“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
We recently completed a two part series, at our Ridge Community Service, about our needs. The verse above, from Philippians, is an amazing promise to us, as well as Pr 13:12b: “A longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” This is the heart of our Father to us. He lovingly created us & wants to meet ALL our needs in Jesus.
Some of our needs are:
Affirmation, love & respect, provision, hope & faith, understanding, belonging, significance, identity, purpose, enjoyment, intimacy, community, friendship, health, fruitfulness, companionship, rest & peace, acceptance, safety & protection, boundaries, leadership & direction, grace & mercy, input, nurture, encouragement, confrontation, mentoring, kindness, truth spoken in love, etc…
We discussed the following points in detail:
- We all have needs.
- We can defer / ignore / suppress our needs for a season. Eg. a parent for a child.
- We go through seasons where some needs are more important. Depending on our stage of life.
- Unmet needs are an invisible driving force in many & the enemy uses this! At the root of all temptation is an unmet need and/or a lie.
- Often we are not conscious of our needs but God does, so ask Him!
- These needs must eventually be met.
- The important question is where & how, our needs get met.
- Many people get very messed up trying to meet these needs in the wrong places. Eg. unhealthy relationships & various addictions.
- The family unit is meant to meet these basic needs of a child. However, if these needs are not met in the home, we look elsewhere, often to our harm.
- As we grow up, our 'community' (friends, family, church) should meet many of these needs.
- Ultimately God must meet our deepest needs!
- 2Pet 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him…”
- It takes time to allow God to meet our deepest needs. This is probably the most important point. It has taken me TIME to allow God to minister deeply into my soul in many of these areas. Only He can touch us & heal us in the deepest part of our being.
- Matt 8:32 “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I believe that it is only in the Kingdom that ALL these needs can be fully met. So we do not have to run after these needs as the 'pagans' do, but seek His kingdom. Through the King & His people, God can & does fully meet ALL our needs.
- We must renounce lies & repent of trying to meet our needs elsewhere.
- We must learn how to live a ‘balanced’ life where all our needs are met. Remember all these needs are important. If we ignore some they can come back to 'bite' us.
- Many of our needs are mutual so as we meet the needs of others, our needs are met at the same time.
- Some of the needs of the people closest to us (eg. in marriage) can be opposite to our needs. However, as we meet their needs, they will in turn meet our needs.
Matt 6:8... “…your Father, knows your needs before you ask Him. Pray then like this—‘Our Heavenly Father, …. Give us this day the bread we need …”
We do not need to come to our heavenly Father with many words in prayer but He wants us to bring our needs to Him, even some of our most basic needs, like asking for daily bread, are not too small for Him.
As a loving Father He ‘richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.’ (1Tim 6:17)
Prov 13:19 “A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul” May you experience the sweetness in your soul Proverbs speaks about, as you seek Him to meet ALL your needs!
In the second message we looked at two extreme approaches to our needs.
•On the one hand, some people are totally need focused and on the other hand, others totally ignore their needs. There is a middle ground of some needs being super-abundantly met while at the same time, others not.
Either extreme is not healthy. The christian life does at times require different levels of sacrifice. However this should not characterize our whole lives all the time. God does want to meet our needs!
We looked at some Symptoms of Unmet Needs:
- Fear / Anxiety
- Irritability / Argumentativeness
- Fault-finding / Being Critical
- Impure thoughts / Eruptions of lust
- Outbursts of Anger
- Selfish Ambition / Driven
- Envy / Jealousy
- Resentment / Bitterness
- Broken or Unhealthy Relationships
These symptoms are not always caused by unmet needs but most often are. These are some of the fruits in our lives that most would agree are not good. We need to go to the root, however, of what important need is not being met in my life.
It is important to note that, if all our needs are not met, it does not mean we need to live with discontentment.
Paul the apostle says in Phil 4:11-13: 'I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.'
God gives us strength, so that we can be content in any circumstances, whether all our needs are met or not. This contentment is strengthened by the conviction that "my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19