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clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
God will always meet your needs. When the Israelites wondered in the desert God supplied food and water. When Elijah needed food - God sent the ravens to bring meat. When Joseph was in prison he forewarned the pharaoh that they needed to save for seven years during prosperity and be ready for a seven year famine. When 4,000 people gathered to hear Jesus speak they grew hungry. Afterwards, Jesus fed them with five loaves and two fish. Jesus said to notice the birds in the air, that “they neither sow nor reap… yet the Father feeds them.”
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Is it possible to miss receiving those needs? Absolutely! For example, you’ve heard it said at one time or another, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” The same applies to finances. God will always provide a means to meet your needs, but you have to be willing to accept it, and it can come in many forms. It might include a job, a different job, a donation, someone wanting to give to you, or getting a legitimate idea to make some cash.
Whatever form it takes— especially in a righteous manner— it’s required that you act on it or receive it with gratitude. Pride or misguided humility can often cause you to miss being taken care of by God. It’s possible that Christians can miss out on reaping a harvest because they were not taught how to reap or they are simply not seeing their harvest altogether.
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25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about
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