Friday, November 18, 2011

God's rich supply! - November 18th, 2011

16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:19

History and Context:
The church in Phillipi was one of the first churches in Europe. This means these are some of the first believers in what we now know as the "Western World". Paul visited them around 49-50 AD and then at least two more times after that in 56 and 57 AD. One of the first Christians in Phillipi was the jailer who was assigned to guard Paul and Silas (and the other prisoners) when they were thrown in prison. God used an earthquake to set them free and to convince this jailer of His reality. (Acts 16:25-34) This letter was written in response to the church sending Epaphroditus to Paul to help him in his time of need. 

The Text:
Paul is thanking the church in Philippi for their financial support of his ministry. In verse 15 he says that they were the only ones to support him and he goes on to tell them that the important thing isn't the money, but that they are obedient to God and will reap the fruit in return. Paul then says that God will supply all their needs according to God's own riches. God's riches are beyond our imagination as He owns everything, so when Paul says according to God's own riches, it means a lot!

The Challenge:
Be encouraged! The economy is down and the unemployment rates are up, but as Christians we shouldn't rely on the economy anyway. We are members of the Kingdom of Heaven and Heaven's has a greater economy than any country on this earth! God's riches are not depleted. Simply live in obedience to Him and according to His principles and know that you will be taken care of.

The Prayer:
Lord, I thank you that you are in control! Lead me according to your will and principles. Thank you for your provision. I trust in you! In Jesus' name, Amen!

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