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You Have Everything You Need

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Sermon shared by Francis Chan

November 2009
Summary: God will give you everything you need, and that there’s no temptation that will ever overcome you that you can’t handle.
Audience: General adults
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whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” [1 Corinthians 3:21 ESV]

Paul is saying, ‘What are you fighting about?’ Well, I think this guy should…I think this guy…I think this, this, this…When you’re talking about people, he goes, ‘Don’t you understand? It’s not this quarrel over who’s better than who. It’s all about this God who’s given you everything. He’s given you life, death, the future, whatever is His is yours.’ Does this sound like a stingy God here? He’s saying, ‘Don’t you understand that the world or life or death or the present or the future all are yours and you are Christ’s.’ I hear him saying you are a child of God. Everything that’s God’s is yours. I love how he says in the chapter earlier, in 1 Corinthians 2 verse 9, he says, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” [1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV] No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind, no heart has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him. You may think you understand how much God’s given you, and he’s saying your mind as never even imagined that well. You can’t imagine what I have in store for you. Crazy verse. God goes, ‘You have no clue what I have in store for you. No human mind has been able to conceive how great the things are that I’m about to hand to you. Because don’t you understand, life, death, everything, I love you. You’re My children. What’s Mine is yours. I’ve given that freely to you.’

2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 8 says this: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” [2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV] What has God given you? God is able to make all grace. God is able to make all grace abound to you so that having all sufficiency. Do you believe that about yourself, that you have all sufficiency in all things at all times? That’s a pretty heavy statement. That you have all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. So whenever we complain, ‘Well, I didn’t have this, I didn’t have that…’ God’s saying, ‘No, no, no, you don’t understand…’ What does He say? I gave you everything. Everything. Everything you could ever need. All things at all times. All sufficiency so that you can abound in every good work. Do you believe that, again, about yourself? So if you are not abounding in good works, whose fault is that? It’s not God up in heaven going, ‘Well, I just didn’t want to give you too many good works. I don’t know want to empower you…’ No, no, no. ‘I give you everything. I give you life, death, whatever is Mine is yours…’ And that’s what he’s saying here in 2 Peter, ‘I’ve given you everything, all things that pertain to life and godliness.’ This is God’s blessing on us. But again, look at what he says in verse three: His divine
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