March 31, 2017
Last week, I left you hanging with
my story of God’s miraculous provision, so let me re-cap a part of it before we
finish this narrative. We are still on
the topic of For Thou art with me!
was working with Dwain McKenzie in the early 1970’s at Long Beach Christian
Center (California). LBCC was a growing
fellowship, but the income from the church couldn't even begin to take care of
one family, much less two. Because of my
engineering background and inclination to develop various products and
inventions for clients, I was able to earn enough of a living for a family of
six (at the time).
self-employed has its benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. If you run out of business — and you are
operating on a cash basis — you soon face the need for money to pay bills or
buy food. I hit those dry times more
were in the midst of a dry spell financially.
Most of the bills were paid, but we were running out of food. After putting the family to bed, I went into
the kitchen and opened the refrigerator and the cabinets. There was enough food left for one meal, and
that was it! I pointed to the
refrigerator and the cabinets and prayed the following:
you are the One who called us here.
You’ve placed us in this ministry, so our needs are your
responsibility. You’ve made it clear
that you will provide abundantly above all we can think or ask. We’re on your payroll, and we need food for
the family. I expect you to make the
provision necessary, and I thank you for it.”
family was well aware of our needs but hadn’t really expressed any concerns
because I told them that the Lord would make whatever provision was necessary.
closed the cabinets and refrigerator and went to bed at complete peace. About 2:30 in the morning, I awoke, thirsty
and wanting a glass of water. Going into
the still-dark kitchen and reaching into the cabinet where the glasses were normally
kept, my hand bumped something unfamiliar.
turned the lights on and began opening kitchen cabinets. They were stocked to the max! Not only were the basics there (like flour,
sugar, salt, spices, etc.), there was a variety of cereals for the kids, soups
– you name it! The refrigerator was
full. There were fresh vegetables and
fruit, eggs and milk. Anything you could
think of had been provided. The freezer
was full of meat. It was as though the
angel of the Lord had gone on a major shopping expedition! (chuckle)
The supply was so abundant that I woke up the whole household to see the
provision of the Lord.
months down the road, we were in another of those dry spells financially. It was a Sunday morning. We had enough to make a good spaghetti meal
with a tossed salad. I figured if we
were careful, we could make it last for two or even three meals.
home from church, we set the table and got ready to sit down to our meal. The doorbell rang. It was Dick and Jeannie Parrish who were part
of the ministry staff at Long Beach Christian Center. Their two children were with them. Without a second thought, I invited them to
have dinner with us.
I Kings 17, we have the event recorded where the widow of Zarephath is
instructed to prepare a meal for Elijah.
It is a time of famine in the land, and she resists, saying that she
only has enough meal in the house, and a little oil to make some cakes for
herself and her son. Elijah instructs
her to fix him the meal first, and then for herself.
the fact that it was totally illogical on the face of it, the widow
obeyed. Suddenly, she had enough to take
care of herself, her son and Elijah during the remainder of the famine. Here’s how the Scripture records it:
I Kings 17:14-16:
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall
not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the
LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying
of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And
the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to
the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
event was implanted deeply in my spirit to the place that I knew Dick and
Jeannie’s appearance with their children was being orchestrated by the Lord for
another demonstration. We pulled up
extra chairs and added places at the table for us so that there were ten people
seated together. We dug into the bowls
of spaghetti, meatballs and salad and everyone ate until they were full.
was the common expression. We fellowshipped
together for several hours before the Parrish’s finally left. Have to say that I was utterly amazed when I
went to put the remaining food in the fridge.
The bowls were full – each one separately: the spaghetti, the meatballs
and the salad -- as though they’d never been touched.
following Monday morning, I was on my knees in the living room praying around
4:00 AM when the doorbell rang. I got
up, went to answer the door and no one was there. Looking up and down the street, there was no
sign of anyone. What was immediately
apparent, however, were the boxes and bags of groceries outside the front
door. Once again, the angel of the Lord
had been sent to make provision for us.
