HOW GOD SUPPLIES YOUR NEEDS PT 1
(an exposition of Philippians 4:19…From 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 6:24–34.
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 17:7–8, that power is the power of absolute trust in God. God proved it in Abraham…Romans 4:18–21
👍 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 23:1–2, 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 3:3–5)… 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 3:9–10,Luke 6:38,2 Corinthians 9:5–10, 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.)
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