How Much More

In Luke chapter 12, Jesus spoke:

22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.

23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?

25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?

27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.

30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.

31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

The raven is a scavenger bird and FATHER deemed it unclean.  In Leviticus chapter 11 FATHER classified the raven as an abomination and the children of Israel were forbidden to eat it.  When Jesus spoke in the above passage, His audience were Jewish people and they fully understood the food laws thus when He chose the raven in His comparison, the contrast between their value and that of a raven was great.  If FATHER is willing to feed an unclean bird how much more will HE feed and supply us with food.

Jesus is telling us to stop worrying for we cannot add length to our stature or life span.  Worry is closely associated with lack of faith and trust in FATHER and HIS ability to provide whether it be food, a solution, or overcoming a situation on our behalf.  HE created all life on earth as well as the entire universe but our ego will try to convince us that FATHER will not provide all our need.  Jesus compares Solomon, the richest man to walk the earth, with the lilies which do no work yet they are more beautiful than him.

As we increase in faith we will worry less.  When we quit worrying we enable ourselves to receive from FATHER WHO is quick to respond to our faith.  THE SPIRIT wrote in Hebrews chapter 11:

6 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.

Jesus gives us examples of the tangible rewards: food, clothing, drink, long life, and abundance.  If we have doubt in our heart then we are being doubled-minded so we must let go of our worries and seek the Kingdom of GOD.  We must become “Heavenly-minded” by having our mind subject to our spirit and allow our faith to grow unabated.  We must decide once and for all that we will not be denied the great faith Jesus referred to when He spoke of the centurion who asked Him to heal his servant without making the journey to lay hands on the servant.  As we comprehend and acknowledge the power and authority of Jesus and tap into it by faith, we will likewise see our needs met no matter what they are.  Let us see how much more FATHER wants to do in our life!  Just let go of worry and replace it with faith.

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