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Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
(Jer. 17:5,7-8)

Making God your complete source is another key to developing longevity in your life as an armorbearer. Every Christian will be faced with situations in which he must decide to either trust God or put his trust in man. How God leads you to walk through your situation may or may not look like it did for us when Kim and I decided to move to Tulsa.

Although we were in the center of God's will for us, we were barely making it financially. There was even a two-week period where the only food we had was about eight dozen eggs. The bills were paid, but we had no money for food.

I wanted to cry to my parents for help, because I knew they would gladly help. However, I also knew that I would be trusting in my parents and not God. That's not to say that it would have been wrong to let my parents know what we were going through, but I knew God was teaching us a very important lesson in faith.

During this time a pastor telephoned me, offering me a nice salary to work for him. I told him I would go and visit with him about it, but when I hung up the phone, Kim said, "Terry, you know God wants us here. We can't even go down there and talk to that pastor about this."

After we prayed and made sure we were hearing from God, I called the pastor back and apologized for even offering to visit him about that job. I told him I knew God had called me to be in Tulsa. I never regretted that decision, because that is how God taught me to trust Him.

When we arrived in Little Rock and talked with the Caldwells about working for them, we knew it, too, would be a step of faith financially. But they knew and we knew by an inner peace that we were supposed to join them. We also knew that God would supply, and He did.

The bottom line is that God must be your ultimate source of supply and you must follow His leading in how you deal with situations. Only you and God know where the line is between trusting Him and trusting in man. But when you obey Him, your needs will be met and you will grow in faith.

Developing the Spirit of an Armorbearer
  • Are you being tempted to trust in man rather than God? If so, how do you think God wants you to handle the situation?
  • Are you willing to go with your heart and believe God, even though at times it seems impossible?
  • Meditate on what God's Word has to say about Him being your source of supply in Philippians 4:19, Isaiah 1:19, and 2 Corinthians 8:9.

    Heavenly Father, You are my source of supply, and because of that, I am confident that You will provide for all of my needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I am not bound by or limited to the world's system, and I choose to trust You and not look to man. As long as I obey You, I can trust You to provide for me. You desire above all things that I prosper and be in health as my soul prospers, and for that, I give You praise. Amen.

Source: God's Armorbearer Devotional by Terry Nance
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

 

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