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Faith in our Faithful God

So I intend always to remind you about these things, although, indeed, you know them and are firm in the truth that {you} now {hold}. I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle (tent, body), to stir you up by way of remembrance.(2 Peter 1:12-13)

The most valuable, effective, and life-changing gift we can offer each other is the reminder of the Truth concerning the faithfulness of God, and of the love He cherishes for us.

…so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us… (Ephesians 2:4)

Faith receives that Truth and is built up and strengthened. This is God, through Paul (2 Timothy 3:16), revealing Himself to His children. This is our Father providing us with a firm foundation for our faith. How revealing of our Abba’s character and His affectionate and watchful care of us (1 Peter 5:7) that He expects faith from us (Hebrews 10:38) and then gives to us everything we need to please Him and accomplish this faith. Through His Word, His indwelling Holy Spirit, and the fellowship and encouragement of the Body of Christ, we are equipped to operate in mountain-moving faith. That is His expectation, but it is also His enablement.

Having faith in God constantly (Mark 11:22) is our kingdom mandate, and throughout His Word, His expression of covenant with us, we are reminded of His character, we are encouraged concerning our value to Him; our relationship with Him. Loving parents, in so many ways, express and extend love and provision and protection and guidance to their children. That care flows out of hearts so filled with loving attention to their well-being, and each child responds with absolute trust in their understanding of their importance to their parents.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with her mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me {ceased from fretting}. (Psalm 131:2)

“Ceased from fretting” is a wonderful description of faith based on trust, and that absolute trust is reliant upon the understood and unchanging character of God.

…He remains true (faithful to His Word and to His righteous character) for He cannot deny Himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

God is not a man that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man that He should feel repentance or compunction {for what He has promised}. Has he said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

Our daily walk of faith before Him is entirely defined and fashioned and strengthened by “the faithfulness of God and His fidelity to His Word” (Romans 3:3). We are to establish our lives on our understanding, our acknowledgment, and our absolute trust in His power, wisdom, and goodness. We are to daily, moment-by-moment if need be, renew our minds with His Word.

…Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind {having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude} (Ephesians 4:23)

Speak and think the Truth in your heart” (Psalm 15:2). When you do, when that becomes your “default position”, you will overcome every obstacle, counter every thought contrary to His Truth, and quickly recognize and diffuse any situation that sets itself up against the Word of God. The attitudes of the world and the tactics of the enemy are ever active “inventing errors to mislead” (Ephesians 4:14). But they are easily overcome from the vantage point of our faith in our faithful Lord, and uncompromised reliance on His alive, active, and powerful Word. (Hebrews 4:12)

Faithful is He Who is calling you {to Himself} and utterly trustworthy and He will also do it {fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you}. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen {you} and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil {one}. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

The Long View

In the realm of the physical we know of short-sightedness and far-sightedness – two possible vision issues requiring corrective measures to aid in our physical sight.

In 2 Peter 1:9 we read of spiritual shortsightedness, a condition which limits a person to “seeing only what is near to him” oblivious to the full truth set forth in the Gospel “concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God” (Acts 11:19) in all of its full application. (Salvation {Greek word “sozo”} means “to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to make well, heal, restore to health, to keep in good health, protection, to bring victory.) If there is spiritual shortsightedness, if the parallel in the physical realm holds true, there will also be spiritual farsightedness – the Spirit led ability to see as God sees; to look beyond this physical realm (seeing only what is near to us) and see AS God sees – to see WHAT God sees.

Jeremey Pearsons (pearsonsministriesinternational.org) gives us a wonderful picture of this farsightedness. He speaks of his small son unable to see what others are seeing because a crowd of tall grown-ups is blocking his view. But when his father picks him up his eyes can see at adult level. He is lifted up to see what his size limitati0n at first kept him from seeing. In the same way, God will lift us up to enable us to see as He sees – what He sees. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15), yielded to his teaching and guidance, we learn to pay attention to the unseen and to the long view.

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen .but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting) but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Spiritual farsightedness is life-giving, reality altering, and God honoring (Hebrews 10:38). When we look up, out, and over our present circumstances, standing on the promises of God, safe in our Father’s arms, we see the positive outcome, the manifested vision, the circumstantial changes that receive the blessing. We see that they are promised and that they are ours through faith. And by faith we expect that outcome. Spiritual farsightedness sees and therefore expects our covenant with God to be. Symptoms of illness are overcome and defeated with the long, steadfast gaze toward Jesus and His promises. Fear, worry, and concern – symptoms of the prideful error in judgment that we are and should be in charge in our lives – are defeated when we look only at the promises and not the problem. When we rely on and trust in our Abba’s ability and not our own.

