By Love Transformed, by R.T. Kendall

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4 Truths in Knowing God Is Your Source

God is the source of everything. Everything you see in the world and everything you can't see in the world and in the universe, God made. He's the source of every good thing in the universe.

As you depend on God as your source for everything, there are four truths you need to remember.

1. Everything is a gift from God. Nothing you have is earned. It's all a gift of God's grace. If God didn't want to give it, you wouldn't have it.

The Bible tells us in James 1:17, "Every good gift and perfect gift is from above ..." (MEV). That's why the third phrase in the Lord's Prayer starts with the word "give"—"give us this day our daily bread." Why? Because it is a gift. You can't earn it.

2. There's nothing you need that God can't provide. You don't know what you're going to need the rest of this year. But whatever it is, God has the power to supply it.

The Bible says this in Philippians 4:19: "... But my God shall supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (MEV). Glorious resources means as lavish as only God can lavish. God has unlimited resources.

3. God wants to give you everything you need. Matthew 7:11 says, " If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him" (MEV). God wants to meet your need.

4. He's waiting on you. If you have needs in your life that are not being met, it's not God's fault. You're not waiting on God. He's waiting on you! The problem is not that God doesn't want to meet your need; the problem is that you never ask him for it. James 4:2 says, "... Yet you do not have, because you do not ask" (MEV).

Talk It Over

  • To whom are you looking to meet your needs?
  • What need have you been waiting to ask God for?
  • How can you become more aware of how God is meeting your needs and answering your prayers? {eoa}

Rick Warren is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Purpose Driven Life. His book The Purpose Driven Church was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of pastors.com, a global internet community for pastors.

For the original article, visit rickwarren.org.

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