Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11)
Want here indicates need. Learning is a process that takes time.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
When read in context, this scripture isn’t talking about signs and wonders…it’s talking about being content in all situations…and being at peace with God.
TV preachers promise return on blessing which usually somehow winds up equal to materialistic gain.
The greatest blessing we can hope for is absolutely possible to receive while we are hungry and broke!
Paul said that he was fasting & hungry often…..
So what’s the benefit of living for God if He isn’t going to fix all the problems? The benefit is learning that happiness, peace and joy are completely independent from this world.
How else does the world know who the real people of God are?
Two houses…one on a rock and one on the sand. The difference was what happened when the rain came.
Few Christians get to the point that they can be trusted with great trials. We must determine in our hearts that we will learn to trust Him….and refuse to allow fear cause us to just be spectators.
Many days that I have the most pressure…the most strife…the least amount of patience are the days when I didn’t start out by going boldly to the throne of grace.
Grace gives us the strength to SHOUT over the testimony without yet seeing the completed work!
Credit to: Bishop Chester Wright