Stretching for Identity Part II: The S in STRETCH

In the first installment of Stretchng for Identity, the underlying issue we highlighted is our inner mentality. What is it I believe to be true INSIDE? What I believe to be true on the inside is the inspiration for the environment I produce around me. Good or bad. Functionally or dysfunctionally. In the tight and narrow spaces and places of our lives we are confronted with the truth of our beliefs, and PRAISE THE LORD we are met by a loving and grace-driven Savior who beckons us to press towards His truth. In this post, we will begin to introduce the ingredients of truth we find in the tight seasons of life and unpack them for the encouragement we need to just.keep.going. 

S is for Supply

Psalm 119:57 says, "You are my portion, O Lord!" When Jesus went to the Cross, he did so in fulfillment of all of the Levitical offerings. We are most familiar with the Sin Offering, and how he took our sins upon himself so we could be before the Heavenly Father totally sinless. One of the other offerings he had to fulfill is called the Grain Offering. While the Sin Offering speaks to what Jesus did for us, the Grain Offering speaks to what Jesus gave us: Himself.

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35) 

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. (John 6:57)

Jesus is the source of everything we need, desire, and long to possess. He is the supply of our soul and the filling of our spirit and the health to our bodies. The only way we are fit for service to others as part of our Kingdom duties is because we feed on his endless resources.  In our narrow places, we are most confronted with who or what we have looked to for relief in our souls. In moments of fear or panic that need A or B may not be met, we look to other people or things for a quick fix and a release of the burdens bearing down on our hearts. The problem is those things never outlast or drown out the cry of our souls, but rather tug us deeper into pits of despair. An imperfect person or thing can never produce a perfect supply for our lives.

Romans 8:32 tells us, "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" God withheld nothing from us, not even His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. Would God give us His Son yet withhold health for our bodies? Would He give us His Son yet withhold peace from our emotions? Would God give us His Son yet only dangle our deliverance from whatever holds us just out of our reach but within our sight? Does He deem anything in our lives unworthy of His Son? God did not consider Jesus too precocious a gift for you and me, but rather you and me too precious to withhold Jesus.

Here is the further truth: Because God gave us His son, WITH HIM, with Jesus, we also find the supply and met needs of our lives. Jesus is everything and with him comes everything.

  • Jesus is your healing, strength, health and vitality.
  • Jesus is your rent money, your provision.
  • Jesus is your deliverance from depression, your sound mind, and your healthy emotions.
  • Jesus is the restoration to your relationships and your inner sustenance, and the answer to every cry of your heart.
  • Jesus is the protection for your kids, the vision for your life, and the equipper for every good work He planned in advance.
  • Jesus is your yesterday, your right now, your next five minutes, your day, your week, your month, your year and your life.
  • Jesus is your supply.

Jesus is the portion for our emotions, the source of our sound minds, our the supply for physical bodies. He is the supply of vision we need for our days and our lives. He the never-ending well of comfort, encouragement and wisdom. The answer to our questions, the balm to our wounds, the energy when our days feel weary. The reason He can be all of these things is because He has also borne all things. 

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but one who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. (Hebrews 4:15)

Jesus understands what you are going through. He's been there and He's there with you now. He is the only one who can meet your moment-to-moment needs in a way that will supernaturally catapult you to a new level of freedom and wide-open spaces. He goes before you and He comes behind you. He is beckons you with stalwart commitment in Matthew 11:28, "Come to ME, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (emphasis mine)

Jesus says, "Come to me" he does not say go to {fill in your own blank}. With Jesus is everything we need. The supply for your soul and the answer to your questions. 

 

For Reflection

1. What people or things do you tend to run to in your moments of need?

2. How have those people or things helped you? How have they hindered you?

3. What does it look like to seek Jesus as your daily supply instead of other people or things?

4. If you are going through a particular season of need, what would it look like for you to begin dreaming about the supply and intervention of God, instead of feeding on the scenarios of fear?

5. What do you need from God today? Search the Scriptures using your concordance or an online site (www.biblegateway.com) to help you find a promise in God's Word just for you.