By Jemima Rayan
The year 2006 is one of the great years for the body of Christ.
Last year was a year of breakthroughs. We would see God’s
abundance as recorded in the scriptures in unprecedented
ways this year. The Lord had put the word “abundance” in
my heart. This year will be a year when both the good seeds
and the bad will bring about a great harvest. As we continue
to sow the good seeds, the Lord of harvest will bring about
that bountiful harvest that we have been longing for. Amen.
We serve a God who is often referred
to the one who meets all our needs. That is true. But actually
He is more than enough.
We have also heard about folks saying, “Our God supplies
all our need but not our greed”. While there are many
things said about God, we need to know what the Bible says
about our God. One thing I know is that we do not serve a stingy
God who gives just enough to sustain us. He is a God of abundance.
Fullness of God:
3:19 says, “…that you may be filled
with all the fullness of God”. The word “fullness” is
taken from the root word ‘pleroma’ which means
a full measure, plenitude that which has been totally completed
in every way. The word is often used to describe a ship with
a full cargo and crew. Fullness emphasizes completion. Isn’t
that awesome! Our God wants nothing missing in our life. Our
God wants us to be full in every way. When Jesus died on the
cross, He said, “Finished”. Wherever you are in
life now, doesn’t matter. Where you are going does not
depend on where you are right now. You are in a journey. All
that is important is to know that His will for your life is
fullness and completion in every aspect.
Look at the way God gives wisdom
to His children. “Liberally” is
the word. James 1: 5 says, “If
any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all
liberally and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.”
Jesus said in John
15:11, “These things I have spoken
to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may
be full.” It is the will of God that His joy should remain
in us and He wants our joy to be full. Our God is a God who
is good all the time. He wants our joy to be full. God wants
your joy to be full. Let us not believe the lie of the devil
that gives a bad picture of our God who majors in punishing
all the time. He will never tempt us be evil says the Word
of God. He is a giver of good gifts. He is a rewarder of those
who diligently seek Him. Every good and perfect gift comes
from the Father of light.
Exceedingly abundantly more:
In the Old Testament, God told Abraham, “Do not be afraid,
Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Listen
you may be thinking, “Oh! Abraham was a great man of
faith and I am not. No, you are a child of God. God is exactly
as committed to you as He was to Abraham. Believe it. Tell
it out loud, “God is my exceedingly great reward”.
Our God is an Ephesians
3:20 God. What does it say? It says, “Now
to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that
we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Notice
the three words mentioned here, “Exceedingly”, “Abundantly”, “More”.
All these words tell me the same thing that is ‘more
Jesus said in John
10:10, “…I have come that they
may have life and have it more abundantly”. It literally
means that God wants us to have a life that is full in all
aspect till it overflows.
David, the man after God’s own heart said in Psalm
23: 5, “…My cup runs over”. David was talking
about that overflow. When a vessel is filled, the next thing
that happens is it overflows. Are you willing to be a vessel
of overflow? We need to be vessels of overflow so that we can
be a blessing to many. If you could contain what God wants
you to have, then that is not abundance. When the abundance
comes, it is without measure. To get there, we need to honor
God’s word above anything else. If you honor God’s
word, He will honor you. It takes God and us to get it happen.
We need to be in line with the word of God to see God’s
blessing overtake us.
Abundance for every good work:
It is not for our selfish
motives God wants to give us that abundance so that we can
all the things for ourselves.
God gives to the one that gives because it is a spiritual principle.
Luke 6: 38 says, “Give
and it shall be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken
together and running over
will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that
you use, it will be measured back to you,”.
Notice three words here. Good measure, pressed down, shaken
together and running over. All these talk about how God wants
to give back to us. When you give, you might use your hand
but when God gives it back to you, there is multiplication
and you need a bosom to receive it. Hallelujah.
When the little boy gave 5 loves and 2 fish in the hands of
Jesus, He blessed it and multiplied it and baskets were needed
to collect the remaining food. What abundance! The Lord Jesus
is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will do it for
you. He is no respecter of persons.
Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all
grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency
in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”.
Notice the word, “abundance”. God is able to make
it happen for us. When? Always. Where? In all things. In essence,
it is God’s will that we never lack at any point in time
and there is no deficiency but ‘all sufficiency’.
We may go through a valley of lack but we don’t stop
there. How else will we know that our God is Jehovah-Jireh
if we never went through the valley of lack? Lack may endure
for a while but abundance will surely come. Hallelujah!
It is important that we have a proper
perspective regarding God’s blessings upon our lives,
for He does not pour out His abundant, overflowing bounty
upon us because we deserve
it. God bases the showers of His blessings upon us based upon
our obedience to His Word.
3: 10 “…open for you the windows of heaven
and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room
enough to receive it.” This talks about the unlimited
abundance of God’s blessings. I believe that this includes
the provision of all that we need from day to day, as well
as throughout our lives.
God is waiting to “open you the windows of heaven, and
pour you out a blessing.” It does not happen by chance.
It requires obedience to the voice of God.
Look at the life of Job. In the darkest
hours of his life, when he had lost almost everything, h
built an altar and offered
a sacrifice of seven rams and seven bullocks. In his darkest
hours, Job’s sacrificial offering brought his breakthrough
and abundance of God’s blessing. Job
42: 10 says, “The
Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before”. And “blessed
the latter end of Job more than his beginning.” (Job
Never give up. Heaven and Earth shall
pass away but God’s
word will not. His will for you in Abundance. Receive it in
May the year 2006 bring about a great abundance in your life.
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