more.than.what you.need

Joshua 19:9 The inheritance of the Simeonites was taken from the share of Judah, because Judah’s portion was more than they needed. So the Simeonites received their inheritance within the territory of Judah. 

Did you read it?   Do you see what I see?  I’ll point it out to you.   “because Judah’s portion was more than they needed.”

Once again we see the God of ‘more than enough’.  Judah had so much in their inheritance … That they had more than what they needed.   So what do you do when you have more than what you need.   There is no need to waste.  If Jesus Christ has given you more than enough of something, chances are he intends for you to share in that inheritance.  Just consider yourself Judah today, and know that your portion of inheritance from Jesus is enough for you and chances are more than enough so that you can share.  The scripture that comes to mind is 

Matthew 5:1KJV”Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Well I guess I’m preaching to myself now.  Sadly, I am tempted to see myself and my life as ‘less than’.  That is probably the reason this verse stood out.   Judah’s portion was more than what they needed to share their inheritance.   On a much more personal note, I sense that my parents too, especially with the homegoing of my mother, has brought to light how greatly she is missed but how much of her love is left in her family, and those that knew her.  Growing up, we never lacked for love.  And there was so much more she instilled in us … Like Jesus Christ!   I’m sure more and more we will see that our portion was then, and now is more than we needed, with plenty to share.   Lord help us do that.  

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benefits.over.forty

Acts 4:22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

I ran across this scripture this week, and of course it stood out in my mind.  Having experienced sickness, I assure you I hesitate to try to be an expert on anything these days, especially about miraculously healing.   Why?  I’m not sure, God’s word says it is possible, but when you are in the middle of something like sickness, or anything else that can be life altering, it’s sometimes hard to speak of the miraculous or try to understand the ways that God is working in your life.  That’s just our human nature.   However, there it is … written in the Word, ‘miraculously healed’.  So what I do know is that God cannot lie.   

Numbers 23:19 (NLT) God is not a man, so he does not lie.   He is not human, so he does not change his mind.  Has he ever spoken and failed to act?   Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

So if the Word says this man was miraculously healed, then he was.

The bible also says … There is a journey as well.

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Given those two verses alone, we can be assured that there are probably “a lot” of things that have not been completely finished or worked out yet in our lives.  God is still at work in us and our lives.  We are not forgotten.  We are works in progress. He is still the healer, and he is still ‘with us and for us’. There may be some things we cannot see yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, maybe even today.

On a side note, it did help my faith to see that the Word actually said … The man was over 40 years old!  That is a very specific detail that is important to me and gives me hope.