4th & 5th February

Weekend Edition

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

God will supply all your needs. A bold statement but one echoed by Jesus Himself in the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:11) and again in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 7:11). God will provide for us. That’s a promise. And when God makes a promise, He doesn’t lie. His promises are Yes and Amen.

Yet is this verse purely talking about physical possessions? Well, of course in its context yes it is. Paul is addressing the faithfulness of the church in Philippi and the generous support he had received. Yet Paul notes that even though the support came from people, it ultimately came from God. He then leaves an encouragement for us too, his readers, by saying that the ‘same God who supplies my needs and has taken care of me, will also take care of you.’

But here is where it takes on a deeper meaning, perhaps more than just physical needs. Paul comments that God will “supply all” our needs from His own glorious riches. In other words, everything we have, everything Paul was provided with through the hands of the church in Philippi, was indeed God’s. His provision provided Paul’s support; from the throne room of Heaven, to Paul’s hands. Yet there is even more depth in Paul’s words which takes this meaning beyond just physical wealth. Paul says that God will supply our needs, from His glorious riches, “which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” What is that? It is every spiritual blessing. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3 that we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united in Christ.” Because of Jesus, we have everything we need spiritually. And these blessings will never run dry. It is from God’s unlimited storehouse, for all His children.

A Blessing From The Book Of Psalms: Re-Visited

23rd September

But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your Name may be filled with joy. For You bless the Godly, O Lord; You surround them with Your shield.”

Psalm 5:11-12

David knew the benefits of God’s gracious love. He knew that he could call upon the Lord in both his time of need and in peace. He had full security in who he was in the Lord. Moreover he had full assurance that because of God’s unfailing love towards him, he could enter into God’s presence and rejoice in the fullness of God’s love.

We too can have that same assurance, security and peace knowing that we are loved by the Creator of the universe. We are protected by the Saviour of the world. In addition, we can find rest for our weary souls, in the refuge of our Father’s loving arms.

May David’s blessing, in today’s verse, be relevant for your life. May God truly bless you. May you find refuge in God’s presence. May joy fill your heart. And may you find protection from the enemy as you are surrounded with the Lord’s shield. The Lord is for you and not against you. Be blessed!

May “all who love Your Name may be filled with joy.”

The Power Of Unity

30th -31st May

Weekend Edition

And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need…And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”

Acts 2:44-45, 47c

Why did the early church experience so much growth, particularly in the face of persecution? Obviously God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit are huge factors, but could it also be that the unity seen within the church was also a huge factor to church growth?

In today’s church, sadly we often see the opposite. However, of late there seems to be a huge move towards the unification of the church across denominations and across styles of worship. It is so encouraging to see as this unity and attitude promotes church growth. Why? Because the world is crying out for hope, its crying out for unity in a world that is so filled with disunity, corruption, and individualism. Luke tells us in his writings that one of the reason that many people were ‘added to the fellowship’ was because of the unity of the believers.

In fact verses 32 to 34 of chapter 4 tell us that ‘all the believers were united in heart and mind’ and ‘felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had’, so much so that there ‘were no needy people among them’. It is because of this attitude, because of the power of unity, that God graciously added to their number.

This was not some unachievable, ideological elitist club, but a living and breathing tangible organism. The body of Christ is as much alive today as it was in the early church days. The great news is, that as individual members of this body, we too make up the body and we too can contribute to the unity of the church. When people look to church let them not see hypocrisy, slander and disunity. But rather, let us support our pastors, support our leaders, support our brothers and sisters around us, give liberally, love generously, meet regularly and worship faithfully. The church is growing and God will continue to add to our number of people being saved through the power of unity and through the power of the Holy Spirit!!