Hebrews 13:5 Being Content

 

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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Money is something that people need in this world. It is required to purchase things that are needed such as: food, clothing, and housing. In itself money is not bad. It is a tool that has been made to be used by people.

In order to get money, people must work for it. They either work a job and someone pays them a wage, or they work their own business and people pay them for their services or products. And there is nothing wrong with working. A man must work in order to eat.

The problem that arises is the love for more money. People want more money than what they have, so they work that much more to get it. They will also sacrifice things or people to get more money.

People are not content with what they have and continually want more, bigger and better things. Greed takes place in the heart of a person. Discontent rises higher and higher in the struggle to get more money.

In the process of going for more money and being greedy, a believer is no longer trusting in God. He is no longer trusts that God is there for him and will never leave or forsake him.

God will always meet every need a believer has. There is no need so great that God cannot meet it. Not every desire that a person has is a need. Many things are wants and wishes, and may not be the best thing for a person.

God will only give the believer what is best for him. He will only meet what are truly needs. Beyond that is greed and may pull a person away from God. He needs to be content in what he both physically and in Christ Jesus.

Take a look at your life. What are you striving for in this life? More money and things? Or are you striving to have more of God?

God can and will meet every need you have, no matter how big or small it is. Trust in Him and be content with what He has blessed you with. Be content with the wealth you have in Jesus as your Savior. He won’t leave or forsake you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that you will be content with what God has given you; and that you will trust in God’s provision for your life.

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Hebrews 7:26 The Perfect High Priest

 

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Such a high priest truly meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26

People go to many different people for help. They look for all different types of help in order to help them get through their days here on this earth. Thousands of counselors and psychiatrists are attempting to help people every day around the world. Along with those people, there are thousands of priests and ministers that people go to for help and guidance in their lives.

Some will view these people as the best source of help. They take their words to heart and believe them. While they may have some good advice to give, they will also fall short in the end. They are not perfect.

In the Old Testament the believers had to go before a high priest to atone for their sins or to worship God. In order for the priest to atone for the sins, he had to atone for his own sins first. He was not perfect and was unable to be there for every person himself.

Jesus came later and became the perfect high priest. He did not have to atone for any of His own sins, because He had never sinned. Jesus now sits in heaven at the Father’s right hand, ready to meet the needs of every believer. The foremost need is removal of sins, after that there are many other needs that believers have.

Instead of just running to a man, priest or other, here on this earth for help and guidance in life, the believer must go to Jesus. Men on this earth will be busy or absent, and they have failures. Jesus does not have any failures and is always available.

You will have struggles that you will need help to overcome. You will have needs that you need someone else to help with. While it is good to seek other people to help, your first focus should be to go before your high priest–Jesus. Go to the One who created everything, the One who is perfect, pure and blameless. He will always make the perfect choice for you.

Think about how great it is that you have someone who can help you around the clock and always makes the perfect choice. Jesus will truly meet every need you have, if you go to Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your High Priest and Savior; that you will trust Jesus for every need you have; that you will run to God first with all of your needs; and that you will strive to be like Jesus, holy, blameless, and set apart for God.

Philippians 2:3-4 How To Do What You Do

 

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

The majority of people do not think of themselves as selfish. They want to believe that they are concerned for others. Yet, when it is closely looked at the reason why they do what they do, there is usually an underlying characteristic of selfishness.

Very few people do the majority of what they do without selfish ambition. A person may work hard for his boss, appearing to be looking out for his boss, but inside the person is striving to look good for a promotion or a pay raise…selfishness. Many people help another person out just to look like a good person who helps others out, not for the focus of helping that other person out. Many wealthy people give away millions of dollars to the needy every year, not so much to help the people, but to have a tax write-off…selfishness.

This type of action and thoughts occur even inside the church. People teach a Sunday School class to look good or out of guilt, not out of the desire to help others. Some will argue over the color of the carpet for selfish reasons, not for the benefit of others.

Believers are to put others first, just as Jesus did when he died on the cross. He laid His own life down to give life to others and does not charge any one for the price of that death.

Putting others first is not an easy thing to do, because of man’s own selfish nature. People are out for self-preservation, not the needs of others.

As you seek to put others first and their needs above your own, God will meet your needs. God can bring another person into your life to meet your needs, while you are out meeting the needs of another person.

Putting others first is the ultimate show of love that you can show any person. There is no greater love than putting another person above yourself.

Take time to take a look at what you do and why you do. Ask God to reveal you the true reasons behind your actions. Then strive to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit as you trust God.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will trust God to meet all of your needs; and that you will allow God to use you to meet the needs of others.

Mark 8:5 Use What You Have

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“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. Mark 8:5

Jesus had been teaching the people for many hours and it was getting late. The disciples wanted to send the people away so they could get food. Jesus told them to give them food. He asked the disciples how much food they had to give the people and the disciples told Him.

Everywhere that a person looks there is usually someone in need of something. In larger cities, it is a common scene to see someone standing at an intersection with a sign asking for money, food or a job. They are often homeless and trying to survive. They rely upon people to help them out.

While some people will give a little to them, many often look to those who have a lot of wealth to provide for those who have very little. Wealthy people are expected to provide for the needs of the poor. Or they expect the government to provide for the needs of the homeless or poor in need.

Even though the wealthy may have extra to provide for others, God does not rely upon those who are wealthy. God relies upon each individual believer to provide what he has for those who are in need.

What a person has may not be a lot, but in God’s hands it can provide a lot. The disciples only had a few loaves of bread, but with Jesus, they fed over 4,000 people. Without God’s help and provision, the seven loaves of bread might have fed about 10-12 people…maybe. God was able to multiply the bread to provide for everyone.

