:  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Ruth 2:12:   The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

“Think success, visualize success, and you will set in motion the power force of the realized wish. When the mental picture or attitude is strongly held, it actually seems to control conditions and circumstances.” ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale~

Rejoice and Be Glad in Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God’s healing Word shows the believer how to receive God’s righteousness, and teaches us how to rejoice and be glad in righteousness. Righteousness is a gift from God of acquittal from all wrongdoing. It is to cause one to become right in God’s eyes, to have the spiritual ability to stand before the Creator without any feelings of fear and guilt because God has forgiven us of our past sins and made us right and just before and with Him. First let us discover how to get a hold of some of God’s righteousness, and as always, we will go to the Scriptures to gain a biblical perspective of how to receive from God.

Matthew 6:33:  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

“These things” are the necessary ingredients for life such as having our food and clothing. But first Jesus taught us to “seek” God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and when these are sought after and discovered, then, God Himself begins adding to our lives not only the necessities for life, but also His kingdom and His righteousness become ours.

Romans 10:9–10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s very own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your very own} salvation.

I Thessalonians 2:12:  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

To literally “walk worthy” is to walk (conduct and behave ourselves) as those who are already righteous before God (Ephesians 4:1–3). Knowing that we absolutely are truly deserving of His kingdom and His glory lightens our hearts with joy and gladness. Without believing in and knowing of God’s righteousness within, we could not accept or partake of this wonderful God-given gift and spiritual right of righteousness. When we believe and confess Jesus as our Lord, we receive God’s very own righteousness and with our confession of the resurrection we are given salvation and our most special calling!

This salvation is being made whole in body, soul, and spirit, and salvation means to be saved for heaven for eternity. This is a wonderful reason for believers to rejoice and be glad. Jesus taught us in Matthew 7:7 to “seek, and ye shall find,” and the search will bring a man or a woman to Romans 10:9–10 (above), wherein one finds the greatest discovery of all time because he literally will discover the righteousness of God – within his or her very soul.

Psalms 68:3: But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

Obviously, this verse recognizes that righteousness can be found, that being righteous will bring gladness, and righteousness allows and encourages us (the righteous) to rejoice – exceedingly!

Psalms 32:11: Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. {To be “upright in heart” is to accept and acknowledge our God-given righteousness with rejoicing and gladness.}

Living in the Care of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 34:10:
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Even the kings of the jungle lack the power to provide the complete supply for their young and so they have lack and suffer hunger. This shows that it really does not matter how powerful or rich a person is, without seeking God first he will have lack, not only in physical things but even more so, mentally and spiritually. We who “seek the LORD shall not want any good thing,” means that our God can meet our needs in life, and that living without want is available because our God is the supplier and our true sufficiency.

Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {food, clothing, and the things that give men and woman mental, physical, and spiritual abundance in life} shall be added unto you.

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Living in the care of God is contingent upon believing the words in the Word of God. When God’s Word expresses that God will “supply all your need,” then that is exactly what He means.

Psalms 37:23-25:
-23: The steps of a good man are ordered {ordained} by the LORD: and he {God} delighteth in his {your} way. {The Lord God is in total delight when anyone walks in the steps that God ordains.}
-24: Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
-25: I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed {his children} begging bread.

Who is a “good man” according to the Scriptures? A “good man” is a man or a woman who does one thing and one thing only; and that is they think about the Word of God (to the end that they believe His Word), they think the Word of themselves, and they believe the words God promises when He promises that He will not forsake them.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible):*
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

Life is such that people, no matter the strength of their faith, may from time to time fall, yet God promises that He will, with His hand (by His power and strength) lift them back up again.

Matthew 12:35 reads, “A good man out of the good treasure {i.e., the Scriptures} of the heart {that we have purposely placed there} bringeth forth good things,” and in Psalms 119:11 we also read, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” We Christians, by believing in God’s Word will bring forth good things into our lives, families, and surroundings. This is the promise of God to His own children.

Psalms 84:11:
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. {Walking uprightly is walking with the Word in our hearts, and these are steps that God ordains.}

The challenge in life is to elevate our believing to the standard of God’s Word, for it is the truths and standards of His Word that allow us to genuinely and honestly live in the care of God.

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:7).

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

My God Shall Supply

“Every person has different circumstances and daily needs, but God can and does care for each of us individually. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus– Philippians 4:19. God promises in His Word that He will meet our every need, but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {that we need to sustain life — mentally, physically, and spiritually} shall be added unto you– Matthew 6:33. The true blessings of God come to us according to our believing His Word. By looking to God’s healing Word, and by prayer offered in the name of Jesus Christ, and with genuine thankfulness from the heart, we may also look for and expect that our God will be there for us with daily blessings, and we can in thankfulness recognize that His blessings are real.” ~LMJ~