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Abundance

No more curse shall live within that soul whose life is found in the loss of it. Does a man not reach and crawl for wealth and fame, opening his hand only to find it empty in the end? Does it not occur to us that abundance lies not in the taking but in the giving? How is it we cannot see that curse is all that ever finds its way to haunted souls hoping for the glory?

There is a place where one can rest and in His hand abundance cannot be stayed, but floods the breast of all who find it there. Look and see the lily whose soft petal reaches for the sun. Such clothing is never seen, yet this little one waits upon the Lord of it all, whose hand does paint the flower resting in His care. Is not God the source of it? Yes, and more than that, for all who find this place of rest will dwell in His abundance and see unfailing care. Look and see that seed and harvest do show the truth of life's abundance.

There Is Always Enough

CHAPTER 4

Saying there is not enough is like standing under a waterfall and dying of thirst.

Thought: Those who abide do not experience want.

Word: Phil. 4:19: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Conclusion: If you experience "not enough," you are not abiding.

In this chapter, we are going to look at a law that is almost invisible to the world. As we look about, we see starvation, accident and war. In the work place it seems that nearly everyone struggles to get enough and these individuals are only left with the experience they need more. The extra that is salted away from time to time is either eaten up by taxes, or some disaster which requires it. What a life men have made for themselves; men work and slave and end up with not enough.

The truth is there is plenty and always has been. You may have heard, "Yes, but they have the plenty, not me." If that's what you say, you have just bought the lie. You have been tricked, fooled and deceived. If you have bought that line, you are like those who just can't quite believe what God has said, but go about feeling quite comfortable calling Him a liar. If we abide, there will always be enough. If we believe there is enough, there will always be enough. That's it; that's all there is. Jesus said, "Therefore I say unto you, Whatever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them." Mk.11:24.

From time to time, we discover we have a need. We seem to look about us for a way to fill that need only to end up with, "Well, when I get the money, I'll be able to do that." What does money have to do with it? "Will God supply my needs if I have the money?" "Will He give me the desires of my heart if I'm rich?" Do birds and bees have a bank account? Do bears have a mortgage on their cave? Look around, humans are the ones who go about without enough. We seem to be the stupid ones. The animals are the ones who are the intelligent ones. They go about having enough. In Romans 8:32 we discover the evidence for there being enough. "He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"

We do have a promise in Scripture for there not being enough. That is found in James 1:6-7: "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord." God has set up the universe so that we get what we believe in. If we believe in the lie, we get that. If we believe in the truth, we get that. Notice by doing this, we will always have plenty of evidence to support the way we believe. God gives us all the evidence we need to support whatever we believe. In this way, if we believe His word, we get all that His word promises. If we do not believe His word, we get whatever that happens to be.

Men often get caught in counterfeit provision. Money is fine to use. We ought to use it. When we think that money is the object to gain for our provision, we have been tricked again. Money of itself equals zero. You can't eat it, you can't drive it. Of itself, it is of no more value than an old newspaper. We need to discover our need is not money. Our need is the object we want to purchase with it. More often than not, men equate money with security. That's a lie. People with money die all the time. Some starve to death, others have accidents, many are heavily indebted to others. Money is not security. God is the only true security that exists. If we are not in Him, we have no security no matter how much money we possess. If we are in Him, nothing can hurt us. God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. We come to Him asking for money when our true desire is security. God answers our true desires and says, "Here I am." We say, "No, we want money." The Lord in His kindness may give us money knowing that is not what we really wanted, but the only way to show us that it is not what we really wanted, He gives it to us. Some take the money, run out and put a down payment on something, come home with something plus a lot of monthly payments and discover they need money just as before. Money solved nothing.

Another counterfeit provision is debt. Men borrow only to discover it has to be paid back with their future. This is a type of slavery. Your soul belongs to the bank. Debt appears to solve problems, but in reality it only creates them. God gave us a picture of His people when He said, "For the Lord thy God blessed you, as He promised you: and you shall lend unto many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you will reign over many nations, but they will not reign over you." Deut. 15:6. It is the people who lend who have mastered provision, not those who borrow. We are to lend whatever is asked of us, but we need not borrow because if we are of those who abide in God, we already have what He has. Some have chosen to declare bankruptcy as a way to deal with their inability to keep their promises to pay. These may think they got away with their debt, but the universe still records the debt as unpaid. The only truly forgiven debt is the one the lender forgives. We little realize it, but it is our own creation when we do not complete our debts. We look for a villain or some perpetrator who caused this thing to happen. He is always in the mirror; he is never anywhere else.

Jesus again gave us an example of how provision works. In Matthew 14, the Bible records how Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fishes. That's all there was. Today, some would stand there like the disciples and say, "There's not enough." Jesus didn't believe in not enough. There was enough for Him. In Matthew 17, we read of the instance where circumstances required Jesus to pay some taxes. He instructed His disciples, "Go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the first fish you catch; and when you open his mouth, you will find some money: take that and give it to them for me and for you." There was nothing so amazing really. Jesus just believed the truth about God. Jesus needed tax money, so He got it. Jesus' life was about provision. He always experienced all He needed. He said things like, "Why do you think about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" Matt. 6:28-30.

