Memory verse: 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (NIV)
Get rid of your scarcity mentality
Are you in need, depressed, discouraged or frustrated by circumstances? I urge you this morning to cast it all on the Lord.
Are you in need, depressed, discouraged or frustrated by circumstances? I urge you this morning to cast it all on the Lord, 1 Peter 5:7 says Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.(NIV)
In this account, Paul gives us great inspiration and example of handling discouragements.
Here was a man who could have despaired of life, but he chose to focus on Christ and his resources. After spending long days and nights on a prison ship, Paul stands up and says, “Even now I beg you to be in good spirits and take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you but only of the ship For this very night there stood by my side an angel of the God whom I belong and Whom I serve and worship.” (Acts 27:22,23)
The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says:
‘…God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory’ (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).
Whose riches? God’s! And His ability to bless you is not limited by the job market, the stock market, or the housing market. For forty years He fed His people in the wilderness with manna from heaven. He sent ravens to deliver meat to Elijah during a famine.
He fed five thousand people with a boy’s lunch. Paul writes, ‘God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others…Yes, you will be enriched in every way…’ (2 Corinthians 9:8, 11 NLT).
The scarcity attitude is rooted in fear and shows distrust of the awesome power of God to supply all our needs according to His unlimited resources. It’s based upon the faulty assumption that if someone else has something, you can’t have it because there’s only one pie, and every slice that someone else gets means less is available for you.
It makes you believe that the blessings of others come at your expense. It says, ‘You win, I lose.’ That’s no way to live the abundant life! Start today to reprogramme your thinking. Remind yourself that you’re not in competition with anybody, for anything, in any area of your life.
Cling to the words of Jesus: ‘…I have come that [you] may have life, and that [you] may have it more abundantly’ (John 10:10 NKJV).
Pray: ‘Father, help me to reject all thoughts of scarcity. Show me how to help others achieve their goals by sharing my time, talents, treasure. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.’
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