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IF YOU CAN SURVIVE THE PROCESS, PROGRESS IS GUARANTEED
Deuteronomy 8:18 - But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Last week we looked at the fact that increase is not what you have in your outward possession, but rather what you have in your inward possession. Money and the acquisition of material things do not change you, but magnifies who you always were. We used the analogy that the same hundred-dollar bill could feed a crack habit or feed a family. You had the addiction before you got the money. You had the responsibility before you got the money. Only difference is now you have a resource to fulfill it. Increase is not what you have in your outward possession, but what you have in your inward possession. Paul said it this way, ďNow unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all you can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.Ē
Today, the first thing that we must understand is that there are stages to success. The problem with most of us, young and old alike, is that we go through these stages voluntarily blind-folded. We take on this attitude of know-it-all when in actuality, we donít know a thing at all. When we transition into the next stage, it is always unfamiliar to us, but we make face as if we got everything under control, when we donít. We pretend that everything is ok when it is not, and if truth be told we struggle to survive.
We struggle to survive in a new position on your job.
We struggle to survive in a new relationship.
We struggle to survive in a new marriage.
We struggle to survive when we first become parents.
We struggle to survive in a new school.
We struggle to survive in a new grade.
We struggle to survive in a new community.
We struggle to survive in a new church.
But today we draw a line in the sand and stop the madness. Today, we throw away the blindfolds and open ourselves to the resources God has given us. He has given us his word, and every stage of life is depicted in the Old Testament, by example, and in the New Testament, by principle. When the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt, they were economically dependant. Pharaoh didnít even give them enough to survive with. God them out of Egypt through the Red Sea, and though the wilderness and for forty years they depended on God.
Forty years of Godís provision
Forty years of unemployment
Forty years without income
No steady income
No fixed income
Forty years of Jehovah Jireh showing off in their lives.
Water from rocks
Manna in the morning
Quail in the evening
Clothes that fit no matter how much they grew
Shoes that never wore out
The Bible says as thy days are so shalt thou strength be. No leftever quail and dumplings for lunch. Just enough to make it through today, and measured up to his resumeí, he supplied their every need according to his riches in glory. But the will of God is for you to do what you can while he does what you canít
Thatís why I like Bartimaeus, because he kept doing what he could, until God did what he couldnít. I Mark 10, the Bible called him a beggar, but just so you know he was a hustle man from the fifth floor.
He had a flow that could make you melt like butter.
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