editorial will answer some honest question that have been asked.
Phil. 4:14-19 seems to have reference to material things---such as we
need to sustain our life. Paul says: "Moreover, you do ideally in your
joint contribution to my affliction. Now you Philippians also are aware
that in the beginning of the evangel, when I came out from Macedonia,
not one church participated with me in the matter of giving and getting,
except you only, for in Thessalonica you sent, once and twice, into my
need. Not that I am seeking for a gift, but I am seeking for fruit that
is increasing into your account. Now I am collecting all, and am
superabounding. I have been filled full, receiving from Epaphroditus the
things from you, an odor fragrant, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing
to God. Now my God shall be filling your every need in accord with His
riches in glory, in Christ Jesus".
This seems to teach that while Paul was detained in Rome, the saints in
Philippi sent, by the hands of Epaphdoditus, money, or food, or
clothing, or other material things, to take care of Paul, who was in
need. Does it not seem that he was writing of his need for the means of
a livelihood? If so, does he not include material things, as well as
"spiritual" blessings, whom he promised that God would fill their every
need? I am merely teaching what the scripture SEEMS to teach. If it does
not mean this, I frankly confess that I have no way of knowing what it
And is this passage intended for the Phillipians only? Am I not
justified in believing that it means saints of today, as well?
There are those who honestly think that our appreciation of the soon
coming of our Lord is conditioned on the fact that we are poor and
needy, here, and His bodily presence is necessary for us to have the
things we need. If this is so, it seems to me that our loving His bodily
presence is in order that our material needs shall be satisfied. This
seems to be an unworthy motive. We desire Him and His coming, for
HIMSELF, alone. He is precious to us, and, no matter how well we are
supplied now, it should not detract from the value of His coming.
We find the following in Phil. 4:4-7: "Be rejoicing in the Lord always!
Again I will declare, Be rejoicing. Let your lenience be known to all
men; the Lord is near. Let nothing be worrying you, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests abe made
known to God, and the peace of God, that is superior to every frame of
mind, shall be garrisoning your hearts and your apprehensions in Christ
Must we conclude that the only benefit to be realized from prayer is
peace? We need peace, but we also need food and clothing and other
things for the body. When we make our REQUESTS, (plural), known to God,
are we to do so with the understanding that none of our requests will be
granted except one---peace? It seems to me that the peace comes when we
have turned all our needs over to God, having thanked Him. We then feel
that the granting of these is in good hands, and we are at peace about
it. We don't worry about it. As I see it, this peace is the thing that
is spoken of when we are told to not let anything be worrying us.
I think that we are not justified in doubting that God does fill our
every need, just because the messenger of Satan, whom Paul called a
thorn in the flesh, did not withdraw from the apostle, II Cor. 12:2-10.
The withdrawal of the messenger was not one of Paul's needs, since,
without this buffeter, he would have been beside himself because of the
great revelation which he had.
In II Cor. 1:8-11 Paul tells of a great sickness which he had at one
time, and declared that he was healed through the petition that many
saints made for him. I have often wondered why this is seldom stressed
in men's writings. To me it is a very important passage.
When Paul wrote the Philippian letter he was being held prisoner in
Rome. He said in Phil. 1:19 that he was aware that he would be saved
from this imprisonment, through the petition of the saints and the
supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ. There is every reason to believe
that he was saved. The tradition that he was beheaded, has no sanction
in scripture. There is no doubt that he was sent free, just as he
believed he would be, and as the saints prayed that he would be.
Paul tells us about the operation of the law of faith. In Rom. 3:25-27
he tells us that those who believed in the efficacy of the blood
received its benefits before the blood was actually shed. The sacrifice
had already been made, in God's reckoning. See Rev. 13:8. The blood was
as efficacious to faith, before Christ was crucified in the sight of
men, as it is today. And this establishes a principle that is often
overlooked. God does fill our every need. It is a fact, even before we
receive any benefit from it in our experience. Prayer, based on faith,
brings these blessings into manifestation. Faith is accompanied by
It is striking---how often we are told to be thankful. This is not
because God is vain, and requires that we be thankful in order to
satisfy His vanity. Thanksgiving is the "lubrication" that enables the
blessings that God has in store, to come to us in usable form. Jonah
thanked God that he was out of the whale, before he even asked to be
delivered. Paul and Silas praised God while still in prison in Philippi.
