The system of the world teaches you that you must do something before getting a reward.
God does not operate the same system.
The reason the gospel is amazing is that you get all you don’t deserve…
…because Jesus Christ suffered for sins he didn’t commit.
The death of Christ covers provision for all your need.
Salvation means Soteria in Greek.
It is an all encompassing word. Salvation does not mean deliverance from hell alone. It covers your welfare on earth.
God’s divine provision is available to all that makes Jesus Christ their Lord.
It is not dependent on what you do like some have claimed. Blessings from the Father is dependent on what you believe.
It starts from knowing and receiving the gift of righteousness.
If you understand that because of Christ’s death on the cross…
… you are now righteous, then all other things will fall into place.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Mathew 6:33 (NKJV)
The church in preaching salvation emphasises Jesus Christ as Messiah. And the only way to heaven.
Yet, it doesn’t end there. His righteousness should also be emphasised if you expect God’s divine provision to come to you.
His righteousness that you ought to seek.
It is important you understand the meaning of “His Righteousness”. This will help you understand how the Lord will provide for you.
The new covenant righteousness is different from the old covenant righteousness.
Under the old covenant, your performance determined if you are righteous or not.
If you kept the law without blemish you are righteous.
Since no one kept the whole law without mistakes no one was righteous in the old covenant.
Because of their constant failure, the animal sacrifice atoned for their sins.
This was the only reason they could expect God’s divine provision.
But it is different under the new covenant. Under the new covenant, you are righteous because of Jesus’ righteousness.
Once you believe and confess Jesus Christ, God sees you righteous.
The problem is, you are not always conscious of this truth.
Under the new covenant, you can expect God’s divine provision at all times.
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 hearing of faith? Galatians 3:5 (NKJV)
Apostle Paul asked the Galatian church this fabulous question.
They started by believing the gospel of Grace. Later, they defected to the law by trying to earn God’s goodness by what they could do.
The Apostle corrected them by emphasising faith and not works.
Hence, God’s divine provision for them was not because they performed any good work. It was because they had faith.
The word working miracles in Galatians 3:5 is a present continuous tense.
This means all they had to do to continue seeing miracles was to listen to the gospel of grace.
You can expect God’s divine provision by only concentrating on the Good news.
The following are the reason why you can expect God’s divine provision without doing anything good.
1. The less is blessed by the greater.
You have heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive, right?
If it is with a fellow man or woman then it is more blessed to give than to receive.
But, if it is with God, it is more blessed to receive than to give.
Be careful of teachings that make you think God is always demanding things from you.
God is not demanding things from you. He wants you to receive and continue to receive from Him.
You ought to be supply minded to expect God’s divine provision.
Christ Jesus is the perfect example of what the heart of God is to you.
When He was on earth, one of the ways he corrected His disciples was by saying…
… O ye of little faith.
These people where with the God that created the universe but they didn’t make the best use of it.
They didn’t ask enough. Even when they asked they didn’t expect to get abundantly blessed.
This may be your case at the moment. You have continued to focus on what you can do for the Lord. Instead of receiving what he did for you.
Don’t get me wrong. There is a place for giving and doing things to honour God.
But it starts by being a good receiver. If you are not a good receiver how can you be a good giver?
It pleases the Lord when you continuously receive from Him.
Mary and Martha’s service to God.
Mary and Martha were sisters in the Bible and disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Lord loved them both and their brother Lazarus.
One day the Lord visited them at their house and the following ensued…
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)
Did you notice the Lord’s response to Martha?
One thing is needed.
Don’t forget that naturally speaking Martha was doing her best to please the Lord.
But Mary did better than her sister. She sat at Jesus’ feet and received the word of life.
As much as you want to do things and be a blessing in your church and in the world…
… you ought to learn to be a good receiver from the Lord.
God’s divine provision is in constantly receiving what Jesus Christ did for you.
One thing is needful and that you must do. Continue to receive from the Lord.
For the less is blessed by the greater.
2. Expect God’s divine provision through Christ name.
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24 (NKJV)
A man can receive nothing except it is giving from above.
If you have a work mentality you will attribute your blessings to what you have done for God.
