Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unmet Needs---Part II

Have you ever prayed and prayed for a specific need that you have, wondering if it was ever going to be met? For whatever reason, the L-rd chose to allow you to experience the lack of something---income, health, a car, a good credit rating, or any number of things?

Are you experiencing unmet needs in your life right now?

We're very familiar with and often quote the verse in Philippians that states, "My G-d shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:19 Isn't this the verse we stand on to claim G-d's promise to supply our need?!

You probably also know that G-d's promises usually have conditions. Did you know that this promise is no different? Problem is, we usually don't pay attention to these conditions---we get so excited about the promises! How many of us have underlined G-d's promises in our Bibles......but the conditions....well....we kinda just ignore them......after all, they're for other people who aren't living right!! ;-)

So....what's the condition to the L-rd supplying all our need? First, let me give you some background regarding the scene here in Philippians. Paul was writing to this church from his prison in Rome. This church had, on more than one occassion, sent love offerings and needful items to Paul to help meet his needs. They had just done so again, and Paul was acknowledging their offerings to him in verse 18, "an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to G-d."

Paul knew that these Philippian Christians had sacrificially given to support him, and thus his statement that G-d would supply all their need.

Therein lies the condition: if we give in support of those serving the L-rd, then the L-rd will supply all our need.

When we sacrifice for the L-rd, He is, in turn, faithful to meet all our needs!

Truly, it is more blessed to give than to receive!

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