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Be Known
A Series on How God Meets our Unmet Needs

I remember when I was a child that Santa never brought me everything I thought I needed, and he certainly didn’t bring me everything I wanted! Based on the reaction of many kids, I know I can safely say that Santa has not changed since I was a child. The truth of the matter is that I have not grown much beyond the “Christmas Wish List” mentality. What life was like as a child is still the same for us as adults. We have some needs that are not met and we want for things that are far off. As I’ve grown into adulthood, the theme is the same with my walk with the Lord: sometimes my needs go unmet and often my wants are not immediately granted.

Do you have wants or needs that are deep, maybe they hurt, and still unmet? Welcome to the great club called the human race, because all of us would have to admit that there are some unmet needs in our lives. In fact, you can look anywhere and you’ll hear a cry, “Meet my needs.” Here in Orange County, in your family, in any country, it’s all the same. It is not limited to economics. It is the cry for needs to be met economically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Everyone has needs, wants them met, and wants them met now! It doesn’t matter where you go, it’s the same story. It has nothing to do with race or color. It has to do with the condition of the heart and the conditions in which we live. Everybody has some need. Most of us could identify one or more needs that we have in our lives that are not being met. How do we get our needs met?

Think about it—most of the crime, immorality, abuse, and drug use comes out of a basic need that some-one feels is not being met. What do they do? They meet that need in the wrong fashion.

If God could answer one unmet need in your life, what would it be? I trust God will show you how to get that need met. The Bible gives us a great promise. Many people say, “If there is a God, does he care about me, my needs? The answer is yes, God has a great deal to say about our needs. Paul is writing this letter to a group of Christians (see 3:1) They supported him. In the fourth chapter he’s thanking them for their support. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:10-13, “I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have re-newed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being con-tent in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

This is not some man who does not know need. He’s writing this from a prison cell. Paul knows what it is to be in need, hurting, beaten, mistreated, persecuted, shipwrecked and down. To make matters worse he also knows the good times and what it means to have plenty! Even in all this Paul is able to say in Philippians 4:19, “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Paul’s learned:
Contentment
Strength
Supply

Verse 4:19 is the key. If this promise is not true than I have a reason to doubt all the other promises of God in the Bible. If God is omniscient and holy would he give us a promise that is not true? When you begin to doubt this promise you will doubt many other promises of God that we must receive in faith. There is no error in God’s promise. When God makes a promise all of heaven stands behind it. Our prob-lem is how do we get what He promised into our life, actively, on a day to day basis, in a practical fashion. We’ll be looking at this all month.

See you in church,
Pr. Tom