IN CHRIST | NO PROVISION FOR FAILURE


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I don’t see any provision for me to be limited or disadvantaged in the word of God as written in the Bible, all I see is God as my advantage. Regardless of the economy, I believe God is interested in my success and what matters is if I trust Him. Men can betray my trust, men can do the unexpected but God is different because God has no tendencies of displaying the inadequacies of man. The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:5-8(NIV)
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“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wasteland; they will not see prosperity when it comes… But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like tree planted by the water… It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
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First, this is a picture of the New Creature in Christ Jesus, the foundation of our salvation is anchored on our trust in Jesus as our savior and regardless the heat, the temptations and so on, we are rooted in Him who has the living water, that water He told the woman of Samaria about (John 4:14). Believers are not to be afraid of the heat and our leaves are always green, in the sense that Jesus is our supply of life; we aren’t depreciating or going out of fire! When people say the Church of Christ is going down I laugh because Jesus said “I will build my Church… the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). He is the life source of the Church, if the Church starts turning yellow, it means Jesus is dying but it can’t be! The Church isn’t powered by our sacrifices and like Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke puts it “your tithes and offerings cannot buy a tiny candle flame of the celestial flame. The fire of God comes, not because of our sacrifice, but because of Christ’s sacrifice.”
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Where others failed, we can’t fail to produce fruit! This is the spiritual prosperity for every believer in Christ Jesus. There is more, far much more to this. We can be productive in all areas of our life as long as we stay connected to our source. Abraham was blessed with a blessing wherein his faith was counted as righteousness but this blessing also became material in the physical sense. That so many believers aren’t living in wealth doesn’t void this truth, it rather tells how many believers are ignorant of the fact that there is no provision for poverty in Christ. In Matthew 6:31, Jesus stated that material things should be the least of our worry not because it can’t be met but because God who is our father knows we need them and supplies us according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).
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Paul said it this way “And with all His abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will supply all your needs.” (GNB) He didn’t narrow it to spiritual needs because some folks might argue God isn’t concerned about material riches, he said “all your needs”. When Jesus was outlining the prayer form known today as “The Lord’s prayer”, He made some great remarks to show the Jews they needed to see God from an intimate level rather than from the distance in which they can’t even call Him by name. The Lord’s Prayer contains some form of rebuke and correction for ignorance but also gives us insight into what God is always ready to do for us. First, we must note that Jesus has instructed we don’t worry about what to eat and drink and this also means it shouldn’t make up much of our requests in the place of communicating with God.
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In a place where God isn’t called by name or from an intimate perspective, Jesus started out with “Our father in heaven, hallowed is thy name” (Matthew 6:9-13) He was simply opening them up to know what God’s desire for them is. In as much as they honoured God, God didn’t want honour coming from a distance, He desired personal relationship with them in the sense they can approach Him with confidence. The Lord’s Prayer was never meant to be prayed by believers, it is the revelation of what God wants from and for us and a reason for thanksgiving. When Jesus said “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, He was throwing light to what He came to do. Jesus is the will of God, the will of God is summarized in Jesus and in Him we are not walking outside God’s will. Jesus said in John 6:38 “I have come to do the father’s will”. And then He said “Give us this day our daily bread”, many folks don’t understand this; He wasn’t saying you ought to pray to God everyday for that day’s bread! He didn’t say “give us today, bread for today” He was rather saying “Give us today, bread for everyday” in order words it was the bread of life He was referring to! And God has given it; you see why we don’t need to pray the Lord’s Prayer bit by bit? No wonder Jesus said to them then in John 16:12-15 “I have much more to tell you but now it would be too much for you to bear. When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God; He will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak of His own authority, but he will speak of what He hears, and will tell you of things to come. He will give me glory, because He will take what I say and tell it to you. All that my father has is mine; that is why I said that the Spirit will take what I give Him and tell it to you”
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I need to do a little explanation here. There were things Jesus never said as they were because the disciples wouldn’t bear or understand it; they needed the power of the Spirit operating from the inside for them to grasp the truth because the truth couldn’t be understood with the human mind. Jesus said He is the truth but also said the Spirit will lead them into all truth which means the Spirit will reveal to them all there is about Jesus. This is why we don’t pray the Lord’s Prayer but pray in the power of the Spirit. The Lord’s Prayer like I had said is an insight into what God wants to do through Jesus and rebuke of ignorance. Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35), the bread for today and tomorrow, we need not ask for it again because it has been given that is why we seek first the kingdom and every other thing is added unto us (Matthew 6:33). Jesus is the kingdom of God because it is in Him we have been made a kingdom of priest, that very thing He declared to the Israelites in Exodus 19:6, prophesied about in Isaiah 61:6 achieved in Christ and proclaimed in 1 Peter 2:9. Again, bread could also mean our daily needs but we aren’t asking for these daily needs everyday because God is capable of supplying all of them today, it shouldn’t be our headache. 1 Peter 5:7 says “cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you”, you just have to leave it at His feet, forget it and keep your focus on something better, on Jesus. Jesus is our satisfaction.
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You can clearly see that in Christ we are satisfied, we are fulfilled and there is no provision for failure. God’s blessings on Abraham was ultimately spiritual but it resulted materially too and we shouldn’t limit God’s blessings by thinking it wouldn’t affect our career or business! We aren’t concerned about failing because in Christ we are victorious victors! We are rooted in Christ; Christ is our fountain of life, our bread of life, our living water… He is our ultimate satisfaction. If you can recognize Christ in every sphere of your life, you can stay refreshed in an impoverished economy. It will also get you going, it will motivate you not to be lazy, it will motivate to always work out your salvation, to display what God has done on your inside to the world.
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I say to you again “you are like a tree planted by the water… no need to fear when heat comes; your leaves are always green, your results are always fresh. You have no worries in the year of drought and you can never fail to bear fruit”, walk in this consciousness and enjoy God’s provision! Remember; do not worry about material things or make it your priority because in Christ all things are yours.
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God bless you
#GracefulGeorge

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