“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
This verse is either a lie and a great contradiction, because the whole of Christendom struggles with believing and/or justifying it, or it’s true. If it’s true then there must be something wrong with one of two things, our believing or the translation from the Greek.
Let’s go to the literal translation according to usage.
“So my God shall supply in full all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” vs. 19
Uh oh…Christendom is in trouble.
Why do I say that?
Have you ever heard of the Vow of Poverty, the Riches Complex, the Broke Mentality, the Poor Me Syndrome, the God is Testing You diatribe, or the Fear of Success? These lines of thinking are all different angles on the same isosceles triangle. All of them contradict this verse and almost all of them are taught in some form from pulpits across the nation.
Yup, Christendom is in trouble.
When the cable bill, the light bill, the mortgage, the car payment, the medical bill and the paycheck shows up, they don’t match. Christendom says you’re being tested by the Lord.
God says, I’ll supply all your need.
When Christendom says, after you lose your job. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. It was God’s will after all, He’s in control.
God says, I shall supply all your need according to my riches in Christ Jesus.
When you get a promotion or a new business account that will bring you plenty for your needs and then some, Christendom criticizes and reminds you that it’s harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven. Prosperity is only temporary and can be taken away.
Wow, God just keeps saying I shall supply all your need according to MY riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
You see how it stands there blatantly declaring the truth no matter what kind of error people can throw at it. Some of those things they say are written in the Bible! But all of them are twisted, pulled out of context or not said by God at all. Few Christians have that knowledge though, because they don’t ask for chapter and verse from these well-meaning people. Therefore the lie just sits in their mind turning over and over causing doubt, fear and unbelief. It gets so bad that this verse, that is blatant, bold and simple seems like the lie instead. The devil has to go through a lot of effort to take down even one truth. He has to hide the hundreds, if not thousands, of verses that agree with this truth, from the eyes of the believers so they won’t claim this promise in their life, and he can keep wreaking havoc.
So I ask, what do you need? Who defines your need? Does your pastor, priest or neighbor? What about your past experience or you plans for the future?
What does the Word say?
“But my God shall [absolutely] supply [to your need or appetite level] your need according to His [being the one true God the Maker of Heaven and Earth who has infinite resources to supply, defend, prosper and grow you] riches in Christ Jesus [using the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead to sit with Him in glory].” vs. 19
Who determines the need here?
You turn on the switch of believing that starts this success engine. My need is different from yours and everyone else’s. What if I need a $2,500 a month business lease but you only need $50. God took care of that because the need is based on what His riches are, not ours. We determine the need He supplies it. Then what?
Terri, do you mean to say I could “need” a red 2-door BMW with a rag top and God would give it to me?
It’s all based on what you need. How are you going to get your seven children into that 2-door? Here’s an easy way to do it. Ask first, God is it available? He may say, not at this time. Now doesn’t that answer save you a lot of time and emotional strain? Wow!
What if we went to God and asked, God how big do you see my life? IF you were me what would you pray for?
These questions are designed to get you out of Meesville. But how do you turn off all the wrong thinking and error on the subject? First you read Philippians 4 in context. Your thinking has everything to do with making this promise come to pass. If you can’t wrap your brain cells around it, fill them with the Word, and fill them with the light of the truth. Here are some more reference verses to help you.
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalms 37:25
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Proverbs 3:5-9
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalms 1:2-3
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and PROVE me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2
These are hundreds of verses that say, God wants you blessed. So either He lied, or He really means to take care of you. You are the one who decides to believe this. You are the one who will allow Him in to minister healing to those old wounds. You are the one who will hunger for the answers and receive them. You’re the one who will kick the fear out of your life for good and stand on these promises.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:18-19
God bless you today.