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Abundance vs. Death to Self

Abundance vs. Death to Self

This is a big one to tackle – but I want to address a big doctrinal rift today… 
 
Consider this: 
What does “abundant” mean? 
No, please, not in a “churchy” way (we seem to create special definitions for everything that really skew us). 
But really – what does that word mean? 
 
Merriam Webster defines it as: marked by great plenty (as of resources); amply supplied http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abundant
So when Jesus said, “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 abundantly. (John 10:10)” What was He saying? Simply stated; Satan steals – I give. 
 
Yet, I know many “Believers” who do not believe “abundant” means “abundant”. In fact, when teachers preach that God is a God who supplies abundantly, many people get upset: “You can’t say that!” “That’s carnal/fleshly Christianity!”
 
Well first of all, Jesus said it – so I’m pretty sure that’s ok for us to say. But I do understand the dilemma. However, beyond that I think, we must realize that this abundance isn’t in a vacuum. Jesus didn’t promise abundance, (1) without trials, nor (2) without an important balance: death to self
 
In fact all the promises of God are somewhat conditional. If you are willing and obedient, then you will eat the good of the land.”. I hear teachers who teach both sides of this, but often we won’t hear them put together. I’m not saying teachers don’t put them together – but I think we, the hearers, don’t put them together. We hear one side: “be obedient, serve, do what God says!” OR we hear the other side: “God wants to bless you, God will give you all you need.”  
But it isn’t one or the other – BOTH are true. Yes, they are. In fact, they are dependent on one another. 
 
A great example is the attempt to dissect this verse… i’ve heard it a few different ways: 
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Ps 37:4)
One person will state plainly, “God gives you what you want” and another will say, “No, God will put HIS desires in your heart and therefore give you those things”. 
But in actuality; both are true.
When you “delight yourself in Him” you are going to begin to reflect Him more and more. You are surrendering self and focusing on what He desires. So, does He put desires in your heart? Absolutely. However, that’s not all. God is a GOOD Father. In fact, much of the Word is spent trying to get us to understand that fact. He isn’t holding out on us. He loves to give good gifts to his children! The issue isn’t if it’s “his desire” or “your desire” but if you are submitted to Him. 
Let me clarify: God has NEVER had an issue with materially blessing His kids. It’s just he cares about the heart more.  All the patriarchs of the Old Testament, King David, and on and on – all were extremely materially blessed. It’s not an issue to Him… unless it’s an issue for us. As I’ve heard it said; God doesn’t have a problem with you having money, He just doesn’t want money to have you. So the question isn’t if He is wants to provide abundantly; the question is the condition of your heart to handle it. 
 
Consider this:
Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified” – my life is not my own, I’ve died. It’s not about what I want.
Yet, simultaneously, Romans 8:32 says He will, “freely give us all things.” 
 
Folks – it’s both. 
 
We have to live a life that’s crucified and surrendered. At the same time, actually believe that He wants to provide and take care of us. That he’s a good Father and as such, when we live in obedience He’s got us covered. Faith demands we believe what He says, not just what we’ve experienced to date or event what we think He means. What did He say?
He said “abundant” and I, for one, am convinced He meant “abundant.”

 

Why Do You Pray?

Why Do You Pray? 

Really.
Answer that for yourself.
Do you actually believe it affects something?
What does it affect? 
See, I think we’ve misunderstood certain aspects of prayer. 
Jesus said Father knows what we need before we even ask. He said it was the Father’s GOOD PLEASURE to GIVE us the Kingdom (that’s everything God has at his disposal). God seems ready to go from how Jesus speaks about Him…
 
So – when we pray, why do I get the feeling from so many people that they are trying to “convince” God? Get him to change His mind? Is that what the issue is?
 
You see what we see in the book of Daniel (10:10-14) is that when Daniel began to fast and pray an angel was dispatched but demonic forces withstood him. There were things literally “blocking” Daniel’s answer… and it wasn’t God. 
 
For some reason the doctrine that God’s sovereignty means He’s literally controlling everything has become too common. Here is the danger with this: We pray with little faith(expectation) because we don’t figure much rests on us. We pray from a sense of “connecting” with God. Or maybe as a “good habit”. 
 
But our prayers ARE meant to cause an effect. However, it’s rarely God that’s the problem in getting answers (remember 2 Cor 1:20). He’s already on our side (Rom 8:32). On the side of provision and care. He IS our help. Does desire our healing and restoration (Is 53:5). It’s the carnal natures in us and the demonic forces around is that cause the problems. 
We (humans) have allowed  to run rampant throughout our world by surrendering so much control to them. 
 
Why do I pray? 
Because prayer actually DOES change things. 
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive”
Matthew 21:22

 

Roadblock to God’s Promises?

Roadblock to God’s Promises?

God has wonderful promises.
Things He’s stated in the Word of God that are for His kids.

Many of us don’t experience many of those good things… and it seems… unfair. Why hasn’t it happened for me? Did I do something wrong? Did God choose not to bless me?

Hebrews 3:18-19 gives an incredible insight to the reality of unfulfilled promises. As the author Continue reading