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Continuing in the Crown The Year series, this week we are looking at the upside-down world of God, focusing on how if we are on the paths of God we will experience His abundance.

Psalm 65:9-13 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; the river of God is  full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it. You water its ridges abundantly, you settle its furrows; you make it soft with showers, you bless its growth. You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drop with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothes with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. 

If we are on the paths of God we will experience His abundance. The pathway of God is filled with provisions, supplies, blessings that have been prepared for you. When we wander off the path, we forsake our own blessings. Christ has given us a path to walk. It has a price, but as we choose to follow Him rather than our own ways, we will find the provisions he has planned for us. 

Phil 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

God is a provider. He is the Father. It is His nature to provide, whatever the need. Scripture abounds with promises that God will do exactly this - provide. The Old Testament reveals Him as "El Shaddai" - The mighty provider. He provides in abundance and He provides the best as we see in the New Testament where Jesus is at work. Jesus is the express image of God the Father - God on the earth. Whatever God would have done had He come to earth, Jesus did. In a human body, He is still God. He hasn't changed and He is not about to. 

In the New Testament Jesus provides for people again and again. Fish and bread for a hungry multitude, wine for a wedding feast, fish for discouraged disciples. Guidance. Healing. Deliverance. He provided for all creation within creation. There's food for all. Rain falls from heaven, providing the right conditions for growth. The sun shines, bringing the laws of nature into play, causing growth. Even beyond what God has provided directly, we have been provided with astonishing potential. For example, some say that if man were meant to fly God would have given him wings. But this is not so. God did mean us to fly and so He gave us a brain. By the invention of aircraft we can fly higher and faster than any bird. 

Provision runs through every fabric of creation. However, the fact that God is a provider does not render us inactive. We work, and God works with us. He works through our work. He moves in our moving. This is a law that we must always understand, Faith acts. 

The promises of God become the power of God when they are believed and acted upon. 

John 14:6 I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. 

This is a promise from your Father in Heaven. The Word of God says He will do it. Not might do it. Not possibly do it. Not could do it. He SHALL do it. He will provide for His children. He knows who you are and part of being in the New Covenant is that God will provide for you. 

The laws of nature reveal sowing and reaping more clearly than anything else. Seed falls to the ground and a new tree grows. For the provision of God to be constantly at work in our lives we must activate the laws of God. A farmer must plant seed if he wants to reap a harvest. Be assured - we reap what we sow. Negative or positive, whatever we sow we will reap. 

There are laws to our harvest. These are the paths Psalm 65 is speaking of; 

1. Measure 

2 Cor 9:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 

The measure you sow will be the measure of your reaping. If a farmer scatters seed over a small corner of his field there's little point in his expecting to reap a harvest from that entire field. If he sows a hundred seeds, the absolute best he can do is to reap a hundred plants. If he sows a hundred thousand seeds through, and covers his field, he can expect to reap an enormous harvest from the entire field. Scripture says that he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly. 

2. What You Sow Is What You Will Reap 

Luke 6:38 Give and it will be given unto you good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running out it shall be poured into your lap. 

About eighteen years ago I gave away my only guitar to a person who really wanted one. Ever since then we have been given at least one guitar a year! So we just keep getting and giving guitars. The same goes with suits. In 1976 I gave away a suit to someone who really liked that. Ever since that time I haven't had to purchase one of the many suits I've needed over the years. It's the most astonishing thing I've seen. This may not happen exactly like that in every area, but when you give with faith and cheerfulness in your heart you are sowing seed.

If a farmer plants tomato seeds he doesn't expect to reap apples from them. The kind of seed you sow will be what you reap. We have based all our economies on getting, not giving. We get to get more, not to give. The more we attempt to grasp for ourselves the less we will actually keep. But when we learn to give we experience the blessing of God upon our finances.  

3. When We Sow Determines When We Will Reap

We need to sow well before we plan to reap. The time to sow is not when you have a need. You are to be constantly sowing your world with generous actions of faith. Oral Roberts has called this "seed faith". Anyone who plants a seed has faith that it will become a plant in time. We all realise that it's not going to happen overnight, but faith and patience inherit the promises of God. 

4. Quality Of What We Sow Is What We Will Reap

We are to be provided from God's abundant storehouse. Paul said "according to His riches in glory" not according to our bank balance. Not according to this world's expectations. Not according to how religion has said He will do it. But according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. God is a good God and not short of supply. He owns the entire earth and all it contains, including the wealth of all the humans on the planet. If He so chooses He is quite able to move the wealth of the world into the bank accounts of the righteous. 

God has no shortage of supply. And if He did find that He was short of anything, He would simply create more, as Jesus did with bread and fish and wine. Never underestimate God's great ability to supply for you. The trouble in provision is not God. It's with us. If we can correct our thinking, enlarge our thinking, we will enjoy the abundance of God's quality provision. 

5. Where We Sow Is Where We Will Reap 

A farmer doesn't expect to reap in a field he has not sown. You can pray over it, speak over it, name it, claim it, do whatever you like to it, but if you haven't sown in that field you will not reap in it. Our whole lifestyle is to be one of giving. This is a secret to victory in Christ: living for God and others, not for ourselves. When we meet Christ we are to yield our lives totally to Him. The true believer delights in giving because it's in harmony with their new nature. We live to give, not to get. 

The earth shows clearly the beautiful abundance of God, it contains an absolute extravagance of things we don't need. The book of Psalms again and again reveals that God is clearly understood through creation. He has provided us with a wonderful abundance in all the earth. Beyond all this He has provided us with a magnificent salvation. Beyond all that He is preparing a heaven for us that will never pass away. It will exceed our wildest imaginations in all its array of the abundance of God. It is the Father's good pleasure to give His children the kingdom... ENJOY! 

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15-Dec-2015 Share
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