WORD FOR THE WEEK

HOW GOD SUPPLIES YOUR NEEDS PT 1
(an exposition of Philippians 4:19From my 1991 study notebook.)

Text
: Matthew 6:32
“…for your Heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. ”

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE NEEDS

Needs must come. That is, our spiritual and physical lives will always make demands on us. Life, both in the physical and spiritual realms, must be sustained. Therefore, for as long as life continues, we will always have needs.

However, these needs are not supposed to snuff out the life that they are supposed to sustain. The life is greater than the needs. This means that our focus must be on the life itself not the needs. One must not seek after meeting needs at the expense, or detriment of the life. It is the life that keeps one going not the needs.

DON’T MAKE NEEDS YOUR GOD!
Don’t make needs your God. That is, don’t give any need that comes up in your life all your time, energy, loyalty, money, dedication or focus No! Don’t live for needs.

Needs are not evil. It is actually your attitude to them that determines their effect on your life. The call of God is a call into life (John 3:16, John 10:10). And God himself is that life. That means our focus should be on God ,who is the life and strength, and the salvation of this new life we have been called into in Christ.

KEPT BY HIS POWER
This life in Christ is not kept or sustained by needs. It is kept by the power of God (1Peter 1:5). It is when a man’s focus is not on God that he begins to focus on things that are supposed to focus on him. That’s what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 6:2434.

God knows you have needs. Yet he says, “Take no thought (do not worth) …” about them. Why? Because the life we now have from him (and in him) has the power to attract to itself all that it requires to sustain it and keep it flourishing and productive. Yes! Ephesians 3:20 says, “…according to the power that worketh in us.”

THAT POWER IS
👍 In Psalms 37:3 and Jeremiah 17:78, that power is the power of absolute trust in God. God proved it in Abraham…Romans 4:1821
👍 In Psalms 37:4, that power is the power of constant attraction to God, and all that pertains to God…”Delight thyself in the Lord and he will grant thee the desires of thine heart. ”
👍 In Psalm 23:12, it is the power of constant obedience and undistracted followership of God,forgetting who or what you are, what you have or do not have – subjecting yourself and all your faculties absolutely to the Lord of all (Proverbs 3:35)… Admitting with all your heart that, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He leadeth me

In
Mark 1:11,he said, “Follow me and I will make you…”
👍 In Proverbs 3:910,Luke 6:38,2 Corinthians 9:510, this power at work in us, is the power of giving.

THE ACT OF GIVING
Giving is an attitude which culminates in an act of sacrifice in a time of need. It is an attitude of total submission to God which results in a readiness to let go in his name at the least prompting of the Spirit of God in you. Jesus put it this way, “It is more blessed to give than to receive. ” – Acts 20:36.

Giving is an attitude of being so swallowed up in God – absolutely consumed by God – which makes it impossible for you to be so attached to anything in your life that you can’t let go, if God is asking you to give it out.

The act of giving comes as a result of a sense of well-being, a sense of abundance and sufficiency, which really does not depend on what you can see already. It is the product of a revelation of that which is not seen, but is real, and you know it’s there, and is freely yours in Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 4:18). Glory to God!

(…to be continued.)

#meetingneeds #life #challenges #familyneeds #suoernatyralsupplies #Godandyourneeds #wisdom

WORD FOR TODAY

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
(Nicodemus comes to Jesus by nightAn exposition of John Chapter 3:16)…lifted from my 1991 study notebook).


FAR APART
It is not your high place in office, your fame or your social status that brings you recognition with God. No! Earthly things are earthly things, while spiritual things are spiritual things. They are both far apart, and one can never take the place of the other.

RABBI WE KNOW THAT… ”
General knowledge, or knowing by other people’s knowing, can never give you a deep revelation of God…which is what brings salvation. There is need for you to have a personal knowledge of God.

Those who move with the crowd will never have a true taste of God. It’s time to single yourself out and identify with Christ.Then he will identify with you, and show you great and mighty things you never knew.

Nicodemus sought a personal relationship with Christ, so he came to him. If you desire the Salvation and new life that Jesus gives, you must come to him on your own. Separate yourself from the crowd, from the things,people,or the wrong knowledge that has been keeping you far from God and come.

You must put away other gods (money, fame, titles, position, etc) and come. Change your garments (of pride, greed, covetousness, self-worship, ambition, envy, etc) and come. You have clothes yourself with so much worldliness, which is unprofitable and have no eternal value. Put them off and come. Jesus is waiting with arms open…

NO MAN CAN DO THESE MIRACLES THAT YOU DO… ”
Your knowledge of the signs, wonders and miracles of God, that you have heard so much, preaching and teaching about, cannot make you a child of God. No! Those things are physical, they are consequences of the real thing. And the real thing is to be reconciled with God through new birth…

You must be born again. You must be “born of water and the Spirit.” That is, you must allow the Word of God (the Gospel of Christ – Romans 1:16) show you your filthiness and wretchedness, and create in your heart a sincere desire to be washed clean (Ezekiel 36:2527).

Then, the Spirit of God, who indwells the Word, will now take you by the hand to God. As God accepts you in the beloved, he creates in you a new heart (spirit), and puts his Spirit within you, by whom you will know beyond every doubt that you are now born again, a new creation, a child of God.

A new awareness dawns on you – the reality of God! And you sense a new determination to live for God and obey him. Sin begins to look very, very ugly to you! You didn’t know the difference before. You didn’t know the difference between right and wrong before, because you were under the dominion of sin. There was no light in you to make you realise the darkness.

But when you are born again, the light of God, the light of life (Jesus Christ himself) comes into your life (John 1:45). And as you continue to live and walk in him, you will always see where you’re going and you will have no occasion to stumble. It becomes easy for you to identify anything that looks like darkness,and you reject it and keep away from it.

Now you have God’s nature of righteousness, and sin has no more dominion over you. You no longer have anything to do with the unfruitful works of darkness. You are now in Christ. Alleluia! (Read 2Corinthians :1721,Romans chapters 6 & 7).

#bornagain #newbirth #inchrist #Nicodemus #John3