• Bishop Keith Butler

Receiving from His Riches

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)


Many Christians love Philippians 4:19, but they don’t connect it to the previous verses that tell us how to get here. There is no such thing as a harvest without first sowing some seed. You can’t claim God’s supply when you didn’t follow God’s plan.

The church in Philippi gave, and because of their giving, Paul said God would supply. The Greek word for supply is pleroo, and it means God will cram your net full. Have you ever seen the fishing nets of fishermen in the middle east? Their nets can be overfilled by stretching out to hold a greater number of fish. That’s what Paul was referring to when he said that God would supply – or – cram your net full.


The word need in Greek is chreia and is translated as requirements, business, lack, or destitution. In other words, the Philippians’ joyful and generous giving allowed God to cram their nets full – not with fish – but with whatever they needed – money, favor, relationships, wisdom, or anything else.


According to is the Greek word kata and means style or manner of. Let’s put these definitions into Philippians 4:19: God will cram your nets full in any area that you need in the style or manner of His riches.


Notice, God doesn't give according to your need. He gives according to His riches. If you need $10 and your friend is a billionaire, he may give you $1000. Why? Because he wasn’t giving to you according to your need, but according to his riches.


Practical Application – You are a river that God wants to use as a conduit of His blessings to flow to others. Always find ways to sow so that God can continue to bless you.


Ephesians 1:18; Acts 10:38

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