Needs versus Wants

A need is "a lack of something required or desirable, something required or wanted; a requisite, a necessity; obligation; a condition of poverty or misfortune."

A need implies a necessity, but a want implies a desire. Needs are objective, while wants are subjective. Listen carefully when someone tells you they have a need for you to fill.

To want is "to desire greatly, to wish for, to be without; to be in need of, to require." Discerning needs versus wants is key to understanding how we lie to ourselves, and is always an initiation.








Edna Lister on Needs versus Wants

The Lord's Prayer perfectly covers each phase of life and every need, with the needs of the now as the predominating idea. Anyone who needs anything, "Let him ask of the Father." – Edna Lister, The Lord's Prayer, September 26, 1934.

Forget tomorrow's needs and use all that the Father gives you today. – Edna Lister, The Lord's Prayer, October 13, 1935.

You may use unlimited amounts of the substance of faith and the power of joy to fulfill law and your heart's desires. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 14, 1938.

Metaphysics enables us to apply law to suit our particular needs. – Edna Lister, A Perfect Design for Ascension, 1941.

Giving God your constant support is the only true way to have your needs met, your added things made visible, your life full and complete. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1941.

Release joyous praise on all your problems and needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1941.

The greater the need, the greater the amount of faith-substance necessary to fill it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 27, 1941.

Love, love, love. That's all we need: Plenty of love, more love of God, love of honor, love of truth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 3, 1942.

You may not interfere with Light; only darkness needs interference. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 11, 1943.

Use only Light, which contains all you need. It is the substance to become your creations. It is the Power to move substance into your molds for creations and it is the Mind to hold, to direct, to love, to stand steadfast. Light contains everything you need on earth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 16, 1943.

In your moments of need, the Father says, “Do thy loving best and let Me do all the rest.” – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 31, 1944.

To love God with the love of God is the sum total of all our needs. Lift the self to be soul, then let the love of God possess and use you to the fulfillment of all your desires and needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 24, 1945.

Balance needs with effort in prayer, praise joy, love; only a state of lack of balance in these can ever cause delay. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 22, 1946.

Go to the Source for all your needs. When you learn to do this and expect nothing from the world, all you need will come to you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 15, 1947.

If your prayers are centered on "needs" – money, home, car, health, harmony, patience, companionship and love – you are filling your prayer molds with more needs. Praise God till the miracles flow. – Edna Lister, The Chalice of Love, April 23, 1950.

If you center your hope on material needs only, then needs encircle your hope until it is spelled "needy." The law is "Seek first the Kingdom of God." In that kingdom "all things" are added, which supplies all your needs. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, September 24, 1950.

When you center your thoughts on your needs, the needs multiply. Focus on the love of God instead. – Edna Lister, The Challenge, March 15, 1952.

In prayer, make no negative thought or statement of your need. You cannot love God and be conscious of your needs at the same time. You must love God enough, and at the boiling point. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 1, 1953.

You can best understand the breastplate of righteousness by thinking of it as the right-use-ness of law in action. It is your personal expression of harmony, and covers you from the shoulders to the solar plexus. Wearing the breastplate synchronizes your timing into harmony with the Light because it converts Light into physical harmony, like recharging a battery. When you are high in consciousness, the breastplate glows with twelve lights that brighten and radiate to meet the needs of all who come to you. – Edna Lister, Do You Always Wear Your Armor, November 15, 1953.

The strength that comes from the Power in your Oversoul star is more than equal to every day's needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 10, 1955.

The perfect mantra of the conquering soul is "I am. I can. I do all things through Christ which strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13. When you totally surrender to this gift of strength, you will forget all silly notions, knowing that "God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:19. – Edna Lister, What Is Your Gift, June 12, 1955.

On the fate line we're all geniuses at the wrong thing, the wrong word, neglecting silence, one great avalanche of "needs." When you walk the Path of Destiny, you are a genius at seeing supply and abundance, at ignoring hurts. – Edna Lister, Fate or Destiny, October 23, 1955.

God needs only one soul to stand. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 5, 1956.

Condense needs tersely, then pray. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 17, 1957.

The prayer of desire, when fervent enough, creates from the same invisible substance: Positions whereby you can earn your food, new ideas for meeting your needs, and substance for healing your body. Yet it all comes from above. – Edna Lister, Fresh Manna Every Day, July 21, 1957.

