It’s Grand to Give

According to the word of the Lord, the prophet, Elijah, journeyed to a brook,
which was called Cherith, east of the Jordan; and from its waters he took.

God told him to look to the ravens, for His provision of meat and bread.
Both in the morning and in the evening, Elijah was thereby fed.

But there was no rain in the land, for Elijah had prayed for its delaying–
to prove that his was the true God, not Baal, as King Ahab was saying.

The waters of the brook didn’t last then, so he needed again to move.
God told him to go to Zarephath, where His provision again He would prove.

Elijah saw there a woman gathering sticks, a widow, as God had said.
He called to her, asking for water; and then he also asked her for bread.

She replied she had only a little flour in a bowl and a little oil in a jar.
The sticks were for a fire to cook a bread cake, which wouldn’t go very far.

She had thought she and her son would eat it and then prepare to die.
To her surprise, Elijah said that was the reason that God had sent him by.

He told her God wanted to provide for her, and her flour and oil wouldn’t fail–
sharing with him first, as a prophet of God, was all that it would entail.

So she did as Elijah had told her, serving the food first to him and then her son.
She believed and trusted in God, that their lives weren’t over and done.

Day followed day and they always had meals–her supply was not diminished.
It’s a Biblical lesson of security through faith–we’re blessed before God is finished.

During Jesus’ ministry, a little boy’s lunch, of fishes and loaves that seemed few
became enough when blessed by Him; and He blesses giving the same today, too.

P. A. Oltrogge

(from 1 Kings 17:8-16)

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….” Psalm 23:1

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38 NKJV

“The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25

Oral Roberts often referred, and now his son,
Richard, as well, to seedtime and harvest.
It is one ministry through which many have
seen a “harvest” after planting into its “soil.”
Richard is offering a free book, “Thrive,” this month at
http://www.oralroberts.com

There are also many other ministries that are “good ground”
(proclaiming the Gospel) in which to sow seed, mixing
faith with your giving. The Biblical account about
the widow of Zarephath, above, is an example of the
faithfulness of God in our lives when we give into the Gospel.

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22

(All scriptures NASB, except for the one in Luke)

The Power of His Resurrection

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“…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…”
Philippians 3:10

“…the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come….” Ephesians 1:19-21

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:4-9

”Many, O Lord my God, are your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21

Scriptures: NKJV

A Prosperous Life

Are you coming up short financially or do you find yourself in debt that’s deep?

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you”…is an assuring promise that God will keep.

You can trust the Almighty will care about you, whether you give to Him or not.

But those who give into His Kingdom find…that the more they give, the more provision they’ve got.

For God is a good Father and provider, who takes pleasure in giving back to you.

When we take Him at His Word in this, we’ll find…that His Word is absolutely true.

The Garden of Eden was a bountiful place, but there was a boundary for man that God had set.

In a similar way, if you don’t personally use His tenth, you’ll still have plenty for your own needs to be met.

As in any other business on earth, it takes funds for God’s Kingdom business to be done.

Give unto God, who provided a Savior for us…by giving of His one and only Son.

And a prosperous life isn’t just measured merely by money one has in the bank…

but health, happiness, family and friends come to mind, peace, and contentment. For all of these, we have the good Lord to thank.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38 NKJV

“The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” Deuteronomy 28:8 NASB

Matthew 6:33
Galatians 6:7
Malachi 3:10
Luke 2:49
3 John 2
Psalm 35:27
John 3:16

A financial help ministry:
http://www.faithlifenow.com
with Gary Keesee

http://www.kcm.org
Book/Study Guide, “The Blessing of the Lord”
by Kenneth Copeland
Book, “God’s Will is Prosperity”
by Gloria Copeland

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Peace of Mind

I’d woken up feeling blessed–confident that my day was going to be good.
Then some things transpired that didn’t turn out like I had hoped they would.

Feeling troubled, I eventually remembered a verse that brought assurance back to me…
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee….”

