Got Needs?

Philippians 4:18-23

“At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen. Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—all who belong to Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you their greetings. And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

Background:

  • I can’t believe this is our last day in Philippians!  Next week we begin Colossians, so stay with us to keep our summer swords sharp.
  • Paul ends the book thanking the Philippian church for their generous gift sent by Epaphroditus. (Remember this letter was hand carried by Epaphroditus back from Rome after he delivered a gift from the church to Paul.)  While Paul thanks to church at Philippi, he sees the true Provider of his needs as his Lord.
  • “In words that countless Christians have relied on as one of the great Scripture promises, Paul now reminds his benefactors that ‘his’ God (ho theos mou) will do what he himself is in no position to do; namely reimburse his benefactors.  This assurance of the divine supply of the Philippians’ needs implies that they had given so liberally that they actually left themselves in some real ‘need’ (chreian).”  (Expositors Bible Commentary)
  • So God will supply all our needs, according to His limitless resources – so because of that – we should share generously with others.  Not – God will supply all my needs –
  1. So I can hoard up my resources in case I need them one day.
  2. So I can spend more money on myself and my comfort.
  3. So I can have the best of everything.
  • Paul is telling us God will supply all our needs so we don’t need to be afraid to sacrificially share our resources with others. Proverbs 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” 
  • Now we must remember God doesn’t promise to supply every want.  The word “need” (chreian) means “necessity.”  Food, clothing, shelter, transportation.  Those are needs.  The list of my wants is much longer and usually includes better food, better clothing, better shelter, better transportation.   Yesterday we saw that we must learn to be content with little or much, and today Paul adds that we can give generously to others knowing that our wealthy God will supply anything we truly need.

Application questions:

  • What true needs can you trust God to provide in your life today?
  • How can you share generously with someone else to meet a true need in their lives today – even if it means giving sacrificially?
  • Chapter 4 of Philippians has been rich with Paul hitting on settling disagreements, answers to anxiety, thought life, contentment, and supplying needs, which of these issues hit closest to home for you?
  • Take some time this weekend to read back through Philippians before we move on to Colossians next week.  Ask God to continue to speak and encourage you through His truth.

Prayer:

Adoration:  Praise God that He continues to be Jehovah Jireh – our Provider.

Confession: Admit your lack of generosity in the lives of others for fear that you won’t have enough for yourself.

Thanksgiving: Thank Jesus for 3 needs He has provided for you this week.

Supplication – Ok – what is your biggest need – a job, money to pay a bill, a relationship reconciled, healing from cancer?  Let’s bring these before Jesus today with faith that He will supply.

 

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