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In Philippians 4:19 God was speaking specifically to the church at Philippi who had sent money to help Paul in his ministry. It's important to remember that he was speaking to a generous church. Proverbs 11:25 says, A generous person will prosper. He also said God would supply all their needs, not their wants. Sometimes in the first world we confuse needs and wants. These needs are both physical and spiritual. The promise also refers to when God will meet all our needs when we live with him in his kingdom and we won't need or want anything.
Even if you don't have much money you can be generous. List some ideas of how you can be generous.
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This is a particularly relevant promise given that we're in the middle of a global pandemic at the moment. It's easy to feel a bit unhinged and crazy and afraid, but God did not give us a spirit of fear. When we are his we can be unshakeable in the storm because he gives us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. Paul wrote this to Timothy who was a young man in charge of the church in Ephesus.
Let's look at the three characteristics Paul mentions.
POWER: God gives us power for our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
LOVE: Our natural instinct is to be selfish but God's spirit in us helps us to love others and put their needs before our own.
SOUND MIND: It's easy to get carried away with the paranoia, panic, stress, worry and anxiety around us, but God's spirit helps us to stand firm despite our circumstances. You can have peace, knowing that God loves you and is looking after you, even in the middle of a global pandemic.
This power, love and sound mind is not anything you can conjure up on your own - it's God's gift to you.
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God is not an angry, vindictive God who sits on his throne wielding his trident and and smiting people with lightening bolts. He is loving, kind and compassionate. He wants good things for us. Matthew 7:11 says, Even though you are bad, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So surely your heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him. God loves us more than our earthly parents so he will surely bless us with good things. It doesn't mean that he will make everything perfect and life will be all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. We learn and grow through the difficult times.
I don't believe that God causes bad stuff to happen to us but I think he uses it. I know that he is with us and helps us when we are going through it. I also believe that God is able to redeem any situation. When bad stuff happens he can create a positive outcome from it. In Genesis 50 Joseph was talking to his brothers who had sold him as a slave, but he ended up being second in charge over all Egypt and was able to save thousands of people from famine because of a dream God gave him. So, even though bad stuff happened to him, good things came out of it. In verse 20 he said to his brothers, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
I think that God wants to bless us in this lifetime but ultimately he is preparing a place for us in eternity - that far outweighs any troubles we experience during our life. Romans 8:18 says, I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us.
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