I’d let “the winds and the waves” of life cause me to lose my sense of God’s peace– If you ever find you’re in a similar state, Isaiah 26:3 can bring freedom and release.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3 KJV

…more on His perfect peace:

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:26-27 KJV

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 KJV (and all of verses 31-39)

Photographed by Stephanie at a rose garden in Europe
Garden Photo by Stephanie

Inspired Words to Pray

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Photo by Porch of the Lord

Lord,

Make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred–let me sow love,
where there is injury–pardon,
where there is doubt–faith,
where there is despair–hope,
where there is darkness–light,
and where there is sadness–joy.

Divine Master, grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive–
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi

…Some versions of this prayer add “where there is friction, union, and where there is error, truth.” You may want to add those thoughts in praying the prayer, as well.

God bless you today,

P. A. Oltrogge

Miracles on the Mountain

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Dear friends and followers of this blog,

I am writing this post to inform you of some amazing healing services, “Miracles on the Mountain,” with Pastor Billy Burke, being held at Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, which are available on line. I’m sorry I failed to send this out yesterday as last evening’s service was outstanding, with many people receiving from the Lord via this man’s ministry for Jesus. To read about the services, you can go to https://miracles.kcm.org/

To view the service this evening, go to http://www.bvovn.com or http://www.emic.org at 8:00 p.m.(Eastern Time), 7:00 p.m. (Central Time), etc.

If interested to view Billy’s website, it is http://www.billyburke.org

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it would be wonderful to experience being there yourself this weekend. If you currently do not have a church, Eagle Mountain’s regular church services in person or on line would bless you greatly. http://www.emic.org

If you’re unable to view the services at the specified time, they will likely be featured at the website of EMIC. In fact, yesterday’s pre-service message on the name of Jesus, by Pastor George Pearsons, is available there now.

Have a blessed day, and thank you for reading these Porch posts!

P. A. Oltrogge

Meditation on God’s Medication

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“ALL their flesh” is a thorough description
of that which is covered by the Lord’s prescription.

A stronger medicine, you cannot find—
let God’s healing Word permeate your heart and mind.

P. A. Oltrogge

Proverbs 4:20-24

My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.

Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;

For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.

Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.

Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.

New King James Version (NKJV)
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My son,

pay attention to my words.
Open your ears to what I say.

Do not lose sight of these things.
Keep them deep within your heart

because they are life to those who find them
and they heal the whole body.

Guard your heart more than anything else,
because the source of your life flows from it.

Remove dishonesty from your mouth.
Put deceptive speech far away from your lips.

God’s Word Translation (GW)

Booklets that reinforce this:
“God’s Prescription for Divine Health”
by Gloria Copeland,
http://www.kcm.org
“God’s Creative Power for Healing”
by Charles Capps
http://www.cappsministries.com

He Upholds all Things by the Word of His Power

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“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds, who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4 New King James Version

The God’s Word translation reads “He holds everything together by His powerful words….”

Does something in your life need to be upheld or held together? Trust the One, who holds all things together….

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Cast Your Burden Upon the Lord

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Regarding any difficulty, a prayer…

I don’t know how, Father, that You can take care of this;

but if I were to doubt Your Word, I would be remiss.

I can remind You of a chosen promise, as found in Your Word.

It prospers as You send it forth over any anxious thoughts I’ve heard.

For any matter that requires my patience, I leave it in Your hands.

I don’t know how You work miracles—I only know they’re in Your plans.

Jesus Christ, the same—yesterday, today, and forever…

There’s no weapon formed against me that Your power cannot sever.

Thank You, Father, that You’ve already taken care of things.

That’s what Your Word says, and that’s what faith in its integrity brings.

P. A. oltrogge

“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 NASB

“…I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” 1 Corinthians 14:15 NKJV

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 NKJV

“Then said the Lord unto me, ‘Thou hast well seen; For I will hasten my word to perform it.’” Jeremiah 1:12 KJV

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 NKJV

“‘No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed. You will have an answer for anyone who accuses you. This is the inheritance of the Lord’s servants. Their victory comes from Me,’ declares the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 GW

“Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.” Philippians 4:6 GW

“Turn all your anxiety over to God because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 GW

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 GW

“Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV