Webster’s Dictionary defines Sufficient as: “measuring up to all requirements without question.”
In order for God to be our sufficiency, we have to first become his Children (Romans 10:9)
“Once we have confessed Jesus as lord and believed in our heart that God has raised him from the dead, we are saved, born again. Then we receive power and strength from God. We are given God’s sufficiency. God has given us everything we need to live an abundant life—physically and spiritually.”
God’s sufficiency is already ours; we just have to accept it!
II Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God
Recently I spent several days trying to solve a technical problem for a client, finally realizing that I hadn’t prayed about it yet, and had the problem solved in minutes after praying. Literally! If I had realized sooner that God–as my sufficiency, was ready and willing to help me, the problem would have been solved much sooner!
Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I remember learning the following concept very vividly from when I was younger. It was on the subject of keeping our “needs” and “wants” parallel. This means that we don’t allow the “wants” in life to overtake our decision making, (usually resulting in high debt) and we don’t need to deprive ourselves of basic needs to feel like we are holy. (usually resulting in feeling miserable and lacking) Instead we live a balanced life and allow God to meet our “needs” and also to go above and beyond to include our “wants” when His will is in harmony with them.
Like a pair of train tracks, these two concepts should align to carry us forward.
According to John 10:10, Jesus Christ came so that we could have life, and have it more abundantly. God is ready and willing to supply ALL of our needs by His son, Christ Jesus
III John 2 – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Above all other things, God wants us to be healthy and prosperous. As we look to Him as our sufficiency we will have an abundance of both.
“Two keys to making God our sufficiency on a practical, everyday basis are aggressive believing and systematic giving.
Romans 4:21 – And being fully persuaded that, what he [God] had promised, he [God] was able also to perform.
Aggressive believing is refusing to quit until we see God’s promise come to pass in an area of our life.”
“Giving back to God makes us aware of our partnership with God in the material and financial realms as well as the spiritual. It is a concrete way to prove to ourselves that God is our sufficiency. Giving back to God cultivates the concept of sufficiency and abundance and eradicates the concept of lack.
What does it mean to “Give back to God?”
This is a biblical concept. The stark reality of life is that we truly have nothing that God has not provided for us. In the most basic of terms, God created this world and everything in it so we owe the praise to Him for our life – and the magnificent 4 season, water bearing, sun orbiting, temperature controlled natural environment of earth in which we live.
Likewise if all good things come from God, then we have to give Him credit for all good things in our lives large or small. (II Peter 1:3, Revelation 4:11)
The method in which we give is not important. You may choose to give to a ministry, a charity, a nonprofit, a neighbor, or a stranger but the key is that we give freely, as an acknowledgement of God’s initial gift to us.
II Corinthians 9:6,7 – But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
As we are aggressive in our believing and frequent in our giving, God pours on the benefits!
When we try to do everything ourselves we are not allowing God to bless us. It is only when we ask for His divine providence and help that we are able to see the result. When we give cheerfully, the doors are opened for God to provide.
Matthew 6:34 – Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
So let’s take it one day at a time, trusting that God is our sufficiency, Keeping our needs and wants in line, and expecting the blessings!
God Bless You!
From a November 2009 Teaching Quotes from: theway.org [Brackets indicate my comments] All scriptures KJV unless otherwise noted