Thursday, March 10, 2011

Daily Devotion by Raul Ries


God Provides for His Own

“And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it is bull or sheep: they shall give to the priest the shoulder, the cheeks, and the stomach.”
Deuteronomy 18:3

What was Moses saying? God is going to provide through His people. Priests and Levites should never worry about money. The Bible says if you are really anointed of the Lord, and God really called you, then He will provide for you.

That is what Pastor Chuck Smith taught me. Never depend on anyone. Depend on the Lord. That has been my philosophy for more than 37 years.

I get blown away every Sunday morning with the offering, because we do not ask; we receive. Every time we receive, I am blown away by the Lord—how God takes care of us.

We have learned to trust in the Lord completely in this ministry. There was a time when we had no money, and our payment was due on the building. God provided the exact amount for the payment, and then He provided for all of us, but we had to have faith. We had to trust in the Lord. During this trial, do you know what God did? He moved out all the murmurers and complainers, all who lacked in faith. That is what God did here in years past.

Never, never have we ever gotten up and said, “You know what? We are going broke, and we need this amount of money.” Never— we should never do that—ever. My dependency is on the Lord. If I cannot afford this or that, then we will close the doors. We will shut down and do something else.

In your own lives, do you trust in the Lord, or do you trust in your paycheck? Jobs come and go, but God is always faithful!

Where there is no hope, there is no faith.
~William Gouge~

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