In fact every mountain will and must move when confronted with your faith-filled declaration (Mark 11:22-24), “every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God” in your life will be refuted, cast down, and defeated (2 Corinthians 10:5), every issue in your life that does not prove the truth of God’s Word and does not demonstrate His loving, affectionate, and watchful care is subject to change!

For we walk by faith {we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk} not by sight or appearance. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

God’s Word is the corrective lens through which we daily, routinely and habitually, develop the long view. If there is anything in your life that does not line up with and conform to the Word of God look up, out, and over that situation to what God has told you about who you are in Christ. Fix your eyes and thoughts on that. Consider only that. Our God is faithful to His Word and you activate that Truth with your faith.

Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His Word and to do what He had promised. (Romans 4:21)

…for He Who promised is reliable (true) and faithful to His Word. (Hebrews 10:23)

Praise Him!

Sincere praise and joy coming forth out of a truly grateful heart are the underpinnings, the foundations, of faith. They are its true expression, and they accurately and reliably demonstrate the reverential fear and honoring of our God. They proclaim our Abba’s faithfulness, His affectionate care and watchful attention to everything that concerns us (1 Peter 5:7).

There are so many potential opportunities within any given day to have our praises silenced and our joy extinguished. We need to recognize that praising God is a powerful tool in our spiritual arsenal, and that expressing joy in every situation establishes our reliance on and our trust in God. Not only is this our demonstration of love and gratitude for Him (as well as reverential fear), not only is it the deepest part of who we are calling out to and acknowledging our Life Source, it is “mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Praising God defeats the enemy. When we fix our hearts and minds on His power and authority, when we hold onto the Truth of His Word as our only reality, when we stand in faith that His wonderful promises are ours – Satan has no foothold! He is a defeated foe and our faith-filled praises seal the deal!

And how often and when do we utilize this tool? Constantly!

Hebrews 13:15 – Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His Name.

We truly are meant to be continuous praisers. Ephesians 1:12 identifies us as having been “destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory”, and Isaiah 57:19 (Amplified) tells us that our Abba will make our lips “blossom anew with speech in thankful praise“. Praising God in all situations is an essential aspect of our spiritual DNA.

As with everything our Father commands, this directive to praise Him continually is for our benefit. Honoring and reverencing Him with grateful praise establishes us in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6), hides us in the Secret Place (Psalm 91:1), and strengthens and encourages us concerning His mighty power on our behalf. It places Him rightfully on the throne of our lives and effectively reminds us daily that He is in charge of everything that concerns us not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3).

So when a tactic of the enemy rises up to try to defeat you – health issue, financial concerns, persecutions, confusion – when fear attempts to derail your faith and accompany you along your way – praise our Father for He has already accomplished your means of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). He is our Provider, our Healer, our Peace, our Wisdom, our Overcoming Victory. Praise Him joyfully! Think on Him and praise Him throughout your day. For you have been “destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12).

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your Presence; they will be singing Your praises all day long. Selah (pause and calmly think of that). – Psalm 84:4

“For {then}…Psalm 91 (verses 3-13) -Part Three

How often we read Scripture without the wonder, the awe and reverence It deserves. There is a familiarity with our Father’s Word that so very often undermines Its power and compromises Its life-changing, spirit-impacting purpose. God’s Word is Truth (Psalm 119:160); It is His bond. All of His promises are “Yes“and “Amen” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

For as many as are the promises of God, they will find their Yes {answer} in Him {Christ}. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God, through Him {in His Person and by His agency} to the glory of God.

We say we honor the Lord. We say we love Him and serve Him, and yet in our day-to-day lives the full manifestation of His promises is often missing. Our days should be characterized by an expectation that God will always fulfill His Word. He expects that kind of faith from His children (Hebrews 10:38); a mountain-moving faith in His power, His love, and His promises.

But the just shall live by faith {My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it} and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.

It is that “conviction“, that holy fervor” that lives in and enjoys the covenant promises of God. As you read Psalm 91:3-13 let these promises of God feed, strengthen, and establish you in His care. This is our Abba’s part of the covenant and He will see to it according to your faith in His Word. You have resolved to dwell stable and fixed in His secret place (verse 1), and you have, with your spoken word, acknowledged His Lordship (verse 2). That is your part of the covenant.

