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Philippians 4:19

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“And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
 
This verse is a popular verse often quoted out of context.
and my God shall supply all your need
The “and” indicates that v.19 is an outcome of what he has just said. This paragraph treats God’s faithfulness in using the Philippians to meet the financial needs of Paul in jail. The Philippians met Paul’s need. Now God will meet their need. This is a quid pro quo. God used the Philippians to meet Paul’s need in jail. God will also meet the Philippian’s ability to give. What affects Paul affects God. God will exchange compliments. God is faithful to his people. He will not stand in debt to his people.
The context of God meeting our financial needs is in the environment of our meeting the needs of others. In verse 18 the Philippians gave an acceptable sacrifice that was a sweet smelling aroma to God. If everything is flowing out and nothing flowing in, the Philippians will themselves be put in jeopardy financially. God will not allow those who give sacrificially to go in want. We cannot out give God. He has a bigger shovel.
The promise here is that God will supply “all” the needs of the Philippians, not just some of them. God’s supply is comprehensive of every type of need. Whether our need is temporal or spiritual, God will meet it.
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
“Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread” (Ps. 37:25).
“Honor the Lord with our possession,
And with the firstfruits of all you increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
(Pv 3:9,10).
Principle: God supplies our need when we meet someone else’s need.
Application: God will commemorate sacrificial giving. Are you generous with others? Are you a stingy person? Is the reason you hang onto your money so; is that you do not believe that God will supply your need? Do you believe that God will “resupply” you if you give to his cause? God’s commemorative giving does not apply to every believer. It only applies to those who have given sacrificially. Do you believe God will reimburse your generosity?
 
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29 Responses to “Philippians 4:19”


  • Dear Dr. Richison, David Curullo Inspiration Ministries broad cast on Time Warner Cable ch 71 ( The inspiration channel ) holds regular "camp Meetings" . These meetings always have the same evangelist trying to preach people out of their money. They say things like sow a 1000 dollar seed of faith and God will give you such and such a blessing. They make it soud like you can buy a blessing or favor from God. This does not seem right to me and seems to be twisting scripture. They have also removed much of the religious programing and replaced it with so called family friendly tv. Programs like the waltons, wind at my back, happy days ect. This does not seem right to me. Please reply with your views on this subject.   Thank you.   John Mills.

  • John, you are right. The health-wealth preachers offer something (prosperity) that does not have biblical foundation. All giving biblically is based on grace, not using God as a slot machine where we can obtain financial prosperity. Note below a summary of giving from the Bible. The main scriptures are from 2 Cor 8-9 but there are many more.

    GRACE RESPONSE GIVING

    I.  GRACE RESPONSE GIVING SAYS YOU UNDERSTAND WHO GOD IS.

    -WHAT WE THINK ABOUT GOD DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE WAY WE LIVE OUR LIVES.

    -GIVING IS WORSHIP; IT IS OUR RECOGNITION OF GOD'S AUTHORITY.

    -IF GOD IS LESS TO US THAN HE ACTUALLY IS, THEN OUR GIVING WILL BE NECESSARILY LESS.

    II.  GRACE RESPONSE GIVING SAYS WE UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE.

    -FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE ARE GOD'S; WE DO NOT EXIST FOR OURSELVES.

    -NOT ONLY DO WE BELONG TO GOD, BUT WE HAVE AN IMPORTANCE FAR GREATER THAN THE MATERIAL DIMENSION OF OUR LIVES; WE ARE NOT THE SUM TOTAL OF WHAT WE CAN ACCUMULATE IN THIS LIFE; THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES IS NOT RELATIVE TO THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE HAVE, BUT TO OUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

    III.  GRACE RESPONSE GIVING SAYS YOU KNOW WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

    -GIVING DEMONSTRATES WHAT YOU FEEL IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE.

    -THINK OF HOW MUCH WE SPEND ON THINGS WHICH ARE LESS THAN ESSENTIAL.

    -WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT ME IF I INVEST ALL OF WHAT I MAKE ON ME AND MINE AND NEVER GIVE SIGNIFICANTLY TO GOD'S WORK?

    IV.  GRACE RESPONSE GIVING SAYS YOU KNOW WHAT GOD'S PURPOSES ARE.

    -STEWARDSHIP IS ACTING ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THE WORLD.

    -HOW MUCH OF OUR TIME, ENERGY AND MONEY IS SPENT TO RUN THE WORLD SYSTEM?

    -GOD IS AT WORK THROUGH GRANT MEMORIAL REACHING BOTH THOSE WHO KNOW AND DO  NOT KNOW GOD.

