Trinity of Thanks – God Meets All Our Needs
Purity 480 07/26/2021 Purity 480 Podcast
Today’s photo comes to us from yours truly as I was seated up front on a morning boating excursion on Lake George on Saturday under magnificent blue skies that filled me with awe, wonder, and abounding gratitude. The thrill of speeding across the huge lake, added to the joy over the weather, the environment, the company, and the context of my overall journey of life and relationship with God had my spirits soaring and had me giving thanks to My God for bringing me to this day that proved the be the uncontested highlight of the summer of 21 by far!
I am a teacher of Christian discipleship, which is basically the process of being a life student of the Lord and continually bringing Him into the context of our lives. So as we go about our day, we are in a constant conversation with the Lord in which we can examine the past, observe the present, and contemplate the future while always considering the blessings God has provided and the wisdom that He would have us live by. Living like this takes your attention but when you do it, the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit of peace, joy, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, patience, self-control and love just become a normal part of your daily experience of life.
I say all that to say this. As you are “walking in the Spirit”, it only becomes natural for you to become overwhelmed by emotions at time as you are regularly given revelations of what the events of your life mean in the context of your faith and the part God plays in it. When you get glimpses of this “big picture”, you generally praise the Lord and thank Him for not only bringing you through the circumstances in your life and providing for you, but you also thank Him for the ability to “see it all”. When that happens to me I often erupt in thanksgiving with a trinity of gratitude saying: Thank You GOD! Thank You JESUS! Thank You HOLY SPIRIT!
So as we were cruising over Lake George I was just grinning from ear to ear over the magnificence of the day and that smile reappears when I contemplate it. In reviewing the photos this morning, I chose this one for today because of these three separate cloud formations in remembrance of being “OH so thankful” to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”
As I was later resting in a “floaty” in the surprisingly warm waters of Lake George, I was reminded of the overall context of my journey of life and faith over the course of the last couple of years with the ending of my marriage, my exodus to a new home, my completion of my masters degree, and working two jobs during a worldwide pandemic to come to this wonderful day with others who have also suffered their own trials of heartache in the same season of chaos and who are also connected to Our heavenly Father to emerge into new lives of hope, and all I could think was think was “God is good!” and
“Thank You God, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Holy Spirit… for all that You are, for all that You do, and for all that you have brought us through. Thank You for this day and for all the days to come with You!”
This morning’s meditation verse is:
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Today’s verse reminds us that all our needs are met by God and through Jesus Christ.
We all grow up independently of God for the most part and we are taught the ways of the world by our families, friends, teachers, and our life experiences. We learn philosophies that tell us not to trust anyone, to only look out for ourselves, and to go after the things you want in life. Depending on your upbringing there will be varying degrees of focus on the importance of family and moral integrity in how you live your life. These life experiences, viewpoints, philosophies, moral standards, and one’s personal interpretations of how they will live individually determine how we will choose to pursue the things we need and want as well as what we determine to be a “need” or a want.
Our view can define preferences or wants as “needs”. For Instance, I need a house with 3 bedrooms, a two-car garage, and a swimming pool. That was only an example. I don’t need a pool. I just need friends who regularly invite me to their pools.
But seriously, our perspective defines what we consider a “need”. Our basic needs are food, water, shelter, purpose, and love.
My worldly friends would agree with that list but would challenge me to prove how my God is going to provide all these things.
I have often encountered faithless people in my life, I met lots of them because I was one of them for a long time. Some would openly cry out to heaven and challenge God to give them something or even tempt Him to take their lives, only to claim He’s seeming inaction as proof for either His lack of power, care, or existence.
While I would admit that God doesn’t answer our whims like a genie in a bottle, I would insist that we would all have to give God credit where credit was due.
I would explain that because God has created our world and put things in it that we can manipulate to provide us with the food, water, and shelter that we need and because He has given us the capacity to understand and the ability to work to meet those needs, I would say that God not only provides for our basic physical needs but He also gives us the basic purpose of working to meet our needs.
While that might not seem fair to some people, that we must acknowledge our world as being provided by God and that we must work, if we are honest we would have to acknowledge that God is good for giving us the resources and abilities to meet our needs.
Some may say that’s all well and good but would question God’ ability to provide love for us. Again I would point to the people that God has provided for us and while we might not all be blessed with a romantic soul mate partnership, there are very virtually no people who can claim that they never knew the love of family, friends, or pets.
I know that some would claim that’s cheating. Some bitter people were going to claim having no love in their lives, but I widened the spectrum from the present moment to encompass all the time of your life and even included the animal kingdom as possible sources of love, but when you walk in faith you look at the big picture of all that God gives us and you don’t dwell too much on the past, the present, or the future.
A bad past or present can be overcome with a good future. While time might be running out on our lives and we may feel that we can’t manipulate the people or things of this world in a manner that will give us back the love that we lost or the love that we “really” need, I would invite you to draw closer to God to discover the greatest love of all.
God’s love is unconditional. He loves us no matter what. This is proven by Christ’s sacrifice to pay for our sins. Jesus is the beloved Son of God, and He lived a perfect life and died to make a way to reconcile mankind to God.
If we respect God and utilize the Way He provide us, by putting our faith in Jesus Christ, we will be able to experience a love that will surpass any that we have ever known through lovers, family, friends, or pets.
When we place our faith in Christ, God in the person of the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us. Scripture tells us that God is love and that God is spirit. The pure love of God Himself comes to dwell in us.
When we invite Him into our lives, seek His truth and presence, and live by His ways, our lives become living expressions of the love of God as we realize our greater purpose of glorifying God and sharing His love with others.
So, if you think God doesn’t provide for your needs, think again, and accept His invitation to an abundant life of purpose and love that never ends.
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Today we continue with Dr. Neil Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness, concluding Chapter 8.
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Proper Guidelines Lead to a Proper Walk
8. Peace. Key Concept: Establishing Internal Order
Peace on earth, good will toward men; that is what everybody wants. That is a great desire but a wrong goal. Nobody can guarantee external peace because nobody can control people or circumstances. Nations sign and break peace treaties with frightening regularity. One group of peace marchers confronts another group of peace marchers, and they end up beating each other over the head with their placards. Couples lament that there would be peace in their home "if only he/she would shape up."
The peace of God is internal, not external. Peace with God is something you already have (see Romans 5:1). The peace of God is something you need to appropriate daily in your inner world in the midst of the storms that rage in the external world (see John 14:27).
A lot of things can disrupt your external world because you can't control all your circumstances and relationships. You can control the inner world of your thoughts and emotions, however, by daily allowing the peace of God to rule in your heart. Chaos may be occurring all around you, but God is bigger than any storm. I keep a little plaque on my desk that reminds me: "Nothing will happen to me today that God and I cannot resolve." Personal worship, prayer and interaction with God's Word enable us to experience the peace of God (see Phil. 4:6, 7; Col. 3:15, 16).
Often when I share these eight critical points of the Christian's belief system, I hear people say, "Well, I suppose that's true, but I still believe . . ." Which will they live by: what they acknowledge as true or what they "still believe"? Always the latter—always! Walking by faith is simply choosing to believe what God says is true and to live accordingly by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ.
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