God

Our Unmet Needs

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God has promised to supply all our needs, yet fulfillment is sometimes slow in coming.  What could be the problem?  Perhaps we are.

When our Father fails to meet our expectations, we generally look outside ourselves for the reason.  But while God’s love is unconditional, many of His promises are not.  For example, Philippians 4:19 is a “family promise” – it can be claimed only by those who rightly call the Sovereign of the universe “Father.”  His unlimited resources are not available to men and women who reject salvation through Jesus Christ.  Moreover, when we look at the whole framework of Scripture, we see that the Lord makes obedience a condition for fulfilling our needs.  (See Ps. 81:10-12.)  He will not condone sin by blessing us while we rebel against Him.

Think of yourself as part of an army at war – which is what you are, in a spiritual sense.  A top military priority is to keep the supply line open, as victory is impossible if the soldiers are weaponless, cold, and starving.  Our willful disobedience allows Satan to cut our supply line from the Lord.  Restoring that connection is a matter of repentance.  Those who walk in God’s way are protected, provided for, and satisfied (Ps. 81:13-16).

Taking a promise out of its biblical context is very dangerous.  And expecting God to keep a conditional pledge when we aren’t meeting its requirements is even more unwise.  The heavenly Father keeps His word but rightfully expects us to do our part.  Thankfully, His expectations of us are not burdensome but reasonable:  What He requires is that we simply love, honor, and obey Him.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, July 7, 2017.

Take the actual steps laid out in God’s word to be nearer to the Lord-He wants to meet our needs.  Taking any other steps are no steps at all.

The Value of Knowing Christ

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After Paul considered everything he had accomplished in his life, he said that it was all worthless when compared with knowing Christ.  This is a profound statement about values; a person’s relationship with Jesus is more important than anything else.  To know the Lord should be our ultimate goal.  

Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, July 7.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  2003.

God Knows the Heart

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The amount of money we have is not so important as the way we use it.  Rich people can be generous or stingy – and so can those with less money.  What is your attitude toward your possessions?  Do you hoard them selfishly, or do you use them to bless others?

Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, July 8.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  2003. 

Build Something Beautiful

Profiting from Perseverance

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People can be easily discouraged in the face of adversity-like John Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, who accompanied Paul and Barnabas at the start of their first missionary journey.  As they prepared to enter the difficult region of Asia Minor, John Mark left and returned to Jerusalem.  John Mark had not yet learned that “tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

If you are thinking of quitting something that is difficult, think of the character and hope you will forfeit if you do.

“Genius, that power that dazzles mortal eyes,

Is oft but perseverance in disguise.”  Henry Austin

Commentary from the Pathways devotional, by David Jeremiah, May 18.