Trust God to Meet Every Need

Expect Nothing Appreciate Everything

When Lloyd and I were first starting out in ministry, I used to tell the wives that I didn’t trust my husband, but in God. This sentence worried some people since they didn’t comprehend what I meant. I don’t mean to imply that I expect my spouse to behave badly; rather, I recognize that my husband will never be able to meet every demand in my life since he, like me, is made of flesh. Hubby will, without a doubt, fail me in some way, and I will, without a doubt, fail him in some way! Just cannot meet EVERY need in my life.

Please keep in mind that I am married to possibly the best man on the face of the planet! He is kind to me; he is loving to me; he is patient with me; he tenderly cares for me; he is careful to protect me; he is a good friend to me; he is my very best friend; he makes me laugh; he rejoices in my joys; he feels my sorrows, and though I truly believe Lloyd is the perfect guy for me — he, my LSC, is certainly Is Not Perfect!

When we embarked on this journey as husband and wife, we made intentional decisions to return the marriage to God. We understood early in our marriage that it was best to have no expectations from one another and to rely solely on God in all circumstances. This approach, I believe, has given us both a great deal of pleasure in the ways we bless each other. That may not be clear, so allow me to explain. — In general, Lloyd and I have duties in our marriage: Lloyd takes care of the car, I make sure there is nutritious food in the house, Lloyd will be the provider, I will be the counselor, and so on. While Lloyd and I were both aware of these expectations, none of us held the other to them. We never assumed that the other would be ideal for any given role. He committed to love me as Christ loves the church, and I committed to respect and build Him up as the head of my family; and we agreed that the rest would be taken care of by Our Father’s lead and His guidance. What has happened in these 28 years and 6 months is that when I cook for Lloyd, he is truly grateful because he knows I could choose not to. I am sincerely grateful when Lloyd has the car serviced and fills it with gas because I know he could chose not to. Now, neither of us has ever chosen not to serve the other, but because our trust is in God, not in each other, each act of love is a true blessing that is warmly accepted and graciously offered!

Because it worked in our marriage, we applied it to our relationship with God in all things. Rather than expecting Him to meet our expectations, we just rely on Him to do what He does as God and Father. Instead of living with a sense of entitlement to His benefits, we choose to walk with a sense of humility before Him, setting our petitions before Him and leaving them there. We transitioned from saying “”Good job, God!” to “Wow! Thank you, Father, for your generous care for us!”

Many Christians have reduced God to the role of “Genie.” We declare, “God is a Healer,” as if our words demand that He heal, rather than saying, “God is a Healer,” and putting that ailment at His feet, expecting only that His will be done, and bracing ourselves to be startled by the extravagant nature of His tremendous love. We do the same with each of God’s attributes, such as Provider, Peace Giver, Keeper, and so on. What if we made the decision to expect that we can rely on Him and determine that no matter what happens, we will respond with heartfelt gratitude? He has informed us that we will face trials and should rejoice in them; how can we do so truly if we are continually expecting Him to fix them to our liking rather than expecting Him to work them out for our good and His glory?! I’m not suggesting it’ll be easy, but I believe He’ll give us the strength we need to respond correctly. He is the King! He is right! His ways are all good and holy! Will you not put your trust in Him today? Expect nothing; only rely on God!

He Testifies to His Own Greatness!!

When hearing a preacher who communicates the truth clearly, we must give honor where it is due. Often we praise their oratory gifts, but truthfully we should marvel at God’s presence in them as He bears testimony of His grace. You see, He is The One who gives “utterance”! He gives them the words. He Speaks Through Them. He grants them the boldness and the power. And if we see miracles — truthfully, we must acknowledge that God, Himself, has manifested by granting the miracles as a testimony to His grace! There is little to do with us, apart from obedience.

A true man of God speaks and ministers with reliance upon the Lord, who testifies to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3) In other words, speaking with clarity and boldness; and signs and wonders that follow, are evidence of God’s own testimony and His enablement — not the skill or faith of men.

