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September 5, 2020

God is My Provider

by Dennis Rouse
Hebrews 11:1 NKJNow faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of thingsnot seen.Hebrews 11:6 NKJBut without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes toGod must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those whodiligently seek Him.“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of
Sermon Notes

Hebrews 11:1 NKJ
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen.
Hebrews 11:6 NKJ
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to
God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who
diligently seek Him.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It
can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves
largess of the public treasury. From that moment on the majority
always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the
public treasury with the result that democracy always collapses over
a loose fiscal policy.” – Albert Fraser Tyler
• 2014: 52% of Americans receive some form of government
• 2010: 60% of Americans received more in government benefits
than they paid in taxes
• Bottom 10% of Americans received $10.44 in benefits for every
$1 they paid in taxes
• Middle 10% of Americans received $1.15 in benefits for every
$1 they paid in taxes
• Top 10% of Americans received $0.43 in benefits for every $1
they paid in taxes
• Top 20% of wage earners ($134,000 and above) pay 84% of all
income tax
• Top 1% of wage earners (3 million people) pay 50% of all
income tax
Luke 16:10-11 NKJ
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who
is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have
not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your
trust the true riches?”
Principles of Provision:

  1. You must believe it’s God’s will for you to prosper.
    Psalm 112:1-3 NIV
    Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great
    delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the
    generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in
    their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
    Proverbs 8:17-21 NKJ
    I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find
    me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and
    righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my
    revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, in the
    midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to
    inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.
  2. You must believe in the “Principle of First”.
    Matthew 6:24-32 NLT
    “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the
    other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot
    serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about
    everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough
    clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than
    clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food
    in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far
    more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single
    moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the
    lilies of the field 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. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are
    here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for
    you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these
    things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we
    wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your
    heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”
    Matthew 6:33 NKJ
    “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all
    these things shall be added to you.”
    Malachi 3:8-12 NKJ
    “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what
    way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed
    with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring
    all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
    and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for
    you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that
    there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the
    devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your
    ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says
    the Lord of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be
    a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.
    Malachi 3:16-18 NKJ
    Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord
    listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written
    before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His
    name. “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I
    make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own
    son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern between the
    righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who
    does not serve Him.
  3. You must believe in the power of the seed.
    Mark 4:26-29 MSG
    Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a
    man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and
    grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without
    his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened
    grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!”
    Mark 4:30-32 NKJ
    Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with
    what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when
    it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but
    when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and
    shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under
    its shade.”
    Mark 10:28-30 NKJ
    Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed
    You.” So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is
    no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or
    wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not
    receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and
    sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and
    in the age to come, eternal life.”
    2 Corinthians 9:6-10 NKJ
    But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he
    who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give
    as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God
    loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound
    toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may
    have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has
    dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness
    endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and
    bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and
    increase the fruits of your righteousness…
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