I remember in my own experience the example of provision. I wanted to go to college, but I had no money. There I was, registration day, and no money to my name. The registrar registered me anyway and suggested I try a government loan. I accepted and entered college. The loan came through and paid my tuition. Half way through my college work I decided I would not borrow anymore. I still wanted to finish my college work, but debt was not an option for me anymore. That same semester I began getting money free that I did not need to pay back, so the rest of my college only cost hard work, but no money. I simply received provision according to my faith all the way along. One cannot trick the universe, however; the universe knows the level of your faith and integrity. You always get what that is.

Another example of provision in my life was given when I was a student pastor in a small town in Southern California. I made my home in a small trailer. It had no furniture and was quite old and the cold night air would come in through the door and create a very unhealthful situation for my children who were sleeping on that floor. At times, frost could be seen on the rug where the air came in. Finally, I prayed that this would not be. I believed it would not be God's will for me to endanger life and health to live in this circumstance. That weekend a friend told me of a trailer he had seen for sale where he worked. I took the trip down to that location and, sure enough, there sat a little trailer. It was about the size of the other, but it was newer. It had furniture and a refrigerator and could be heated easily. At that moment I prayed, thanking God for the trailer. There was one small problem; I had no money. I went to the owner of the trailer and said to him, "I'll take it; I don't have the money now, but I will get it." All that week I waited for the mail to have money in it that I needed. It never came. The following week the owner of the trailer called me again. I went to his home reaffirming my pledge to come up with the money. He said, "If you want the trailer, you can have it. I would have given it to you last week, but I thought you would praise God or something." You see, God doesn't need money; He owns it all.

Each of us from time to time has these things happen. God's children know where their provision comes from. Others consider it "lucky" or "boy, did I trick life." There has never been anything such as luck and no one has ever tricked God. If we think we have, it is we who have been tricked. The Bible says, "But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ." Phil. 4:19. That's it. That's all there is. It's just so. It is true, however, it is only so for those who believe it is. All others get the lie. Jesus came to show us what the truth is. He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6. Jesus was saying: I am the way it's done, I am the truth about life and I am the life; that is, I am the power for doing the way it is done. No one can come to the Father except he come in this way. Jesus is the way we come to the Father. We come like Jesus came. Jesus is the truth about the one who comes to the Father. He is the truth about the Christian experience. He is also the power for the experience. Jesus is our provision. We must be who He is in order for us to come to the Father. That is as simple as it is.

Humanity has, to a great degree, fallen into a trap of imagining money as his provision. Money has no value whatever in the absolute sense. By faith we have accepted it as having value, so, for a time, it serves us as a medium of exchange. The truth is that the erroneous concept held by so many about money has led them into a "real" slavery. Money may be printed on a piece of paper down at the Federal Reserve print shop. The money is then sent through channels and is loaned to you at interest. You spend your life being a slave to the one who loans you the printed paper. Your life is about "paying your bills." Slaves in history have had their food, clothing and lodging supplied. Slaves today have their food, clothing and lodging supplied plus a large debt besides. The great money conspiracy of Satan has you by the nose. There is one major difference between slaves of yesterday and slaves of today. The slaves of yesterday knew it.

You may use money to transact the affairs of life, but know that your provision is not money. Money has nothing to do with your success in life. If money is there, use it to promote the kingdom of God. If it is not there, promote the kingdom of God without it.

Remember, money will eventually return to the one who gave it; for it ultimately belongs to the kingdoms of this world and their great system of finance and slavery, but true provision has been given freely to you by a great and loving benefactor, our Heavenly Father. With Him there is no slavery. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Let those chains drop off, friend!

Provision - Bible Study

1. Anything the believer asks for is provided.

John 14:13,14: "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it."

2. The believers also receive their hearts' desires.

Mark 11:24: "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

3. All the believers' needs are supplied.

Phil. 4:19: "But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

4. Believers find things.

Luke 11:9: "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

5. For the believer, no good thing is withheld.

Ps. 84:11: "For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly." For believers, there is no lack. Ps. 34:9: "0 fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him."

Self-Knowledge Resumé

  1. Am I rich?
  2. Do I ever feel poor?
  3. Am I ever elated by having a surplus of money?
  4. Am I ever dejected by not having enough money?
  5. Do I ever feel jealousy because one of my peers has more money than I do?
  6. Do I ever feel that some people have too much money and they should give more of it to poor people like me?
  7. Do I ever visit a home and feel that the people there have too much and they should be more humble and have fewer things like I do?
  8. Whenever I make plans in life, does money have a part to play in my plans?
  9. Do I ever say, I don't have enough money?
  10. Do I consider lack of money something that might hinder what I want?
  11. Do I recognize any other destructive attitudes regarding money?
  12. Can I describe how money is viewed by God?

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