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“Supply All Your Needs”
The apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Philippians 4:19,20). Whether the need be spiritual or physical, the Lord will certainly not withhold any good thing from the righteous (Psalms 84:11). God will provide for the necessities that the Christians might have.
For Noah and his family, the Lord provided a way of escape from the Flood (Genesis 7:1). The Hebrews were sustained during the forty years of Wilderness wandering (Deuteronomy 29:5). Elijah was fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:6). The lives of the three young Hebrews in Babylon were saved in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:27). God’s angels are ministering spirits sent to supply the needs of the redeemed (Hebrews 1:14).
In the last crisis before the coming of Christ, the Father promised that bread and water will be supplied for His persecuted children (Isaiah 33:16). None will perish from hunger or thirst. Those who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness will have all what they need given to them (Matthew 6:33).
If Christians perform their duties by His grace faithfully. If they make the kingdom of heaven first in their endeavors, the Lord will take care of them. He will graciously “anoint” their heads with oil, and their cup of life will overflow with good things (Psalm 23:6).
“Sit Together in the Heavenly Places”
Believers are raised by God’s grace and strength, to live new lives in Him. Paul wrote, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4–7).
Christians that see by faith their Redeemer as sitting at the right hand of God can abide in that heavenly atmosphere while still on earth. Christ’s entrance to heaven is a guarantee of the admission of everyone that receives His redemption (John 1:12). The spiritual life on earth, then, becomes a sample and a hope of the heavenly life.
The saints need to believe that God will come through for them in the way He thinks is best. By faith, they consider themselves already in possession of what has been promised them. Their utter trust in the One who has made the promises leaves no doubt as to their fulfillment in right time.
Faith, thus, enables Christians not only to lay claim to promised blessings but to receive and to enjoy them now. The good things to come are no longer only dreams to be fulfilled in the future, but living realities in the present. To the eyes of faith what is otherwise unseen becomes seen (Hebrews 11:1).
All God’s gifts are given to men through Christ, and can be enjoyed by those who are united with their Redeemer. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Christ lives in His children by His Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:20), and He regards them as His precious followers. Throughout eternity the life of the redeemed will show the “exceeding riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:6).
In His service,