I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12
I read somewhere there are two types of people – those who operate under a theory of abundance – there’s more than enough for everyone or one of scarcity – there’s limited quantity so I must grab or miss out.
God is a God of abundance.
He provides for His children.
There’s more than enough.
God is love and love always gives.
Pride, selfishness and greed create scarcity.
Worldwide there is enough food and water for everyone.
We, the people need only share.
Share our abundance, our excess with those who have not.
Sacrifice more for enough.
The question isn’t adequate supply, the question is do I believe God is sufficient?
Am I satisfied with my portion or do I strain for more, different, what I think is better?
Things I believe satisfy.
Things I use to fill my loneliness, pain, need.
Things I look to instead of God.
Ignoring pleas of the poor.
Calling it someone else’s problem.
A form of Christianity that leads to the grave.
I’m okay, you’re okay.
Religion that doesn’t serve or love, sacrifice or bleed.
Vanity and chasing after the wind.
What is exalted among men is God’s abomination.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 1 John 3:17
There is enough for all.
I need not grasp, God gives good things and knows what I need.
He works all things for good – even my sin, mistakes and stumbles.
He gently leads, corrects and gives grace.
It’s not what I do it’s what my heart is set on.
Things of this world or things above.
No one can serve two masters.
Deceitfulness of riches and desire for other things choke the Word.
Wealth insulates, mutes, numbs needs.
Possessions pass away.
Seek first the kingdom.
Conform not to this world.
Worldly wealth can be used for eternal gain.
“Come, Follow Me”
The invitation stands.
Actions reveal my heart.
I will sacrifice for what I value.
My calendar and checkbook disclose the truth.
The truth that my heart is full of holes – holes I attempt to plug with external remedies.
His steadfast love delivers me from destruction.
Saved by sacrifice – Jesus exchanged His life for mine.
Nothing can snatch me from His Hand.
No longer a slave to sin, I walk in righteousness.
Free will gives me freedom to choose.
I’m going to serve somebody – God or satan.
Life or death.
The lie of the world is there are other options.
Desires deceive, rob, steal.
Do not be fooled.
Choose this day whom you will serve.
Wake up sleeper.
Live in wisdom, making the most of every opportunity and stand ready to reveal the hope residing in me.
God works through His people.
I am His life giving delivery system.
Worship is more than a song.
Worship in thought.
Worship in how I live.
What I say no to….and what I say yes to.
Change what I see and what I seek.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…inside of me.
“Every time I buy another shirt I don’t need or a seventh pair of shoes for my daughter, I redirect my powerful dollar to the pockets of consumerism, fueling my own greed and widening the gap. Why? Because I like it. Because those are cute. Because I want that….alone, each item is reduced to an easy explanation, a harmless transaction. But all together, we’ve spent enough to irrevocably change the lives of a hundred thousand people.” Jen Hatmaker, 7.