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April 16, 2009

Philippians 4: 10-20

“10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

I was reading this passage the other day and a few random points struck me. They are as follows:

  • It is very rare that people thinking about facing “Abundance.”
  • It is very rare that people still “share in troubles” with each other.
  • It is very rare that people give generously towards what God is doing.

Which brought up these questions…

  • How are you dealing with your finances, are you able to handle God’s millions? Do you even want to?
  • Who are you “sharing in troubles with”? Who are you helping out?
  • When is the last time you gave over and above what God has normally called you to give?

I would love comments!

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