Take Just Enough!

Exodus 16:  MSG
14  When the layer of dew had lifted, there on the wilderness ground was a fine flaky something, fine as frost on the ground.
15  The Israelites took one look and said to one another, man-hu (What is it?). They had no idea what it was. So Moses told them, “It’s the bread GOD has given you to eat.
16  And these are GOD’s instructions: ‘Gather enough for each person, about two quarts per person; gather enough for everyone in your tent.'”
17  The People of Israel went to work and started gathering, some more, some less,
18  but when they measured out what they had gathered, those who gathered more had no extra and those who gathered less weren’t short—each person had gathered as much as was needed.
19  Moses said to them, “Don’t leave any of it until morning.”
20  But they didn’t listen to Moses. A few of the men kept back some of it until morning. It got wormy and smelled bad. And Moses lost his temper with them.
21  They gathered it every morning, each person according to need. Then the sun heated up and it melted.
22  On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, about four quarts per person. Then the leaders of the company came to Moses and reported.
23  Moses said, “This is what GOD was talking about: Tomorrow is a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to GOD. Whatever you plan to bake, bake today; and whatever you plan to boil, boil today. Then set aside the leftovers until morning.”
24  They set aside what was left until morning, as Moses had commanded. It didn’t smell bad and there were no worms in it.
25  Moses said, “Now eat it; this is the day, a Sabbath for GOD. You won’t find any of it on the ground today.
26  Gather it every day for six days, but the seventh day is Sabbath; there won’t be any of it on the ground.”
27  On the seventh day, some of the people went out to gather anyway but they didn’t find anything.
28  GOD said to Moses, “How long are you going to disobey my commands and not follow my instructions?
29  Don’t you see that GOD has given you the Sabbath? So on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. So, each of you, stay home. Don’t leave home on the seventh day.”
30  So the people quit working on the seventh day.

Matthew 6:  KJV
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11  Give us this day our daily bread.
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This article is somewhat a departure for me in that I have never used the above two passages together in a sermon or in teaching.  I have used them seperately on occasions.

Anyone who has known my ministry in the past knows that I am not one who follows trends, popularity, or the newest dogma being taught behind the pulpits around the world.

I have been known to build up a congregation, but, if I overstayed I could easily tear it down.  Reason, I was green in many areas of my ministry.  Oh yes, I strived to get it right, I would study and I would pray, but, there were things that were abrasive in my personality that would get me into troubles.  Those troubles left me with many bruises and scars spiritually, but now those same hurts are what is causing a new growth in my life.

Before I ever would preach a sermon I had the discipline to study the Word of God.  I did not have the luxury of attending a great Seminary/Bible School.  I did not have access to the best commentaries or Bible dictionairies, it was just me and an Bible that my maternal Grandmother gave me when I was.

Over the many years now there are certain precepts and concepts that I have learned to be true and timeless.

  • God is not a liar – Numbers 23: MSG  19  God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?
  • God’s Word is a Sure foundation – 2 Peter 1:19-21 MSG
    19  We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts.
    20  The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion.
    21  And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.
  • God never Contradicts Himself – Here is what I am trying to convey.  Always use Scripture to interpret Scripture.  Anyone, including myself can take a text, take it out of context and make it pretext.  If a thought in Scripture is truth from God it will bear itself out from Genesis to Revelation by foreshadows, Moses lifts up the rod a type of Christ being lifted up on the cross. (Numbers 21: MSG 9  So Moses made a snake of fiery copper and put it on top of a flagpole. Anyone bitten by a snake who then looked at the copper snake lived.)  Also, through the Bible we have what is known as types.  Joshua was a type of Christ.
  • Man’s Prophecies Do Not Supercede God’s Word – I have been alarmed lately of a trend spreading through North America where those behind pulpits saying God has given them a “new Word”.  As they go about to expound on this “new Word” when examined under the microscope of God’s Word it is found to be of error and mistruth.  We also have those who travel through the country giving “personal prophecy” over some in the gathering.  The “personal prophecy” either is too general so that it could fit almost everyone there, or, again under examination of the Word of God is full of error and mistruths

Now let us examine the two portions of Scripture at the beginning of this article.  In previous articles I have mentioned my opinion on the “prosperity gospel” and how that it is a false doctrine straight from the pits of hell.  It is a doctrine of greed, self-worth, hoarding, and much more.  I have also mentioned the only one prospering from that doctrine is the false teacher/preacher/evangelist who is expounding it.  I speak this from experience.

Please pay attention to the theme in both passages of Scripture and you will see that it is one thing and one thing only.

Ask and take only for what is sufficient for today.

To futher emphasize this listen to what Christ himself spoke:

Matthew 6:28-34 KJV
28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

When I gave up the false doctrine of greed my life changed in such a dramatic way that even to this day I am amazed of things that have transpired.

Examine the instructions that Moses gave to the people about the “manna”(bread of heaven). When followed exactly everyone had all they needed.  Those who did not follow the Word from God found that the “manna” spoiled and it rotted and stank.  They were to only gather enough for the day.