You may have heard of people who claim the grace of God works for them. But when you engage them in a conversation, the blessing comes with a clause…
… I prayed and fasted for so and so days. The responsibility to clean the church was on me.
I attended church for so and so period and did everything the pastor said. Then you are advised…
…if you do all these things God has no choice but to bless you.
The truth is that at a point in their works they started believing that God would answer. And He did.
But God’s response to a prayer request must never be attributed to what you did or didn’t do.
The problem with that mindset is that it leads back to the works of law.
Such thinking will fixate your mind to expect God’s divine provision because of your performance.
It doesn’t work that way. The only reason God answers your prayer is because you asked in the name of Christ Jesus.
The name of Christ is the only key that unlocks the treasures in heaven.
Your works makes you feel responsible and spiritual most times. But heaven doesn’t take cognizance of your piety.
The name of Christ Jesus in your prayer is the only reason you can expect God’s divine provision.
3. To avoid boastings.
It is by grace and not works lest any should boast.
God wants you to be supply minded because it returns all glory to Him.
I have heard people who boast about the anointing in their life. When I ask them how to replicate such results I am told to fast for certain day.
Hence the key to be anointed, according to this people, is in fasting and praying for long hours.
If you are not careful this may lead to boasting.
The gifts of the Spirit are called gifts.
If I have to fast and pray for long hours to get miracles that means it is no longer a gift.
Does this mean you should not pray? Capital NO!
I am for prayer because it shows your dependence on the Lord.
It is written…
pray without ceasing; 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
If fasting will reduce the amount of time spent during prayers, you better eat and pray more.
All your requests comes through prayer. And I recommend praying in tongues a lot.
Go through the scriptures. All the miracles Jesus Christ performed happened because people came to Him.
You can go to God through Christ in prayer at all times.
Praying shows dependence on Him alone.
Also, Christ Jesus didn’t give anyone a condition before healing them.
He could have asked the leper to go back and pray and fast for a long time before receiving healing.
But it didn’t happen that way. The lepers prayer to Christ was simple…
If thou will, thou can make me whole. And Christ’s response was epic. I will, be cleansed.
God is more ready to answer a humble prayer through Christ than all religious activities put together.
More on Fasting…
When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, “Why could we not drive it out?” And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.” Mark 9:28-29
So Emmanuel are you saying fasting doesn’t make God answer my prayer faster?
Yes! That’s exactly what i am saying.
A sincere prayer made through the name of Christ Jesus is more potent than any religious activity you can do.
Fasting is overrated.
Don’t each eat this, don’t do that… all this things can make you believe you have a part to play before you can expect God’s divine provision.
Mark 9:28-29 is Christ’s response to the question of the apostles.
They marvelled that unlike other demons they casted out, they couldn’t cast out this particular demon.
KJV, NKJV and a number of other translations says, this kind comes out by prayer and fasting.
What if I told you that fasting was added by Bible translators and isn’t included in the most trusted Bible manuscripts?
It is by prayer alone my friend.
If you need to stay away from some food to live a healthier live, please do.
But desist from the thinking that the only time you can expect God’s divine provision is when you add fasting to prayer.
God will not share His glory with any man. The only way to prove total dependence on Him is through prayer.
This is the reason Christ said – “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:14
Asking is all about praying. Nothing more, nothing less.
Receiving the gift of righteousness is the first step to expect God’s divine provision.
This is because all you will receive is because of the sacrifice of Jesu Christ.
There is a mentality that is prevalent in our time. It is the demand mentality.
This thinking makes you believe that you have a lot to do for God before He can bless you.
As pious as this sounds, it is a lie.
You ought to be supply minded. God is more willing to give than you are willing to receive.
The less is blessed by the greater.
You cannot out give God. If you want to be a good giver it starts from being a great receiver.
Also, all you receive from the Father comes to you through the name of Jesus Christ.
You ought not to attribute the blessings of God to what you did or didn’t do.
The only reasons you have answers to your prayer is because of Jesus Christ.
Finally, God does not want to share His glory with you.
If you have a part to play before you expect God’s divine provision there is a tendency for you to attribute your results to what you did.
Again it takes you back to the demand thinking.
The Lord blesses you because of what Jesus did. Your only input is your request through prayer.
What do you think is a major hindrance to receiving God’s abundant blessings?