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Enjoy Sufficiency in All Things Because of Christ’s Glorious Riches

In the entire book of Philippians, we see how God manifested His abounding glory in Paul’s life and situations. Firstly, God satisfied Paul’s deepest spiritual need, enabled his soul to have complete rest in Christ and have transcending faith in trying situations. In fact, the power of gospel is a carnal man, upon understanding the truth of God, able to experience the practical, unexpected peace and faith in various challenges! Not only are we envious of it, we should also pursue this spiritual experience. Although it’s God’s grace to have such life, it is also given to all who can understand this spiritual blessing. There’re people who listen to the gospel their whole lifetime just to solve the problems of the flesh, and the testimonies they boast about always remain at the carnal level; there’re some who are comforted by the truth of God, but they cannot walk towards the path of glorifying God and benefiting men; there’re some who are hungry and thirst for God, but they cannot turn this hunger into spiritual strength, ie experience the almighty God in their limitations and powerlessness; look upon Lord, rely on Lord and surrender to Lord in their spirit, completing the perfect will of God abundantly. Can our spirit enjoy such revival? Is today’s church bringing the believers to such spiritual arena? This is something we ought to meditate on. Besides, in the pursuit of our spiritual revival we cannot overlook the help and blessings God has given us in flesh. In fact, God builds His glory in our souls (enable us to receive and understand His grace); in our flesh, God is also revealing His glory. <3 Jn 1:2> I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Although we cannot say the prosperity of our flesh is the evidence of the prosperity of our spirit, when our spirits prosper (satisfied by the presence of God), we will surely enjoy sufficiency in all our needs. God’s promise is real ­ first experienced in the spirit, and then manifested in flesh. Therefore, on the foundation of this promise that we believe, we need to remove all anxiety, fear, lack, and comparative mindsets. Also, because we have believed in this promise, we can praise the glory of God in all things and enjoy God’s provision. Therefore, in emphasizing revival of the spirit, we cannot unconsciously add burden that is not from God onto the believers. God is leading the believers’ lives very holistically; even in trying situation He is also showing His help practically; in insufficiencies He also provides practically. We only need to learn from Paul, always praising and confirming the grace of God in the spirit, only then can we see Jehovah Jireh in all things.

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