(This message and post is from the notes from my first Ladies Bibles study held in our little library on our property. I am so thankful to God for the cozy little space for doing stuff like that.)
I felt like what God wanted me to share with you all tonight is that He is sufficient for all our needs, and that we are not to feel inadequate or belittle ourselves.
But we are to be bold, strong, confident, and courageous in God!
In my attempt and effort to put together a great Bible study for my first one I was diligently praying about it, and practically begging God to clearly show me what it was I was to present and share with the ladies this first time.
On one particular evening just 2 days before the Bible study I was out for my evening walk. I was thinking and praying about the Bible study. I said, " Lord I just don't feel ready, and I don't feel equipped for this. Yet I know Lord you have already equipped me with all I need through your Word and the Holy Spirit."
I wondered why I felt this way when I knew well God already gave me what I needed. I got thinking who it was that wanted me to think and feel this way. Of course Satan. God does not want me to feel unequipped. He doesn't want me to have these negative thoughts.
Then I started thinking of verses in Bible that we can claim and stand on. That we can know without a doubt that God is for us and not against us. That He gave us all we need and in Him we lack nothing!
Here is the verses I came up with.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Peter 1:3
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:5-9
God truly does provide 'everything we need' but we need to find it, reclaim it, and then commit to using it the best way we can.
God wants us to seek Him diligently. Put all else aside and depend wholly upon Him and Him alone. Jesus said Seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened unto you. The problem is we often forget to knock. So let's start seeking and knocking!
~ Remember you have all you need because you are His masterpiece!
In Him, Mae
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae