THURSDAY August 23, 2018
God Provides Your Needs
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Understand that if you give willingly and hilariously to the Lord, He will not let you down financially! He will take care of your needs.
However, some Christians, instead of praying for their needs, ask other people to help them. Understand that when you go to somebody else, and you tell them of your needs, and then you receive provision, that is not the Lord. When the Lord provides your needs, it is in answer to your prayers. When you pray, God will speak to a person’s heart. They will be moved to help––that is the way it works. Then you can give thanks to God.
One time an evangelist made his needs known to others––black shoes, size 9, and a tape recorder. Somebody gave him those things. Then he went and told Pastor Chuck Smith, “Look how God provided!” Chuck corrected him and said, “No, you go thank the person who gave those things. You told them your needs. So do not thank God. Thank them.”
It is important not to tell other people your needs. Remember, God is in control. He knows what your needs are. Prayerfully wait on Him.
Some people are not really good at handling their money. Think of all the people who go crazy with credit cards; they get into great debt, and that is not good house management. My philosophy is the same as Pastor Chuck Smith. He taught me––if you cannot afford it, do not buy it.
Many times, God cannot trust people with money because they do not manage their money well. They need a balanced budget. God will give you the bigger things, if you are faithful with the little things (Luke 16:10).
To keep debt, dirt, and the Devil out of my cottage has been my greatest wish ever since I set up housekeeping… Poverty is hard,
but debt is horrible.
~C. H. Spurgeon~
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