//Kenneth W. Hagin
What is the biggest thing you think God can do?
Most people would say, "There's no limit. God can do anything." That's right, but let me rephrase the question.
What is the biggest thing you think God can do for you? This brings things a little closer to home.
What is the biggest thing you think God can do for you today? Now we're getting very specific. That question puts your response in the now!
I've asked these questions to help you realize that we often think about God and what He can do for us in a vague or general way. Yes, we know that God can do anything. We know that He promises to provide for His children. But will He provide for me today?
In John 10:10 (Amplified) Jesus said, "I came that [you] may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)."
We see from this verse that God wants us to have a full, abundant, overflowing life. But the truth is, we can't have abundance until we can think in abundance. To live the way God wants us to, we must change the way we think and talk about what His Word says we can have.
Trapped by Their Mindset
This passage in Exodus shows that God intended all along to bring the Israelites out of slavery and into abundance.
EXODUS 3:7–8 (NIV)
7 The Lord said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey."
When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, they lived in a land of not enough. After they escaped from Egypt and entered the wilderness, they were in a land of just enough. Every day God provided just enough for them to live on. It's interesting to note that when they first stood at the border to cross over into Canaan's Land where they would have more than enough, they couldn't do it. (See Num. 13:25–33.) Their thinking was wrong, and it kept them from what God wanted for them. As a result, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.
Changing Our Mindset
Today, far too many Christians are like the children of Israel.
They are living in lack and poverty and don't have enough. Or they might have just enough. They're standing at the edge of the promises of God—a place of more than enough—but they don't cross over because of wrong thinking. Before their lives can change, they have to change the way they think. The prophet Isaiah shows us how to break free from a limiting mindset.
ISAIAH 54:2 (NIV)
2 Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
1 Enlarge the place of your tent
Broaden your thoughts. Make room in your mind to embrace God's thoughts and His abundance. God never had a small thought. Quit thinking small. Instead, cultivate the habit of thinking large.
2 Stretch your tent curtains wide
Stretch your imagination. Go places in your thought life that will lift you to a higher level in line with the Word. Daydream with the Holy Ghost. See yourself going places you've never been to and doing things you've never done before.
3 Do not hold back
At every opportunity, meditate on God's possibilities and promises. Keep in mind that as you begin daydreaming with the Holy Ghost, negative thoughts will also come. If you're not careful, you'll stop what God wants to do in your life by saying things like, "That couldn't be God," or "I can't do that."
4 Lengthen your cords
Lengthen your thoughts until you touch the very extremes of what God can do according to His Word. Your thoughts can be compared to links on a chain. When you think and imagine in line with the Word of God, you can add an unlimited number of links to your chain. These will enable you to stretch out into God's abundance. On the other hand, wrong thoughts will only limit you and keep you shackled to lack.
5 Strengthen your stakes
Be courageous and strong in your thought life. Continually fortify your mind with God's Word and persist in building Bible-based attitudes of increase. Once you build your faith to live in abundance, stand your ground and refuse to be moved off of your faith.
It's time to leave the lands of not enough and just enough behind. It's time to move into the land of more than enough—the abundant life God wants you to experience. And know that as God's Word on abundance becomes real in your heart, it won't be long before you see it in your life!
FAITH IN ACTION
God's Promises to Supply
To live in God's abundance, we must think in line with His Word. Meditate on these scriptures to build your faith that He is willing and able to provide for you.
Psalm 23:1 // "The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want."
Psalm 37:3–4 (NIV) // "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Matthew 6:33 // "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Mark 11:24 (NIV) // " 'Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.' "
John 10:10 (NKJV) // " 'I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.' "
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV) // "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich."
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) // "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
3 John 2 (NKJV) // "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."
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