This is a sermon my Dad, Jerry Trammell, Preached October, 31, 2004.
HE SHALL MEET ALL YOUR NEEDS.
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
This passage of Scripture, which I have read from this morning is a very familiar passage which gives us a promise. However, I do not believe that this is a carte blanche promise. This is, I do not believe that God just gives a blank signed check, saying, “you can have anything that you want.” It is not an unrestricted, unlimited, or unconditional promise.
This is a beautiful promise that God has given to His people; however, I do believe that it is a promise with conditions. This morning, I want us to consider the conditions of that promise as well as what needs this promise covers.
First of all, I want to consider the conditions of such a liberal promise.
I believe that it is unthinkable for us to think that we could claim such a generous promise without something being required of us. To be eligible for such a promise you have to meet God’s conditions. With such a generous promise comes some expectations. And that which is expected of us is that we put Him first in our lives. It is unrealistic of us to expect God to do so much for us, when we are not willing to give anything in return. Now don’t get me wrong; God does not do for us simply on the basis of what we do for Him.
We could never repay the Lord for all that He has done for us. For while we were still sinners, alienated from God by our sin, He still loved us. He had you and I in mind when He gave His only begotten Son for us so that we might be brought into the family of God. He didn’t have to, but when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we became an heir and joint-heir with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our heavenly Father gave His best for us; our Lord Jesus Christ gave His best for us, and all the Lord expects is that we give our best to Him by making Him the Lord of our lives, and by seeking Him and His kingdom first.
Matthew 6:19-21 – Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What in the Lord saying here? I believe that Jesus is saying, “Don’t be selfish and self-seeking, in seeking after the carnal and the material so that this is where your love, affections, and treasures are. Seek after heavenly things first.” In essence He is saying, “You need to choose whom you will serve.” You see, we need to decide which is the most important; God and the things that belong to Him, or the world and the things that belong unto it.”
Unfortunately, most people, including many Christians, choose to serve their own selfish interests. Most people seek after earthly treasures (earthly things) and thus that is where their heart is also.
But the Lord wants us to put Him first. He wants you to lay up heavenly treasures, not earthly ones. He wants you to put Him first, and then He will supply you with all the things that the rest of teh world is seeking after, and much more, because you have put Him first. Matthew 6:25 – Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Matthew 6:33 – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. What I’m trying to say is, if you will put God first in your life, above all earthly desires, needs, and wants, so that your building treasures in heaven, He will see to it that all your earthly needs will be met also. When He blesses you and meets your needs because you put Him first, it will be far in abundance above what you would have had seeking after it yourself. So then, the secret and the condition for having all your needs met is to put Christ first in your life.
But now that we know the conditions for which we have all our needs met, now what are the needs that He has promised to meet.
What was the promise that Paul spoke in my text? Was it not My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus?
What need did Paul say God was promising to meet? Was it not, all your need? But what does all your need imply? I personally believe that it means what it says. It means that, if you will seek first God’s kingdomand righteousness, that He will meet all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. That means that all your material need that you have, if you seek first the Lord, He will meet those needs.
What other needs do we have other than the material, that of food, lodging, and clothing? We have many other needs besides these that I have mentioned.
What about the need of healing. When your body is racked with pain, when you have symptoms that something seriously is wrong with you. Friend, if we have put the Lord first then we can come boldly before the throne of grace to make our petition of healing known unto Him. And we can be confident, knowing that because we have put Him first that He is going to hear and answer prayer for us. Healing is available to those who have put their faith in Christ first. He has made the provision of healing for His people. James 5:14-15 – Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. The provision of healing is to all those who are seeking first the kingdom of God.
But you know, there are other needs besides having our material needs met, and besides being healed physically. For instance, how about our emotional needs? In a world that is filled with so much stress, chaos, and trouble, it’s little wonder that people’s emotions are affected. We are living in a world where little children have been tragically abused, and emotionally scarred. There are many adults today who are living emotionally scarred lives because of some kind of abusive situation that they grew up in. But friend, I’m here today to tell you that the promise of God meeting your need is for you as well. Romans 15:13 – The God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace…so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you will put Him first He will meet your need by healing you of all the emotional traumas that you have agonized over from the scars of the past. And He will do it because He loves you and wants to meet all your needs.
If you will put Him first, and seek the Kingdom of God, He will do as He has promised. Your every need regardless of what it is will be met. He will meet your material, physical, mental, and your spiritual needs. God is not a man that He should lie, you can trust in what He says. If you will meet the conditions, God will always be there to take care of His own. His promises are true.