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NOTHING WASTED

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ – John 6:12, NIV

The Bible tells of a time when Jesus fed a crowd of five thousand with only five loaves and two fishes. He blessed it and multiplied it. That day, everyone had more than enough to eat, and there were still twelve baskets full of bread and fish left over. That’s because we serve a God of abundance! Then Jesus told the disciples to collect all the leftovers “so that nothing is wasted.” With God, nothing is ever wasted. He’ll never waste an experience; He’ll never waste a hurt; He’ll never waste a dream; He’ll never waste even a single piece of bread.

If you’ve felt like you’ve wasted years of your life in the wrong job, hanging around the wrong people or doing the wrong things, God will gather those years and restore them to you. He’ll take those experiences that the enemy meant for your harm and turn them around for your good. He’ll make you stronger, wiser and better off than you were before. He can launch you further into your destiny than before. Be encouraged today because with God, all things are possible! He is your provider, and nothing is ever wasted!

GOD’S WILL IS PROSPERITY

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Man was created not to live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. And the word of God tells us that Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. Yes the Word of God which created and sustains heaven and earth tell us that God desires that we prosper in all things! So it is our choice whether we believe and act on God’s word and prosper or we allow the devil to steal God’s word and live in lack.  But God’s word is unchanging and it tells us that God has redeemed us from povery, lack, and curses so that through faith the blessing of Abraham might come upon us !

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.2 So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people.3 And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them;4 for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

Exodus 14:13 Amplified Bible (AMP) Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall” (Malachi 4:2 NIV).

“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant” (Psalm 25:14).

When you walk in the fear of the Lord, God will reveal His secrets to you.
God sent the Holy Spirit to help lead, to direct you into the good life which is found in Jesus.

The only way to experience the power of God and receive the finished works of Jesus Christ is to walk in the spirit. How do we walk in the spirit? By obeying the word of God.

DOES GOD CARE?

Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper! —Psalm 30:10

Minnie and George Lacy were faced with some questions: “Is Jesus enough? Is our relationship with Christ sufficient to sustain us? Will He be enough to help us want to go on living? Does He care?”

While serving as missionaries in 1904, the Lacys’ youngest daughter fell ill. Then in rapid succession, all five of their children died from scarlet fever, none living to see the new year. In letters to the mission board George Lacy wrote about their deep loneliness and grief: “Sometimes it seems more than we can bear.” But then he added, “The Lord is with us and is wonderfully helping us.” In this, their darkest time, they found that Jesus was near and He was enough.

Many of us will face moments when we will wonder if we can go on. If our health fails, if our job disappears, if we lose those closest to us, will we find our relationship with the Lord real enough to keep us pressing forward?

The psalmist reminds us of God’s presence and faithfulness (Ps. 30). When he was deeply depressed, he cried out, “Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!” (v.10). God gave Him healing and comfort (vv.2-3).

As believers in Jesus, we will never lack what we need to persevere. The Lord will always be near.

Though tempted and sadly discouraged,
My soul to this refuge will flee
And rest in the blessed assurance,
“My grace is sufficient for thee.”

Faith in an all-sufficient Christ enables us to press on.

FILL UP WITH GOD

John 17:23 “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

God loves us the same as He loves Jesus. A true revelation of this will quicken our faith and allow us to walk in the fullness of God. God’s love is the key that opens the door to everything that God is. “God is love” (1 Jn. 4:8).

God’s love is not one dimensional. There is width, length, depth and height to it, which can only be comprehended through the revelation and knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Those who only have a superficial knowledge of God’s love are like a person who looks at a one dimensional picture of the real thing.

In Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays for us to know the love of God which passes knowledge. How can we know the love of God if it passes knowledge? This sounds like a contradiction. The Greek word that is translated “know” in this verse is GINOSKO, which is a verb expressing experiential knowledge. The Greek word that is translated “knowledge” is GNOSIS, which is a noun denoting the act of knowledge. Simply, Paul is praying that we will experience the love of God which passes mere knowledge of it.

Since a true revelation of God’s love makes us full with the fullness of God, then a lack of being full of God must mean that we lack understanding and experience of God’s love. The end result of having understanding and experiential knowledge of God’s love is that we will be filled with all the fullness of God.

ONLY JESUS’ FINISHED WORK WORKS

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. – John 19:30

Whatever the problems confronting us today, there is only one solution for them—Jesus’ finished work. His perfect work at the cross covers our family life, finances, health, career…every area. It puts God righteously on our side, and enables us to be blessed with His provision and good success in all things. In contrast, our trust in our works will come to nothing, for there is nothing that we can do to earn God’s blessings.

Today, if you’re facing a challenge, simply depend on His finished work and not your works. If you’re experiencing symptoms in your body, meditate on and believe that Jesus was scourged for your healing (Isaiah 53:5). If you’re in the midst of financial lack, meditate on and believe that Jesus was made poor at the cross so that you can be richly supplied in all things (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Beloved, He has done it all for you. Fix your eyes on His finished work. It is the only work that works!

PERCEPTION OR REALITY?

Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? —Mark 4:38

We often hear it said, “Perception is reality.” That idea for Americans may have dawned on September 26, 1960—the date of the first televised debate between two presidential candidates. In front of the cameras, John Kennedy appeared composed; Richard Nixon appeared nervous. The perception was that Kennedy would be a stronger leader. The debate not only turned that election, but it also changed the way politics is done in the US. Politics by perception became the rule of the day.

Sometimes perception is reality. But not always—especially our perceptions about God. When Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee in a small fishing vessel, a sudden storm threatened to sink the boat. With Jesus asleep and the disciples on the verge of panic, they began to stir Him, asking, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38).

Their question sounds similar to questions I’ve asked. At times I perceive God’s apparent inactivity as a lack of care. But His care for me goes well beyond what I can see or measure. Our God is deeply concerned for what concerns us. He urges us to place all our care upon Him, “for He cares for [us]” (1 Peter 5:7). That is true reality.

O yes, He cares; I know He cares!
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.

True prosperity is not wealth itself, but God’s favor, anointing, & power that work in your life to obtain it. Deut. 8:18

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king” (Daniel 3:17).

God delivers His people from the hand of the enemy. All you have to do is trust Him.

LIVE FOR GOD UNTIL YOUR LAST BREATH :

‘With long life will I satisfy Him.’ Psalm 91:16 NKJV

When asked, ‘How do you grow old so gracefully?’ Alexandre Dumas replied, ‘Because I give all my time to it.’ If you’re over fifty, let your age be measured by your spiritual progress instead of a date on the calendar. How would you like to have these words as your memorial? ‘Enoch lived…365 years. Enoch walked …with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.’ (Genesis5:23–24 NIV) Picture this: Enoch goes for a walk with God and when they reach a certain point, God says, ‘It’s closer to My house than yours, so just come home with Me.’ Like an old oak tree, a mature Christian’s roots have weathered life’s storms. But don’t take your wisdom to the grave with you; share it with people who’ll listen. And those who are wise willlisten, because they recognise the foolishness of paying twice for the same information. Don’t retire—refocus. Victor Hugo once said, ‘Forty is old age to youth, fifty is youth to old age.’ With God, availability, not age, is what counts. The Bible says: ‘There was…a prophetess, Anna…she was eighty–four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them [Mary and Joseph with the Christ child] at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all.’ (Luke 2:36–38 NIV) The world respects ex–generals and ex–presidents, but not ex–Christians. A respected character actor said, ‘As we grow older we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.’ So live for God until your last breath.

People say about others what is true about themselves. They feel hatred because that is what is in their heart!

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

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