Vital signs, Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022


God Provides; Ask for Help


There is an amazing, incredible and all-encompassing promise in Philippians 4:19 (NIV) regarding provision: "... God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Note the first two words: "God will ." It doesn't say, "He might meet your needs," it says, "He will meet your needs." It's written as a fact; God is staking his character and his reputation on it. Then the Bible says, "God will meet all. ..." It doesn't say, "I'll meet some of your needs." It says all. He won't give us everything we want, but he will give us what we need. Then why do you have financial needs? Did God fail? Did he lie? Exaggerate? No! With every promise, there is a premise; there are conditions and requirements. When God makes a promise, he says, "I'll do my part and you do your part." Ask for his help - Jesus says, "Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy." (John 16:24 NLT) Why does God want me to ask? So he can give. Why does he want to give? So I can receive. Why does he want me to receive? So I'll be full of joy. Why does he want me to be full of joy? Joyful Christians are a positive testimony about the love of God.

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