Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
The verse above is used by fraudulant prosperity preachers, especially in the USA, to teach sinners to love the world. That God is basically an ATM machine and the “need of yours” is actually “the lusts and wants of yours”, which could NOT be further than the truth! That earthly goods, money, possessions are these needs.
The problem is, most of the time we don’t know what we actually need, but God does. You need oxygen for example to breathe, sustenance so that you don’t starve to death, water to drink, these are physical daily needs supplied by God that we often take for granted.
But the context of Phil 4:19 must be studied carefully, what needs is Paul speaking about? He is writing to BELIEVERS here, not unbelievers since he mentioned “according to the His riches in glory of Christ Jesus”. An unbeliever is not placed in Christ Jesus nor do they follow Him, so these are needs specially for the believer.
And these “needs” are not only the physical needs but spiritual needs we have of which God knows every single last need of yours. They are not our selfish desired “wants”. So resting in God in Jesus is quite imperative to understand these needs of ours. It means trusting that in everything you do, God is with you. That He alone is supplying every need of yours to His glory. An example would be the need for His word, time to read and study His word, time to pray, time to share the Gospel, time to praise and honor and worship Him. You understand and realize those needs based on the inherent desire you have for God.
Eariler in Phillippians 4, Paul writes in verse 6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”. Again demonstrating that by prayer and communion with God, we are resting in Jesus so anxiety should be repented of. Your trust that God WILL supply every need of yours is realized to your very core, so contentment in this grown.
Do not be deceived by the Osteens or Joyce Meyers or Steven Furticks or Kenneth Copelands out there, God is not an ATM machine. He is NEVER working on enhancing your worldly riches which will not bring Him glory, but only results in the lust for sin and this fallen world. And your needs are different than another’s needs, so remember this! God is using every actual believer to build His kingdom specifically to His purpose and will. Osteen and the others lie when they claim they know your needs! It is God alone which does, so trust in Him alone!
As your journey in life with Christ begins, those needs are constantly being shown by God. By growth and sanctification, the process of understanding them are being made known to you. If you love the world, possessions, earthly things, bottom line is your degenerate needs are not God’s needs for you but your own.