Lord is Sufficient for all of our needs


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Lord is Sufficient for all of our needs

God has granted to us everything we need for life and godliness through knowing Christ and trusting in His all-sufficient promises. The Lord is my portion, says my soul.

PSALM 23:1
The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.


Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.

Keenly aware of my physical weaknesses and limitations—and the fact that I’m growing older much more rapidly than I‘d like—each morning I open the cupboard and reach for an assortment of nutritional supplements to help provide what my body needs. Each formula has something that I need, but no one source is enough to provide all that I need.

How thankful I am that in my relationship with the living God, I can truly say that He alone is enough for my every need. I never have to ask, “Is He enough?”

His death on the cross is sufficient for my salvation.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them, (Hebrews 7:25).

His strength is sufficient to overcome my weakness.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest, (Matthew 11:28).

His authority is sufficient to overcome my inadequacy.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth, (Matthew 28:18).

His power is sufficient for any struggle I face.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered, (Romans 8:26).

His strength is sufficient to pick me up when I fall
The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down, (Psalm 145:14).

His wisdom and knowledge are sufficient to direct my every step.
But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold, (Job 23:10).

His grace is sufficient for my every need.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong, (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

The words of 19th century author Hannah Whitall Smith sum it up well:  “If God is what He would seem to be from his revealings; if He is indeed the “God of all comfort” (2 Cor.1:3); if He is our Shepherd; If He is really and truly our Father; if, in short, all the many aspects He has told us of His character and His ways are actually true, then we must come to the positive conviction that He is, in himself alone, enough for all our needs and that we may safely rest in Him absolutely and forever.”

All-Sufficient God, truly You are all that I need for every need.  Let me rest each day in that knowledge.

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We Must Honor God's Principle of First Fruits

To be in alignment with what God has for us, we must start the year off as instructed- by obeying God's Holy Principle! God's Word clearly instructs us…"When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest," Leviticus 23:10. It is to be set apart as holy unto God!

First Fruits in Hebrew is "bikkurim" and literally means "promise to come." And there is ONE who never breaks His promise – God! That is why the truth behind this "promise to come" in God's Word is so powerful. Though long overlooked by many, this divine establishment of God's order of things is actually the root that governs the rest. When you KEEP FIRST THINGS FIRST through faith and obedience, you turn God's promise into provision… ABUNDANT PROVISION!

Because He wants to see you succeed, He has put a system into place based on the principle of "First Fruits." The Bible references first fruits or first things or devoted things no less than 32 times.

"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase" (Proverbs 3:9).

"When you come into the land which I gave you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest" (Leviticus 23:9-10)

God claims the first fruits of anything! It rightfully belongs to Him in His divine order. When we apply the Principle of First Fruits – First Things First – in our lives, we begin to see that all firsts should be given to the Lord: the first part of the day, the first day of the week, the first month of the year, and the first of our harvest – be it the wages for the first hour, the first day, the first week, or the month.

You can put God first in every area of your life by:

  • PRAYING. Give God your first thoughts in the morning. Talk with Him before you do anything else EVERY day. Pray without ceasing for your family, for financial recovery and blessings, for healing... for your needs. God will honor your faithfulness.
  • PLANNING. Where do you want to be 365 days from today? Getting from here to there requires a prayerful plan. Seek God's clear directive for your life, then write it down. Keep it in the front of you on a daily basis. Let it get into your spirit. See it! Believe it! Live it!
  • MAKING AN OFFERING. When you give your first fruits offering, you are planting a seed for the remainder of the year. Everything you have is a gift from God... you have an option to keep it or to sow it for an even greater harvest. There is a greater portion that awaits you in honor of your first fruits offering!

Very Important: If you haven't yet sown your First Fruits seed, you have an opportunity to do so now. I believe what you do with your "first" in the opening days, weeks, and month of 2016 will greatly determine your entire year!

Jesus declared, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness... all these things will be added to you," (Matthew 6:33). God adds the "things" to you when foundation is in place to be built upon. I challenge you to put FIRST THINGS FIRST and HONOR GOD! Start activating the Word by offering God your FIRST FRUITS as a seed for your harvest this year!

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