March 31, 2017

Joshua 1:8 (NLT) — 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

My daily bible today included these verses from Philippians:

Philippians 4:10–14 (NLT) — 10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.

The phrase ‘not that I was ever in need’ caught my attention and so in accordance with our memory verse I decided to meditate on that phrase and ask the Holy Spirit for some understanding. Apparently there was a time in Paul’s life when he had a need that the Philippians didn’t have a chance to help with. But then he used those words ‘not that I ever was in need’. So how could Paul have a need but not be in need?

Well lets say that I am hungry. I have a need for food but I’m not really in need because my cupboards and refrigerator have plenty of food in them. Paul believed that as long as he was following Jesus even though he had a need he wasn’t really in need because Jesus’ cupboards and refrigerator are always full of what he would need. That is why Paul could be content on all situations because He trusted Jesus to meet his needs.

Example: In John chapter 6 there were a few thousand people listening to Jesus preach and after a long day they were hungry and had a need for food. Jesus told Philip to feed them, even though Jesus knew what he would do,  but Philip said that it was impossible. Philip had a need and because he didn’t have faith in Jesus to supply that need he also was in need. Jesus did come through and everyone had all they wanted eat.

Paul says that he can do everything through Christ who gives him strength. So if Jesus didn’t meet what Paul thought was an immediate need that was ok with Paul because apparently Jesus didn’t think it was a need.

So the lesson for us is to always trust Jesus. We will have many needs in this life but we will never be in need if we are following Jesus by obeying his word and trusting him to supply!

Matthew 6:31–32 (NLT) — 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Jesus has a full cupboard and refrigerator filled with what ever we will need. The bible calls them storehouses.

Malachi 3:10 (NLT) — 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. To be able to study God’s word so inductively is exciting to me! Camping on one verse long enough as to pull all there is out of it. Picking up on little words as you did today and in weeks past that would normally be overlooked to learn a great lesson. I love the seven questions you shared this week to “ask a verse”. I do HAVE a need now; to learn how to study the word more closely, but I am not IN need because I have the Holy Spirit to “air condition” my mind to think beyond my own thoughts. Thank you for teaching with all of your might!

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and study. You will be blessed because you did.