Then come these wonderful words – “For {then}…“{Amplified}. (The NIV begins verse 3 with “Surely) – and God reveals to us what we can expect from Him. He expects us to hold Him to His Word, for that is truly the faith that honors Him and that gives Him first place as our Lord. When we read the Word but don’t expect every bit of It to be fulfilled in us, are we not in some way questioning His veracity and diminishing His power and authority in our lives?

So now read these verses with the awe, wonder, gratitude, and spirit-strengthening ability they deserve! Thank Him! Praise Him! Honor Him by believing and, therefore, expecting His Word to come to pass in you.

Psalm 135:14 – For the Lord will…take into favor His servants {those who meet His terms of separation unto Him}

Be Careful How You Listen – Part One

Reluctance to permit the Truth of God’s Word to inform our thoughts and actions is quite often a learned response. Years of misinformed and misdirecting teaching, sermons that misrepresent, or weaken and compromise, our Father’s Word and His intentions towards men, half-truths that weaken and even annul the power of the alive and active quality of the Word (Hebrews 4:12) have created a very insipid and ineffectual Church (Mark 7:13). There are, of course, exceptions to this condition. There are churches, and members in particular, of the Body of Christ who honor the Truth of the Word, and, through their faith, see to its power and effectiveness in their lives. But having encountered so many believers who love the Lord, joyously and gratefully expect eternal life with Him, and even honor the commitment to go and tell others of Jesus, the Messiah- Who is the one and only way to know God – but who sadly resist the all-encompassing depth of the Gospel message – one sees fulfillment of Mark 7:13.

In Luke 8 immediately after the Parable of the Sower, Jesus exhorted us to be careful how we listen. He had spoken in the parable about the various ways that God’s Word might be received in a life (Luke 8:1-15). He concludes that it is the way we listen to and receive God’s Word that matters. The NIV version of the Bible teaches that the efficacy, or lack thereof, of our listening has direct results:

Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him .
Luke 8:18

The Amplified Bible expands this very effectively:

For to him who has {spiritual knowledge} will more be given, and from him who does not have {spiritual knowledge}, even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.

At our peril we accept and operate within the confines of a diluted Gospel message. What we think and guess and suppose about the Word of God truly leaves us weak and defenseless. Sickness, fear, confusion, poverty all rise up to challenge whatever hope we might have concerning our faith. Thinking and guessing and supposing honors man’s reasoning but does not honor the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who reveals to us the deep, inner meaning of God’s Word (John 16:13-15). Thinking and guessing and supposing that we are correctly assuming God’s purposes and intentions when we are, in fact, operating in half-truths or complete error, will result in a faith that is challenged and overcome. This can result in a Christian doctrine to live by that completely misses God’s highest and best. To further compound the error, we share our false assumptions with others, and on and on the misdirection flows.

Do not remain in the compromising realm of misinformation and misdirection. Always seek the Truth of His Word on every issue you encounter. God’s Word puts the lie to every condition in your life that “appears” to disprove His faithfulness; His Word offers ammunition against every device and weapon and condition we encounter in life. He expects His children to take Him at His Word and to use that Word in absolute assurance that It must be fulfilled. (Isaiah 55:11, Hebrews 10:38).

The Boldness of Faith

Smith Wigglesworth shares the story of a young English girl who came to one of his meetings to receive healing for a goiter – an enlarged thyroid. She was prayed for and at the next day’s meeting she testified that she had been wonderfully healed and couldn’t wait to go home to tell her mother.

The next year she traveled again to Wigglesworth’s convention and stood and shared testimony with all attending that she had been wonderfully healed of a goiter at last year’s convention and had had the best year of her life because of the Lord’s wonderful healing touch, although Wigglesworth shares that “from a human perspective it looked as though the goiter was as big as ever.” But she gave testimony to all who would listen that God had healed her.

The third year she returned to the meeting, continuing to praise God concerning her healing, although some spoke directly to her – “Look in the mirror. What’s wrong with you? That goiter is bigger than ever.” Wigglesworth writes:

“The young woman went to the Lord about it and said, ‘Lord, You so wonderfully healed me two years ago. Won’t You show all the people that You healed me?’ She went to sleep peacefully that night, still believing God. When she came down the next day there was not a trace or a mark of that goiter.”

Faith stands! Faith expects that God can only ever be true to His Word. Faith boldly declares (all physical evidence to the contrary) that God’s Word, His promises, are the only reality. Faith receives the promise and carries away the reward (Hebrews 10:35-36). There can be no compromise with this. Compromise, wavering, lingering doubt, attention to the problem all play a role in destabilizing and undermining a faith stand. (James 1:6-8). Faith perceives as real fact what is mot yet revealed to the senses (Hebrews 11:1). Because God has said it, it must be! Boldly and gratefully declare God’s Word into each circumstance you encounter, consistently and peacefully assume the blessing, watchfully and confidently receive the manifestation. For truly, it must be. Our Abba’s Word is only ever always true.

