Tag: Abundance

Rich Enough!

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Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be rich? You know, the Warren Buffett kind of rich?

Impossible, you say?

Some people seem to believe that anyone can be rich, except them. I wonder why?

I’ve heard people say, “I’ll never have much money. God knows I’d be full of pride and spend the money foolishly. So, he’ll just keep me poor and humble.”

Seriously?

Of course, it’s people like that who drop $20 a week on lottery tickets, trying to outmaneuver the God who wants them to be poor.

Kind of silly, don’t you agree?

Here’s a thought to consider: God wants you to be rich!

Maybe I didn’t write that clear enough, so here it is again: God wants you to be rich!

How rich? A millionaire? A billionaire?

How rich depends on God’s calling upon your life. Some people are called to have a huge “platform”, representing Jesus to the nations of the world. Others are called to build orphanages, print bibles in multiple languages, supply missionaries with airplanes and other types of transportation, feed and shelter the homeless in our country’s major cities, and finance the new church plant in a third world country. God has his people working all over the globe; and he uses rich people like us to support that work.

Rich enough is God’s kind of rich! Rich enough to give to him that asks. Rich enough to meet the needs of the widow and orphan. Rich enough to help the local church fulfill its God given mandate to minister to all those in its area. Rich enough to supply seed to the sower and bread to the eater. Rich enough to never run out.

I can almost see the frown of disbelief on your face. “Why, I never heard such nonsense! Don’t you know that money is the root of all evil?” Is that what you’re thinking?

First of all, “RICH” is not a money thing. Secondly, it’s “the LOVE of money” that gets people into trouble.

Check these out:

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV)

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11 NKJV)

“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed.” (Psalm 37:25-26 NKJV)

“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV)

Those are just a few examples of God’s will for his people, AND His ability to take care of those who trust in him.

He is rich to all who call upon him. There’s always more than enough, regardless of the need.

“How can I be rich?”, you may ask.

– Get rid of the dollar sign mentality. It’s not about how much YOU have!
– Use what you have faithfully, wisely, with his kingdom in mind
– Develop a giving heart, always looking for opportunities to pour into someone else’s life
– Systematically give, tithing to your local church. Be discipled in giving.
– Be thankful and content with what you have, whether much or little.
– Go after God. Discover his plans and purposes for your life. He will provide the resources.
– Don’t be afraid to sow seeds. Loosen up the fingers of your heart.
– Live for God. Abandon your life to his care, and trust his word.
– Live within your means. Do what you AND God can do to eliminate debt.
– Don’t write bad checks.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first-fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:5-10 NKJV)

“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13 NKJV)

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19 NKJV)

To the Christian, life isn’t about the things we enjoy or the money we have in the bank. It’s about how we use what we have for the One who has made us what we are! He will unapologetically cause his riches to flow to and through the ones who have no other life to live but the one he has given! Christ is our life! We are workers together in his kingdom. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or even think!

And, he’s able to fund and equip the extraordinary, out of this world, impossible looking projects which he throws us into!

After all, he’s rich enough. And in him, so are we.

The God of More

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before…”

Star Trek – The Original Series

Though I wouldn’t consider myself a Trekkie, I really did like the old Star Trek series with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelly. I was 12 years old when the series first aired.

What an imagination Gene Roddenberry had!

Have you ever stopped to think how contagious “imagining” can be? I’d watch the show and before it was finished, I’d be dreaming of my “space”; a frontier I needed to explore. To go beyond my “normal” existence, beyond my existing boundaries, and reach for something only my imagination could describe.

Isn’t that how God made us?

Can you try and imagine how big and powerful God is? Even just for a moment, try and imagine.

Creator of Heaven and Earth, all that is seen and unseen. Laws of physics, laws of nature, moral laws, everything good and perfect; all created and governed by God. “He is before all things, and in Him all things consist, or hold together.”

When you finish imagining the greatness of God, try and measure His beauty. Or His love. His justice, righteousness, hope, peace, joy, faith, grace…

Whatever you and I can imagine about God, He is MORE! He is beyond our comprehension, above the ceiling of our imagination. He is MORE!

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:8-9

His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. He is MORE.

But He makes a statement that should get each of us dreaming, imagining, and ready for action! In verses 6 and 7 of Isaiah 55 the Lord says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” In other words, “leave your thoughts, forsake your ways, and find Mine. Find they are MORE. Find I AM MORE!”

He then adds, “you shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace. The mountains and the hills will rejoice over you with singing and shouting…” Take the word spoken here and imagine…

God created mankind to walk in His abundance, not lacking “any good thing”. Created to rule, to govern, and to multiply His image throughout the earth. Created in His image, with the ability to imagine, in accordance with His will.

As far as God was concerned, mankind was given the ability to dream impossible dreams, imagine unimaginable victories, and walk in the “more” of God.

And it’s not any different today. “God is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or even think…” Ephesians 3:20.

“Then why does God seem so ‘limited’ these days”, you may ask. Could it be you and I have limited Him by testing Him and not believing Him? Imaginations can stir up faith or unbelief. We are the ones who determine what we “explore”.

He says,
“Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation” Psalm 68:19
What does our imagination do with that?

He says,
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:2,3
Do we see Him as the God of “MORE”?

He says,
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you…thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Can we see the same thing, or do we despise His Word?

He says,
“Honor the Lord with what you have and what you get. The Lord will make certain your cupboards are full. You will have MORE than enough for yourself and others.” Proverb 3:9,10; 2 Corinthians 9:8
Well?

Let’s think of our life as a voyage, a voyage of unimaginable adventure in God. Boldly going where we once were afraid to go. Boldly going because we know we aren’t traveling alone.

Whether we’re exploring strange new worlds or seeking out new life and new civilizations, we can boldly go because…

The God of “MORE” is with us.

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