Have you ever been in the middle of a project only to realize you didn't have what you needed to complete the next step? It happens to me sometimes.
I'm pretty good at having everything organized for projects I'm doing, but not so much when I cook. I tend to start a recipe only to realize I don't have the ingredients or seasoning called for. At that point, I have to make a choice. I can abandon the recipe, get creative with it, or send Steve to the store. Of course, the best option would be to wait until I had all I needed to do it right, but I don't usually make that choice.
Instead, I get creative and attempt to make it without having what I need. Sometimes it works, sometimes it is a disaster, but it never turns out tasting as the recipe intended. You have to use the ingredients called for and follow the instructions to achieve the promised dish.
The same applies to having what we need to live the abundant life God had called us to. We have to use what God calls for and follow His instruction to achieve the desired results, an abundant life.
I've been having a conversation with Holy Spirit this month on need. Almost daily, He has been asking me, "What do you need?" Those conversations led me to Philippians 4:19. It states, And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The word need used here is chreian, from the base word meaning employment, i.e., an affair, occasion, demand, or requirement. As I looked at where else that word was used, I discovered the promise of this verse is far more encompassing than I realized. It was a WHAM for me!
The need for prophecy to be fulfilled
Matthew 21:1-4: As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent out two disciples, saying to them, " Go into the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey died there, with here colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone questions you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
What did Jesus need? It wasn't just a need for transportation. He needed a donkey that He could ride. It couldn't be a horse or an elephant; it had to be a donkey. The prophecy written about Him riding a donkey into the city was part of His destiny. The real need was to be able to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet. Because of Jesus's relationship with the Father, He saw where the supply for His need was. Notice the supply - a donkey, in this case - didn't come walking up to Him by itself. He had to send disciples out to get it. God often uses others to help supply what we need.
What do you need? You, too, have a destiny, and there are prophecies He has spoken over you that need to be fulfilled. Unlike me, God never starts a project without having everything He needs to complete it. He already has the supply lined up for everything needed to fulfill those prophecies and lead you into your destiny. As you recognize your need and ask Him, He will show you where the supply can be found. You follow His instructions, and every need will be supplied. And it is not skimpy, just enough to get by, kind of supply. It is all the money, possessions, abundance, richness, or valuable bestowment found in glory in Christ Jesus.
Your individual destiny isn't written down in the scriptures as Jesus's was. But the Bible does have prophecies God has spoken over His children. Psalms 92:10-15 is one, and I prophesy it over you.
And my God shall liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory. Your every need encompasses everything you need to live the delightful life God wants for you. It even includes what you need to fulfill your destiny. Our amazing Father prearranged and got everything together that you would ever need in your life before you were born! Aren't you thankful He doesn't run out of what you need and have to find a substitute, or send Holy Spirit out shopping for it!
How is God meeting your needs this week? I love to hears stories of His supply, so leave a comment if you want to share.