Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 17, 2013

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study – Provision!

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study

Week 32, Day 1 of PROVISION

As you can see our word this week is “provision”; specifically we will be discussing God’s provision in our lives.  Let’s start off by defining “provision” and then let’s look at Matthew 4:1-4 and answer the questions that follow the reading.

Matthew 4_4

Matthew 4:1-4 (NLT)

The Temptation of Jesus 

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 

3 During that time the devil[a] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 

4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, 

‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

 Questions for today

1. Jesus responded to Satan by quoting scripture. Is quoting scripture enough to face temptation?

 

2. In what ways do we try to circumvent God’s plan to provide for our needs?

 

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study

Week 32, Day 2 of PROVISION

Read the part of Moses speech in Deuteronomy 8:1-10 that refers to God providing for His people by His own word. What would Israel have lost if they had rejected God’s promise and gone back to Egypt for food?

DEUT 8_3

Deuteronomy 8:1-10 (NLT)

A Call to Remember and Obey

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good. 

6 “So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. 8 It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. 9 It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills. 10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

 

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study

Week 32, Day 3 of PROVISION

Haggai 1_8

Read Haggai 1:4-11;

4 “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? 5 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 6 You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! 

7 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 8 Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. 9 You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses. 10 It’s because of you that the heavens withhold the dew and the earth produces no crops. 11 I have called for a drought on your fields and hills—a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olive trees and all your other crops, a drought to starve you and your livestock and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get.”

What happens when we try to fill our needs outside of God’s will?

 

How has the Word of God supplied our need? (Notice that capital W in Word, it is theologically important!) In what ways do we often try to circumvent God’s provision for salvation?

 

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study

Week 32, Day 4 of PROVISION 

Luke 12_15

Luke 12:14-21 (NLT) 

14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Write in your journal what you feel Jesus is sharing with the people in this parable. How does this relate to our word for this week “provision”?

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study

Week 32, Day 5 of PROVISIONLuke 12_31 

Luke 12:22-31 (NLT)

Teaching about Money and Possessions 

22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? 

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

What are these verses sharing with us about what we need to do in order for God to supply all of our needs?  Who determines what we need?

 

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study

Week 32, Day 6 of PROVISION

PROVISION

God has promised us “provision” in all areas of our life and His promises of provision can be found in the Bible. I have made a list of His promises and where they can be found in the Bible.

HE HAS…

Guaranteed to feed and clothe usMatthew 6:25

Promised to hear our prayers1 John 5:14

Given us the Holy Spirit to lead usJohn 16:13

Redeemed us from our sinsEphesians 1:7

Given us new Life1 John 5:11

Placed us in ChristEphesians 2:6

Endowed us with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly placesEphesians 1:3

Seated us with Christ in HeavenRomans 6:4

Given us abundant lifeJohn 10:10

Filled us with His SpiritEphesians 5:18

Placed us in the Body of Christ1 Corinthians 12:27

Promised us a way of escape in temptation1 Corinthians 10:13

Sent His angels to encamp around usPsalm 34:7

Translated us from the realms of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear SonColossians 1:13

Sealed us with the Spirit who is earnest of our salvation2 Corinthians 1:22

Caused us to pass from death to Life1 John 3:14

Justified us while we were still ungodlyRomans 5:8

Called us His children1 John 3:1

Caused us to be born again by the Spirit1 Peter 1:3

Adopted us into His FamilyEphesians 1:5

Sanctified usHebrews 2:11

Promised to never leave us or forsake us – Deuteronomy 31:6

Set our feet on the road to heaven – John 14:2-4

Broken Satan’s power – Ephesians 2:4

Removed the fear of death – Hebrews 2:15

 

Many Strands of One Accord 52 Week Word Study

Week 32, Day 7 of PROVISION

On this last day of our study of the word “provision” let’s look at Philippians 4:10-20 and see if it will help us answer a very important question. 

Are you content with God’s provision for your life?

Philippians 4_19

Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts 

10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[c] who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. 

15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. 

18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. 

20 Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.

 

Prayer…

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto You” (Matthew 6:33). God, I want to seek you with all my heart. I want to be covered in the righteousness of Christ. I know that the things of this earth shall all pass away and only the treasure laid up in heaven will count. Please let my life count for Your Kingdom. May my rewards be spiritual blessings. Thank you, Lord.

 

 

 

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