Out of the Wilderness and into the Promises of God
I Have All I Need
1. Our perspective impacts how we will understand this promise.
a. Our Perspective of God – Who you acknowledge God to be matters.
b. Our Perspective of Need – There is a difference between “wants” and “needs”.
- We cannot trust ourselves in determining what we need.
- Our perspective is tainted by our sinful nature as well.
c. God is the only one who can meet all of my needs – even if I don’t totally understand the situation that I find myself in. It might not be what I want, but it is precisely what I need.
2. Our participation impacts how we will experience this promise.
a. We are called to participate in the things of God.
b. The matter of giving and receiving is unified.
c. But the partnership here is not between two parties alone – it is actually a trilateral relationship that always includes and goes through God.
d. The gift of the church was revealing that God’s work had been bearing fruit in their lives and was seen as an offering to God.
e. The gift of the church was sacrificial.
f. God is going to always give us his best, and therefore, as followers of Jesus Christ, saved by grace and by his sacrifice, we must always respond by giving him our best as well (Mal. 1:6-14).
g. We should test him with our finances (Mal. 1:8-10)
h. Our obedience to genuine, sacrificial giving results in spiritual growth and a renewed sense of who God is. (2 Cor 9:6-8; 12:9)
3. Our priority impacts how we will express this promise.
a. Our giving is an act of worship to the Lord.
b. When we truly embrace the promise that God will consistently meet all of our needs, our
lifestyle reflects the provision of God.