Over and over people come to my MillionairesForJesus.com website and they ask questions like:
- “How do I break away from just over broke?”
- “I want to help people but financially, I just can’t.”
- “Why is it that non-Christians always have plenty of money?”
- “How do I get out of debt?”
- “Why do bad things happen to Christians?
To answer these questions, let me first ask you a question.
Have you ever wanted something?
Have you ever found yourself wanting to do, be, or have a certain thing?
Let’s take a closer look at this phenomenon of “WANT”.
Psalms 34:10 – “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not WANT any GOOD thing.”
WANT is another word for LACK.
LACK is not of God.
No matter where you are at or what your situation, it’s not God’s will for you to LACK.
For example, in Deuteronomy 2:7 – “For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.”
This makes it clear that even in “wilderness” times in life, we aren’t to lack in any area of our life.
If we look at Exodus 16:35 and Deuteronomy 29:5 we see that during “wilderness” times we may not get to eat exactly what we want, we may have a limited wardrobe, and we may wear the same pair of shoes a little longer than we would like, but we won’t lack the things that we have need of.
Now, let’s consider Deuteronomy 8:9 – “[The promised land,] A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.”
In this verse, we see that during the “promised land” times of life, we have abundance, we have everything we want, AND, we have unlimited opportunities that we can “dig” into.
Within God’s way, whether times are “good” or times are “bad” we will not lack.
Isn’t that exciting?
So, why do so many Christians find themselves wanting and lacking?
It’s because they aren’t doing things in accordance with God’s Word.
Perhaps King David said it best of all in Psalms 23:1 – “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not WANT.”
King David is saying that he absolutely will not allow himself to WANT anything.
That seems kind of strange, doesn’t it? Why would King David not allow himself to WANT anything?
It’s because he understood that the mind has a few funny quirks in the way that it works.
Now, carefully and slowly read this statement; “Don’t think of your vehicle sitting outside.”
What did you just do?
If you did as I asked you to do, you immediately pictured your car, truck, or whatever you drive sitting out in your driveway, your garage, or a parking lot, didn’t you?
You see, the mind doesn’t have the ability to think in “NOT” or “DON’T” terms.
When you put a “negative” spin in your words and thoughts, it’s like your mind INVERTS it to the exact opposite.
This is exactly what happens when we WANT something. Our mind INVERTS the WANT into a picture of LACK – giving us the exact opposite effect of what we really desire.
Can you see what I’m talking about? Do you hear what I’m saying? Are you getting the feel of what I’m writing about?
So now the question is, how does a person get out of the “wilderness” of WANT and LACK and over into the “promised land” of plenty, abundance, and opportunity?
The answer is by focusing on “HAVING”.
Consider the words of Christ in Matthew 25:29 – “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”
This makes it very plain that when our attention and focus is on HAVING, we’ll be given more and we’ll have abundance. But, when our focus is on WANTING, we’re going to lose whatever we’ve gained up to this point.
It’s now quite clear why King David said, “I shall not WANT”, isn’t it?
One of the many variations of the previously quoted scripture and concept is found in Luke 8:18 – “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”
In this verse, Christ is telling us the same thing as in the previous verse but makes an important distinction, “Take heed therefore how ye hear”.
In other words, of all the information coming to you through your five physical senses, how are you “hearing” the information? How are you thinking about it? How do you “feel” about it?
For many, the information coming in through the senses produces fear, doubt, uncertainty, anxiety, want, lack, and poverty. This isn’t going to give us what we desire, is it? That’s why Christ is telling us to be careful how we hear, think, and feel.
There’s another piece to HAVING that which we desire. In Mark 11:23, we read, “He shall HAVE whatsoever he saith.”
Start talking as if you HAVE that which you desire.
I now ask you to mentally “bookmark” and “highlight” this two-word phrase; “Experientially Having”.
Here’s what I want you to get out of this phrase; let go of the “wanting” and start EXPERIENCING the “having” in any way that you can whether MENTALLY, VERBALLY, or PHYSICALLY.
As you find yourself going about your day, remember, “Experientially Having” is YOUR key to all the abundance and success you desire.
And, as you go through day after day remembering to focus on “Experientially Having”, keep in mind that Christ told us that FAITH is like a “seed” (Matthew 17:20).
Whether you see anything yet or not, KNOW that the continuously held process of “Experientially Having” will ABSOLUTELY cause that which you desire to start sprouting roots and growing within God’s HIDDEN SOIL of the Universe and at God’s appointed time, it will BURST OUT into your physical world – YOURS TO FULLY ENJOY.
Then, as you’re enjoying God’s blessings and abundance, be sure to use it to build up and expand the Kingdom of God.
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