See if you can relate to this true story…
Two young men were the best of friends. They went to church together and got along fabulously. They went to school together with never a trace of difficulty in their relationship. They enjoyed many church-related trips together. These two men spent hours talking about things they were interested in with never a disagreement or a strong word.
But then, these two young men went to work for the same company and reported to the same boss…
Suddenly, one of these young men started manifesting a very cranky, competitive, and paranoid spirit. He was just sure his “friend” was trying to gain an advantage over him. He was sure that his “friend” was trying to maneuver in closer to the boss. He was sure that his “friend” was trying to get the better tasks, leaving him “out in the cold” with the less enjoyable tasks.
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you felt like other people were trying to gain the advantage over you and maneuver their way over you where they could “shut you out”?
If so, pay careful attention to what you’re about to read.
This young man who became cranky, competitive, and paranoid allowed the spirit of this world to blind his eyes to the abundance that God has for him.
See, the worlds view is that there everything is finite and limited.
The worlds view is that the money that can be paid out in salaries is limited and therefore, the “many” employees must compete for the “few” pay raises.
The worlds view is that there are only so many promotion opportunities and therefore, the “many” people must be compete for the “few” opportunities.
The worlds view is to try to get “what they can see”.
When a higher-level job opportunity appears within a given department, most everyone within that department will “see” the opportunity at which point they will start clamoring, competing, and even fighting for it.
But, Gods way is DIFFERENT and BETTER!
In God’s way, you don’t have to compete for limitation and lack. Instead, you get to CREATE abundance.
How do you transition from competing to creating?
It starts by changing your focus to pleasing the Lord instead of trying to please men. When you are focused on pleasing the Lord, you will automatically perform at your highest level possible.
You will automatically strive to be the best that you can possibly be.
Colossions 3:23-24 says it this way – “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Did you catch the phrase, “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive”?
Here’s the thing. When you focus on pleasing the Lord, then the Lord will create opportunities out of nothing for you. The Lord will create opportunities for advancement, growth, increase, and abundance that you cannot even see yet.
Here’s proof that God will do what I’m saying…
Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Do you see the depth and power of God’s Word?
- “New things” – opportunities for increase that you hadn’t recognized or thought about before
- “It shall spring forth” – opportunities for increase will appear that you were not able to see before
- “I will even make a way in the wilderness” – to the world everything looks like limitation, lack, and scant resources but out of this “nothing” God will create abundance for you
- “Rivers in the desert” – deserts don’t have rivers – that’s why they are deserts. But with God all things are possible. It might appear that what you want isn’t available. It may seem like its not an option. But God can and will create the abundance that you want out of the impossible. Notice the word Rivers. This isn’t one trickle of water. This isn’t even a stream of water. It’s big and multiple Rivers of water. That’s the kind of abundance God will create in your life.
When you are focused on pleasing the Lord, the Lord will automatically present opportunities for abundance in your life.
The Lord will create a way where there is no way.
Make sure you get this. You don’t have to compete.
Instead, focus on doing all as unto the Lord. Be the best that you can be.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
This means help your neighbor obtain the increase that he or she is looking for realizing that God has an over-abundance and there is plenty for your neighbor to have all that he or she wants and for you to have all that you want.
Have a merry countenance (a big smile) like the Bible talks about. Perform acts of kindness and love at every opportunity.
And when you do these things, you’ll soon find Psalms 115:14 to be true in your life, “The LORD shall increase you more and more”
This is a concept that applies to all areas of your life – financial, health, relationships, and so on.
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