Jehovah – Rohi

After teaching us (comforting us) in John 10:10 that He came so we may “have and enjoy life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows), Jesus speaks of His role as the Good Shepherd Who lays down His own life for the sheep (verses 11 and 15). We see the first reference for God as our Shepherd in Genesis 48:15:

…God {Himself} Who has {been my Shepherd and has led and } fed me from the time I came into being until this day

After this He refers to Himself as Shepherd 80 more times throughout the Word.

As a shepherd tends his sheep, our Abba guides us, leads and feeds us, protects us from harm and comforts us. Jehovah-Rohi (also seen as Jehovah- Ra’ah) is the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as my Friend, my Shepherd Who demonstrates a tender caring, a watchful protection.

Strong’s Concordance gives the extended definition of “Shepherd” as “to tend a flock, to pasture it, to rule, to associate with (as with a friend, a companion)”. The definitive explanation and demonstration of all that God’s shepherding provides for is found in Psalm 23. His all-encompassing care for the sheep includes the parameters – the characteristics, the promises – which all of His Self-identifying Names offer to us.

Verse 1 – The Lord is my Shepherd (Jehovah – Rohi)
I shall not want (Jehovah – Jireh)
(You provide mw with all that I need)

verse 2 – He leads me beside quiet waters (Jehovah – Shalom)
(You are my Peace)

Verse 3 – He refreshes and restores my life (Jehovah – Rapha)
(You are my Healer)

Verse 3 – He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake (Jehovah-Tsidkenu)
(You are my righteousness)

Verse 4 – I will fear or dread no evil for You are with me (Jehovah-Shammah)
(You are ever present)

Verse 5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (Jehovah-Nissi)
(You are the banner of protection I stand under)

Verse 5 – You anoint my head with oil(Jehovah-M’Kaddesh)
(You sanctify me)

Fully understanding His Names unveils all that our Abba wants to provide for us. We have a good and wonderful Father Whose extraordinary love for His kids is discovered through the Names He calls Himself. And those Names address all of life’s contingencies. Let your faith rest on the promises that His Names reveal.

Jehovah – Rapha

Immediately after the Lord led Israel through the parted Red Sea and then caused the death of their pursuers – the Egyptians, their horses and chariots (Exodus 14:28) – He established covenant with His people, revealing Himself as our Physician:

Exodus 15:26 – …If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.

I AM the Lord Who heals you {Jehovah-Rapha – the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as our Healer}. As with all of His Names – His Self-identifying Names – our Father reveals here yet another aspect of His character, His covenant with His people, His purpose in our lives. When He speaks to us through each of these Names He is promising that we can absolutely rely on the manner in which He identifies Himself to us. He does not lie (Numbers 23:19), He does not fabricate, He does not exaggerate. To His children who, through faith, stand and rely on His Word, He is the Great Physician Who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people. He is our healing.

Strongs Concordance explains Jehovah-Rapha as “to mend by stitching, to cure, to cause to heal, physician, repair, thoroughly make whole, restore, to make healthful, to bring back to baby fresh”. When He promises:

You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst. {Exodus 23:25}

…Who heals each one of all your diseases…{Psalm 103:3},

are you “fully persuaded and assured” that He is “able and mighty to keep His Word and to do what He has promised” {Romans 4:21}?

We receive by faith what God has promised. Each one of His identifying Names reveals to us what we are able to stand in faith for. It is His revealed will. As we understand the scope and full implications of what He extends to His children, we can walk in the fullness of the freedom that each of His Names provide. Since He has revealed Himself as Jehovah-Rapha our Healer, sickness and disease is viewed in an entirely different light. When you allow this paradigm shift to happen in your spirit, when you recognize the author of the sickness (the author of the storm), and when you fully own your rights as a child of God and citizen of the heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20) – daily walking in divine health will be your result.

Jehovah – Nissi

Proverbs 18:10 – The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the {consistently} righteous man {upright and in right standing with God} runs into it and is safe, high {above evil} and strong.

Remember Jehovah-Tsidkenu? As a child of God, in Christ, you are a member of the family of God, identified as “consistently righteous”. God is, He becomes for us, our righteousness. So, understanding what each of His Names accomplishes on our behalf through our faith, our absolute acceptance of His Truth, causes that Name to become our strong tower! We run into the promise of all that Name implies, and our Father performs (creates, establishes) that on our behalf.

