“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Jim saved for a long time to take an Alaskan cruise. At last he was on board with two carefully packed suitcases. The first evening, when he heard “Dinner is served” announced over the loudspeaker, he took peanut butter crackers from his suitcase and sat at the table in his small cabin. Every day at mealtime, he repeated the ritual. It wasn’t that Jim didn’t like the ship’s tasty banquets. He simply didn’t know that his meals were included in the price of the ticket. For two weeks he enjoyed beautiful scenery off the decks but ate dry, stale food in his cabin.
This sad story is a metaphor for how some believers live the Christian life. God has promised to meet every need of His children—His riches are included in the price Christ paid for their salvation (Eph. 1:18). Yet many folks are trying to live out of their own resources. They don’t know that the wealth of God’s love, power, and provision is on their menu.
A believer’s relationship with the Lord is one of complete unity. Jesus is our life. His Spirit lives through us. Therefore, everything that is available to Him is also available to the brothers and sisters in Christ—all power, strength, and endurance, as well as whatever is required to fulfill physical and emotional needs.
Jim didn’t know he had the right to satisfy his hunger in an extravagant way. Learn from this exaggerated example. Read your Bible to learn what riches you are entitled to through faith. God offers believers everything required for living well and wisely. Trust Him for all your needs.
We come before You with thankful hearts for the riches You have bestowed on us through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We often forget that His death paid for our salvation once and for all and that the benefits of power, strength, endurance, and all that is required to fulfill our physical and emotional needs were included with the price of His sacrifice. We ask that You guide us through the Holy Spirit each time we read the Bible that we learn what riches we have been entitled to by our faith. Help us to walk each day in faith that You will meet all of our needs.
In Jesus Name we ask,
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