Christ thanked God before he brought Lazarus from the grave. I give
thanks before I eat. Thanksgiving is to be always a prelude to petition.
Faith, thanksgiving, and prayer changes us. God needs no change. He is
ready to bless us, when our faith claims the blessings, and thanksgiving
lubricates the channel, and petition makes the request. These are not an
effort to overcome God's unwillingness to bless; they are preparations
on our part to accept the blessings.
The power of god to rouse the dead, and His power to grant physical
healing are thought of in the same breath, II Cor. 1:9, 10. He Who is
the Life-giver is also the Health-giver. Paul expected to be able to do
all, in Christ who was invigorating him, Phil. 4:13. When the faith of
Abraham embraced the promise of God that he should be father of a son,
it was based on his belief that God vivifies the dead, Rom. 4:17.
Paul meant something when he said, Rom. 15:4, that whatever was written
for this teaching of ours. He has a special message concerning our
destiny (celestial), but it seems quite evident that other promises, not
found in the Pauline scriptures, are ours, also. When Christ tells those
to whom He ministered in body, that if they believe they have what they
are requesting, they shall have it, are we to say it is not true of us,
in view of the fact that Paul says so much about faith and its benefits?
If we believe God looks after our temporal needs does this detract from
what is called "the blessed hope"? Are we to give up all thought of the
promised glory when we expect our God to fill our every need here?
Why not avail ourselves of ALL His benefits?
recent magazine a man tells of his need being supplied when he was on a
desert at one time. He had told a companion, on starting out, that God
would take care of them. The companion sneered at the idea, and asked
him whether or not God would supply water if the radiator should become
dry on the desert. The reply was, that if they should need water it
would be forthcoming.
Before they reached their destination their water all boiled out, as
they tried to travel an unpaved road. The driver---the one with
faith---stopped his car and sat down to wait on the Lord. He even went
to sleep. But the companion, in frantic haste, got out and announced
that he would walk back to the highway. It was dark.
While the driver slept a man came along in a truck. Waking the driver,
he supplied him with water, and explained that he had not intended
taking that particular road, as he usually avoided it. But he explained
that some power told him to take the bad road. He did not know why, but
The next job was to find the fellow who had started back to the paved
highway. This was no trouble for the fellow had become lost, and was
wandering in circles only a few hundred yards away.
The driver, as he had sat down to wait for the water, had said, "The
Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want. God is love and the substance
of my supply". He repeated these words several times, and then went to
sleep, waiting on God.
There are thousands of similar incidents. It was told of a woman in
England, that she always, when retiring at night, asked the Lord to keep
an eye on her. It was when the Germans were bombing London. She was
asked how she could sleep so well. Her reply was, "Well I always ask God
to keep an eye on me, and I don't see any point in both of us staying
This is the beginning of the new year. I wonder if we will trust God
through Christ, more implicitly than we did last year. As for me, I want
to forsake every idea that would limit God in my thoughts. I want to
have, instead, ideas of plenty, health, success. I want to fill my mind
with these thoughts.
God is interested in plenty---plenty of health, possessions, happiness,
usefulness. The prodigality of nature shows that God is interested in
plentiful supply. The grain of corn, in an attempt to perpetuate itself,
will produce hundreds of grains. God is behind all this. In spite of
man's blunders, God supplies all living things with food. Yes, He is
interested in plenty of everything.
One outstanding text is, "Oh, Lord, blessed is the human who trusts in
LILLIAN M. DENIS
if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father with also
forgive you", Matt. 6:14.
Many of us are prone to give up to unhappiness because we hold too
closely to our remembrance of the little things that have hurt us. It
may be an unpleasant circumstance in connection with another person, or
it may be a little act of thoughtlessness.
If we will turn within and recognize the Christ presence implanted
within the heart of people, we shall find that we can forgive all unkind
things that have been said to us or about us, and we can forgive every
act of others that has caused us unhappiness. Each time we have an
opportunity to forgive someone, it is a chance to prove that we have
grown enough in Christ way of love and understanding, to be able to meet
the various tests that come to us, such as losing faith in another, or
condemning ourself for some shortcoming.
As we let go of all thought of grudges and resentments, our mind and our
heart are opened to the forgiving love of Christ.
3 May St., Saco, Maine.