Are you supply focused or demand focused?
I have to confess, I have, for a long time, been demand focused, I am not even sure what supply looks like sometimes.🙈🙈🙈
What we believe affects what we see and how we speak, which are both important for the vinelife. Do you believe, when you are in a situation, that what is needed is being demanded from you, or that God is supplying to you? I often need to remind myself that I am but a branch, the supply doesn’t come from the branch.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15 : 5
But let’s think about this, when you pick up fruit from a tree, do you get it from the roots, or the trunk or from the branch? Same as with grapes….where do you harvest them from?
The branch obviously, and Christ says that we are the branch, while He is the vine. But our nature as humans is to focus more on what is expected of us and not what Christ is to us. And this is because we are more inclined towards what we see in the physical when, as Christians, we should actually be focused on the invisible.
So the fruit will be seen in my life, not on Christ, no one sees Christ in the physical, they see me. And when they don’t see any grapes, they are going to ask me, not Jesus…how fun is that? And we all know that the Lord Jesus is fruitful and productive so then the problem is with who??? Well, me naturally, there has to be something wrong with me right? But I am as Christ is, so that just then makes it all confusing.
14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy
The Bible in Hebrews says that with one single offering He has made perfect forever those who are purified from sin. And the Bible also reminds us that we are made complete in Christ who is the head of all principality and all power. But that is how God sees me, and often not how I see myself. It is easier for me to see all that is wrong with me and where I have failed instead of seeing what He has done and who He says I am.
I am extremely familiar with failure, we have been associates for a while now…& let me say, it’s not by preference…and so how do I reconcile my identity with my reality? It makes sense that if I am connected to the fruitful vine, as a branch, I should go with the flow right? So why haven’t I been doing that? Why is it so hard for me to realize that as a branch I am being supplied with the vine life from the vine?
My demand focus comes from different places, one of them being a firstborn. That’s the bane of our existence right? The demand placed on us by our families which most us, well I hate, but have been so indoctrinated with that it’s hard to pull back. So much is placed on you and expected from you as a child that by the time you grow up and they stop pushing you, the brakes aren’t working so well.
And then for there is the whole personality type thing. I am INFJ, to those who are familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I am one of those INFJs who struggles a lot with the idea of people pleasing…but at the same time, I want to follow my own moral code. This wouldn’t be so bad if what other people wanted, matched with what I want for me…which it usually doesn’t. Not that they are always wrong, but that’s not the point. I am also one of those occasionally overly sensitive, overthinking INFJs, that also can’t seem to let go of guilt and condemnation.
Point is, I am still a little bit on the unhealthy side of that INFJ spectrum…lots of growth needed there.
But moving on, there is also the issue of anxiety. Though I can’t decide if it’s a cause or a result, I can definitely say it’s a problem that has kept me focused on demand more than on supply. Because it’s a cycle you see, I fail today, and tomorrow I am anxious that I might fail again, so all I see is demand and no supply. It’s a little difficult to see supply when all you feel you have experienced is the demand.
I mean…what does supply even look like?
But here is the point where you have to realize that just because you can’t recognize supply does not mean that it is not there.
The supply I have to see is in two ways, firstly the supply you have to receive and take hold of by faith, and secondly the supply you are just too blinded to see because you are focused on the wrong thing.
Let’s talk about the first one.
I have been listening to these two sermons recently that talk about faith and God’s supply. One sermon is titled Faith says God has given, and the other one is titled Grace supplies, Love gives & Faith takes. I think from the titles you can already get an idea of what I have been listening to.
Here is an article by Pastor Prince that talks about the topic of grace supplying, love giving and faith taking:
And here is an article where he talks about how being conscious of God’s supply is living under God’s grace:
If faith says God has given, that means that supply is there and supply should be what I see. This brings us back to the point where we are supposed to see Him who is invisible.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
He is the vine and I am the branch, and in Him, I bear much fruit, so I should see Him instead of my need.
When I see Him, I see my supply.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Another promise of His, among many others of His abundant provision for me. He has promised supply, even in Mark 11:24, He asks us to believe that we have whatever we ask. When you believe you have received, you are seeing yourself already having something. Thinking about and obsessing about your lack is not seeing supply, it is concentrating on the demand instead.
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
I could go on and on about seeing His supply in faith, instead of seeing demand. For example, Caleb and Joshua saw bread instead of giants…I declare my eyes be opened to see as they saw because that was …well, moving on. Elisha’s servant couldn’t see the army of angels until Elisha prayed, but the army was there before the prayer.
And here is the thing, for me, this is crucial because it means less stress and anxiety to deal with. If I focus on His supply, I won’t be so afraid of the demand. Instead, I will be fed by that bread that Caleb and Joshua saw.
9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they[c] are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”
Number 14 : 9
Now let’s talk about the second part, the part where provision has already manifested but we cannot see it. I don’t know about you but I have had definite moments where months later or weeks later I can look back and see the supply. But while I was in the situation, I was so focused on the demand I failed to see what He had given…sometimes even things I prayed for. And then I start trying to remember all my answered prayers I realize I had more than I thought I did…
It cannot possibly be only me that has experienced that. If I am then, well help me Lord because I have way further to go than I thought I did. But the point I want to make is that if I had just been a little more conscious of His supply I wouldn’t have suffered all the anxiety and stress I went through. If I was focused on His supply, I would have moved on faster and redeemed all that time I wasted by focusing on demand.
Pastor Prince described being demand-focused as thinking ‘it is demanded of me’, and supply focused as ‘it is being supplied to me’. I want to put emphasis on the ‘me’ part it of that. Just knowing that Jesus supplies, is not enough, we need to believe He is supplying ME! Not my neighbor, sister or brother, but ME! You need to see supply specifically for you, not to just believe that supply exists somewhere out there.
And focus on His supply for you, not for someone else…celebrate others and His provision for them, but do not become bitter or discouraged by comparing yourself to them. Receive your own personal supply from Him, and as Pastor Prince says,
Grace supplies, love give, and faith takes.
Believe that His grace is constantly supplying you all you need, and in His love for you, He has given you all things, and finally, believe that you have the supply you need.
And remember, child of God, if He supplies for the birds of the air, and the flowers in a field, what more for you, whom He already gave up His son for? We were already given the best, so why not focus on that?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8 : 32
So where do you stand on this? Do you see His supply? Or like me, have you been stuck in the demands? If you have, make a decision today to change that, to change your focus. I know it’s hard and sometimes we can’t see anything beyond our pain and lack. If that’s your situation, I encourage you to see Jesus instead. Pastor Prince always reminds us that our every answer is found in seeing Jesus.
So see Jesus, and you will see your supply. If it’s healing you need, he encourages us to open up the bible and read stories of healing miracles, if it’s provision, read about His provision. If it is love you need, see His heart of love for you and how much He cares for you in the stories in the bible. If what you need is peace for your anxious heart, He has given you His peace, and the Holy Spirit to remind you of it.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things
Philippians 4 : 8
Comment down below or send me a message if there is anything that has stopped you from being supply focused. Or if it’s easy for you, maybe give me some tips?