Recently I woke up to the phrase “All Systems Down!”
Now, I knew this was a phrase impressed in my spirit by the Lord,
and it preceeded an event that followed at my workplace at the time.
the Laser Color Printer to work because we held many events that required brochures.
Instead of INCREASING our food budget, can we DECREASE it by 1/4 every month or so, and live within those means, trusting the Lord to provide? Is He truly Jehoveh Jireh in our lives? Do we believe it? Do we see HIM?
What about Health Insurance? It’s a system. I first received this word above in 2008. At the time I had health insurance. It dictated to me which doctor I would see, what diagnosis’ I would receive and whether they would pay. Certain diagnosis’ could not be given because the treatments offered would not be covered. And the cost for health insurance was so great that we could only afford for my husband, who received coverage at work, to be covered.
At first, I panicked, but then when I received the word “All Systems Down” and meditated on it, I thought “well just Who IS my Provider?” and “Who Is my Healer?” It is the Lord.
Today, I belong to a Christian Share Group, not an insurance company. We share medical expenses and pray for each other. It is considered by medical providers to be private pay, so they reduce the cost by 1/2 in many cases. And my cost per month is 1/3 of what it would have been to cover me by insurance companies.
In addition, I am not limited to whom the Insurance Company says I could see. There is no network of physicians. I could see whomever I choose and if the provider I choose prescribes supplements, this will be included in what I receive from the share group. I am free. Of course, there are requirements, some of which are that you lead a healthy lifestyle, free from smoking and excessive drinking, and you attend church regularly. That shouldn’t be a problem for those who know the Lord is their Healer and Provider.
Go through the list of names that the Lord refers to Himself. Once a week, write on a journal page, a name of God. As you do, ask yourself, “Is He that to ME?” If so, how does your behavior reflect it? Ask Him to introduce Himself to you as that name. Ask to know that name greater than you do presently. We Christians are so vague with our requests. “Lord I want to know You, I want to know You more.” What does that mean? How will you do it?
Is He Jehovah Shamah? (Ezekiel 48:35) It means The Lord is Present. Is Jehovah Shamah Lord of your life? If not, you won’t know that He is and you might open the door for another to be present. Let’s take not knowing “He is Present” to the furthest extreme. If you don’t know Him as “He is Present” there will be fear and panic which leads only to evil doing. (Psalm 37:8 although read the entire psalm on fretting). Eventually, you may rely upon the government to be there for you, and supply all your needs if Jehovah Jireh is not your Lord.
All these things will topple. All systems will fall like Domino’s. You don’t have to fall with them, nor do you need to fear when they fall. If you have cultivated time with the Lord, in a strategic way, you will not die when the systems do.
Like the printer in my fundraising organization, we had to get our own printer, using our own funds, maintain it on our own instead of being connected to the national server which was often down. We were free to be functional. Don’t be tied to the systems (server). There will likely be lifestyle changes that need to be made but you belong to the Lord. Not the systems.
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.