Our Source of Supply
Our Source of Supply. Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like. (Luke 6:47). Jesus said that a man who cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them digs deep and lays the foundation of his life on a rock, which is the Word of God. He bases his doings on what God’s Word says and not on the world system.
To succeed physically, financially, and spiritually, we must obey God’s Word. Jesus tells us what to do and how to do it. It is then up to us to follow instructions.
- In Matthew 6:33 Jesus makes this statement: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. In other words, first things first. Someone might say this is oversimplifying things, but I didn’t say it—Jesus did!
God Wants to Supply your Needs Here on Earth
- Some people think when Jesus said, …all these things shall be added unto you, He meant when we get to heaven, not on earth. Don’t let the Devil con you into believing that.
- The story is told of a very wealthy man who died. When someone asked how much money he left, the lawyer replied, “All of it.” Heaven is a wealthy place. It is filled with abundance. You won’t need money up there. You need it here on the earth. When you get to heaven, there will be nothing to buy, no demons to cast out, no sick to heal.
What is source of supply?
What is the source of supply?
Many people believe when Jesus said, Seek the kingdom, He meant to look to the heavens.
- I thought that way for years. Then one day it occurred to me, “What am I going to do with it up there? There won’t be anything to buy. There won’t be any needs there. Gasoline won’t be $1.30 a gallon and coffee won’t be $5 a pound!”
- I won’t need money when I get to heaven. Paul said, We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1 Tim. 6:7). It is on the earth today that we need the power of God and His anointing to gain riches. We need them now to preach the Gospel—not when we get to heaven! If you seek the Source, then all these things will be added to you. But it requires dedication.
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God Will Grant your Desires
- Some people hesitate to commit themselves to God, to seek God’s Kingdom first. They say, “If I sell out to God, He might send me to Africa, and I don’t want to go.”
- That’s not the way it works. James said if a man is a doer of the Word and not a hearer only, he will be blessed in his deeds; he will walk in the perfect law of liberty. (James 1:23,25.)
- If you are sold out to God, determined to do His will and purpose without reservation to obey, then you will know God’s will.
- If you are committed to God, He will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps. 37:4,5.) He will put a desire in your heart for the very thing He wants you to do. Then you will be doing exactly what you want to do and be in His perfect will. Psalm 34:10 says They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Let me give you an example.
- I had been a farmer for twenty-eight years and I loved it. I had told people, “I’ll never quit farming.” It was the greatest desire of my heart. But when I sold out to God, He began to change my desires.
- I didn’t want to be a preacher because I had the wrong idea of preachers. But finally, I told my wife, “I don’t know where God is leading, but I’m going.” It was several years before God required me to give up farming; but gradually, little by little, He changed my desires.
- I sold out of the farming business because the greatest desire of my heart was to teach and preach the Word of God. Today I am doing exactly what I want to do and I’m in the perfect will of God because God has put His desire in my heart.
Some people go through life, even in the ministry, being obedient to all they know, but they never find what God wants them to do because they aren’t willing to do it.
- It seems as though God will not reveal His complete will until you are willing to do it. If you get willing, God will change your desires and you will have joy doing it.
- So many go through life miserable; they are obedient, but not willing. They are doing it because they know it is required of them. They never do the perfect will of God because they aren’t willing to sell out to God. Then you have people who are willing, but somehow they just never get around to doing it. Both of these are miserable throughout life.
- You will never find out what God has in store for you unless you are willing to go wherever He leads you. Once you become willing, He will change your desires.
Put God Before Things
- For your desires to be the same as God’s, you must be committed to seeking God, not those desires.
- In Matthew 6:24, Jesus said, No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. This simply means that you cannot serve both God and riches. You must choose to serve God and make riches serve you.
If you go lusting after riches, you will fail in life.
- Second Peter 1:4 says, Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
- If you say, “I’m going to be rich and be Mr. Big,” you will fail. There is no room for that kind of prosperity in God’s plans. You might get it that way through the world’s system, but it’s not going to work with God. If your heart condemns you, your faith will not work. Wrong motives will shut down your faith.
- They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:9,10).
- It’s the love of money that is the root of all evil, but people are committing that sin—falling into temptation and snare—who don’t have any money! They would kill you for $50! It’s not money that’s the sin; it’s the love of it.
Jesus said A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:15).
Paul urges us not to spend time seeking after things. He says Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6).
You must not make riches your god, but you can serve God and have riches. God wants His people to be wise in every area of their lives. You can serve God and have riches if you will use riches the way God intended. It is all right to have things, as long as things don’t have you!
Things To Remember
- Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
- These things will be added to you on earth.
- You won’t need money in heaven.
- If you seek God’s Kingdom first, you will know His will and He will give you the desires of your heart.
- Seek the Source, not the things!
- Choose to serve God and make riches serve you!