Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:11-19)
Today's Morsel: Paul's letter to the Philippians is one of encouragement and thankfulness. This church seems to have adopted the truth of God's word and put it into action. Paul shows us that this church was a giving and caring church by his comments of them. He told them that they had sent to him again and again to meet his need. Not because he desired a gift from them, but so that fruit might be added to their account. As the old saying goes, if you never put anything into the bank, don't expect to get anything out. This church was a giving church to the Kingdom of God. You see, Kingdom prayer plus Kingdom giving, always produces Kingdom growth. If we are not praying and giving into God's Kingdom, we can never expect to grow or receive a reward. I pray that the church of Philippi will be your example in 2016.
Sing: I want to live the way that He wants me to live. I want to give until there's just no more to give. I want to love, love till there's just no more love. I could never, never out love the Lord.
Thought for Today: "Ability and necessity dwell near each other." (Pythagoras, ancient Greek mathematician)