Daily Promises (September 14th)
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
God is all-powerful. He is able to provide for every need that meets a believer in his walk with Christ. As humans we often think of “needs” in the light of food, shelter, and physical amenities. However, our “real” needs are spiritual, for our spirit is eternal. Jesus has provided for all of our spiritual needs. As the Apostle Peter says in his second letter:
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(2 Peter 1:3-4)
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The Philippians trusted in God’s promises, and they gave to the Lord’s work out of what little they possessed. Praise God that we can trust in Him for our daily provision of all our needs!
We can trust that God will always meet our needs. Whatever we need on earth he will always supply, even if it is the courage to face death as Paul did. Whatever we need in heaven he will supply. We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain. we may not get all that we want. By trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for him.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
John 8:31,32> Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free. He is the source of truth, the percept standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception by Satan. He shows us clearly the way to eternal life with God. As we seek to serve God, Jesus perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be.
Ps.119:45> I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Isa. 61:1> The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
Rom.6:14> For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
If we’re no longer under the law but under grace, are we now free to sin and disregard the Ten commandments? Paul says, “By no means”. When we were under the law, sin was our master the law does not justify us or help us overcome sin. But now that we are bound to Christ, he is our Master, and he gives us power to do good rather than evil.
2Cor.3:17,18> Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Focus points: Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Rom.8:1) When we trust Christ to save us, he removes our heavy burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted forgiven, and freed to live for him. “Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.”
2Corinthians 10:4,5> And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.