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Sufficiency

April 2nd, 2014

“In all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV.

Sufficiency is more about access to ample resources than possession of assets.

My thoughts and comments today are about “sufficiency.”

Most people are not trying to acquire and accumulate as much stuff as they can. People just want enough to have confidence that they will have what is adequate, if and when they need it. At some point, everyone has felt the fear that their limited means would be insufficient in an emergency. Your inadequacy is true, but His sufficiency is more true. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient . .” 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 NKJV.

The difference among people is not that their needs differ; we all have similar basic needs. Some assume what they have is all they have. You will find security in the conviction and trust that all God has is what you will have, as needed. The first results in anxiety; the latter produces assurance. “You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NKJV.

Sufficiency is more about access to ample resources than one’s possession of assets. After Jesus’ lengthy discourse about daily needs, needless worry, and ample provision, He defines God’s providence, “Your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day – if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Matthew 6:31-33 NLT. When God and His Kingdom become your first priority, you become His primary responsibility.

A life of sufficiency results from a lifestyle of generosity. Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously . . God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NIV. Let these words dwell in your heart, “In all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound . .” That is the description of providential sufficiency.

A promise is only as good as the intention, character, and resources of the one promising. Paul considered the intention of God as indisputable: “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 NIV.

Paul believed the character of God was unchangeable. “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now glory be to God our Father forever and ever.” Philippians 4:19-20 NLT.

Paul measured the providential resources of God as sufficient. “Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV. Our Father has not only the ability and ample resources to do as He says but also possesses a compelling love to provide for His own.

“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent . . for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11 NKJV. Sufficiency from above is your blessing now and forever.

My prayer for you today is that you trust God for His daily provision, temporal and eternal.

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Having Enough

June 16th, 2011

“My God shall supply all your need.” Philippians 4:19

Having more is rarely the solution to having enough.”

My thoughts today are about “having enough.”

However much you have at any given time, there always seems an underlying and nagging worry that you will not have enough. No one wants the unknown circumstance to become the unforeseen need. But really, can you ever be sure that you have enough for absolutely any eventuality? How much would that require?  I suggest that having more is rarely the solution to having enough. What then is the answer? Glad you asked!

However much you have, your resources will always have limits. You will never know enough to know everything, never able to do enough to do all things, never have enough to have everything, whereas God’s knowledge and wisdom, abilities, and resources are infinite. The real question is not about what you know, can do, or have; the question is whether God is the Source and Supply in which you trust.

Here’s Solomon’s conclusion: “The steps of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will not fall for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young and now I am old and I have never seen the Godly forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:23-25 NLT. I think one of the problems is our confusion that having a lot is the same as having enough. God is your sufficiency for every lack.

The Bible says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NKJV. Do you know the context for that promise? It is not at all as you might presume. Read the preceding verses about Paul’s experiences – “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . well fed and hungry . . living in plenty or in want . . I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 NIV. He discovered that even when he didn’t have it all, in Christ Jesus he would always have his needs supplied adequately. Maybe we need to embrace the conviction that adequate is enough. Learning to be content in God’s faithful provision is the path to realizing you have enough.

What do you think you need when you don’t have enough? Will more of what you lack be sufficient to have enough? Paul’s answer is simply this: in every situation, God is enough! When you are looking at what you lack, you are distracted from who God is, what He has, and what He can do. “And we have such trust through Christ in God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything is of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God who has made us sufficient . .” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NKV.

It is possible to have correctly assessed all the facts of your situation, yet overlooked one overriding truth – “(Your) God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” Whatever else appears true at the moment, this is one truth that is eternal.

My prayer for you today is that you find faith and satisfaction in what God provides.

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Good enough Is Not Good Enough

August 14th, 2009

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God.” Philippians 3:14 KJV

“Average and adequate are not words that you should allow to describe you.”

My thoughts today are that “good enough is not good enough.”

The culture of today feels more comfortable with mediocrity, the acceptable norm is average – not much less than others and not much more than others. There seems to be an inclination to reward mediocrity and punish anyone who rises too far above it. The one who achieves less than others is looked upon with charity; those who achieve too much more are viewed with jealous suspicion.

The common expectation is too low for you to follow. The culture’s acceptable morality is more often immorality – its norm for modesty is immodest – its acceptable speech is proud and profane – its assumption of need is excess – its tolerance indulges wrong and mocks what is good – its pride is in its shame. See Philippians 3:18-19 NIV. “Be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world . .” See Romans 12:1-2 NLT.

Average and adequate are not words that you should allow to describe you. You can always do better than you think you could, if you’re willing to try. Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher. If you never accept of yourself anything less than the best of which you are capable, you can ask of others nothing less than their best. You should not expect of others more than you require of yourself.

Good enough is not good enough, if you choose to live for the glory of God, Here’s the standard the Bible sets for you, “May the God of peace . . equip you with everything good for doing His will, and work in you what is pleasing to Him . . to Whom be glory for ever and ever.” Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV. That’s God’s standard. I think that God calls you to reach for a higher standard of excellence – “what is pleasing to Him!”

Be careful of whom you aspire to please. Yourself? You are too subjective. Your friends? They are not objective. Your critics? You will never please them. The crowd? You cannot please everyone. There is only One before whom you will ultimately stand to give an account for your life and how you have lived. Read 1 Corinthians 3:11-18/Revelation 20:11-12 NIV. Live only to please God.

Excellence is a value to prize and a goal to pursue. I think that describes the passion and singular pursuit of Paul as he wrote the words of today’s verse. A word of caution: do not confuse excellence with perfection. You are not capable of the latter in this lifetime; you are accountable for the former in the life to come. Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. Booker T. Washington.

Excellence is not a competition to outdo others, nor is it measured in comparison to others. Success is being the best; excellence is doing your best! A good rule for life is simply this: always give your best, and what you do, do for the glory of God. Just enough is not enough, and good enough is not good enough. My Dad often said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right.” I believe him.

My prayer for you today is: give God your best, and do everything as unto the Lord.

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