All Your Needs

John Calvin was one of the greatest theologians who ever lived. He said, “I gave up all for Christ and what have I found? I have found everything in Christ.”

Many years earlier the Apostle Paul wrote, “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” That is a promise you can go to the bank on!

Now, our needs and our wants do not always match. I may want to play outdoors when what I need to do is to work indoors. I may want ice cream when what I need are some steamed vegetables and brown rice. I may want to get married to a particular person because I think that will fulfill me when what I need is to learn how to be fulfilled through my relationship with Christ. I may want people to serve me when what I need is to serve others.

Satan has managed to confuse many of us into not knowing the difference. So we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t even like. We try to keep up with the Jones family, but when we finally catch up with them, they refinance.

Beloved, God loves us too much to give us everything we want, but He loves us too much not to provide everything we need.

Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, sitting by the roadside as Jesus was leaving Jericho found this to be true. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,” he cried. Such a simple prayer. Just a few words. But all that was required to get his need met!

“What would you have me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “Lord,” he replied, “that I might receive my sight.” “Go your way,” said Jesus, “Your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight!

Beloved, what is it that you really need? What would you have Jesus do for you? God has promised to supply all your needs through Him, so just like Bartimaeus did, tell Jesus your need. Believe. Then, with childlike faith, begin to declare with confidence; my God is supplying all my needs according to His riches in glory. And He will!

Bishop Johnson

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