Heavenly Withdrawal

“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (Amplified Bible)

Every time you go into your bank to make a withdrawal, there are two things you absolutely must have. First, you need a withdrawal slip and second, you need the money in your account to draw from. In Philippians 4:17, the Apostle Paul talks about us having a Heavenly account, “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” Just two verses later in that same chapter, we see Paul talking about our every need being met from “His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

There is often times the tendency to over-spiritualize the blessings of God  and refer to them as something we can only realize in the “sweet by and by.” The truth is, that through Christ Jesus, the blessings of God are available for us in our lives today, and they are accessed by faith. Our faith is much like that withdrawal slip that places a demand on our account.

Now I know the word demand may seem strong, but James 1:6 says that we must come to God believing that we receive. Jesus Himself said the same thing in Mark 11:23 & 24. In fact, it blesses Him when we come to Him in faith and place a demand on His Word. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” To place a demand on His Word is to make a withdraw from what He has already said is our through Christ Jesus.

Now you would never go into your bank, fill out that withdrawal slip, hand it to the teller and then say to yourself, “Well I hope she gives me the money I requested.” And, after you’re given the money, you don’t stand there in shock because you just received what you asked for. No, if you know that money is in your account, then you fully expect it to be given to you. In the same way, when we stand on the Word of God for a need in our lives we must have that same high level of expectation.

When the widow in 2 Kings chapter 4, had a need in her life, she went directly to the man of God, Elisha, and placed a demand on her Heavenly account. Notice in 2 Kings 4:1 exactly what she said, “The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 

Because her husband had served Elisha and revered God, in her hour of need she turned to the place where covenant had been established and made a withdrawal from her Heavenly account. The covenant God had made with Abraham said that God would bless those who followed and obeyed His law. Her husband had done that,  so in his death she was entitled to that same blessing.

According to the Apostle Paul in Hebrews chapter eight, today you and I are heirs of a “much better covenant.” Because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, He took our curse and gave us His blessing. Notice in Philippians 4:19 that our Heavenly account is fully supplied, not because of anything we have or have not done, but it is “Through Christ Jesus.”

Whatever your need today, remember that your Heavenly account is “filled to the full” because there are no shortages in Heaven.

Today’s Thought: Our Father is pleased when we ask, believing that we receive, in faith.

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