Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Don't Let Your Manna Spoil

When we think of manna we think of the passage in the Bible about how God rained manna down from heaven when the people were hungry and complaining to Moses, He provided them with manna from heaven. He gave them more than enough to be sufficient to sustain everyone.

Exodus 16 v 14-16...And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the LORD commanded; 'Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.' Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less......

Exodus 16 v 19-20.....And Moses said, "Let no one leave any of it till morning." Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank......

You see some people did not trust God to provide more than enough, they did not have enough faith to only gather just what they needed and leave the extra or share the extra with others who needed.
They tried to hoard as much as they could, only to have it spoil with worms.

Well, that is how it is still today. God blesses people with an overflow and instead of letting that abundance flow over into the kingdom of God by giving into the mission field or back to your local church where it is needed to advance God's kingdom, we try to hoard it for ourselves and we end up with spoiled manna. Take for example some of the people who win the lottery and they completely change and try to have all of this ridiculous stuff instead of using the money to help others. The statistics show where the majority of them end up committing suicide, losing everything they have, or being worse off than they were before. (Now I know that this does not apply to all lottery winners but the majority fits this scenario) My point is, when we try to keep our abundance for ourselves that the Lord God blessed us with instead of helping to advance the kingdom of God, then we end up cutting off our overflow of abundance. You see if we would just trust God and give the overflow into His kingdom, then He would keep the river of overflow, the abundance spilling over into our lives. But so many times when we get a little extra, we immediately start thinking of things that we want and what can we do for ourselves. Sometimes we end up doing things we would not normally have done, and we fall into sin making bad decisions. Now do not get me wrong, I am not saying that money is evil, I am saying how much worth or better yet how much worship you put into that money can become evil. AMEN!

2 Cor. 8 v 13-15...For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack--that there may be equality. As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.".......

Another passage that reminds me of this is one that is not usually taught this way, but God showed me this the other day when we were reading our devotional.

Matthew 15 v 26-27....But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table....

This scripture is showing this gentile lady's faith in the Lord. Jesus is telling her that He was sent to take care of the children of Israel and basically comparing her as a gentile lower than the children of Israel, but she was not easily offended, she knew just a little of Him would heal her daughter, (which is what she was asking for) and He saw how much faith she had in Him and He had more than enough in Him that He could take care of the children of Israel and at the same time heal this woman's daughter. He knew that His Father would supply Him with all that He needed to do both. AMEN!

Now, if we could trust our Father the same way Jesus did, and believe that He will give us more than enough to have what we want if we first use what He gives us to take care of others who are in need. HALLELUJAH

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