I trust you all are enjoying watching the days of winter turn into more warmth and sunshine. Isn’t it amazing to know that regardless of what takes place in this earth, it is temporary. Everything has a season, and that is why Paul admonishes us in Second Corinthians 4 to keep our focus on things which are not seen—or eternal things.
This past month I spent some time in Mexico with Pastors Tim and Rhonda Rogers. They asked me to minister in their Bible school as well as give their community a “taster session” for interested upcoming Bible school students. We saw the hand of the Lord in these meetings, and many lives were touched as a result. I want to thank you for your faithful love and support for this ministry, which helps make trips like this possible. It is fruit that abounds to your account.
Last month I shared along the lines of prosperity and receiving harvest on the seed you sow. We received testimonies of the help it was to people, and I want to continue to encourage you along these lines this month. For some of us, there have been years and years of seedtime, and though we have seen a measure of the harvest, it’s time to experience more.
Philippians 4 contains one of the most popular verses that we people of faith quote, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and rightly so. It contains the answer to lack, but what so many people fail to see is what leads up to this powerful verse. Let’s look at a few verses in this chapter.
First, Philippians 4:4 reads, Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice. Praise and rejoicing is to be constant in our lives. There should never be a day or even an hour that goes by without praising God. Praising needs to be done when we are alone—not just at church when we are surrounded by other people praising.
I once heard a story about P.C. Nelson. He would quite often say the phrase, Praise God or Glory to God. One day a man came to him and questioned him about it and told him he thought he just had a habit of saying that, implying he didn’t mean it from his heart. Rev. Nelson thought about it and then replied, “That may be true, but I never had that habit before I got born again and filled with the Holy Ghost.” The moral of the story is that praise should be a habit. It should be constantly coming out of our heart and mouth. When you’re praising the Lord, then you’re certainly not praising the devil. Do you think it brings praise to God when we complain about rising prices? No! So keep the praise coming out of your mouth!
In addition, Philippians 4:6-8 says, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. These verses refer to what we do with our minds. What are you thinking about? Then verse 8 of this passage tells you exactly what you are to think about…things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. When you are thinking on these things, you are setting yourself up for success by guarding the image of the Greater One inside you.
Remember, Psalm 1 tells us that if we meditate the Word DAY and NIGHT, we will be like a tree planted by the river. Have you ever seen a tree planted by the river? It is so green and healthy. It is constantly producing life and fruit, and that is what I want my life to be like. I want to constantly be producing life and fruit, so I meditate day and night in His Word.
Finally, Philippians 4:9 says, Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do… Paul was telling the Philippians that he had taught them and set the example for them, but it was on them to do it.
We have the instruction manual for success and prosperity…the Word of God. We have been taught and even had living examples of how to walk in the provision God has for us, but it is on us to do it. Don’t delay doing what the Lord has told you to do any longer.
These are three things that I see in this passage that lead up to the provision that God promises us in verse 19…
- Rejoice and praise…always
- Meditate and think on the Word—replace what the world is telling you with what the Word says
- Do what God has spoken to you, and delay no longer.
Never lose sight of the fact that God has your back! The price has already been paid for your prosperity, but it takes us working with the Lord and His plan.
I am including the second part to the message I sent you last month. I trust it will be a blessing to you, and encourage you as you continue to fight the good fight of faith.http://www.webbmin.org/MP3/ReceivingYourReturn2.mp3
I want to thank all those who responded to the message we sent last month. If you have a testimony, we want to hear from you! There is nothing more encouraging than hearing the good things that God is doing in your life. We love and appreciate you so much!
Rejoicing in Him,
Rev. Scott Webb
The month of March was a month of great opportunities for Webb Ministries. The ministry in Mexico was so rich, and my daughter-in-law had the opportunity to be a part of a NASCAR event, in which she was able to share about God’s goodness to a group of individuals from the Wounded Warriors. My wife, mother, and grandchildren were a part as well. We are seeing new opportunities and doors opening to minister the love of God to people in need. Below are pictures of that were taken at these events.[nggallery id=4]
NASCAR event at Auto Speedway in Fontana, California.[nggallery id=5]