    V.  GRACE RESPONSE GIVING SAYS YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR PURPOSE IS.

    -AS CHRISTIANS, OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO WHAT GOD IS DOING.

    -OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE IN THIS WORLD IS TO CARRY OUT GOD'S PROGRAM.

    -WHEN WE SEE OUR CHURCH FINANCES AS RELATED TO OUR VERY OWN, AND ARE AT ONE PURPOSE WITH WHAT GOD IS DOING THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH, OUR GIVING WILL SHOW IT.

    VI.  GRACE RESPONSE GIVING SAYS YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR PART IS.

    -GIVING SAYS A LOT ABOUT OUR PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT.

    -GIVING SAYS THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO FULFILL YOUR PART.

    VII.  GRACE RESPONSE GIVING SAYS YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING.

    -WE KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS–WE WILL LEAVE ALL MATERIAL THINGS BEHIND! 

    -GIVING DEMONSTRATES THAT YOU HAVE AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE.

    -GIVING SPEAKS LOUDLY ABOUT WHAT WE TRULY TREASURE.

  • I believe that we all, in our hearts, do want to accept this scripture, but the weakness of our flesh tends to keep us from totally surrendering to the Word!  I know that My God will supply all my needs, but the truth is that I, as like many, get my needs mixed up with my wants! Those superficial wants end up becoming what I honestly think are my needs.  How pitiful that is!!  "We must not seek on our own understanding!".

  • What is a need?   This may seem like an easy question, but is it?   Most people I would ask that to would say a need is food, clothing, and shelter.   Is it?   What about our brothers and sisters in Christ, who are persecuted in the world or missionaries who who have given their life as a sacrifice. Some of these people don't have these basic needs met.  Some have died, starved to death, or been striped of every physical need as described above. For these there are eternal blessings, but hard for us to understand.  Maybe our needs are beyond what we understand.  Maybe they are eternal and spiritual.  I have seen God meet my physical needs many times, but I will be honest, I don't understand this verse completely in light of the above when committed believers who have given sacrifically and out of obedience and they don't seem to have the basic needs met.   I know that God is sovereign and He is God and I am not. I need to trust Him even when I don't understand

  • JB, your point is well taken. It is indeed very difficult to determine what is our need from God's viewpoint. However, Paul did not seem to have difficulty in making that determination because he was in the very situation you describe. He was sitting in jail. The jails of the Roman empire generally did not provide for food or clothing. Friends had to do that. Yet, even in his distress God met his need. The context begins at verse 10. In verses 11 and 12 he describes himself in a state of hunger among other things. Yet, even with this situation, he was "content" (v.11).

  • Thank you very much.

  • Preparing a sermon, a few observations stood out to me. "Need" not "needs"- in the context, Paul is discussing real physical needs and relates on a personal note that he has suffered lack and has also had much.  At that place an time, due to the Philippians' generosity, he was currently enjoying abundance while under house arrest.  If you look at all the times the same word is used and the actual number, you discover it indeed is SINGULAR, not plural. I would suggest that we need to recognize our greatest need is not food, clothing, and shelter- our greataest need is Jesus Himself.  When we are satisfied with Him, even a piece of bread is a feast.

    Secondly, we too rigidly lock ourselves into a "quid pro quo" understanding of receiving in kind.  The Gospel's core is grace- God lavishing undeserving sinners with not only eternal life, but also every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.  Who could stand if we were treated as we desrved?  Nonetheless, even as followers of Jesus, we must recognize that Job was tested severely having done nothing to deserve it.  

    He truly is all we need, and even with His faithful promise in Matthew 6:6-33, we ought always to recognize that our trials are blessings and can be received with joy.  We are here for His glory, not Him here for our pleasure.  He wants us to discover that His very presence can become our greatest glory and joy.

     

    Grace and peace to you, brother! 

  • Dear Grant, I likewise wonder about missionaries especially who are in places where they have no friends to meet their needs. In their persecution they sometimes lack all basic needs and are harmed as well. How does this scripture prove true for them ? Is Jesus Himself perhaps the “supply” of their
    immense need?

  • DL, Since I work with indigenous missionaries, pastors, and leaders in a number places in the world, it is clear that God meets their needs, not wants. Remember it is Paul who writes the book of Philippians who suffered persecution throughout his ministry. Meeting needs does not mean that God keeps a person free from trouble or deprivation. Although Paul was deprived of many things in the Philippian jail God met his physical needs there.

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