The Father Himself

“Jesus stated that the Father himself loveth you– John 16:27. Well, by golly, the Creator of the universe not only loves you, but He is called by Jesus ─ the Father Who loves you ─ WOW! In the Greek Text, the words the Father represent His loving relationship with His beloved; that is the Father’s relationship that He has with Jesus and is also the same relationship our heavenly Father desires to have with you and me on a daily basis. The word Father refers to a personal relationship that is warmly nurtured as it grows in the light of spiritual love, a special type of love known, felt, and intimately shared between the Father and His own children. With this very personal relationship, Jesus received answers to his prayers because he believed that his Father not only heard him when he prayed (John 11:42), but that his Father also loved him unconditionally (John 3:35) ― what a confidence-builder, and we may stand with this same confidence before our loving Father. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us– I John 5:14. In Christ’s name, we will have no need to stress and utter out something’s got to give because the Father will give, He’s not something, He’s our everything, God shall supply all {ALL} your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus- Philippians 4:19.” ~LMJ~

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.

This Is the Day Which the LORD Hath Made; We Will Rejoice and Be Glad (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

According to the Bible, each and every day is a day to rejoice and be glad because the LORD made this day for men and women, for boys and girls, for young and old, and for you and me.

Psalms 118:24:
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Word of God encourages us to rejoice and to be glad in this day. Recognizing God throughout the day brings great gladness and joy into our lives. When we walk with God and recognize that He is with us, being grateful simply for the air we breathe, then we will also realize that the Lord indeed made this day for us. The Psalm continues:

Psalms 118:25:
Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Save now is referring to this day that the LORD hath made, and in this day, the Psalmist is beseeching the LORD to send now prosperity. This passage is referring to the necessities that we need today, and thanking God for those things that we now have. Then, beyond the basics, what further abundance would bless our lives today? When we recognize that God indeed cares for us and we trust in Him, then the daily prosperity that we receive will cause our hearts to rejoice as it draws gladness out from our very souls.

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 needs, “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 have become reality for us.

John 6:11:
And Jesus took the loaves {5 loaves of bread}; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down {about five thousand people}; and likewise of the fishes {2 small fishes} as much as they would.

When Jesus gave thanks, he was asking for God’s blessings on what they had, that the blessing would go a very, very long way ― and it certainly did. This is the power of true prayer with the giving of thanks to God in prayer.

Many people “say grace” before meals but the Bible says to “give thanks” to God (in advance) for His blessings and grace upon us. Grace comes from God to man, thanks goes from man to God. In fact, did you know that the Bible never instructs believers (ever) to “say grace,” but rather His Word encourages us to enjoy and accept His graces that have been freely given to us in Christ and to give thanks, always ― even today, for this is the day in which the LORD made for you and me to rejoice and to be glad. Learning to enjoy an attitude of thankfulness in our prayer life softens the heart, squelches greed, and humbly accepts the grace of God without reservation for His abundance to begin flowing our way.

In John 6:11 above, Jesus did not see any lack in the limited amount of the food he had, but he thanked God to do miraculous things with the little they had for a multitude of people, for giving prosperity to those for whom Jesus was responsible, and everybody thankfully had as much as they would. This was Jesus living the true meaning of send now prosperity, as he was beseeching God with the giving of thanks for His care upon them this day. The place where this miracle took place became known as “. . . the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks” (John 6:23b). It is in our thankfulness for what we have that allows God to truly work miraculous things in our own lives, today and every day.

I want to tell you a story about a young man who was down on his luck, out of money, and very hungry. Someone explained to him about being thankful to God in his prayer life, and so he prayed, thanking God in Jesus Christ’s name for his little twenty-five cent bag of potato chips to somehow fill him up (about ten or twelve chips). Then he began to eat as he was reading his Bible; about a half hour later, he looked down into the bag and realized that the chips had miraculously filled his famished appetite. He saw a half of a bag of chips still in the bag, and he uttered, “gee, thanks God, I have had enough” as he then ate the last few chips! I believe this happened for him because he thanked God for the little he had. This man was blessed by God in order that he would rejoice and be glad on that day. This man did not just sit around waiting for a miracle to happen, rather he simply was thankful to God and gave his need to Him in prayer, and God became his sufficiency.

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it,” in the Hebrew Text, Psalms 118:24 poses this question: Will we rejoice and be glad in it?” The answer is, yes, yes when we recognize this day’s Maker, for then rejoicing and gladness in this day bubbles up from within! Note the ending word in the verse is “it,” and when we realize that This is the day which the LORD hath made, then the “it” becomes HIM, because we become glad to be in and with HIM!

When we believe: This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will be living a lifestyle in daily thankfulness and we will rejoice and be glad in HIM, not just for one day in the year but for always. If we have food to eat and a place to sleep, we will have every good reason to be thankful today for the blessings bestowed upon us, and our God will give us great expectations for all our tomorrows.

I Corinthians 15:57:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Corinthians 2:14a:
Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ.

II Corinthians 9:15:
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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!]

Philippians 4:6 (The Amplified Bible):*
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Colossians 2:7; and 3:15 (The Amplified Bible):*
-7: Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.
-15: And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

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