October 13th, 2017 — DEVOTE

So how much can you believe God for? I mean really! I know you believe in God but when is it you decide that you better take things into your own hands because evidently, God’s not doing enough? You following me? Let me see if I can break this down.

Last May while on a mission trip with our youngest daughter, Keturah, in Papua New Guinea, I know I heard from the Holy Spirit about what He wanted me to do with my life. He wanted me to train, equip and encourage national pastors. That was an answer to a long prayer – about 11 months of praying. But that meant that some things were going to change. I would need to leave the church I was serving and step out in faith and raise my own support. My bride and I went into this knowing and believing what we pray in the Lord’s Prayer is true… “Give us this day our daily bread.” Daily… not weekly… not monthly… not yearly, but daily bread. We have no idea what a yearly salary looks like. It’s a step of faith. We trust God, We believe Him.

But can I be honest with you? Sometimes it’s hard, because so much of what we do as a people is based upon money. We have to buy food… we need to buy gas… we need to pay our bills… we need to pay our mortage. Believe me when I tell you, many thoughts run through your mind when the money isn’t coming in. Just last week while at Menards I noticed a little display by their front entrance saying they were hiring. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of working, but as my bride reminded me, how can I do HIs work, if I’m working for someone else. Bottom line: Do I trust God?

I share that with you because of what I read in my Bible this morning and really convicted me. Here it is…
“Don’t fall in love with money. Be satisfied with what you have. The Lord has promised that He will not leave us or desert us.” Hebrews 13:5 CEV

I want to justify my lack of trust by saying, “I don’t love money, but it is a necessity.” To which I’m pretty sure God’s response is, “And you don’t think I know that?” Either I trust God and fully rely on Him, or I take matters into my own hands and do it my way. Any of you want to guess which one I’m going to do? He promised to never leave me or desert me, and I believe His promise.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read this verse from Hebrews 13 and told yourself, you didn’t love money. Until that is of course, when there wasn’t too much then you reacted. Trust God. He promised to never leave you or desert you.

Father,
I trust You for my daily bread, today! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen