This week’s blog will start with a question. The question is, “Are you living your life in abundance or out of a deficit? I’m presenting the question to you the same way I heard it in my prayer time one morning.
I’ve pondered the above question for a while now. Those of you who have read my previous blogs know, Romans 12 has been a foundation scripture for me as I grow in God. Verse 2 in the Amplified Bible reads, “And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
I didn’t come to Christ until later in my life so let’s say there were a lot of things that I needed to unlearn or re-evaluate. Considering the above question, I began examining my life in the form of finances, relationships, attitudes and especially mindsets or ways of thinking. In order to know whether I was living life from a point of deficit, I first had to understand what it meant, and the same with abundance.
What I gleaned from that question was “Linda, are you speaking, thinking and acting as though life is deficient? Have you allowed yourself to speak lack, to think and focus on feelings of inadequacy? Have you allowed a mindset of not enough to invade your thoughts? It doesn’t matter if it only shows up in one area of your life, it will eventually infiltrate every area of your life if it’s not dealt with.”
Have you ever heard the saying, “What you focus on will grow?” When we focus on what we don’t have, it gets bigger until what we don’t have is all that we see. If we continually remind ourselves of what we don’t have there will be ample opportunity for the circumstances to prove it and confirm what we speak and think based on lack.
That’s why Romans 12 has been so important in my walk with God. Somewhere along the line it occurred to me that I don’t know what I don’t know. I began asking God to give me a new thought. If what I am believing isn’t true, then I need a new thought that does line up with the word and scripture that I can renew my mind with. He has been very faithful to do that.
Our thoughts, actions, and our words will, over time, mirror the word of God. Renewing the mind doesn’t happen overnight though, it is a process. As much as I would like to tell you it will happen overnight, it doesn’t. It is a daily walk, minor adjustments here and there, more walking, more understanding, more adjustments.
The process of renewal begins with God as He shows me where my thoughts don’t line up with His word. This is done through prayer or when I am quiet with the intent to listen for His direction. He speaks to my heart as I read the word. The scripture quickens something in me and as I begin to meditate on the words, I receive thoughts or impressions of how to adjust my actions or thoughts.
It’s not always easy, but renewing the mind is necessary to move from deficit to abundance. If we do what we’ve always done, it leaves us feeling stagnant and unfulfilled. When our minds are not renewed to the word of God, negativity is our natural mindset. We see things through a half-closed lens, one with no color or truth, and circumstances that seem out of our control.
Renewing the mind allows us to see life through a better lens, one called abundance. Abundance takes the form of increase, prosperity, well-being, sufficiency. God’s word is all that and opens the door to see possibilities where options were limited before. There are more than enough resources to do all that we must do. We don’t have to have everything figured out, or even know how things will happen. We simply need to remember and believe that God is faithful to His word and to us.
When we read and meditate on the word of God it begins to broaden the scope of our understanding in how God operates, what He wants for us, how He thinks of us and what He hopes to do through us. It’s no wonder that the enemy likes to bring distraction, frustration, and even anger at God when the circumstances we face seem unjust or unfair. God’s abundance is all tied up in His word and as we spend time in prayer and receive more revelation and understanding of His word, the abundance flows naturally. From our mouths come words of faith instead of fear, our thoughts filled with God’s goodness instead of anger at neglect, and our actions based on confident trust instead of uncertainty.
So once again I ask, “Are you living from a place of deficit, or from a place of abundance?”