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The Great Provider
Introduction: An story was told years ago of an old Indian who made his way into a western settlement in search of food in order that he wouldn't starve to death. A bright colored ribbon was hanging around his neck and a small dirty pouch hanging from it. He was asked what was in the pouch. He said it was a charm given him in his younger days. He opened the pouch and gave the paper to the man who was asking about it. It was an old crumbled looking paper which was his discharge from the Federal Army, signed by George Washington himself. It entitled him to a pension for life.
Here was a man according to this story who was promised a pension only if he would present it to the proper authorities and by doing so he would be given ample provision for his needs. This reminds me of another man who went on a voyage with his family as the story was told who paid the fair for his entire family. On the ship the family did not eat from the dining area, but from what they had brought from home. Had not the one who were in charge overseeing the passengers told them that their meals were included in their fare they would have missed out on the free meals in the cafeteria. So my intention here this day is to inform you that God has made proper provisions for you through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Text: "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glorby Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19
I. The Sourceof the Supply. " God."
A Personal Resource - "My God"
1. The Lord is "My Shepherd" - Ps. 23
2. "Our Father" which art in heaven...
II. The Suretyof the Supply. " Pledge"
A Provisional Promise - "Shall supply all your need."
Ps 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
III. The Sufficiencyof the Supply." Superabundant"
A Plenteous Supply - "According to his riches in Glory."
IV. The Solution for the Supply. The Blessed Son.
A Precious Savior - "By Christ Jesus."
V.The Saintsfor the benefit.Paul is speaking to a specific group of people here.
Compensation - Payment, benefit, profit, reward, that we are entitled to when we are the children of God, and follow the Lord in giving.
- Firstly,the people in the benefit. This refers primarily to the people in the church in Philippi who had contributed to Paul's support, however this applies to all of those who follow the Lord in giving. If this happens without any conditions applied or to be meet, (that is God supplying all your need) why give?
Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
- Secondly,the prerequisite (requirement) for the benefit. The requirement for this benefit is faithfulness insupporting the Gospel. If you want this text to apply to you as it applied to the Philippian believers, you must give as they gave.
Phil 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
Phil 4:14-16 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
A. Conditions to meet for God to bless.
Prov 3:9-10 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.
Mal 3:8-12 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation 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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
B. The New Testament instructions for giving. We are not under the curse, because we are not under the law. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.
2 Cor 9:1-8 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous ( unnecessary) for me to write to you: For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty (offering), whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. ( This is not saying that God will not do what he said he would do in Malachi 3:8-12 and Proverbs 3:9, but this is the New Testament way of giving.) And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: ( This is saying that God will supply your needs when you obey in this principle of giving ( giving little or much, but you must give without grudging or of necessity (requirement) and will also make you abound in blessings so you will be able to help others in all good works.
VI.The sourceof the benefit."According to his riches in glory." The source is the wealthiest source known to man. It is the bank of heaven ("in glory"). Thus the source will never be depleted; it will never dry up. Deflation will never affect it.
VII. The Saviorin the benefit. "By Christ Jesus." Our blessings as believers are all connected to Jesus Christ. Any blessing a believer receives can be said to be "by Christ Jesus." He is the means of all our blessings.
Conclusion: There are a of people who suffer lack today who need to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is not only the Savior but a great provider.