God’s Lifetime Warranties
You Will Never Have a Need – Part V
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10-20
Key Verse: Philippians 4:19 NLT
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Yesterday’s devotional ended with the final understanding of what Jesus meant when He told us to “take heart”. The scriptural foundation for this final step is in 1 John 5:14-15 NLT:
And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.
The key statement in this verse is “whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him”. God always gives us a “yes” when our request fits into His will, “that which pleases Him.”
The Apostle Paul reminds us that God’s will is “good, pleasing and perfect” and helps us understand how we know if we are asking something that pleases God:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
Did you know that God wants to not only save you from your sins, but He wants to transform you into a new person? He does this by “changing the way you think.”
Changing the way one thinks is how anyone, Christian or not, changes their life. If our “thinking” does not change then our behavior will never change.
The good news, and our only hope to understand what things please God, is this transformation in our thinking. Look at the “if then” statement of this verse: If we let God transform our thinking, then we learn to know God’s will for us.
Please notice another critical aspect of this verse: you must “let God transform you”. God wants to change you so that you know His will, but He does not force this upon you. You must make the decision to let God do His work in you. You do this by telling Him in a sincere prayer that you want His transformation to occur in you.
Then you must be obedient to His directions while the transformation is occurring.
For example, if you tell God that you want His transformational work to occur and He begins by impressing on your mind that His first instruction is to stop smoking, you must work hard on this habit until you eliminate it from your lives.
Little by little, God directs transformation in you.
Father, I want Your transformation work to continue in my life. In Jesus’s Name, amen.