Father, Help us not to be carried away by our impressions of men. Place in our hearts an acute awareness of Your desire to testify in and through us – concerning Your grace. Purify our hearts that we may be worthy of use by You! Grant that the world will see You and not us — and know that You, Our God, are The One! Humble us Lord — and teach us to humble ourselves. Gie us hearts that will give ALL glory to The One to whom it is due!

Brenda Waters – “First giving honor to God, who is the head of my life. In whom we live and move and have our being, to whom all honor is due. Now to the pastor, elders, saints and friends and, to the sinners if there be any. We’ve come to lift up the name of the Christ who died. To whom all honor is due. The Word says render unto Ceasar what is His, Withhold not good from them that deserve it. We’ve come to lift up the name of the Christ who died and to whom all honor is due. Why don’t we praise Him, to whom all honor is due!

Who Belongs?

Instead of rejoicing, with the desire of the lost to hear the truth, the jews despised sharing what they perceived as ‘their truth‘ with anyone outside of their people.

When we proclaim God’s truth concerning salvation, it should be with the hope that people will be drawn in – desiring to know the truth. It is not for us to decide who hears – only that we proclaim. Our attitude toward the lost must be that God loves them and thus we too must love them. Tattoos, short skirts, sordid pasts, etc. should never keep us from sharing the truth. Our truth is the truth meant for the whole world.

I mean … think about it. People don’t hide a lamp under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand. Then the light shines for everyone!! He gave us this gift, our salvation through Jesus Christ, to tell all people the Good News about the riches Christ has. (Matthew 5:15; Ephesians 3: 8)

Father help us not to be selfish with our truth and our faith. Place in us a desire that all men should know and honor You!

The Wilderness …

The wilderness of this world. Have you ever thought about that? The wilderness of this world. In old English, the word (wildēornes) means land inhabited only by wild animals. Have you ever thought about that?

I could see the world right now while I was thinking about that term. Wild animals are fully self-sufficient. They find a home in a location that fits their needs. They live in an environment that provides them with the food and space that their species needs. They disguise themselves to blend in with any area they find themselves in, allowing them to avoid predators and stay healthy during harsh weather. Animals who only consume plants are eaten by meat-eating animals. They all go to rivers and ponds to get the water they need to survive. Habitat degradation, climate change, illegal trafficking, pollution, climate change, and other factors are putting them all at risk. Have you given it any thought?

For the time being, we depend on people to survive. Farmers, water treatment facilities, physicians, nurses, grocery stores, building crews, general contractors, security firms, air conditioning and heating companies, airlines, lodging facilities, hotels, entertainment industries, power companies, and so much more are all essential for our survival. This can be considered self-sufficient in the sense that people depend on one another. We settle in places that fulfill our needs for culture, low taxes, proximity to work, comfort, and proximity to family and friends, among other things. We make adjustments to fit in at work, in the church group where we serve, among new friends, and to interact with our neighbors, among other things. We do this to hide from people who might see something we have and go for it, as well as people who might notice that we have nothing. We all see others who think like us as members of our people group, and others as members of another. Many who believe in Christ divide themselves from one another due to differing behavioral values. We don’t allow our faith in Christ to remind us that He died for all and that those who believe in Him are members of His Body. Some of us would not go across the line to join the rest. Some of us tend to associate with other Christians of various kinds. For the sake of the Gospel, some of us communicate with everyone. Some of us would rather be with our own race or ethnicity. Some of us are just interested in our own political party. Some of us would rather be with people our own age. Humans just want to make sure that the teaching of God’s Word is strong around us, but even that divides us because each people group believes that they are right. It’s the middle of nowhere. Have you given it any thought?

Difficulties come in the wilderness. And we’re in it. All of us lean into what we think is right, what we think is needed and we cast others to the side. We judge, with hate, those who do not walk down the same political path and we seek to destroy them. We have no care in our hearts for those who don’t look like us …. red and yellow; black and white … many of us see no need for us to be together. We condemn those who have differing behavioral beliefs within the Body of Christ …. women wear dresses, men rule, what the filling of the Holy Spirit looks like, ordination of women, liturgies only, sacraments observed … and SO much more. The bottom line is this … Our Dependence is Upon The God of ALL the Earth!!