Consideration is thoughtful concern for others' needs. An earthly gentleman or gentlewoman lives in the image and likeness of God, and always considers others' needs. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

Make every word, every gesture, every emotion and every thought pay the greatest of all dividends. The Power that returns to you, the substance that fills your prayer molds can only be as great as the size, length and height and breadth of the idea behind it. If you want it to return a thousandfold increase, see it as increase as it goes forth and see the thousand needs it will fill. The greater your idea, the greater the Power going forth. It must equal the idea in size. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1957.

Subconscious mind handles all automatic needs in the physical world. – Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.

Be above the bodily needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 30, 1957.

The Spirit of the Lord will go before you for tomorrow's needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1958.

Most prayers are merely demand checks presented at the window of God's Bank to cover your needs or are sight drafts on Power for strength. You collect from God the exact amount left after your deductions for resentment, rebellion, self-pity, pride, whining and complaining. – Edna Lister, Joy: Invincible Power, November 17, 1958.

"I love you" is the switch that turns on the heat to dissolve the ice in hearts, minds and wallets. Say, "I love you," and the vibration goes forth to cover needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 29, 1959.

You must know that God needs only one person to finish the work – you must know it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 7, 1960.

When your prayer is fervent enough to reach the Source, it calls down a bomb of Light equal to the fervency of the need. Every need you name in prayer is a call on the Power. Picture Daniel in the lion's den: Daniel was talking to God with no other consciousness in heart or mind. Daniel was not lion-conscious when he prayed. The Light scared the lion. Your prayer must go above earth and your needs until you think of God, not your need. God causes your fervency. If you think of or picture a need, you adulterate your prayer. When your fervency and love of God reach the Source, you have the same results as Daniel. The difference is to pull away from the need. This is overcoming the gravity of need. – Edna Lister, What Is a Miracle, May 24, 1960.

Empathy is a combination of imagination and sympathy, which enables you to see another's viewpoint and the reasons for his needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1960.

Do not analyze emotional states or waste so much prayer time on your needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 19, 1960.

God must come first. It is not good enough if God comes second to your needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 23, 1961.

Use your creative equipment, your power tools of desire, thinking and imagination to appropriate everything you need from Mind, Power and Substance to condense and fill your prayer molds. – Edna Lister, Without Shadow of Turning, June 18, 1961.

Wherever you center your attention, there you have your miracles. You must choose Light or dark, up or down, self or soul. Your lifeline moves along your attention-line. When you pay attention to self, you notice aches, pains, lacks and needs; you have a miracle of needs. Your whole life flows into "need molds," which are full of holes and are always empty. You are using God's life, but everything leaks out. Keep your focus on God and praise Him. – Edna Lister, The Soul's Exaltation, November 13, 1961.

A selfless response to the needs of others puts a call upon the Power that is fulfilled immediately. – Edna Lister, Heaven: A Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

It is discourteous to God when you keep on praying for the "I wants" and not for others' needs. Be receptive to others' needs and you will find the right words are placed on your lips at the right time. – Edna Lister, What Is Illumination, May 13, 1962.

Seek the kingdom of heaven first for all your needs, in all situations. Ascend and listen a few minutes of every waking hour. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 28, 1962.

The Power that comes through is equal to each day's needs. – Edna Lister, Shekinah Splendor, December 15, 1963.

The Power needs only a few words of declaration to move forth to conquer all darkness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 22, 1964.

We are lifting the idea of poverty and want from earth. To do so, we must free ourselves of the earth idea of needs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 25, 1964.

God covers the needs of everyone, according to degree and kind, so you must learn to agree and adjust. – Edna Lister, Omnipresence: The Father's Primacy, November 24, 1964.

Be sure that your prayer pattern follows your soul's needs. – Edna Lister, What Are Angels, February 21, 1965.

Your love reaches up in devotion, and praise lifts your needs. When your needing love meets God's loving need to give, an explosion takes place and a resulting shaft of Light descends through you, healing minds and bodies, and flows into the outer world as a miracle. – Edna Lister, Miracles, October 3, 1965.

Your spoken words will come to pass, so see to it that the release of Power through your words, "This is good. Let there be Light," equals the need for Light. You must release the Power to cover the needs you state in prayers as if no one else could do the lifting. This is fulfilling responsibility for your words. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1966.

Divine Mind never gives you the right to know what the other fellow really needs. Each is in his own place, learning his lessons, and disagreeing with anyone is sure to disturb the very plan of life lessons from above being presented to him. – Edna Lister, Five Important Steps in Ascension, 1968, 2001.

We teach the deity of Christ and follow him. We also believe that God can recreate us in His image and likeness if we stand, hold and know in the Light. You can do anything according to the degree and kind of your desire to live in Light and "follow me." Do not look to yesterday or to what a book teaches, but know that you are the image and likeness of God today. Let it come forth. All that matters is that you are following Jesus the Christ, and no one needs to know anything more. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 7, 1969.

God needs only one person to say, "Let there be Light," and endure until the miracle comes. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 10, 1969.

When you lack identity with the Source, you lack security on earth. To have a permanent identity, one needs a permanent Source, which is the underlying reason for all peoples, nations, races, tribes, who need to worship. They must have a God, or a reason greater than self. We call this religion, and it is the twin of science. Religion and science are the two permanent pillars on the way of life. Religion gives us a Source, a beginning, while science gives us the means of expression for right living. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 5, 1970.

Call upon divine Mind for all your needs. – Edna Lister, Laws for Divine Living, February 19, 1970.

Either you believe that Light is all-curative or you do not. It is all a question of how great is your desire for the Light. God needs no information about it. You need nothing but the Light – let it illuminate. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 18, 1970.

God sends those who need. When someone comes for help, you fill his cup and send him along to drink the cup while you fill the cup for the next one who needs. You cannot spend any time thinking about the person drinking his cup. When the cup is empty, he may return full of the realization of your gift. When his cup is full, you cannot give him any more without wasting it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 27, 1971.

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The Gold Standard

This Edna Lister lecture transcript is dated 1933.

Today, as never before, we are concerned with our relationship to "things" on the one side and that unseen Power, which we call God or Spirit, on the other. The solution to the present condition will include this idea of relationship, which we have known as "unity," in a broader sense than man has ever used it. We will sweep aside for all time, the idea of each of us being a separate part. We will become unified parts, working with and for each other.

We will understand ever more of the laws of being that bring forth from the invisible into the visible. We will understand how the Master increased the "loaves and fishes," and be able to apply the process to our own needs.

The first step always consists in having our needs met at the time. The second step is to have just enough to meet our needs before we really need to use it. The third step is to have the twelve baskets left over to share freely after we fulfill our own needs. Let us consider four ideas concerning these laws, which we must use to complete any needed manifestation.

The old method was to "concentrate upon supply," or to "demonstrate supply." We sat in the Silence, concentrated upon our empty purse, and knew that it would be filled. If, while we were concentrating on our supply, Billy came home with some claim of illness, we had to stop concentrating on supply and concentrate on Billy. If other needs presented themselves, we had to concentrate on them. Meanwhile, our purse grew empty again.

Concentration is a mental power and comes by using will. We can use the power of concentration only in one direction at a time and on only one thing at a time. Therefore, it will not do for manifesting supply.

We need something that will do all things at once. We find this in our ability to surrender ourselves completely to the Power of Love. We concentrate harder than ever before, but only upon keeping ourselves completely surrendered to this Power, concentrating upon keeping our eye "single" upon releasing this Power. We speak the Word of truth about everything in our lives, and the Power goes forth and does the work.

When we surrender to the idea that the Power is doing the perfect work, when we surrender ourselves to become a perfect instrument through which it can work, when we become a mouthpiece directing it to that spot where it is needed, only then can we be sure that our lives will be perfect. As an instrument we release the Power, and as a mouthpiece we control its direction, the two perfect halves of a perfect whole.

The second idea is visualization. If we see empty space anywhere, we will not have any results worth mentioning in manifesting supply. If we are seeing empty cars, empty houses, empty stores, empty rooms, empty cupboards and empty purses, they will never be filled. We must then see everything as filled with activity, or some outer forms.

Yet, it isn't enough to see our own purses full of bills and gold, for the law is "Give and ye shall receive." We can overcome this by mentally reaching into our own pockets and purses to fill the purse of our friend or anyone whom we meet upon the street. We can always give from this invisible supply – just as Elijah left the widow with the "barrel of meal that wasted not and the cruse of oil that failed not," so can we use this great law of visualization to increase our own supply.

