An acceptable sacrifice…

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:19

 The last few days, God has been opening my eyes to dive into some popular scriptures that we tend to throw around without looking at the full text. Philippians 4:19, shown above, has been a scripture that I always quoted in times of need, and rightfully so. It is very much true that God is the supplier of all of our needs, your job, your family and everything in between. 

        There comes a point in your life that God pulls you to dig deeper in your relationship with him, where unless you get the full revelation of that verse you won’t be able to fully see God move in your life. If we jump one verse prior it says: 

18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 

Philippians 4:18

        Here Paul is writing a thank-you letter of sorts to the Philippians thanking them for their help in his time of need. He was imprisoned by the Romans and the Philippians were faithful in looking out for Paul, sending gifts and prayers, during this hard time that Paul calls what they did an “acceptable sacrifice.” He even made note earlier on in the passage that the Philippians were the only ones that shared with him in the matter of giving and receiving within the gospel. Therefore, God will meet all their needs according to his riches. 

     So this got me thinking about my own life. Like I said I’ve stood on Phillipians 4:19 but I had to check whether or not I’ve given an acceptable sacrifice. One might think, “hey your unemployed, what do you have to give?” I may not have a lot of money but the little that I do have I tithe, I’ve signed up to volunteer at my church and help my family out whenever I can. I stopped tithing for a while because well I started feeling like I had to hold on to my coin but I was oh so wrong. You have to plant a seed in order for something to grow; If you plant nothing you will reap nothing. 

     I see God moving on the prayers that I’ve sent up and in due time this dry season will be over. Now, God isn’t good to us based on our acts, he’s just simply a good God but he does love when we are obedient to his word and trust in him. So friend, what have you planted. Are you able to give monetarily, ie. tithe, charity, volunteer, help a friend etc. Sow a seed and watch God water it and make it bloom. 

Be blessed!

Love, 

Danielle

 

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