TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, August 18, 2020:
To furnish or provide what is lacking or is needed.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Paul wrote the book of Philippians to the church at Philippi from prison. Paul was often in great need and the church had generously and sacrificially sent support to Paul. In Philippians 4:19 (above) Paul is assuring the church that God will supply all of their material needs. There material means had no doubt been depleted because of the generous gift they had sent to Paul to meet his needs while in prison.
When Paul says, “God will supply all your need according to His riches” he is assuring the church that God would give increase to them in proportion to His infinite resources, not just a small amount out of His riches. That is why Paul could say with confidence that God would meet all their needs.
We must remember that God’s resources are unlimited. The old song says that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. God will supply not just what we need materially, but what we need physically (strength), emotionally (encouragement) and spiritually (faith).
Everything that we have is because God has supplied these to us. We want to remind parents today that children must be taught that everything we have and want belongs to God. One of the problems that parents need to face is that children often see things they want as something they need. Children find it hard to see the difference between “wants” and “needs.”
Making this even a bigger concern is that many parents and adults without children do not discern between what is a “need’ and what is merely a “want.”
We have a wise and discerning heavenly Father who knows what is best for us. Jesus said that our Father in heaven knows what we need before we even ask. (Matthew 6:8)
When times are tough, when economies are hurting and when concerns seem to flood people’s minds that is the time when many people start to complain about things. Complaining will get you nowhere. God does not want us to complain but He does want us to present our needs to Him and He has promised to supply all of our needs IF we put our complete trust in Him. Please note that there is a condition God has given us and it is based on the word “IF.”
That word “IF” is the key word for those of us that believe in Jesus. God will supply our needs but we must honor His commandments and honor Him. That is the “IF” that most people miss.
Look at what God has supplied for us. He sent His only Son to pay the penalty for our sins. He sent His Holy Spirit to comfort us as we serve Him. He supplies us with health, talents and abilities to serve Him. And he provides us with the certainty of spending eternity with Him in heaven.
God has blessed us with several key verses in His Word that relate to God’s promise to supply all of our needs and we need to memorize and apply these verses to our daily lives. In Luke 6:38 it reads, “Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” In Matthew 21:22, “What ever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” In Luke 11:9 it reads, “Ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”
Look at the key words that Jesus gives us in these verses. Each word demands action on our part and if we act as He suggests just think what God will do in supplying all our needs: GIVE, ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING, SEEK and KNOCK.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 5:16.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt prayer of a righteous man is able to accomplish much.
Our family is so grateful for all of the blessings that You have supplied for us. Help each one of us in our family to have the discernment to see the difference between what we need and what we want.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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