In times of financial uncertainty, it’s natural to feel worried and anxious about our future.
We must remember that we serve a faithful and loving God who promises to provide for all our needs. We can trust in His unfailing love and rest assured that He wants us to thrive and not survive.
Psalm 118:24-25 says, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.”
The powerful message here speaks of Jesus as the embodiment of prosperity and abundance. When Jesus enters our lives, He brings wholeness, restoration, and prosperity.
Asking the Lord for prosperity is not wrong; it aligns with His will and nature. God reveals Himself as El Shaddai, the all-sufficient and abundant God. We must understand biblical abundance, which begins with a transformation from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset, regardless of our upbringing or background.
Developing An Abundance Mindset
One of our greatest needs when it comes to abundance and prosperity is a transformation of the mind. I’ve found no matter where you come from in the world, including right here in America, and no matter how you’ve been raised, more often than not, you were brought up with a lack mindset, a scarcity and poverty mindset as opposed to a prosperity and abundance mindset.
We’re immediately introduced into this world with limitations. We are raised with parents saying,
“We can’t afford this.” One thing that I committed with Emily was never to tell our kids that we can’t afford something. You can phrase it differently and say, “I don’t think this is the best use of our finances right now.” And it genuinely probably isn’t.
I want to prevent them from getting that lack and scarcity mindset that can be a limiting factor in people’s lives.
God is for you. His very nature is abundance. He’s the too much, the El Shaddai, the all-sufficient, more than enough God.
In Proverbs 10:22, we read, “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.”
In the world, you can strive and stress and maybe get a little bit of money, but you’re still miserable. But the blessing of the Lord comes with His peace, and He adds no sorrow with it.
We need a continuous healthy mind-renewing because just by nature of being out in the world,
we’re constantly subjected to the opposite.
If you’re not renewing your mind with God’s word and renewing your faith in biblical abundance, you can quickly just move out of faith, and now all you see is the limitations around you.
God has a better way. He has a better way for you.
What Does Abundance Look Like?
John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy.
I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more.”
In Greek, the word abundantly is perissos.
Perissos demonstrates God’s way of doing things: superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient, superior in quality, and overflowing in quantity.
And we are shown this through what Jesus did. He healed the sick, performed miraculous deliverances, and cast out evil spirits. But something you also see in His miracle ministry
is miracles of provision.
Pay attention to His nature, character, and how He gives provision.
The very first miracle of Jesus after His baptism was a miracle of supernatural provision.
John 2:6 provides the account with, it says, “Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.”
We always miss that 20 to 30 gallons piece part. Why is this important?
Because that’s what was turned into wine.
It wasn’t a pitcher of water. It wasn’t a punch bowl. There were six water pots, 20 to 30 gallons each. That means at the very least 120 gallons, at the most 150 gallons.
It seems too much.
It seems perissos.
It seems superabundant, excessive, and wasteful.
Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it.
And when the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine and did not know where it came from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. The master of the feast called the bridegroom, and he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now.”
That is the nature and style of Jesus.
In Matthew 14:20, Jesus feeds the 5,000, which was more like 15 or 20,000.
It says they all ate, were filled, and took up 12 baskets full of the remaining fragments. He didn’t give them just enough.
They all ate and were full, satiated, and satisfied, and then on top of that, there were leftovers.
His style is superabundance. Superior in quality and overflowing in quantity.
God Has A Better Way
If you’re going from check to check, week to week, barely making it and scraping by, God has a better way for you.
Just like salvation, just because it’s true doesn’t mean it’s true for everyone because you must appropriate it by faith. You have to be convinced of it in your spirit. You have to speak it out of your mouth.
What steps do you need to take to experience abundance?
Change your prayer life.
Change your thought life.
Change how you see yourself a year from now, two years from now, or five years from now.
See yourself as somebody who is a blessing and giving. And this begins right now where you’re at. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Understanding that God always provides more than needed, we realize that stinginess and miserliness are contrary to His nature, while frugality is godly. As Christians, we are responsible for receiving God’s blessings and using them to do greater good in the world.
A mental transformation is crucial to embrace prosperity without shame or embarrassment. The devil wants prosperity to be a dirty word, but it is holy. God revealed Himself as Jehovah Jireh, the provider, and El Shaddai, the all-sufficient one.
By renewing our minds, contending for faith, and seeking God’s guidance, we can position ourselves to receive His blessings and significantly impact the world.
And so we have to be found faithful. We have to be good stewards. We need to submit and yield to Him and be found faithful with what we have now so that He can trust us.
Every time we give, we give him the first 10th, demonstrating we’re trustworthy enough to get more.
Jesus said where your treasure is, there your heart is also. He’s making the connection between our treasure, our material possession, and our hearts. And our trustworthiness increases when we show Him that He has our entire heart by showing him that he also has our treasure.
In Malachi 3, God asks if a man would rob Him, referring to tithes and offerings. Under the new covenant, believers cannot be cursed but saved and blessed instead. We should desire to have our finances blessed as well. Tithing allows us to sanctify our finances, and by doing so, we position ourselves for God to bless and multiply the remaining 90%. Choosing a blessed 90% over a cursed 100% is wise, as giving a portion to the Lord is not unreasonable.
Malachi 3 continues by instructing us to bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. And try me now in this, says the Lord of hosts if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out such a blessing that will not be room enough to receive it.
If you’re not experiencing the abundance of God, I encourage you to prioritize it. Never a priority above your intimacy with Him, never a priority above your relationship with him, but a priority in getting your mind aligned with the word of God.
The devil’s not afraid of a broke, struggling Christian. But a Christian who can go in and build churches, bless ministries, and launch other believers makes him tremble.
Proverbs 11:24- 25 says, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.”
Prayer: Lord, I believe You love seeing me prosper, and today I trust You for an increase in my current job or a better one. I ask for divine favor to see raises and bonuses. Thank You for the ideas and strategies that lead to superabundance. Thank you for paying off debts, expenses decreasing, blessings and increases, financial freedom, and breakthroughs. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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