We lacked for nothing!
has passed, and it is perhaps a year that has gone by. Again, the cupboards were down to virtually
nothing. I was up early, trying to get
some breakfast together for the children before they headed off to school. We had a six-foot wooden fence that
surrounded our yard and my shop behind the house. The fence began just in front of the kitchen
door and had a padlocked gate.
anyone to try and get into the back yard, they would have to be pole-vaulters
or exceptionally athletic in order to scale that fence. I’ve said all that to say that we had a
doorbell specific to the kitchen door. I
was fixing the kids’ breakfast when suddenly that doorbell rang. You’ll appreciate my puzzlement when I heard
that particular ring.
was a repeat of the event that had occurred roughly a year previously. There were bags of groceries filling the
steps to the kitchen door. Once again, I
saw and knew that the angel of the Lord had made provision.
we are going to walk with the Lord and follow Him in the paths of
righteousness, we’ve got to come to the place that “For Thou art with me” is
engraved in our spirits. Our lives are
not based in “God and our job,” or perhaps “God and the doctor,” or “God and
anything else.” Either the Lord Jesus
Christ is in us, or He is not. Either we
are in Him, or we are not! There’s no
way around it.
me be clear. I’m not criticizing the use
of doctors, and I’m certainly not downplaying the need for us to be
working. We simply have to place our
focus in the right place. God uses
doctors, but they aren’t the ones who heal us.
Jesus is the healer! God uses our
jobs and our employment, but He is the One who has enabled us with the skills
of our trades.
made this promise to His disciples:
Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.
put that statement in its proper context.
First of all, Jesus gives us a command to go and disciple all
nations. To disciple means to bring
someone under the discipline of the Master and Teacher. It means to demonstrate that discipline so that
it becomes real to those around.
He instructs us to immerse those same people into the onoma — the character, the nature, the very
essence — of Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit.
If we are not thoroughly immersed ourselves in Father’s character, how
then do we immerse someone else is something we don’t possess?
it the next step.
do we immerse someone into the nature, the character and the very essence of
the Lord Jesus Christ, if we haven’t first been immersed in Him — and know that
He is immersed in us? Finally, how do we
immerse someone into the very nature, character and essence of Holy Spirit if
we have not first been immersed, baptized, overwhelmed and saturated by Holy
He instructs us to teach and instruct these “disciples” according to all that
He has commanded us and instilled, engraved and poured into us! If we’ve not been submissive to His Word and
His Will in the first place, anything we have to offer or teach will be empty,
to say the least — devoid of His character and nature.
wrap it up today with this one!
Hebrews 13:5b-6: ….be
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my
helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
is absolutely essential and critical to our being able to avoid absorbing and
acquiring what we commonly refer to as “the mark of the beast.” If the fact that Jesus is with us 24 hours
per day, 365.25 days per year, then there is nothing whatever that the world
can do to intimidate us or coerce us into thinking the way it does and/or
operating and conducting business like the beast system. The answer is, “For
Thou art with me!”
it seems that I’ve gotten off track here with my discussion of the “mark,”
please understand that people unwittingly take this mark. They do so because there is not an awareness
of the presence of the Lord with them. They just don’t know, and don’t understand the
incredible significance of having the Lord constantly with them, in them,
operating through them, and their dwelling in Christ Jesus. When we know of a certainty that the Lord is
with us, there are no threats whatever, including the threats of not being able
to buy or sell, that can intimidate or coerce us into anything ungodly.
talked about the Hebrew metaphors for the “mark,” and let me be clear. If indeed there comes a day where some agency
or governmental institution demands that we accept a subdermal device in our
forehead or right hand, those who accept it will have long before accepted the
real mark – the way of thinking and the way of doing business of the beast and
the beast system.
let’s wrap up today with how David put things:
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do
unto me? The LORD taketh my part with
them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate
is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than
to put confidence in princes.
compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed
me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are
quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy
Now that’s the way one
thinks, believes and responds when they know that the Lord is with them.
One more time, let’s recap what
David says about this:
Yea, though I
walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, for Thou
art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they
We’ve already covered our
deliverance from the Fear of Evil, and we’ve spent the
last two weeks on For Thou art with me.
Next week, we will take up a discussion on the rod.
I remind those of you
in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call normally takes place on the
first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number is (712) 775-7035.
The Access Code is: 323859#. For Canadians who have
difficulty getting in to this number, you can call (559) 546-1400. If someone answers and asks what your original
call-in number was, you can give them the 712 number and access code.
At the same time, in
case you are missing out on real fellowship in an environment of Ekklesia, our
Sunday worship gatherings are available by conference call – usually at about
10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (712) 770-4160, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the live call, you can dial (712) 770-4169, enter the same access code and listen in
Blessings on you!
Regner A. Capener
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Temple, Texas 76504
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