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Everything We Need in God

By Scott Presson


How many times have you heard this statement, "we have everything we need in God"? Probably more times than you can count. But wait a minute -- let's think about this a different way. What if we were to get everything we think we need in this life? What would that do for us?

Well, people say if you have your health you have everything so let's put that at the top of the list.

1. Health

Then wealth has got to follow that. Hey you have to have money to live. The money also takes care of quite a few things.

2. Wealth

Then since money doesn't buy you happiness that would be next.

3. Happiness

Well, everyone knows money can't buy you love either so let's add that.

4. Love

How about some "smarts" or knowledge. That's going to take education. We need to know how to apply all this good stuff.

5. Knowledge

It's lonely at the top so we need some "hanger-on's" for company. They're pretty far down the list, but hey,everyone needs a rich uncle, (or aunt) and now it's you!

6. Family and Friends

Now we have it all and we did it without God! Our list could go on and the order can change depending on stock investments, lightning strikes, family arguments, and bad grades; but this is basically it.

Let's face it we always think we know best in regards to what we want and need in this life.The reality is -- God is the only one who knows what's best for us. Look at these verses:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 19:23).

But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful (Mark 4:19).

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction (1 Timothy 6:9).

What's the point in us getting everything we want in life if it's going to destroy us anyway? What's the point in getting all we want and it only takes us to hell? God really does have everything we need. His plan is always best. We pay lip service to this statement but we HAVE TO really believe it in our hearts! We may not ever be rich, but one verse above says: "the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful". Even the desire for these other things can choke out the Word in our lives!

The Bible says the promises of God are yes and amen. They happen. No ifs, ands, or buts. There is no "shadow of turning" in God. He never changes. He is not a liar. You can believe it all.

He is the Lover of your soul.
He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother.
He is our present help in times of trouble.
He is our salvation.
He is our peace that passes all of our understanding.
He is our Creator.
He is Truth.
He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, the King of all kings, our Great Redeemer.
He is the name above every name!
HE IS!!!

This is the list that is endless. This is what the Word says:

God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people (Ephesians 1:18).

Let's take the promised "wonderful future" and the "rich and glorious inheritance he has given" as what we need. He knows what else we need and when -- and He is faithful and just to give us all we need at that time.

Related Bible in a Year Scripture:

"... but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced." (Mark 4:19)

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