Friday, February 8th, '19
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
GOD - YOUR NEED
my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory by Christ
Jesus" (Philippians 4:19)
It's a very simple thought today. Most people
quote, "My God shall supply all my need according to..." But take a closer
look at the text. Quoted correctly it says, "My God shall supply all your need..."
That suggests several points:
1) Each must have a personal walk with God. Paul
claimed the Lord as "my God". We cannot allocate of His riches if we do not
have the key to the storehouse.
2) Believers are to care and share. My
relationship with "my God" automatically concerns me with "your need". Like the
Good Samaritan we should be looking for opportunities to bless others.
3) God is big enough to go around. He is
able and ample. To "supply" is to fortify, stock the shelves, load up. The
provision comes from "his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". That is
all-sufficiency. What a treasury!
4) Godliness is not selfishness. When
Paul says "my" he immediately includes "your". Earlier in that epistle he
commanded, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man on the things
of others" (2:4).
5) Believers are in partnership. I need
you and you need me. It is a give and take relationship, "mutual faith" (Romans
1:12). Quoted in reverse, "your God shall supply all my need". We are
interdependent, a great big family. To pray, "Our Father who art in heaven"
assumes that we have brothers and sisters here on earth.
6) We are covered by covenant. This
promise is written in the context of "giving and receiving" (3:15). The
Macedonian Christians had supported Paul financially and in doing so came into
covenant and under cover of the blessings that rested upon Paul.
7) God knows our needs. Paul may not
know the others' needs, but the Lord does, "...your Father knows what things you
have need of, before you ask him" (Matthew 6:8). That eliminates anxiety. Our
duty is to make our requests known to God then rest back in thanksgiving
(Philippians 4:6). David scanned a lifetime and testified, "I have not seen the
righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread" (Psalm 37:25). "According to"
means, "in the same measure as", your need. He can pay off a million-dollar
mortgage as easily as a thirty dollar water bill. He provides from His "riches
in glory", wealth, plenitude, abundance, backup. And the access to that bank
vault is "by Christ Jesus". He is the way-maker. All the promises of God are
yes and amen "in him" (2 Corinthians 1:20). Sow seed to a ministry that is "in
Christ" and you can count on fruit returning "by Christ". God always pays His
bills and will not be indebted to any man. No matter how desperate your
situation, giving is the means of escape. It may seem impossible now "but" -
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches by Christ Jesus".