That which we give, we shall receive. We may have nothing visible to give away right now, but we can surely give from the invisible substance that occupies the whole universe – right where we stand this moment.

Everyone can see Niagara Falls. Anyone can see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. We do not leave our bodies to go there, but use the faculty that we all possess: We can "visualize" anything if we try hard enough.

Some have this faculty well developed and others must develop it. However, everyone has it to develop and use. The main idea to keep in mind about visualization is that we must have an unselfish, universal reason for the Power going into action for us.

If the "gimmies" bother us – give me this and give me that – it will not work for us. It is only when we give that which we ourselves desire that God can release it through us.

We have also heard the cry, "I do not care for money!" Indifference never brought anything to anyone – and it cannot be true at this present stage of development, for we all must use the symbol of God's abundance, which we call money.

No one can get material to make clothes without money. No one can get food without money. No one can ride in cars or on buses without money.

If we do not earn the money that we pay for these things then it is true that someone else is doing it. Someone is earning money for the things that everyone wears and uses. Therefore, no one can honestly say that they do not care for money. Back of that statement is pride that we are not "as other men are." Usually back of that is still another wrong emotion – hatred of the situation of lack and limitation.

Are we to give all our time to thinking about money? Are we to use all our time visualizing money? Most assuredly not, but being indifferent about money – prideful about not caring – or letting someone else do our "worrying" about it is just as negative as it is to be too eager about it. Underestimating it is just as definitely wrong as it is to overestimate it, and undervaluing it is just as wrong as overvaluing it.

We have had God and joy, God and pleasures, God and houses and lands, God and clothes, God and money, and God and all sorts of things. Now we have One God in all, through all, as all. We have no false god we call money.

Money now takes its rightful place in our lives, and we use it without stinting, knowing that it is only the outer symbol of those inner riches that are ours to draw upon. We know that we are entitled, through our inheritance from the kingdom, to all that we can possibly use.

"All that the Father hath" is mine to use. We free ourselves from all ideas of it not being the will of God that we have all that we need. Any good idea is God's idea, and it is a good idea for us to be free to grow, unfold and take care of all our obligations.

The fourth idea in which we have gone wrong in the past is that we think deep down within us that God probably cannot trust us with money. If we had an abundance of all good things, we might be inclined to forget who God really is, or we might get off the path, which we have held to with such great difficulty.

Everything from the outside seems to try to carry us into other ways. Our friends seem to lead us far afield. We have already left the path so often to pick a few beautiful flowers, which soon fade, to chase a few brilliant butterflies. Perhaps we are determined to keep our feet planted upon the straight and narrow way, fearing that if we have too much ease and comfort, we will again fail to study and grow.

Now, if we cannot trust ourselves, how then can we imagine that God can trust us? If we are really afraid that we may fail, then how can God release the necessary Power through us?

While we have the fear that we are not ready to be trusted with everything that the Universe can supply in the way of abundant riches, just that long will we keep ourselves out of the Kingdom of Riches. God cannot trust us with anything that we cannot trust ourselves to handle.

When we reach the point in our development where we can stand up and say, "Send forth through me enough of the Power of Love to fulfill all the needs of my family and myself. You can now trust me with the wealth of the Kingdom to distribute to the world. I am now ready to be used to release this Inner Abundance that shall relieve the whole of humanity. You can now trust me to use all that I need for myself and send the rest forth into the world."

When we can also tell God that we are ready to receive the courage to stand steadfast where we are, that all we want is the Power to lift everything given to us daily to lift, that we no longer want to run away from our responsibility but desire to pour out enough love upon it to make it perfect, that we want to be responsible for all our family – all the "lives of them that dwell upon our ship" – when we do this, then and then only will God send forth through us that release for all about us. Then we discover that He has only been waiting for this one thing – our own sense of ability to stand amid all outer challenges, calm and unmoved, steadfast and sure.

We may even have thought with the rest of the world that because a few men have cornered vast wealth, we could not have very much. When we started upon this great adventure of life, God sent with us all that we could possibly use or need through the whole of our period of living. When we stepped into this visible form, we had to leave it just at our fingertips in the invisible. You and I are invisible to the world. All that the world sees is that radiance, which is Spirit. If we have not used the vast supply, which God gave to us, then it is still waiting to come forth for us.

