Good Morning Beloved

Philippians 4:16-19 

“for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.” The Apostle Paul, Silas and Timothy were missionaries traveling through Asia spreading the good news of Jesus. All they had was carried by them or maybe a donkey or two. As they arrived in each city or town they would go to the synagogue to preach and pray. Believers would come and often invite them in to their homes. When they got to Philippi there was no synagogue so they went down to the river where the believers met. A prominent woman named Lydia took them in to her home. They experienced much turmoil in Philippi and had to leave abruptly. They left for Thessalonica where more trouble ensued. Paul was teaching a gospel that penetrated the hearts of the people and they were coming to Christ right and left which made him very unpopular with the religious authorities! While they were in Thessalonica the church at Philippi sent him money and supplies more than once. It was a sacrifice for this church. They were very generous to Paul and his missionary companions. Paul was so thankful for them and told them he was amply supplied. Paul describes their gift as a “fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.” He also told them that his God would supply all of their needs according to His riches in glory. Our God instructs us over and over in his word to be giving, sharing, caring for one another. Yesterday I was made aware of a need. I was not asked to supply that need someone just brought it to my attention. I thought about it all day. The phone call I received never left my mind. When I got home I was able to help with that need with the click of a button. Did you know that you can get just about anything on Amazon these days? The person on the phone never asked me for anything but God asked me to help. These verses pertain to a church helping missionaries. I pray that we are aware that the missionaries all over the world need our prayers and support and the church that supports missionaries will have their needs met. We can also bring these verses down to a personal level of one person helping another. As we see a need or hear of a need be sensitive to the Spirit leading you to help. God will always supply your needs. Give out of your abundance because, believe me, even if you have just the basics you have an abundance. There are needs to be met one need at a time. Ask the Lord to guide you today to be a blessing to someone in need. If you are in need make that need known to someone. And my God will supply all of your needs as well. If you would like to support those missionaries out in the world spreading the gospel and don’t know where to start let me know and I can point you to specific families who would welcome whatever you have to give. Thank you for giving to the Lord. 

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