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Part 2: Are You Going To Be Surprised When You Get To Heaven And Realize That God Had More For You?

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God is our Source!

Put your faith in God. Put your life and resources in His hands, and let Him do what He did in Matthew 14 for the little boy who gave Jesus his lunch. God multiplied that little boy's two-piece fish dinner so unreasonably that it not only fed thousands of people, there were 12 baskets full of leftovers for the little boy to take home. Have you ever read about that?


Would God do that kind of thing for us, as believers, today? Indeed, He would! God is our heavenly father. He wants to prosper us beyond what, in nature, is even possible. He's just waiting for us to release our faith and give Him the opportunity. Sadly, however, a lot of believers never do that.


They might release their faith for something small, something they can reasonably expect to happen. They might believe God to help them make their house payment. But they never go out beyond what they consider "reasonable." They don't go on and accept, for instance, for the money to pay off their entire 30-year mortgage.


I understand, of course, that everyone has to start where they are. I had to do that myself. When I started walking with God, I just believed Him for the money to make payments, given the mountain of debt I owed at the time. After I got into the Word, I began thanking God for completely getting me out of debt. I started tithing faithfully and giving offerings. Months later, even though naturally I hadn't been able to figure out how it could happen, I was completely debt free.


I've been able to pay off a lot of things for other people. God has multiplied my resources so much that I can sow more now than I once imagined. I'm genuinely unreasonably blessed!


Let God's Word Pull You Up To His Level

I can confirm from experience that moving out into the blessing requires you to get beyond what you can think or see. You can't do it by basing your praying and your faith on just what you can see in this natural realm or what you believe logically might happen. Base your confidence on the ability of God. Focus on what His Word says, and let it pull you to His level.


One thing that helps me to do that is reading and meditating on actual events in the Bible when God supernaturally prospered His people. He gave them more than they could ask or think about when faced with impossible circumstances.


I especially like to read about how God miraculously provided for Israel. He did all kinds of amazing things for them! When they were in the wilderness where there was nothing to eat, God fed them supernaturally by pouring out manna from Heaven every day. When they tired of manna and cried out for meat, He supplied that for them too.


Even though they were being rebellious at the time and complaining, He spoke to them through Moses. He said He'd give them meat to eat, "not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month" (Numbers 11:19-20). It sounded impossible to him! Although Moses was a believing man, he couldn't figure out how God would do that.


"Just the men of Israel number 600,000!" he said, "not to mention women and children. Even if we slaughtered all our livestock and caught all the fish in the sea, it wouldn't be enough to feed this bunch of people for a month."

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"And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord's hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not" (verse 23).


The Bible says in verses 31-32, "Now a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp and about two cubits (about 2 X18 inches) above the surface of the ground. And the people stayed up all day, all night, and all the next day and gathered the quail. (he who gathered the least gathered ten homers*); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp."


God provided so much meat for Israel, the scripture says, that eventually, it became loathsome or repulsive to them (verse 20).


God kept His Word. He proved that His arm wasn't too short to provide miraculously. He confirmed that repeatedly to Israel, sometimes taking them from poverty to prosperity literally overnight!


Take what He did for them in 2 Kings 6-7, for instance. It tells about a time when the Syrian army had surrounded the Israelite city of Samaria for so long that their food supply had run entirely out. Because they weren't seeking God for help, the situation had gotten so bad Israel had to reduce to eating dove droppings and paying two ounces of silver per dropping for the privilege! Can you imagine?


Then one day, right during that impossible mess, the prophet Elisha declared a word from the Lord. He said to the Israelite king, "By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only half an ounce of silver."


An officer of the king heard the prophecy and scoffed: "Look if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?"


"You shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it," Elisha answered.


Sure enough, overnight, the Lord caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and horses, and "they panicked and fled into the night, abandoning their tents, horses, donkeys, and everything else, and they fled for their lives." Shortly after that, four Israelite lepers entered the camp to beg for something to eat and realized the Syrian army was gone.


The lepers confiscated some of the Syrians' abandoned food, supplies, silver, and gold. Then, realizing they should share the good news, they went back and told the people of Samaria what had happened, and they all rushed out and plundered the Syrians' camp.


"So, five quarts of fine flour was sold that day for half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain were sold for half an ounce of silver, just as the Lord had promised. The king appointed officers to control traffic at the gate, but he was knocked down and trampled to death as the people rushed out. So everything happened as the man of God had predicted."


This story reminds me that God can miraculously provide for His people in any situation.


Let's believe Him to do it! Instead of being like the king's officer who doubted what God said just because it didn't seem reasonable, let's put our faith in God's Word and be expectant. Let's become miracle-minded, blessing-minded, and supernatural increase minded, and dare to believe that, as Ephesians 3:20 says: "[God] can exceed abundantly above all that we ask or think!"


*homer is equal to 10 bushels.


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