Sufficient Provision

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19-20)

Oh, how wonderfully sufficient is Christ! All I have needed His hand has provided. All I need His hand is providing. All I will need His hand will provide. This sufficiency is true throughout my life and into the life to come.

So, the question I must ask myself is, “Is He enough for me?” I recognize that He has been and trust He will be. The real test is whether or not I am acknowledging that He is sufficient now. Am I content with His choices for my life as well as for this moment?

Contentment is the child of faith. – John Stott

Isn’t that true? When I am living by faith, I have no problem with contentment. If that’s true, then a lack of faith is revealed by discontentment.

Even in times of need, I need not be discontent. Hebrews 4:14-15 is described this way:

By becoming human. He got right inside our skin, literally. That made it possible for Him to see life through our eyes, feel the sting of our pain, and identify with the anguish of human need. He understands. – Chuck Swindoll

Dear Provider, You are more than enough!  Whether working through the past, future or today, You remain more than enough for every need I have. Therefore, I trust You and choose to be content with Your choices for my life.

Grace and Kindness

God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)

Kindness

a work of the Spirit, 

revealed through the person and work of Christ, 

toward me to turn me from my sin.

I am an example of God’s incredible wealth of grace and kindness shown through all He has done for me. This is an amazing thought! It immediately leads me to reflect on all He has done in my life and to interpret this work as works of incredible grace and kindness. All His answers to prayer rise from His grace and kindness to me.

As I live in Him, and His grace, my love grows more perfect, leaving fears behind. I have nothing to fear because He is with me with grace and kindness. I find myself consciously and willfully abandoning myself to the only One who is completely trustworthy.

It is God’s kindness that puts me in need so I will humble myself in contrast to living for myself. I pray, He hears. I seek, He forgives. I turn and He restores. This is grace and kindness!

It is God’s kindness that allows me to know Him through His truth. The God of the universe is revealed to me, personally, through His incomparable truth. This is grace and kindness!

Lord, thank you for your unending grace and kindness shown to me. Because of You, fears are gone, I’m forgiven and your Truth continues to reveal You to me and me to myself. What joy!

Sustaining Grace

…he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. (Hebrews 1:3)

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)

God is a sustaining God. His strength is all I need for every situation. By his commands, he sustains me.

Paul desired relief from a God given limitation; three times he asked for deliverance. God’s response was simple, “My grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 2:7-10). Why the limitation? Wouldn’t God want his children free from such limitations and fully free to live and work? Yes, to a point. The point in Paul’s situation was pride. He was given the limitation to keep him from becoming proud; he says it twice in these verses.

To keep me from becoming proud, God gave me ____________ AND grace to sustain.

This raises another question: how can I know what is really inside me? How is God’s work not only sustaining but revealing? I believe He not only reveals Himself to us but ourselves to us through His Word.
So, I must be still and get to know Him (Psalm 46:10). I must cease striving and let Him reveal how He is sustaining me, leading me to victory through the battles and limitations I face.

Lord, You are the Great Sustainer with your words and through your Word. Thank you that I can cease striving and depend on you totally. I trust you and surrender to you.