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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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