There was only one exception, the Sabbath.  On the Sabbath they were to gather double the amount of “manna” for two days.  No more, no less.

Fast forward, Mount of Olives and Christ is asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray.

The key was this, Christ did not speak of some new thing, He confirmed what God had already spoken way back there in the wilderness about the “manna”.

The key verse in Matthew I feel, and it is my opinion, it is verse 11.  “Give us this day our daily bread.

Let me know give a word to young ministers, all of my lessons did not come in one sitting at the Word of God.

As a matter of fact, I was laying in my bed last night thinking about what to write for the new year when this message came into my spiritual heart.

Young minister do not hurry to a ministry for the road is full of pitfalls and dangers with detours at every bend.  So many seem they are barely out of the waters of baptism and jumping into ministry with very little knowledge at hand.  Those are the ones who when you look later in years cannot be found.

My advice is to get rooted in a home church under the toutledge of a seasoned Pastor/teacher.  Your ministry will wait for you.  Amazingly when the time is at hand your own pastor will know of assurance himself that you are ready.

Respect the offices of the elders, you may not respect the person in the office, but, you must respect the office he holds.  This truth I learned from my overseer in the Church of God in Christ after I was already pastoring a church.

Never take the attitude you know everything there is to know about the Scriptures for you are only fooling yourself and it will come back to bite in the future.

Every time that I have followed the prompting of God’s Holy Ghost I have found a nugget of truth that I have never known before.  Oh, it had always been there, but, maybe I was not ready or have the ability of understanding yet to grasp it.  There is a season for everything.

If someone would have said to me that I would write sermons or articles like this one I would have paid no attention.  I never wrote out my sermons, but, I did Study and pray.

 I left the ministry because I was a total burnout.  Always trying to raise finances, going from place to place and my health was also starting to suffer.

So, here I am sitting in front of my laptop in my one bedroom mobile home happy and content, bills all paid and able to study the Word of God without any clutter from the outside world.

So, in the new year 2018 make it your goal to get all of God you can.  Store His Word in your heart and cleanse yourself from all things that would hinder your walk with God.

All you need is your daily bread!

They Still Cry, “Peace”!

Nahum 1:15 MSG
15  Look! Striding across the mountains— a messenger bringing the latest good news: peace! A holiday, Judah! Celebrate! Worship and recommit to God! No more worries about this enemy. This one is history. Close the books.

Over the holidays I tried to think of a message that was appropriate but yet, not the common one that all people hear constantly.

I am a creature of habit for I listen to the news local, national, and worldwide to see if there is something happening that can be brought to light by the sharing of prophetic Scripture.

Take the headlines concerning the capital of Israel.  Yes, the Christian world recognizes that the Scriptures declare that Jerusalem is the capital, but in light of prophetic Scripture it does not become that until Christ returns to earth and sets up His earthly kingdom.

As I have written in past articles the conflict between the nations of Jewish and Palestinian people started back with Ishamel and Isaac and will continue until the Lord places His foot on the mount of Olives.

The word ‘peace’ brings to mind so many things, tranquility, rest, calmness, and so much more.  It also to the Christian should bring about a sense of urgency.

The Apostle Paul warns us:

1 Thessalonians 5:  KJV
1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

I am now fifty-six years old and for as long as I can remember there have been countless tries of conferances and talks to bring peace to the middle east.  All ending in complete and utter failure.

The true conflict that way I understand it from a Biblical perspective is a conflict about birthrights, not a land conflict, nor a spiritual one, yet religion is part of the problem.

Again, I speak of Ishamel and Isaac both sons of Abraham, both the fathers of great nations as God told Abraham.

Ishamel and his descendants go on to become the nations of the Arab people.

Isaac and his descendants go on to become what we now call the Jewish people.

Both nations claim the rights to the Mount.

The Jewish nation because of the first temple and also the place if I am correct where Abraham place Isaac on the altar.

The Arab nation claim the Mount because as it is told is the place where the prophet Mohammed ascended.

Christians also claim the Mount because of the place where Christ ascended with His angels after His resurrection.

To my best understanding those are some of the underpinning arguments concerning the situation in the middle east.

No one government, as even as pure intentions will be able to unravel all of these cords for truly lasting peace.

Yet, Bible prophecy tells us that there will come a man who will make a peace treaty with Israel for seven years and break the treaty in the middle of it.  That man is known to Bible prophecy lovers as the anti-christ. 

Yes, the Jewish people have been looking for a Messiah that would come and overthrow Israel’s enemys and restore the glory to the kingdom of Israel.

He did arrive on the scene, not as a mighty soldier and king leading His people to war, but, as a lamb, that one day would be led to the slaughter, to be crucified on a cross made from an old dogwood tree.

Yes, He is coming back again, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. with ten thousands of His angels and the saints by His side and will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem.

But, until then, the world still cries for, “peace”.

Revelation 22:20-21 KJV
20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.