A Daily Word from The Word for the Weekend, November 26/27, 2011
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:19
God took me in a completely different direction with this verse than I thought I was going. Praise God! I do not take writing these daily messages lightly, for it is a weighty thing. Notice I said weighty and not heavy. Heaviness is not of God, but weightiness is. The difference is, with a weighty thing, which is from the Lord, He will give you the strength, through His Grace, to complete it and to carry it.
Each morning, I go into my study and prepare myself to receive what God has to give me. I ask the Lord to speak to me through His Holy Spirit and to guide me into all truth, to provide me with His revelation for His people of whom I am one. (As I said to someone: I am one of the readers too; I just get to read it first!).
As I was seeking the Lord for His Word this morning, He took me to Philippians 4:19. I said “okay God, this is a much-referenced verse about Your supplying our needs according to your riches and glory. This is a rich verse. Will you have me focus on the origin of what our needs are? Or on your glory? How about on your vast riches of whom Jesus Christ is the greatest of all your riches?”
I use many translations to study verses, because I love the different words used to speak the same verse. For me, looking at various translations is like looking through many different lenses at the same thing- where you get a more complete and revealed picture of what you are viewing. My three primary translations are the Spirit-filled version, the New International version, and the King James version. I generally start with the NIV and Spirit-filled.
As I looked at this verse in both the NIV and Spirit-filled, the verses read “And my God…”, when I went to the King James version, it reads “But my God…” The word But lit up for me and stirred me up! “But my God. But God!” The word “but” practically leaped off the page for me! In fact, my original title of this message was “Every Need Met!”, as I thought this was the title of the message that The Lord gave me; however, as I pressed in deeper; God changed the title to “But God!” Because this is the journey that our God is taking us on this morning, my dear friends! This is the revelation for today! And I am very excited as I am every time The Lord gives me revelation. It is digging for treasure!
So let’s not focus on the “needs” part for today, let’s focus on the phrase “But God.” Let this get in your spirit. Webster’s dictionary defines the word “but” as “except for the fact, on the contrary, with the exception.” As I was writing this, I saw the words “line of demarcation” in my spiritual mind. I saw a line in the sand. The word demarcation means “a boundary, to set apart, delimit, limit, bound, terminate” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
But God! A few months ago, I was seeking guidance from one of my pastors, Pastor Marla, on a matter. Pastor Marla is such a blessing, as she is so kind and gracious, and she truly has the gift of Godly wisdom. She said something regarding facts and truth, which is a powerful illustration of the meaning of “but”. She said “the facts are one thing, but the truth is different. You can get a doctor’s report with the facts that you have a terminal disease, but that’s not the truth. The truth is that ‘by His Stripes we are Healed’ (Isaiah 53:5). The facts can dictate that you are unable to accomplish a thing, but the truth is that ‘you can do all things through Christ you strengthens you’ (Philippians 4:13).” Wow! What amazing wisdom and revelation! Thank you Pastor Marla!
Now apply this to part of the definition of the word “but” which reads “except for the fact, contrary…” Except for the fact I was was dead in my sins, But God who rescued me, redeemed me, and reconciled me to Him.” It is But God who gives life to the dead and calls those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). It is But God who says “this far but no farther!” (Job 38:11). It is But God who Abraham believed in, and dared to hope against all hope that what God promised him he would do! “And not being weak in faith, he [Abraham] did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving Glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was able to perform” (Romans 4:19-21).
It is this God we serve. And it is in this God- Our God, to God that we proclaim “But God, you have already blessed me more than enough by loving me so much that you sent your one and only beloved Son to die for me so that I may live and have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus, you have already blessed me more than enough when you ‘who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to your own advantage; rather, you made yourself nothing by taking the very natureof a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, you humbled yourself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!’ (Philippians 2:6-8). My God, you have blessed me completely above and beyond, immeasurably more, than what I can ask or imagine according to your power who is within me (Ephesians 3:20).” There is no god, but our God- and He is more than enough. Every need has already been supplied through our provision which is Jesus Christ who is and always will be our more than enough. So next time the facts say something contrary to The Truth, respond to those facts with two simple yet powerful and life-altering words: But God.
Father, I thank you that all of our needs are met through Jesus Christ who paid the price for us all. Father, our Jehovah Jireh, thank you for loving us so much that you sent your only son to die for us, and that through Him we are saved and reconciled to You. Thank you that you will never leave us or forsake us, that you are ever so mindful of us. Thank you that we have plenty to eat until we are full, and you will never allow us to be put to shame. But for you God, we would have been lost forever. We give you all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory. In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen.
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to live a life of truth by standing on and confessing God’s Truth- the only Truth. Choose to state Truth over facts in every situation and circumstance. Choose to decree and declare “But God…” Fight the good fight! For God has already given you the victory!
May God Bless you and Keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And In Service of The Most High King,
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©2011. Matthew Gargano.
Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford Illinois, where he is a member.