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Miracles of Provision

We usually think of miracles in terms of the lame walking, the blind seeing, and so on, but many of the miracles in the Bible were miracles of supernatural provision.  In fact, the very first miracle Jesus did was to turn water into wine, which was a miracle of provision as opposed to a healing miracle. After Jesus borrowed Peter’s boat to preach in, he told Peter to launch into the deep and let down his nets for a catch.  Peter almost believed the Lord; he let down one net and it started to break because of all the fish. (Shoulda listened a little more closely, Peter!)  Since Peter was a fisherman, fish were equal to profits for his business; Peter certainly wasn’t going to sit and gobble up all those fish by himself. It goes to show that when you dedicate what you have to the Lord, He’ll bless you for it.

On two occasions, Jesus arranged for probably about 20,000 people or more to be fed. He gave some food to the disciples, and it multiplied supernaturally when they handed it out. (In case you’re wondering why I said 20,000 when we all know it was “the feeding of the 5,000” and “the feeding of the 4,000”, those numbers were just the men; they didn’t include women and children.  That’s just how they counted in that culture. It doesn’t mean that women and children are worth less than men to God!)  Did you know Jesus wasn’t the first to do something like that? Elisha fed 100 men that way in 2 Kings 4:42-44!  Then after Jesus rose, Peter got another “miracle catch of fish” courtesy of Jesus.

On another occasion, Jesus commanded a fish to be caught, and that fish had a coin in its mouth that was just the right amount to pay the “temple tax”.  (Yes, God can help with your taxes!)

In Moses’ ministry, water flowed out of a rock twice, poisonous water was made drinkable, and quail and manna from heaven were provided for the people.  In Elijah’s ministry, flour and oil were continually multiplied for a widow. In Elisha’s ministry, the bad water in one city that was killing crops was supernaturally fixed, a bad pot of “killer stew” was supernaturally made non-poisonous, a borrowed axe head was made to float on top of the water it had fallen into, and a widow’s oil was supernaturally multiplied.

So God is certainly able and willing to do financial miracles for you! Don’t limit Him to the area of healing when it comes to miracles.

Now here’s a question – how do you receive a financial miracle?  Answer: The same way you receive a healing miracle. Galatians 3:5: “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”  Faith receives whatever you need from God. You can believe and receive financial miracles just as you can believe and receive healing.  The key is the same either way – believe that you receive your miracle when you pray (Mark 11:24).

However, if you were “standing for your healing” while running around outside in January with only a swimsuit on, eating a diet consisting solely of Twinkies, Ring Dings and Jolt Cola while getting 3 hours of sleep a night, most of us would consider you to be shooting yourself in the foot. The same is true for Christians who are “standing for financial miracles” when they refuse to put God’s principles of tithing and giving into practice, continue to rack up credit card debt for nonessential items, and consistently spend more than they take in! It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out – if you spend everything you make, you will never be any wealthier! If you spend more than you make, you’ll be poorer and more in debt! If you never save, there is no “storehouse” for God to bless (see Deuteronomy 28, where He said He’ll bless your storehouses, in the plural!).

God is merciful, but it isn’t His best for you to live from miracle to miracle!  If you need a miracle, believe for one! But His best is for you to walk in His provision consistently. His will is not just for you to be bailed out of recurring financial and physical trouble; His will for you is that you prosper and be in health on a continuous basis (3 John 2). He didn’t say, “The just shall live from miracle to miracle”, but we see written 4 different places in Scripture that “the just shall live by faith.”  Walking in faith consistently should be our goal – we’re all working on it! I don’t think any of us has arrived, but that should be what we aim for.

 

 

TAX TIME THOUGHT:  No Christian should ever cheat on income taxes in any way.  We are to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”  However, you have no duty to pay any more to Caesar than you legally have to, so there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of every legal tax break you can.