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90 – Getting Your Needs Met

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Every human being has needs! Through the years I have seen more than one list attempting to put those in some kind of understandable and workable order. One list suggests that human beings have nine basic human needs. They are things like: ”security, adventure, freedom, affection.” Sometimes things get out of sort for us, and it is usually because one or more of our basic needs is not being adequately met. Most of us have trouble admitting that we have the needs. We may have learned that we are not to have needs. We are to be self-sufficient. But, if that is your view, you are cheating yourself out of a main source of blessing from God. Paul gave us a verse in, (Phil. 4:19 HCSB) And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. We want to learn here how to have our needs met.

In order to get your needs met, you must be aware of your needs. Paul said that, “God will supply all of our needs.” So, why must we be aware of them? God said that he wants to do some amazing things in our lives for His glory, and the way He does that is through His manifestation and our admission of our needs. God is saying that He allows some needs to come into our lives through which He can act and give Himself glory. If He allows the need, He provides the fulfillment of the need. If you notice no needs, expect no blessing. When the need surfaces, God is about to act! If an individual has needs, prepare for blessing. If a church has needs, prepare for blessing. No awareness of the need, no answer for that need!

In order to get your needs met, you must be actively seeking to know God better. When everything in your life seems to be running smoothly, you have little awareness of God’s presence in your life. Your depth of relationship with God will be in great part proportioned with the depths to which you have been tested and grown in your God-awareness. Needs show up in all kinds of places and ways. The psalmists wrote of distress, anguish, and more. Paul said, (Phil. 4:14 HCSB) Still, you did well by sharing with me in my hardship. He was talking about their sharing in his affliction. Christians are to bear one another’s burdens, but the supreme Burden Bearer is Christ Himself. Paul knew that when he spoke of his “weaknesses, hardships, persecutions, difficulties, and sufferings.” He concluded that, (Rom. 5:3 MSG) There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us. He gloried in his weakness for example in (2 Cor. 12:10 MSG) Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. God uses our extremities to give us a deeper experience of His presence, power, and perseverance. Need is the net that catches you away to a deeper knowledge of God!

In order to get your needs met, you must be attentive to the testimonies of others. Look through the New Testament and you will hear the testimonies of Paul, Peter, John, and many in the Old Testament whose faith is the topic of Hebrews 11. From Abel, to Abraham, to Enoch, to Noah, to Moses, and many more, they all gave testimonies to God’s power at work in their lives in times of trouble. They remained faithful even though their lives were turned upside down and answers did not come as expected. In each case the Scripture says in vs. 40, “God had planned something better.”  Listen to the testimonies of those who have been blessed through troubles. Our “better” always falls short of His “best.”

In order to get your needs met, you must be answering God’s invitation to His blessing. When God permits a need to enter your life it is an invitation to experience His blessing and victory. Paul’s promise was, (Phil. 4:19 HCSB) And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. When someone sends you an invitation to an important event and asks you to RSVP, they are doing so to determine the level of your commitment to be there. When God sends a need, He does so expecting you to reply that you are willing to be in attendance at the presentation of the need and at the need meeting experience which will follow. God blesses us by giving us needs! If you are in need today, get ready for blessing. Get ready to have your needs met!

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