Jesus was a carpenter, Paul a tent maker, Luke a physician, Peter and Andrew, fishermen.
We even see Jesus appearing to Peter and Andrew (after His resurrection) on the sea, teaching them how to gather in the greatest haul of fish.
So why then is it people think they have to sell The Word of God and The Gifts of the Spirit, the Holy things of God, in order to survive?
Why is it they limit The Holy One of Israel and think the only way Jesus can provide for them is if people give to them, or if they sell the Holy things of God?
C’mon people, where is your faith in people? Does it reside in your gifts and physical abilities? Does it reside in your job?
God can and does work through your job to provide for you, as he did many of His disciples, but He is not limited by people, places, jobs or things.
Could it be that God may be trying to increase your faith?
How did Jesus feed them in the wilderness? Was it not manna from heaven? Did He not bring forth water out of the rock? Did he not put a coin in the fish’s mouth and teach them how to catch a big haul of fish, by faith?
Did he not multiply the bread and the fishes? Did he not feed Elijah when he sent the Angel to tell him to rise and eat? Or even a raven?
Maybe you need to put your nets outs on the other side of the boat and stop looking in the only one direction you are looking at.
Everywhere we look people are saying give to us sow your seed, make your vow, pay your tithes, etc… and I am in no wise saying that we should not give if we have it to do so, but nowhere did Jesus do or teach His disciples to trust in people or sell The Gifts of the Spirit or The Holy Word of God to make their living and survive
And certainly not to build their big mansions and bigger barns to store all their goods, or even their big fancy ministry buildings. Nowhere! In fact, He was appalled and overthrew their tables and beat them with whips when He saw them selling in the temple, doves, which are a symbol of The Holy Spirit.
Stop justifying the wrong! Repent and trust God and stop limiting Him and you will discover what He can and will do according to His riches in Glory which He purposed in Christ Jesus.
He can and will supply and He is not limited by your thoughts or abilities or anyone else’s.
“After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes,” John 21:1-6.
“Then said The LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no,” Exodus 16:4.
“And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them,” Nehemiah 9:15.
“And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of The LORD appeared unto them.
And The LORD spake unto Moses, saying, take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before The LORD, as he commanded him.
And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And The LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with The LORD, and he was sanctified in them,” Numbers 20:5-13.
“Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee,” Matthew 17:27.
“And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children,” Matthew 14:15-21.
“And the ravens brought him (Elijah) bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook,” 1 Kings 17:6.
“And the angel of The LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee,” 1 Kings 19:7.
“Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan,” Psalm 78:41-43.
“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders. And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.
Thus saith The LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from The LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in The LORD, and whose hope The LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I The LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.” Jeremiah 17:1-11.
“And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief,” Hebrews 3:18-19.
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his work. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief,” Hebrews 4:1-11.
~ Kimberly Fuller