The miraculous provision of God
We already saw that God is able to supply more than we can ever imagine. In the multiplication of the bread and fish, Jesus gave food for all whole multitude, to the point that all of them were completely satisfied.
Matthew 14:20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
But Jesus did not multiply just to have enough, He multiplied to the point of overflowing. For God, there is no such thing as “Turn off the light to save some energy.” With no reverence to pop culture here, but God will never suffer from the “Thanos syndrome.” God does not need to obliterate half of the universe to keep the universe running. Actually, with His snap of a finger, He can provide us another whole universe.
Why do we keep limiting the power, the goodness, the grace of God? It is a faith problem. We believe wrong. We cultivate a wrong image of our Heavenly Father that prevents us from receiving the miraculous.
God’s goodness and grace is the key to the miraculous provision.
The first appearance of the devil in the scriptures happens in the temptation in Genesis 3:1.
Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'”
The devil’s question is implied with a seed of doubt. Doubt on the immeasurable goodness of God. That question was covered with a frosting of lies. While God had said:
Genesis 2:16 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden”.
Could not only eat from every tree, but he could enjoy as much as he desired. The provision of God is overflowing, excessive, much more than our necessities. The first words of God was not a prohibition, but it was an incentive to enjoy what He had created. This verse translates to me what Jesus meant:
Matthew 6:8 “… your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
When my boys were little I knew, before they asked, they they need to go to the bathroom. Much more our Heavenly Father knows what we need before we even need it.
Someone will say, but there was a restriction. Yes, for many good reasons too. A good Father wants to avoid His children to get hurt. A good Father reserves something for Himself to teach the principle of honor. A good Father gives His children freedom because the very concept of freedom implies that your children can make wrong decisions. But at any moment, that restriction was because God could not give the man what he wanted.
God is so generous, but the enemy convinced the people that God is stingy. That’s the enemy agenda, to lead people to doubt the goodness of God. Even today, he uses the same lies and makes young people believe that God will limit them from life’s pleasures. He works to make couples think they made the wrong decision to stick together once there is something better. The devil plays the same movie over and over to make the world believe they need to fight and strife for “our rights” because God will not do what he promised to do.
The train of thought is only one: God is not as good as the Bible says. But today, the truth will blow off this lie from your mind and heart. THE GOODNESS OF GOD HAS NO LIMIT. GOD IS BEYOND LIMIT.
I know you heard this before, but I want to challenge you to open your heart to receive the revelation of that truth. God is “extravagant, excessive, overflowing, incalculable” good.
When you begin to nurture the thoughts that maybe you are missing something, that you did not enjoy life as much as the world says… this will bring you to a whole of misery and discontentment, but mainly, doubt on the limitless goodness of God. And that is the worse place to be. Like David, you will be able to do horrible things, such as adultery, lie and murder.
2 Samuel 12:8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.
In other words, “You could simply ask me, David.” Today the Lord says the same. If you are not happy with the quality of your marriage, ask God to change things. If you a single and don’t want to stay single, ask God, and He will send you the right person, or maybe open the eyes of the person for you. God answers prayer.
If we ask, we receive.
If we ask, He will give. We tend to limit the goodness of God, and because of that, we start to covet things of other people. But the reasoning of the Bible is, “If you want something, ask your Father.”
James 4:2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
Our prayer life reflects our faith in the goodness of God. So, believe that God is good and cares for every aspect of your life. If you are not satisfied with your sexual life, pray about it. If you are not happy with the job you have, pray about it. Don’t curse, don’t speak evil against your work, your city, your family. Don’t slander your boss, your spouse and our authorities. Pray about it.
God needs no raw material.
Chocolate needs cocoa as the raw material. Cotton is the raw material of most clothes. The secret of abundant life is to believe in a good God that has the power to bring things out of nothing. He needs no raw material to supply you.
Romans 4:17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
How many people struggle with jealousy and envy because they miss the point of the goodness of God. They focus on what people have and what they don’t have. Instead, they should work on their faith in God’s goodness that has more than we can ever need.
Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Prayer sets us in the grace
There is no command in the law of the Old Testament demanding us to pray. Among all the 613 rules or the 10 commandments, we see no law for prayer. Why? Because while the law assumes a merit-based principle on our deeds, the grace entails receiving without work or merit. Prayer is not work. Prayer is the very expression of powerlessness and incapability in ourselves.
God is more glorify when you pray because we give Him the proper place for “miracle-worker” while we are incapable of changing what we pray about. He is God, and we are not. That’s why we pray. How many Christians limit the Lord goodness because they simply don’t pray and ask about that miracle.
Prayer is always the right answer.
The Gospel of Luke is the Gospel that shows the Lord as the Son of man. And no other gospel shows the Lord’s humanity more than Luke. We see how often the Lord prayed. As a man, this was the correct attitude. As a man, He depended on God, the Father. The Lord prayed a lot, to the point that the disciples noticed the power of prayer flowing Jesus’s life. Prayer was the source of the Lord’s power, so they asked him to teach them how to pray. What is your source of life? If you don’t pray and don’t read the word of God, what are you expecting to feel after a while? Spiritual nutrients come only if you eat spiritually. (Try this week, pray before you do any activity during the day).
The last miracle in the Gospel of Luke is a miracle to a man that believed in God’s goodness. The blind Bartimaeus cried out for Jesus. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Luke 18:41-43 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Believe in the power of Jesus. Cry out His name.
John 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
When we think deeper on prayer, we see that it can be used in absolutely all the commandments of the law, because it is the ultimate expression of trust in God’s grace.
We can simply summarize all commandments with a single action: Pray. You don’t need to sin anymore, you can ask your Father all you want and need.
For example, you don’t need to lie, you can pray about that situation that did not happened as expected, and you can ask God for an intervention instead of lying about.
You don’t need to leave your family, you can ask God to change your marriage or change you. You don’t need to steal, you can pray and ask God to give it to you. You don’t need to drink or use drugs, you can ask God to comfort your heart and heal the wounds.
For every temptation that sin brings, the grace answer is: come to God and ask Him, and He is good to give it to you.
Do not limit God
I always listen to people saying, “But pastor, if my son does not want nothing can change him.” “Pastor, my husband will never change, I tried everything.”
Hey, If it was on the basis of our will, we would never be saved. I was saved because God operated in me a new will. And with that given willingness He pointed me to His grace.
How many of us are still limiting God because of the wrong mindset of God’s character? The devil will always try to convince us that God is not good. But this is a lie. He wants to give us more than we can ever ask. I don’t need to steal because I can ask my Father, that will give me enough to even be generous to whoever might need around me. We don’t need to envy because God is so generous that He gives to the brother, and if I ask, I can have it too. It is a matter of prayer. Ask and don’t a doubt of His goodness. God has enough for the neighbor and for as well.
If you have nothing good to say, just shut your mouth.
Deuteronomy 6:10-11 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full…
The promised land was everything as the Lord had said. The 12 spies all confirmed the same thing. However, 10 of them said, “It seems too good to be true.” The devil sowed the seed of suspicion. They doubted the limitless goodness of God. It seemed better than they had expected. Only Joshua and Caleb believed. Both tried to encourage the people, and the Bible says that the people, instead, tried to stone them (Numbers 14:10). The more you speak about grace and faith in God’s goodness and power, more people would say you are a risk, and your message is dangerous. But never forget, in the end, only the two believers entered the land.
The logic of heaven.
Honestly, there you will never be able to “exaggerate” about the goodness of God. It is right to have a moderate, modest and discrete life. But, regarding the goodness of God, do not be restrained. If you want a blessing, try to increase this blessing exponentially. Do you believe God is sufficiently good to give you this blessing?
We don’t want encourage you to have a lavish and wasteful attitude (Who needs encourage for that?). But I want to help you not establish limits in the goodness of God.
You don’t need to have concerns about this message creating misunderstandings. If this is your case, you also should worry with Paul’s teaching. This is his logic:
Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
So the conclusion is:
Matthew 7:8, “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 21:22, “and whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Let’s pray for healing and miracles in the house today.