13Jun

God wants you to know – He’s more than enough for you

...day after day he carries us along...Psalm 68:19

He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing. – St. Augustine

By Tami Heim
It’s a tumultuous venture, this walking by faith. At one time or another, you encounter the completely unexpected followed by the unthinkable. And when it happens, the impact of it brings you to your knees, able to utter only one desperate word – “Why?”

It’s an intense battle when you’re that overwhelmed. First there’s shock and anger, then comes denial, “This can’t be what my great, almighty, and loving God has planned for me – not me, not His beloved child.”

You survey the situation and know there must be many different options – better ones. You wonder why God doesn’t see them. Perhaps if you just go slow and lay out the alternatives for Him – each and every one of them – you’ll help Him figure out how to reverse what’s been put in motion…

But is that God’s plan?

It’s the seventh century BC. God commissions Habakkuk to be His prophet during this troubled time. God’s ready to release His judgment and destroy Judah. To accomplish the task, He plans to enable the corrupt Babylon military machine. God informs Habakkuk what He intends to do. Instead of Habakkuk going to the people with the warning – he comes right back at God.

He challenges, wrestles, and implores God to reconsider. “Why would You use such a wicked, unrighteous, and godless nation to destroy Your own people? Surely there’s a different way to restore the heart of your people to You?“ Ask enough questions, suggest options, and perhaps God will pursue a different approach.

But that’s not God’s plan.

Habakkuk prays, waits, and listens. He focuses his absolute attention on God and as he does; worship replaces his worry and bewilderment transforms into trust. He nestles deep within the sovereignty of God. Instead of resisting, he embraces the plan. No more questions. He has faith that whatever happens has its place and purpose in the master plan. Regardless of the outcome, he now realizes God is more than enough – more than enough for him.

God longs for you to realize the same in your troubled times – to pray, wait, listen, worship and trust Him. To rest and fully embrace that where you are is exactly where God plans for you to be.

God wants you to know that He is so much bigger than all the desperate and tragic situations in this life. He wants you to know He is always with you and for you.

His blessing isn’t found in what He gives or takes away. You find it as you abide in Him.

So how do you move forward? Ask Him to align your heart with His. Believe His Word. Trust Him. Count it all joy. Embrace Him as your absolute EVERYTHING. He is indeed, all you’ll ever need.

He is more than enough.

Philippians 4:13 Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

Philippians 4:19 – 20 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abound in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.

Romans 8:37 And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lordday after day he carries us along. He’s our Savior, our God, oh yes!

John 16:23, 24 This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!

John 15:7 But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. 

Mark 11:24 That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.

Ephesians 1:3 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.

I John 3:22 We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him.

II Corinthians 5:21 How, you ask? In Christ, God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.

Philippians 1:21 Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose.

II Corinthians 5:17 Now we look inside, and what we see is that.anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!

Ephesians 3:20,21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

I Corinthians 9:8 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.

Matthew 21:22,23 But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.

How has God been more than enough for you?

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Today’s post was inspired by a message David Landrith, senior pastor at Long Hollow Baptist, preached on June 12, 2011. It was written to seal the message in my own heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Well. My first comment disappeared so I’ll try again.

    This is a wonderful post and it is timely, too. So full of encouragement. I appreciate you sharing it.

    Have you ever watched a rely race where the runners pass the baton to the person running the next leg of the race? That’s what it feels like is happening with this post. You’ve rolled up the message and sealed it tight with prayers and passed it on. I’m grabbing it and going forward reminded that not only is God enough…His plan is the best.

    Thank you so much for directing me back to the book of Habakkuk. I’ll be spending some of my time there this week. That suddenly seems to be long overdue.

    I read this yesterday in a post from Chuck Swindoll called “God in the details.” It really stuck out to me…”He’s got every detail covered—every one. Think of it this way: there’s no such thing as God’s being almost sovereign.”

    That truth never changes but it always does one good to be reminded. Blessings to you for sharing this, Tami.

    LYI!

  • Tami Heim

    Run. Melinda. Run…..
    I love how everyting changes when he puts his focus on God. I’ve been reading chapter 3 over and over again. I encourage you to watch Bro. David’s sermon. It’s the link at the bottom of the post – right under the date. It’s the message I needed at the exact time I needed it. When God gives us that kind of revelation – it has to be given away. My heart is happy that He gave me the baton and I got to give it you.
    LYI.

