God’s Provision During a Recession

The following is a guest post from Jimmy Kibler – the Pastor of Victory Christian Chapel in Melbourne, Florida. Jimmy travels and speaks to churches about financial increase. You can find out more at his blog IncreaseNow.com.

“The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time and the days of famine they shall be satisfied.” Psalms 37:18-19

This promise from God is for today. The word famine in the Bible means recession or depression. Famines in those days were caused by a lack of rain and recessions today are caused by downturns in the economy and both have devastating effects on the lives of people.

It is now and always has been God’s intention to provide for his people. In Genesis chapter 26:1 we see that there was a famine in the land and Isaac wanted to go down to Egypt to provide for his family, but God said stay here and I will be with you and will bless you and I will perform the oath, which I swore unto Abraham your father. Verse 12, then Isaac sowed in that land (during the famine) and received in the same year 100 fold and the Lord blessed him and he became great (rich) and grew until he became very great. By this passage we understand that famines mean nothing to God and he can and will bless you no matter what is going on with the economy if you will only be obedient.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you will always have all sufficiency in all things and may abound to every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

This means that God is able to provide for you with enough money to pay all of your bills and money left over to provide for other people’s good works such as spreading the gospel and feeding the poor. This verse is God’s definition of prosperity.

But, there are two requirements toward receiving all sufficiency in all things from God.

Number 1

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all of these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

In the next verse, Jesus said do not worry about tomorrow. I believe, that if we seek God first that He will provide everything we need just as his Word says in this verse. Do not seek money or material goods; seek God and enough money to meet your needs and material goods, such as food, clothing and shelter will follow.

Number two

“If anyone would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Everyone, unless they are retired or disabled should work at doing something. I always tell people, put your hand to something and God will bless you.

I always start out my financial increase conferences by telling people that yes the economy is down, but your covenant with God is still in effect! There is no recession in Heaven and God is well able to provide for his people during this recession and he will. Trust God and seek God and Jesus said everything we need shall be added unto us.

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  1. Michael Holmes

    Good post! Great word:)

  2. Pastor Jimmy Kibler

    Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Isn’t God’s Word wonderful?

  3. Christian Encouragement

    I couldn’t help but to comment. God WILL indeed make provisions during a recession. I’ve witness the Lord supply time after time for me when I didn’t know how I was going to make it – BUT with God ALL things are possible.

  4. Pastor Jimmy Kibler

    Very encouraging comment. I love praise reports. Thank You. I always tell people in my conferences that when you make God your provider your income becomes unlimited. I love the verse in Genesis 22:8 When Abraham said to Isaac “God will provide Himself a lamb”. God provided a Savior for us and God Will also provide everything else we need.

  5. Craig Ford

    The vast majority of Christians around the world are living as vagabonds in shanty towns and squatter settlements.
    These people are giants in the Christian faith.
    What would be your response to their tragic plight?

  6. Jason @ One Money Design

    God has always provided for our family. We may have not always had everything we want, but He has always provided for us. I never doubt Him in doing this. I just have to remind myself it’s His plan and not mine. Thanks for the encouraging post.

  7. Pastor Jimmy Kibler

    Jason, Very nice comment, thank you.

    Craig, you are right, some good christian people do live in poverty, sad to say but there is a reason that took me 20 years to learn. Faith for salvation is not the same as faith for provision and faith for provision and salvation is not the same as faith for healing. Every area requires seperate faith. A person with great faith for healing can have great health and still be poor or vice versa. A person who is lost muse have faith in Jesus as their savior in order to be saved. Jesus said in Matt. 9:29 “according to your faith be it unto you”. Everything we get from God comes according to our faith in the area of our need. God has compassion but God is not moved by our needs. (I wish He was). If He was, no one would ever be sick, or poor or die and go to hell. Heb. 11:6 “but without faith it is impossible to please Him”.
    If a person needs provision they should hear (faith comes by hearing) God’s Word on provision (can I say prosperity) until their faith comes up and then they will receive provision from God. Healing works the same way. Remember Jesus telling all those people “your faith has healed you”? They had faith for healing and were healed. Whatever a person needs is what they should be reading out loud in the Bible (faith comes by hearing) and God’s Word covers every area of our lives.

    Jimmy says, God Bless You Craig, for the wonderful work you do and the love and compassion you have for God’s people.

  8. liz

    i need God to please get me out of debt, please, getting out of debt will save my marriage, i have promised I will help someone in need please ask God to get me out of debt.

  9. Pastor Jimmy Kibler

    God is a God of mercy and He will help you but you must also help yourself. I will pray for you to get out of debt and I will also ask God to give you wisdom ahd show you how to make enough money to provide for you family.

  10. Adventures In Babywearing

    Thank you for this post. It is exactly what I needed to read tonight. I find myself having a hard time shaking the worry. And then I’m constantly repenting for my worry & doubt. Even today with a provision that came unexpectedly that paid for our groceries tonight, I find myself still up in the night worrying.

    Thank you for the encouragement.


  11. Pastor Jim Kibler

    Hi Stephanie,

    Guilt is a weapon of the devil and you have no reason to keep repenting because of the worry and doubt. The worry and doubt will go away as your soul prospers by hearing God’s Word on financial increase. Just keep seeking God with all of your heart and put yourself on a program of studing God’s Word on prosperity and you will be amazed by how God will provide for your family.

    Pastor Jim