Deliverance Follows Obedience

Deliverance Follows Obedience
Prepare your heart to seek God for obedience that you may observe and do all that Christ has commanded through His holy apostles.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Making Provision for Faith

I Woke with this reflection: "make provision for faith." We do this by taking necessary steps to keep ourselves mindful of our responsibility of faith in Christ all throughout the day.

Romans 13:14   But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

We are planning for faith when we take steps to set our lives to order around times for prayer, study, reflection, and reciprocation. We are builders. Wise builders make plans to supply themselves with necessary materials at the necessary times so as to avoid wasted time caused by lack of preparation.

Even though they know they can't control every detail of the day, they make provision for that which they can control. We do the same by planning times for prayer, having flash cards or index cards ready, having pens or recording devices ready... We want to facilitate priestly duty. This is our calling. We are born kings and called priests (Revelations 1:6). But first, as heirs to His throne, we must be consecrated through preparation for service.

1 Chronicles 29:19   And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.

This one is really good too. We require provisioning to stand before the King.

Daniel 1:5   And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

Of course, Daniel was being offered the meat offered to idols in that case and asked permission to rely upon the provision of Christ instead:

Daniel  1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.  

1:14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.  

1:15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.  

1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.  

1:19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.

Scale question, I'm I accepting provision from the enemy or from the Lord?

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