Faith Rests in the Providence of God
- Date: November 13, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
- From Faith That Prevails
I can't remember the number of the channel in LA, but Willard Cantelon started what eventually was given to Paul Crouch, which is TBN today. We know that there is a lot of weird stuff on there; but, nevertheless, over the decades a lot of the Gospel went out, and the world has been affected with the Gospel through it. Willard would start something like that, give it to somebody, and walk away. That's where I'm going with this teaching: Are we ready to walk away from whatever it is that we might be involved in right now, which seems to be the blessing of God, and, as Abraham did, let them choose? "The circumstances can be whatever they are; if you choose that way, then I will go this way, trusting God." We mentioned how that character was what was transferred into Isaac-that ability to rest in the providence of God. And we want to talk about that aspect of resting in the providence of God, realizing that all of our needs are going to be met according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). If God is for us, who can be against us" (Romans 8:31).
Our father, Abraham, this spirit of faith: But so many of us are bound up by such fear that "we are not going to have enough" and "what am I going to do when hard times come?" We are going to trust God; that's what we are going to do. Very frankly, for many of us, it would be good to be put in that situation today. We need the teaching that comes from the chastening of the Lord. When we talk about chastening, chastening is not just punitive; chastening has to do with instruction, doesn't it? It has to do with a setting of course for us. Chastening is not just punitive, in which you are getting a whipping. The chastisement is God's correction of our course, correcting the areas of our lives that are out of order-the character adjustments. Does anybody need character adjustments periodically? If you didn't raise your hand, I will tell you: Yes, you do. We all do. The Lord adjusts character in those whom He loves. The Lord chastens those whom He loves. He finds us where we are, and He fine tunes us, and He orders our steps, and He puts us right again in the right paths. All those biblical principles we are very aware of. A term my dad used to use, "Fat and sassy." You all have heard that haven't you? In this "fat and sassy" generation, we need to learn to trust God again: "Give us this day our daily bread." We need to move in that realm we have talked about: "For without Me ye can do nothing," praise God! (John 15:5)
As we are thinking along those lines, Willard sent me this particular letter saying, "I am more than ever convinced that God has given you a pulpit to bring a message that is beyond that congregation, which will affect the church and live for generations." Now, maybe it's true, as he speaks as a prophet; and if that's the case, then praise God! He said, "The book I am now reading on the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a compilation of sermons delivered by R.A. Torrey on the subject." He is basically saying, "Don't get technical; don't worry about the editing." What he was saying: "There is something special about what is delivered live and printed the way it is given. It's not as readable, but it carries the anointing." This was one of the things he had said he was encouraging us to do. We have wrestled with this very thing-How much should we edit? How readable do we try to make it? Do we remove any of the anointing or any of the personality to make it acceptable as a well-written piece of literature? We have wrestled with that. I believe the Lord led me back to this letter for the answer. I haven't seen this letter in years. I found it under a bunch of junk in my desk drawer (it was a horrible mess). I opened it up and thought, "There's the answer, praise God! The man of God has spoken."
You see, my life is a life under authority. People have often wondered about this. My life is a life under authority; I didn't start this. This has been put into me by these men. They are not alive today, but I want to tell you something: They still speak. The things they have taught, the things that they have impressed upon us over the years, the things we have, sitting at their feet, gleaned, are the things we want to see go to another generation.