Summary: The SOURCE of the supply, the SCOPE of the supply, and the STANDARD of the supply. "The Check is in the Mail!" Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint.
My God Shall Supply
Can God Provide?
Ps. 78:19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? 21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth…
[now today’s text…begin w/ v. 19]
Can God provide? Sure He can! He’s rich, acc’d to v. 19.
This is a thank you note/Paul received a financial gift from this church…now he thanks them.
Then he compares their gift to a blossoming flower:
v. 10 “flourished”=picture of a flower coming back to life after a cold, hard winter
we all go thru low times/gray days, but spring is coming!
Then he compares their gift to an investment:
v. 17 Paul looked upon their gift as an investment that would earn them spiritual dividends/you cannot outgive God!
Finally, he compares their gift to a great sacrifice:
v. 18 language of the OT temple/sweet smelling savour.
So, it’s a beautiful, blossoming, sweet smelling investment that’s paying off for everyone!
v. 19 verse starts w/ a conjunction-- [most would quote this beginning w/ “my” rather than “but”…which connects it to all that he’s said leading up to it.
In it’s proper context, this verse is not written to the world/everyone…not written to the selfish, but to the sacrificial…those involved in meeting the needs of others/those that get behind a cause and back it all the way/those that have a purpose bigger than themselves!
Don’t claim this promise if you are not obeying God’s commands in giving…
[yes, tithes/or maybe his promptings to be a blessing to someone…yes, missions, as He leads you/but maybe secretly w/ no commitment card at all!/maybe clothing to someone in need]
Luke 12:32 … it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
I find no place in scripture where God promises to meet the needs of a believer who is not following God’s commands in giving! I also find nowhere that indicates if you are financially doing well, though not tithing, that God’s judgment is not upon you. Some preachers make it completely a financial matter saying that God may take away your house or your boat to get His money…but more accurate would be to say that God will judge in some way, even if not financial at all!
Several times over the last 15 years I’ve had people ask for prayer for their finances…my 1st question is, do you tithe? When several have said no, I prayed for their obedience, not their finances! And it needs to be complete obedience. A tithe, not a tip…we’re not ‘the home of the 5% tithe’! We never turn away any contributions, but if we really care about you, then we want you to receive the reward of obedience, not just for the church to receive an offering.