The God of Abundance

Brad Stanton —  June 19, 2016 — 1 Comment

Many people think of Christianity as a set of rules that ruin their fun. Actually it is just the opposite. The rules are there to protect us from harm.

God is a God of abundance. Jesus said he came so that we can have life and have it more abundantly.* He never runs out of resources. God never stops blessing us. His love and well-being constantly flow down upon us. Romans 5:5 says that God pours out His love on us.

We can’t comprehend how lavish God’s provisions are. There is no danger of Him running out of his blessings. When you sit on the beach and look at the ocean it can help you understand how big God is.

When we spend time in God’s presence we begin to understand His overflowing vastness. When we praise Him we get a taste of the peace and joy that flow to us in his love. When we love him we understand a little bit of His love for us.

*John 10:10

Are you where you want to be in life? Do you have the relationships you want, the job you want, the house you want?

Life is a journey. Sometimes we make mistakes that bring us down the wrong road and we have to turn around and come back. That wastes time. It’s like driving from Dallas to Kansas City. The road takes some turns and sometimes it is easy to miss the marker that shows which highway need to be on. The roads are marked, but it can be easy to miss the mark.

The word “sin” in the Bible actually means to miss the mark. When we sin it is always self destructive, whether we know it or not. Often it hurts other people too.

Oswald Chambers said that all sin springs from the suspicion that God is not a good God. Many believe that God does not want what is best for them, so they go outside his will to try to find something better. Trust me, that doesn’t work.

Adam and Eve suspected that the forbidden tree was good for them. They suspected that God was harsh and unloving, and that he didn’t really want what was best for them. So they made the decision to disobey. That didn’t work out very well. They got kicked out of paradise. That was not what God wanted. He wanted a perfect relationship with them as they lived in paradise.

Does God cause suffering or does he allow it? I have found that most suffering occurs when we don’t follow the path God has planned for us. Moses led the people out of Egypt to the Promised Land, the land of abundance. However, due to their lack of faith, they didn’t go into the land. They were afraid to fight the giants. So they wandered in the desert for 40 years. The trip to the Promised Land should have taken a few weeks. God allowed them to suffer, but that was not his plan for them. His plan was that they quickly enter the land of abundance.

I’ve heard people say “I may not like where I am in life but I’m right where God wants me to be.” I don’t agree. The only way we could be right where God wants us to be is if we made perfect decisions our entire life. None of us does that. Some get a lot closer to that goal than others. The beautiful thing is that God can use us no matter how badly we messed up in the past. In fact, he can use our hurts, hangups and habits to glorify him if we choose to do that.

I’ve heard people say “We can’t all be Billy Grahams.” That is what the world says. Jesus said just the opposite.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

God has a beautiful plan for your life. You can get back on track for that plan any time.


2497_582185215124808_544483830_nYoung people, listen to me as you would to your father. Listen, and grow wise, for I speak the truth—don’t turn away.  For I, too, was once a son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child, and the companion of my father. He told me never to forget his words. “If you follow them,” he said, “you will have a long and happy life. Learn to be wise,” he said, “and develop good judgment and common sense! I cannot overemphasize this point.” Cling to wisdom—she will protect you. Love her—she will guard you.
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment. If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast, and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a beautiful crown upon your head.* ~King Solomon. Many consider him the wisest man that ever lived.

Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.** ~King Solomon

Be careful to check your feelings, because your feelings indicate what you are thinking. If you are thinking loving thoughts, your feelings will be happy. If you are thinking negative thoughts, your emotions will be sad, angry, ashamed or worried (fearful).

Negative thoughts make you weak minded and can destroy you. Positive, love filled thoughts make you strong minded and successful. Negative thoughts cause toxins to flow into your bloodstream, positive thoughts bring health to your mind and body. Therefore, think about things you like or love. Think about people, places and things you like. Think about music you like, books and movies you like, people and cafes you like. Think about pets, children and neighbors you like. But don’t think about things that make you sad or angry. That will make you weak and may eventually destroy you.

Two people I know were destroyed by negative thoughts. One was a father of two. He always complained and got angry. People didn’t like talking to him because he was so negative. He eventually had a nervous breakdown and became so depressed he couldn’t go to work. The other is a young lady who was injured in a motorcycle accident. Her foot was injured and a sore on it would not heal. The sore made her angry at her husband who was driving the motorcycle. The angrier she got, the worse the sore got, and the worse the sore got, the more angry she got. Finally the doctors had to amputate her leg just below the knee.

Every action starts with thoughts. All success starts with the mind. Transform your life by changing the way you think. It will give you success in career, relationships, losing weight, sports and just about all aspects of life.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV Bible

* Proverbs 4:1-9 Living Bible

** Proverbs 4:23 Living Bible

Do you sometimes feel the joy of the Holy Spirit? It’s the best feeling ever. Below is a short quote from the book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Her devotions have sold over 14 million copies. She and her husband were missionaries to Japan and Australia for many years.

I am nearer than you think, richly present in all your moments. You are connected to Me by Love-bonds that nothing can sever. However, you may sometimes feel alone, because your union with Me is invisible. Ask Me to open your eyes, so that you can find Me everywhere. The more aware you are of My Presence, the safer you feel. This is not some sort of escape from reality; it is tuning in to ultimate reality. I am far more Real than the world you can see, hear, and touch. Faith is the confirmation of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality, perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.

My thoughts: Just yesterday I was thinking of William Shakespeare’s quote on reality. He said: The world is a stage.

He should know. He worked with stage props. He knew that a wooden board painted as a tree was just a prop, it was not the real tree. In the same way, the world we can see and feel is not the real world. The real world is the eternal, spiritual world. It is inhabited by our spirits, the Holy Spirit of God, and angels and demons. You are a spirit. You have a body, but you are not a body. Your body is just your temporary clothes that you wear here on earth.

The wonderful thing about realizing that we are spirit is that it makes us know that no one can hurt us or kill us. They can hurt our body or kill our body, but to kill a Christian is just to liberate him from this earthy cesspool into the glory and bliss of heaven with God. To be absent from the body is to be present with God.(2 Corinthians 5:8)

We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The more you meditate on the things of the spirit and God’s Holy Spirit, the more love, joy and peace you will find in life.

One of my favorite parts of the movie To Kill A Mockingbird is the scene where Atticus Finch (the lawyer) is standing on the steps of the jail to protect Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of a crime. A mob arrives of more than a dozen men, most of them with guns. They want to lynch Tom. Scout, Atticus’ daughter sees Mr. Cunningham in the mob and innocently strikes up a conversation with him, reminding him that her father did legal work for him in exchange for some food from his farm. Atticus did the work for free, letting Cunningham repay as he could.

When Cunningham thought back over the kindness that Atticus had shown him, he decided not to cause him trouble and told his fellow mob members to leave and go home. They did so. I’ve seen things like this happen in life many times.

Galatians 6:7 says we reap what we sow. Even if we don’t see goodness come back to us immediately, we can be sure that it will return. In the movie we don’t see Tom being repaid for the kindness he showed Mayella, but in reality we will be rewarded at some point, whether here or the next life.