Dear friends, The Vision Today Autumn edition is here—I hope you are encouraged as you read it. I have a strong sense that we are on the verge of a new season—two scriptures in particular have really resonated with me over the past few months; Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) See, I am doing a new thing! …Read More
Dear friends, What a challenging start to the new decade it has been for many Aussies! Fire, flood, drought and high anxiety fuelled by the constant barrage of speculation and negativity from our nation’s media (most but not all… 🙂). Who we choose to listen to will shape our thinking and our lives. We saw …Read More
Dear friends, When I started high school way back in 1980, I remember working out that in the year 2020 I would be 51 and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, that’s old!’ Well, here we are. Perspective is an interesting thing! So as we begin a new decade, I have a question for you: what will …Read More
Dear friends, As with each letter that I write to you, this morning I prayed: ‘Lord, what would you have me say?’ Just then an email arrived. It was from a young lady in a town where Vision Christian Radio was first switched on 17 years ago. Her words captured me. She said: ‘I’ve listened …Read More
Dear friends, We live in an age of distraction. It seems to me that there have never been as many things competing for our attention as we have now. It’s interesting that in Joshua 3:4, the Lord commanded the people of Israel to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits (about 800m) between them and the …Read More
‘All these things shall be added to you.’ Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Some people think that God’s sole purpose is to save their soul, help them become as morally upright and as spiritually mature as possible, and one day take them to Heaven to live with Him. And in a sense that’s true.
But here’s what isn’t true—that God is not interested in your job, your health, your relationships, your finances, or your dreams and goals because somehow those things are carnal, worldly, and temporal. When you think like that, you ‘spiritualise’ every promise you read in Scripture, and when you pray, you believe the only thing God wants to do is help you become more spiritual.
Let’s look into the Scriptures and see what God really says about this. The truth is, in fact, the exact opposite (see Joshua 1:8; Isaiah 48:17; 3 John 2). By maintaining that God plays no part in your achieving career success or financial security, you’re contradicting His Word. And when you do that, you’re on dangerous ground, because you’re making yourself the sole source of your success, and the Bible calls that—pride!
What Jesus taught is this: ‘Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles [who do not serve God] seek… For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.’ (Matthew 6:31–33 NKJV) So let’s be clear: God wants you to succeed in life for the right reasons, and He wants you to have all the things you need to do it.
SoulFood: Matt 17:1–9, John 19:25–27, Rev 1:1–11
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020