  • Anonymous

    You know. When Gregory ran track there were just some races he didn’t feel up to par for. But he had to run them anyway. Couldn’t let the team default. I’ve been running some track that have more hurdles than I feel able to jump. But this message that you shared as a result of what your Pastor shared has revived my weary legs.
    It. Is. On. Time.
    All day long it’s been churning around inside me. And now I find that I can listen the sermon in it’s entirety. Praise God! I will. I didn’t see the link before. So glad you mentioned it. 
    I’m so glad that God is not only ENOUGH, He is more than ENOUGH! /

  • Anonymous

    You know. When Gregory ran track there were just some races he didn’t feel up to par for. But he had to run them anyway. Couldn’t let the team default. I’ve been running some track that have more hurdles than I feel able to jump. But this message that you shared as a result of what your Pastor shared has revived my weary legs.
    It. Is. On. Time.
    All day long it’s been churning around inside me. And now I find that I can listen the sermon in it’s entirety. Praise God! I will. I didn’t see the link before. So glad you mentioned it. 
    I’m so glad that God is not only ENOUGH, He is more than ENOUGH! /

  • Tami Heim

    Melinda – That’s awesome you’re going to watch it. I always take notes, but love to go back and watch them again. 
    Your JUMP is worth it all to me.

  • Tami Heim

    Melinda – That’s awesome you’re going to watch it. I always take notes, but love to go back and watch them again. 
    Your JUMP is worth it all to me.

  • DrRoost

    I would suggest that God’s judgment in response to being out of His will (in Habakkuk, as well as in our lives) is not in bringing destruction, as much as in allowing the destroyer to affect us. God is the God of good – He brings life. Satan brings death and destruction.

    When the word says “God destroyed…” or “God brought destruction…” comparing the whole of the word leads us to see that He allowed the destruction, rather than He actually did the destroying.

    This is a fallen, broken world – but more sickness or death is NOT God’s perfect will, but rather a result of this world being apart from that perfect will.

    Let’s learn from His loving discipline, return to His perfect will, and go on showing the world His loving heart.

    He is indeed more than enough. He is the Pearl of great price. He is the prize. What He offers is good. Who He is – is even better!

  • http://twitter.com/RachelHauck RachelHauck

    Great post Tami! I was just writing an article about John 15: — “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” We must lean on Him. There’s no shame in needing and leaning!

    Rachel

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Rachel. I want to ready your article! 
    You’e so right there is no shame in needing and leaning – it’s what He wants us to do.

  • Tami Heim

    DrRoost I truly appreciate this refined perspective and the distinction you’ve made. Thank you   for posting and making it clear.
     
    It’s hard to fully grasp the sovereignty of God, especially when His word tells us His ways are not our ways. He is just and the consequences of sin are real. The mystery of it all is beyond me and so faith fills the gap. I believe and I trust Him. He is my everything. I long for the utter relief of holiness and I know it only comes with loving discipline and many trials.  Oh to be mature and complete – lacking in nothing. My heart is to be a loving servant, a faithful witness, and a constant encouragement. I want my life to reflect His love and draw others to Him.  Know that I am walking with you –  intentions aligned and focus set on the same outcome you’ve described.  Thanks again for sharing here today. Bless you!
     

  • just me

    How does it matter if He’s bigger or if He’s there with you if it doesn’t change anything or help with the pain

  • Vanesroy

    Great! I’ve been blessed! This is what I needed to hear, God is enough! Praise be to The Almighty!

  • http://www.facebook.com/woldeyesus Ephrem Hagos

    The person who has firsthand knowledge of Jesus Christ, a.k.a., “knowledge about the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven”, based on his perpetual self-revelation in his death on the cross will be given more so that he will have more than enough, i.e., eternal life.
    (Matt. 13: 11-12; John 14: 18-21; 17: 1-3; 19: 30-37) 

  • Michael N

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    wow, I really needed this, I felt abandoned by God, but I
    have now realized my impatient, it is going to be hard to become patient but it
    has to be done, I questioned why did God create someone as worthless as me,
    Today after being rejected to study medicine, I was so angry…but this was an
    eye opener, I want to study medicine this year, but god must permit me to, for I
    am but a tool in the hands of a master

  • Atwas911

    God you people are mentally ill. OOoOOoo people in the sky! oh great sky daddy! OoOooo Ahhahhhah BE AFRAID! HE’ll BURN YOU FOREVER.. BUT HE LOOOOOOOOVES You….

    Now gimmie your money.

    *rolls eyes*

    How have any of you managed to live this long being this foolish?

  • TransformingLife

    It matters because it should change your perspective knowing you have a God that loves you and big enough to change things according to His design for your life. Romans 8:28 He will work things out for good but it just may not be in the way we want it.