Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Make It Rain

Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them whether they will follow my instruction or not.”

Give us this day our daily bread. How amazing it is that morning by morning new mercies we see and God is keeping us alive. David said, “I once was young but now I’m old and I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed in the streets begging for bread.” God has provided over and over.

There have been times when it looked like God wasn’t going to show up but when we cry out to God, He is quick to answer our cries. Some of the Haitian people are in the streets begging for bread right now, but God is making it rain bread because the people of God are pouring out their resources to make sure that they have bread to eat. That is daily bread. The Children of Israel knew what it felt like to be in a place where you didn’t know where your bread was coming from. God had just delivered the Israelites out of Egypt but when they got on the other side of their deliverance there was no water or bread. It’s amazing how we can get to a place of deliverance and it looks like we are lacking. Could it be that God brings us to these places on purpose?

The wilderness is part of your deliverance. This place where you are right now was part of God’s navigational plans for your life. God told Moses, I’m about to make it rain bread up in here and I don’t mean cloudy with a chance of meat balls, He said, “when I make it rain bread from heaven, you are to go out and gather enough for each day.” That is the test. Gather enough for each day. I was talking with my CFO about how I grew up poor and I always try to have enough money in my bank account to leave a cushion in case anything goes wrong. I get a little anxious when my bank account gets below a certain point. It’s financially prudent to have 3 months of your salary saved up in case of an emergency. Well, for many of us that emergency has happened, it’s called a Recession and it has come and gone. Now we are in something called a wilderness experience, but God is about to make it rain.

God says the reason I bought you here is to test you to see if you are going to follow my instruction or not. God wants to see if you are going to trust him in this place. He told Moses and the Children of Israel to stand still and see the Lord work on their behalf. Just be still and know that the Lord, He is God and He will provide. God’s about ready to make it rain.

God is still making it rain in the New Testament when He told the disciples don’t leave Jerusalem until you receive your power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t leave until you get your power. From the time Jesus ascended into heaven and the time he poured out the Holy Spirit was ten days. After ten days, Jesus went to heaven and made it rain. He told them don’t leave Jerusalem until I make it rain. Yes, you are to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world but don’t leave until God makes it rain.

Before God could make it rain he had to get his bread back. Jesus said in John 6, 32Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
34"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."
35Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and He who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Peter said on the day of Pentecost, “being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit; He has poured out this that you both see and hear! God made it rain.

Dear God, rain down on us this morning. We are in a place of need. We need daily bread, but we also need your power. We need that which fills our bellies but more than that we need that which fills our spirit. Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Lord make it Rain!

In Jesus Name,

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