There will come times when you meet someone who is in need of something. You may not have a lot to provide, but you may have something. As a believer, you need to be willing to share what you have with others and trust that God will provide for all that is needed for both of you.

As you give to others, God can pour back into your life. He can use other believers, and non-believers, to meet your needs. He can multiply what you have to be more than enough for both of you.

Do not be afraid to share what God has blessed you with. He has more than enough to go around.

God may be asking you today, “what do you have to share?”

I pray today that you will share what God has given you; that God will use you to meet the needs of others; that God will multiply what you have to help others; and that God will provide abundantly for all of your needs. 

Matthew 14:13-14 To Help Or Not To Help?

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When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:13-14

John the Baptist was just killed by beheading because he spoke against the king. When Jesus had received word about this, He decided to go to some solitary place alone. The people followed Him to that location. As He saw them, Jesus had compassion on them and began to heal them of their sicknesses.

The Bible does not give a reason as to why Jesus wanted to withdraw from the crowds and be alone. It may have been that hearing about John made Him think about what He knew He would have to go through. He knew His purpose on this earth was to go to the cross and die. He knew the pain and suffering that would cause. In order to stay focused, He chose to be alone with His Father and stay on the course He had set out to travel.

Despite how He was feeling, Jesus took time to heal more people. He did not complain to them or run from them, but turned to them and began to heal them.

In life a person may be busy all day at work and worn out, or may have something weighing heavy on his mind. At the end of the day all that person may want to do is go home and be alone to think. However, God may set a person in front of him to minister to and help. A choice has to be made–to serve self, or to serve someone else. Jesus chose to serve the people, the other person, not Himself.

As you go through your days, there will be times  you may want to just shut down and relax. Yet, God may put a person in your path to help. You have to make a choice also. Will you help that person? Or will you turn that person away and only help yourself?

Show the compassion that Jesus had for the people and help others when the opportunity comes. Don’t turn people away. That may be the only time that they have a chance to see Jesus in you or in someone.

I pray today that you will see people with the compassion Jesus had for the people; that you will rely on the strength of God to keep going forward; that God will use you to reach many people for Jesus; and that people will see the compassion of God in your life.

Hosea 9:2 The Food & Wine Will Fail

Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine will fail them. Hosea 9:2

Hosea was telling the people of Israel to not rejoice. They had been found guilty of committing many sins and rejecting God. Punishment was coming to them. Many in Israel felt that because their crops were so good, that they would be able to support themselves and did not need God at all. They are warned that everything will fail them.

Farmers go out and plant huge fields of crops for food. They expect the crops to come in large enough to be able to feed their own family and sell a lot to others for more money, so they can get wealthy and feed more people.

On the surface this looks like it would provide for needs of all the people everywhere to get enough food. However, without God, those crops will not always come through as the farmer may expect. God has to be the one to provide the right amount of water and sunshine for those crops to grow. As people refuse to follow God and give Him all the credit, God pulls His hand of favor away and the crops will not grow as well, which will not feed the people.

Not every person grows food for themselves or for a profit. People use other things to make a profit and provide for themselves. Working many different types of jobs, people strive to have large bank accounts in order to provide for all of their needs. In the same way, if they are not following God and allowing Him to be in control, the bank accounts will fail. There will not be enough money to provide for all the needs one may have.

Life consists of more than just food and drink. One needs the nourishment of God and His word in his life on a daily basis.

As you are going through your life, what are you expecting to nourish you? Is it the food you buy with the money your job provided?

Or is it God providing through your job and His grace and mercy?

Keep your eyes and life focused on God and allow Him to be the one in control. Then God will provide for all of your needs. Your hands will work and be prosperous for your needs and the needs of others. Without God, they will fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that God will provide for others through you; and that God will receive all the credit for the blessings in your life.

Not The Wrong Number

My 18 year old son, Kyle, had this situation occur to him a few days ago. This is what happened and he wrote about it.

Yesterday I got this call from a random person.
Apparently he got the number wrong. Normally I would just ignore things like this. But he left this message saying that he was trying to contact his mom. I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was a full grown man.

So I felt it necessary to call him and inform him that he probably shouldn’t be expecting a call back from this number. He apologized and said you know the thing is. I’m about to go into surgery. Then he says so if I called you it was purely by accident.

Then I simply replied to him I don’t think it was an accident. I said this may seem a little weird. But do you believe in God? He replied to me that he did. So I said then we’re praying right now.

So I began to pray for him on the spot not knowing anything about him the mistakes that he made the regrets that he has or the victories he has accomplished. But I knew that God knew his name and knew every part of this situation.

Afterwards he thanked me and told me that I made a difference that I could never know. And I simply replied to him it’s no big deal it’s what the church is supposed to do.

As a human being I understand that it is necessary to have a healthy body you must exercise and have a proper eating habit. As a martial artist I understand that practice makes perfect. When you practice a specific skill you become competent in that skill. When you possess the competence of the skill it reaps confidence.

If you are apart of the church and the church is the body of Christ I must ask you this question. As the body of Christ do you exercise exercising is the means of tearing down a muscle so that it will build back up stronger. Christ is the coach so when he wants you to exercise do you do it? Do you as the body of Christ practice what the coach wants you to practice.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. – Mark 16:15
So the question is do you practice what you preach? As the body of Christ do you have a proper eating habit? In other words do you monitor what you listen to what you watch where you go? What is it that you let influence you?
Now I am not the judge. But I think it’s high time we put the money where our mouth is.