The Secret to a Life of Abundance

The Secret to a Life of Abundance

2900 2900 Rachel Rose Nelson

 

Pearl of Wisdom:

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”

Proverbs 23:20-21

 

WHEN BLESSINGS FLOW YOUR WAY do you consume them them while the gettin’s good? Or do you find a way to let them move through you and towards the work of the Lord? Your answer has the power to stop the flow of abundance or increase it.

One problem with the popular Law of Attraction is that it teaches people to desire more blessings instead of teaching us to desire more of God. Its advocates instruct us to imagine how it will feel to have the object of our desire as a means to attract it. So when the blessings come, we think we’ve reached the finish line – a victory! But when the celebration ensues, and the blessings are consumed, all we are left with is emptiness, a feeling of poverty and depression.

Today’s Pearl of Wisdom highlights the behavior of gluttons and drunks. Harsh words, but interesting to note the dynamic at play in their lives. Both seek escape and satisfaction from things which do not satisfy and never deliver. This leaves them needing more and more. And the very stuff they feel they need is the stuff that blocks the flow.

And before we can say, “That’s not us,” we should perhaps think again.

Jesus said: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8) He also said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

Being pure of heart means holding just one thing as your heart’s desire. For Christians, this is the desire to be in closer relationship with God. When this desire is the central driving force of your life, the true nature of blessings are revealed.

Blessings are a means to an end. Not an end in and of themselves.

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They are meant to to bring you and others into a closer walk with the The Lord. God gives them in order to reveal more of Himself to the world who starves not so much for food and drink but for His presence. We are called to focus not on the blessing, but on the Blessing-Giver, and to see His heart through the gift.

 

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Insight to Action

Ask yourself this moment: When you pray, are you envisioning all that you will do with the blessings you request, or are you praying to discern all that God would like to do through you with those blessings?

When you pray for blessings and abundance, are you praying from a place of lack and fear? Or are your prayers spilling forth from a knowledge of God’s greatness, mercy, power and provision – in other words out of a faith in Who God says He is.

When God grants us abundance, let’s overcome our inclination to consume it, and look for ways to use it to further His purposes.

And as much as we can, let’s try to hold God central in our desires as we unblock the flow of abundance and become a river of blessings that reach His people.

Amen.

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2 Comments
  • I love the Blessing-Giver, and I can say through many years of serving Him that He has been faithful to bless me. Sometimes the blessings He gives aren’t the ones that I asked of Him, but they are always blessings that make me more into who He created me to be.

    On a different note, do you have any information about The Pattern? The link will not allow me to register. Thank you so much for your life-giving words.

    May the Lord open our eyes to the blessings He has so freely given us all!

    • Rachel Rose . . . at 10:48 pm

      Thanks for your comment Amy. Your insight about God’s blessings being different than what we request is at the heart of the Christian walk. Isn’t it both scary and exciting to know we won’t always get our own way, but instead will be the recipient’s of God’s best for us based on His perfect knowledge rather than our own limited viewpoint?

      I just sent you a link to The Pattern teleseminar recordings plus worksheets.

      Enjoy!

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