Riches in Glory
"And it is He who will supply all your needs from His riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us" (Philippians 4:19).
God has faithfully met the needs of this great worldwide ministry since its inception. He met our needs when there were only two of us - Vonette and I - on the staff. He meets our needs today (1983) with more than 16,000 full-time and associate staff members serving in most communities of America and in 151 other countries.
He met our needs when our budget was a few thousand dollars a year. He continues to meet our needs when our budget is approximately $100 million a year. During this exciting, incredibly rich and rewarding adventure with our gracious Lord, we have never had an extra dollar at the end of any day. We get only what we need - and no more.
During these years, there have been many dramatic demonstrations of His faithfulness, when He has led us to undertake major and frequently expensive projects. He has always supplied the funds to pay for what He orders. We have learned many lessons concerning God's faithfulness.
First, whatever He leads us to do He will enable us to do by supplying the manpower, the finances and the know-how - oftentimes dramatically - if we continue to trust and obey Him.
Second, "we have not because we ask not" (James 4:2 KJV).
Third, we do not receive when our motives are impure.
But of this we can be sure: if our hearts are pure, our motives are pure and we do what we do for the glory of God - to help fulfill the Great Commission through the winning and discipling of men for Christ throughout the world -we can always be assured that God will supply our needs. Not to do so would be a contradiction of His attributes, for the idea of the Great Commission began with our Lord.
Bible Reading: II Corinthians 9:6-11
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: I will examine my heart to determine my motives and relate my needs to the scriptural commands with the confidence that God will supply all of my needs from His riches in glory, because of what Christ Jesus has done for me. I will thank Him in advance for meeting my needs, and encourage others to trust Him also. This is a part of my commitment to supernatural living.
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