Let your thinking be challenged

If our thinking is ruled by thoughts of poverty and lack, some of what we are saying might be hard to swallow. If this doesn’t make sense right away, then put it on the back burner, meditate on it and let it cook for a while. See what God shows you. It is a good thing for our thinking to be challenged as we look at the Word of God. We have to allow the Word of God to change us. Listen to what God speaks to Moses and the children of Israel in Deuteronomy. Read these words…

He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you. You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young (Deuteronomy 7:13-14).

Does this sound like El Shaddai? “You will be blessed more than any other people.” The key word here is “more.” The next chapter states this even more clearly. Let’s continue to read in Deuteronomy 8:6-11.

Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

Here we find similar words describing God’s abundant provision. Phrases like “you will lack nothing” and “when you have eaten and are satisfied” simply state this truth in a different way. When you “are satisfied” it means you have more than enough food to satisfy your appetite. It means a smorgasbord, an all-you-can-eat buffet! It signifies you have food left over. This is the pattern that God wishes to establish for us if we will let Him. As God challenges and changes our belief system, our thinking will change. If our thinking changes about finances, our actions will change.

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