We are here to learn how to be Master Creators – how to conquer this invisible world. No one else of earth can possibly touch or bring into visibility one particle of that which vibrates only with our own vibration. It waits the magic touch of our spoken word to become! What? That which we desire and need.

This invisible substance, which we call supply, what is it? How do we know that a radio wave exists? Because we have to breathe invisible substance, and we tune in and hear a radio wave. Our scientific instruments measure, compute and tell us that these things are facts, then we must accept them and use them.

Countless thousands of fruit trees stand idle and bare during one season of the year. Later they put forth tiny leaves, buds, flowers, and then produce the countless tons of fruit that we use. Where has the fruit come from? Out of the invisible into the visible! The tree is larger each year, and no hole is left in the ground.

Countless acres of wheat fields, endless acres devoted to vegetables and berries, lay empty for months, then suddenly stalks, leaves, and later tons of berries, wheat and vegetables spring up. Where has it all come from? Out of the invisible into the visible, and no hole is left in the ground after the harvesting is finished! Farmers have used the fields for centuries and still they retain the same old level – the hills are still hills and the flat places are still flat.

Countless sheep grow wool, which we shear each year and make into garments. Where does it come from? From the invisible into the visible, and the sheep grows no smaller! Our paper money was once wood pulp, made from a tree that came from the invisible into the visible. We dug our gold and silver from the hills, which nature made from single cells that extended and expanded – from the invisible into the visible.

When will we really see the potential and know? When will we stop fussing and work to use that which is our own? When will we accept our own responsibility to create from this invisible substance of which God formed the whole earth? It is ours to use, ours to bring forth, ours to make and create into any outer form that we choose or desire.

We cannot destroy gold. The hotter we heat it, the more we purify it. The more we burn it, the greater its value. As we put it in the crucible and heat it, the dross comes to the surface and we take it off, leaving only the purified and perfect substance. The refiner knows when it is perfect, for he can see his own image reflected in it.

When fires of life purify us until God can look at us and see His own Image and Likeness reflected in us, then and then only will we have become Masters of Life. Then and then only will we have become conquerors of the inner kingdom, bringing its perfection into the outer realm.

Whenever we decide to live by this perfect Godly Gold Standard every hour of the day, we shall be able to create the outer and visible sign of wealth. Whenever we lend ourselves to the purifying process, through which all gold must go, then we shall be allowed to use all that we can imagine ourselves enjoying.

"I am now ready to accept my own inheritance."
"I am now ready to create my own abundant wealth."
"I am now ready to surrender to this Power which works through me."
"I am now ready to release all that love which belongs to me."
"I am now accepting everything that comes to me as fire to make me perfect."
"I am now being made into perfect and pure gold of Spirit."

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New Testament on Needs versus Wants

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. – Matthew 5:42.

Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. – Matthew 6:8.

Go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. – Matthew 9:13. [Do not do wrong then plea bargain for forgiveness.]

Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:25-28.

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself [his self], and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. – Mark 8:34-35.

If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. – Mark 9:35.

Never agree to a promise unless you first know the terms: James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. – Mark 10:35-40.

Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:42-45.

Do not conflate the world's requirements of you with your responsibility to God: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. – Mark 12:17.

As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. – Luke 6:31.

Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. – Luke 9:24.

The Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour [of your need] what ye ought to say. – Luke 12:12.

Seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Luke 12:29-31.

Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. – Luke 12:48.

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. – John 2:23-25.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7.

In youth, self freely dictates its desires to will; in elder years, another's desires override our will. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. – John 21:18.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. – Acts 17:24-25.

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16.

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:35-36.

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Old Testament on Needs versus Wants

Gluttony is eating more than you need. – Proverbs 25:16.

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Etymology of need: Old English neod, ned, "distress, necessity."

Etymology of want: Middle English wanten, "to be lacking," from Old Norse vanta.



Discerning needs versus wants is always an initiation.



What We Need Is Here

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
Wendell Berry, 1934–


References

Berry, Wendell. "What We Need Is Here," Wendell Berry Books [accessed March 1, 2017].

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.


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