From Lack to Plenty

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).

My guess is that this verse isn’t new for anyone reading; my hope is that some of what I share through these articles will help encourage you to Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7) in the area of personal finances.

In my life, I have known about this spiritual battle for years and I have been engaged in active warfare for many years in the area of money.  I used to believe that I could control the circumstances and that ‘if it’s going to be, it’s up to me’ and other cliché new age concepts. The longer and deeper I continue with this ministry that God has placed on my heart to share however, the more I know for sure that this isn’t a warfare that we will win by ourselves.

In fact, the war has already been won at the cross.  Satan has no authority to interfere with our lives except when we allow him.  As a believer, this is a hard concept to accept because we are so accustomed to living in the world and navigating the world around us based on what we see even though we know that what is unseen is actually more powerful that we see (see Hebrews 11:1).

This is true especially with areas of life that affect our survival:  health, safety, and money. We know that Jesus won the battle against Satan – we can read the end of the story in Revelation; and we know that God provides for His children and has good plans for us (see Jeremiah 29:11), but on a day-to-day basis the financial reality of what can reasonably be seen in front of us is how people I know base their actions.  They plan to buy homes when they think they can save enough money and afford them for example.  They work at jobs they resent because they think it’s all they’ll get. They plan their entire lifestyle around the money they can reasonably see available to feed and house themselves.

I have taught and worked around finance for 30 years and I also study my bible and know that we have a role in planning and preparing and saving and giving and managing money and not spending what we don’t have, and all those other realities.  I also know that God has laid out some spiritual laws and real-life principles that He expects us to follow in order to make decisions in accordance with His plans – one of which is not to put the Lord God to test (see Deuteronomy 6:16, Matthew 4:7, Luke 4:12) so clearly there are some strategies to be employed when navigating financial decisions in order to stay inside of God’s provision, plans and purposes for your life, and that also put Him as the center of our life.

Money, like all of God’s creation, is not a scarce resource. It obviously needs to be managed when we have it, but God provides based on what He has planned for your life.  Whatever passions He has placed on your heart they will likely have a price tag on them.  This is an important piece of information to know because sadly, passions become minimized or delayed because they are made based on what financial resources can be calculated or seen to be ‘realistic’.

God’s paradigm doesn’t live inside our current financial ‘reality’ so moving from lack to plenty requires a new paradigm in looking at money from a completely different perspective – God’s.  Management of the finances we have within our reach is obviously still is important, but in order to do that effectively we have to learn to remove the cap of financial limitation which requires us to resist the devil who wants us to think that our life is dependent on financial provision – not God.

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