All that we need comes from Him. He created every single one of us. He loves every single one of us. He sent His son, Jesus, to die for every single one of us. In the distress we are brining to on another for the sake of our own glory, the only way that we will see His hand at work is if we truly understand that as believers in Christ, we are one Body! We are not all hands. We are not all legs. We are not all eyes. We are not all feet. We are not all arms. We are a complete BODY!

Let’s do better y’all! I want to see His glory, not yours? I want to see His hand at work, not yours. I want to see His kindness, more than our kindness. I want to see His hand in bringing all things He has called His children to do to victory. Let His work be seen among us, not our own. Let Him rebuild us. Let His face shine upon us – so that our peace will be real. Let’s allow His grace to come in to us. We don’t deserve His help, but He grants it to us when we are doing all for the sake of His glory. All that we are and all that we do has to be for His glory and not for our own. Only then will we see His favor in our lives.

WILDERNESS. Just as he delivered the Jews, He will deliver us if only we can stop trying to meet our needs but, rather, seek to glorify Him.

Praying that our ways and our hearts will change so that the favor of Our Lord can rest upon us. Praying that He will replace all of our current bad days with good days. Praying that we will know how to let Him rule over us and bless us; and that we will cease trying to rule over one another and fill our minds with the lie that we are the ones that bring blessing to one another. He is wonderful!! He is awesome!! He is all powerful!! He is ALWAYS right! Praying that the Body of Christ will yield to all that we need from Him and that we will all be praying every single day that He would hide us behind His cross and fill us afresh with His Holy Spirit!

Walk With Me, Lord!

The last 12 months have been quite …. AHHHHHH!!

COVID was already in motion and then my mother begins her eternal life. Many of our countries across Africa were blocking the return VISAs for our global workers because of the VIRUS. Cancer took away a dear, close friend from high school and two of our global workers. Racial hate continually raised its head across the USA in many ways. Some, who call themselves believers in Christ, somehow mixed political beliefs with their belief in Jesus Christ. It has not been a year without much difficulty.

The racial issue alone just gives my heart much concern. As a mom of young black men, my heart kinda quakes almost every day. I just don’t want them mistaken for a terrible person because they are chocolate and caramel as God has made them. As a full-time missionary who has to have financial support to cover all costs, both work and personal, I have taken hits from people who think it makes me less than them.

Dealing with all of the issues, there have been days where I was just not … happy! I had no fear – not even for a moment – but I didn’t like what was all around me. There are always situations in life that make you want to quit.

A beautiful truth for a believer in Christ, a child of God, is that nothing that goes on around us can prevent or block our victory. For me, God has been evident…. my calling, the part of the Body of Christ that I am, is to ensure that the truth of the Gospel is spread across Africa. According to my Father, my role is to lead like Christ led – by serving people and demonstrating to them the life that should be lived. So … take the step back into the difficulties and remember that all of that is happening, but He hasn’t told me to take a break! He just keeps telling me to hold His hand and keep-a-stepping! I mean, think about it … I actually have the best boss man EVER – The Almighty God!! All-powerful, grace-giving, truly loves me, strengthens me, protects me, heals me, directs me, instructs me and I have the best benefit package of any employee – eternal life!

One of the most beautiful things that I am learning more and more and more is what it means to trust Him. You see, I don’t have anything in me that wants hurt to come to anyone that causes harm to me. I don’t fear to face any person who doesn’t like what He is speaking through me. I don’t doubt that He will finish what He has started. I have the good sense to humble myself under His mighty hand, knowing that he will exalt in due time! Praise God. He loves me so much that He started His work in me, and, as I keep saying every single day, He can’t fail!

So Lord, walk with me! I can take a hit, a slap, a knock out – because I know You’ve got me! I’ll make it through it all. For the sake of Your glory … I will make it!!