Jehovah-Nissi – The Self-Existent One Who Reveals Himself as our Banner, our Standard of Victory (our Focal Point). Jehovah-Nissi is first spoken of in Exodus 17:15. The Israelites were battling Amalek. Moses stood on a hill above the battle and held up the rod of God:

When Moses held up his hand Israel prevailed, and when he lowered his hand Amalek prevailed.(Exodus 17:11)

When his arms grew weary holding up the rod in the air, he was aided on either side by Aaron and Hur. As the rod of God remained lifted high over the battle, Israel ultimately prevailed.

And Moses built an alter and called the name of it, the Lord is my Banner. And he said, Because theirs is a hand against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (Exodus 17:15-16)

As with all of our Abba’s Names, when we recognize all of its implications for our life in the Spirit, we are strengthened, comforted, and re-created by its Truth. Today, any issue, any situation, anything that lifts its hand against the throne of the Lord in the life of a child of God must contend with Jehovah-Nissi! When our faith allows us to rely on that Truth our understanding builds resolve to accept nothing less than God’s standard and victory.

Psalm 60:4 – {But now} You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You {to which they may flee from the bow}; a standard displayed because of the Truth. Selah {pause, and calmly think of that}!

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “standard” as “that which is established by sovereign power as a rule or measure by which others are to be adjusted”. Recognizing the Truth that God (and His ways of doing and being right) is our standard, we resolve that everything else in our life must adjust itself to that heavenly reality. He is Jehovah-Nissi – our Banner, our Standard, our Plumb Line. Our identity, our expectations, our ultimate peace is all wrapped up in this revelation.

Strong’s Concordance explains “standard” as – “to make (cause) to flee away, to put to flight, to hide; to lift up a standard”. He is our Standard, causing the enemy to flee away from us (James 4:7). He puts him to flight as we stand in faith upon His Name! He hides us in righteousness! The standard of the Lord is our hiding place! And He establishes that through the power of His Name – Jehovah-Nissi!

Isaiah 59:19 – So {as the result of the Messiah’s intervention } they shall {reverently} fear the Name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will life up a standard against him and put him to flight {for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives).

Jehovah-Jireh

The word “provision”, or “provider”, is so all-encompassing when it comes to our walk with God. It truly interacts with all of His promises, and all of His redemptive Names. Our Abba is always there(Jehovah-Shammah); He is our righteousness (Jehovah-Tsidkenu) and our peace (Jehovah-Shammah). And He is our constant Provider (Jehovah-Jireh). He provides for us that which He has promised according to our faith.

Originally from the Latin (“providere”), it means “to look ahead, to prepare, to supply, a providing beforehand, the action of arranging in advance”. What a comforting realization. God sees our need ahead of time and is the Supplier of that need. We will never have a need that our Father doesn’t know about. He provides the work of our hands, the food for our bodies, the wisdom for our decisions, the path we are to take, our shelter, our giftings, and the Word that establishes us in His promises. He has sent the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and enable us, and the Son to die on our behalf and restore us back into His grace! He is a good and loving Father Who provides everything that we need that pertains to life and godliness. (2Peter 1:3)

Being made in His image, we, as parents, are filled with the desire to provide the very best for our children. From healthy food to steady guidance, from the creation of a loving home to moral training, most parents hover gently and carefully over their children. There is, however, a release into life when they reach maturity. The love is still there, the prayers and counsel are still there, but the constant provision of parental responsibility diminishes.

Not so with our Father. As we mature and our faith strengthens the role that His provision plays in our lives becomes more and more evident. The more we lean on and rely on Him, the greater His hand in our lives, the greater manifestation of His blessings, the more evident His miracles, signs and wonders; the more we mature in Him, the more we rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Jehovah-Jireh (the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as being our Provider), is first spoken of in Genesis 22:14 after He provided the sacrificial animal to take the place of Isaac. Throughout the Word He is revealed as the Faithful Caretaker and Provider of all that His people needed. And not simply life-sustaining needs:

…God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for {our} enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17)

He delights in the prosperity of His servants. (Psalm 35:27) He attends to both our needs and our desires. (Psalm37:4, Psalm 103:5) He knows ahead of time what is coming up and what will be needed for each eventuality.
It is better, more beneficial, with a far better outcome, to rely on the Name of the Lord, and all that Name promises, than to rely on our own ability, our own resources, and our own understanding.

Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight and understanding. In all your ways, know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

And will lovingly provide everything that you need every step of the way!