The year 2006 is one of the great years for the body of Christ. Last year was a year of breakthroughs. We would see God’s abundance as recorded in the scriptures in unprecedented ways this year. The Lord had put the word “abundance” in my heart. This year will be a year when both the good seeds and the bad will bring about a great harvest. As we continue to sow the good seeds, the Lord of harvest will bring about that bountiful harvest that we have been longing for. Amen.
We serve a God who is often referred to the one who meets all our needs. That is true. But actually He is more than enough. We have also heard about folks saying, “Our God supplies all our need but not our greed”. While there are many things said about God, we need to know what the Bible says about our God. One thing I know is that we do not serve a stingy God who gives just enough to sustain us. He is a God of abundance.
Fullness of God:
Ephesians 3:19 says, “…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. The word “fullness” is taken from the root word ‘pleroma’ which means a full measure, plenitude that which has been totally completed in every way. The word is often used to describe a ship with a full cargo and crew. Fullness emphasizes completion. Isn’t that awesome! Our God wants nothing missing in our life. Our God wants us to be full in every way. When Jesus died on the cross, He said, “Finished”. Wherever you are in life now, doesn’t matter. Where you are going does not depend on where you are right now. You are in a journey. All that is important is to know that His will for your life is fullness and completion in every aspect.
Look at the way God gives wisdom to His children. “Liberally” is the word. James 1: 5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Jesus said in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” It is the will of God that His joy should remain in us and He wants our joy to be full. Our God is a God who is good all the time. He wants our joy to be full. God wants your joy to be full. Let us not believe the lie of the devil that gives a bad picture of our God who majors in punishing all the time. He will never tempt us be evil says the Word of God. He is a giver of good gifts. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of light.
Exceedingly abundantly more:
In the Old Testament, God told Abraham, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Listen you may be thinking, “Oh! Abraham was a great man of faith and I am not. No, you are a child of God. God is exactly as committed to you as He was to Abraham. Believe it. Tell it out loud, “God is my exceedingly great reward”.
Our God is an Ephesians 3:20 God. What does it say? It says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Notice the three words mentioned here, “Exceedingly”, “Abundantly”, “More”. All these words tell me the same thing that is ‘more than enough’.
Jesus said in John 10:10, “…I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly”. It literally means that God wants us to have a life that is full in all aspect till it overflows.
David, the man after God’s own heart said in Psalm 23: 5, “…My cup runs over”. David was talking about that overflow. When a vessel is filled, the next thing that happens is it overflows. Are you willing to be a vessel of overflow? We need to be vessels of overflow so that we can be a blessing to many. If you could contain what God wants you to have, then that is not abundance. When the abundance comes, it is without measure. To get there, we need to honor God’s word above anything else. If you honor God’s word, He will honor you. It takes God and us to get it happen. We need to be in line with the word of God to see God’s blessing overtake us.
Abundance for every good work:
It is not for our selfish motives God wants to give us that abundance so that we can hoard all the things for ourselves. God gives to the one that gives because it is a spiritual principle. Luke 6: 38 says, “Give and it shall be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you,”.
Notice three words here. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. All these talk about how God wants to give back to us. When you give, you might use your hand but when God gives it back to you, there is multiplication and you need a bosom to receive it. Hallelujah.
When the little boy gave 5 loves and 2 fish in the hands of Jesus, He blessed it and multiplied it and baskets were needed to collect the remaining food. What abundance! The Lord Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will do it for you. He is no respecter of persons.
2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”.
Notice the word, “abundance”. God is able to make it happen for us. When? Always. Where? In all things. In essence, it is God’s will that we never lack at any point in time and there is no deficiency but ‘all sufficiency’. We may go through a valley of lack but we don’t stop there. How else will we know that our God is Jehovah-Jireh if we never went through the valley of lack? Lack may endure for a while but abundance will surely come. Hallelujah!
It is important that we have a proper perspective regarding God’s blessings upon our lives, for He does not pour out His abundant, overflowing bounty upon us because we deserve it. God bases the showers of His blessings upon us based upon our obedience to His Word.
Malachi 3: 10 “…open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” This talks about the unlimited abundance of God’s blessings. I believe that this includes the provision of all that we need from day to day, as well as throughout our lives.
God is waiting to “open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing.” It does not happen by chance. It requires obedience to the voice of God.
Look at the life of Job. In the darkest hours of his life, when he had lost almost everything, h built an altar and offered a sacrifice of seven rams and seven bullocks. In his darkest hours, Job’s sacrificial offering brought his breakthrough and abundance of God’s blessing. Job 42: 10 says, “The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before”. And “blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.” (Job 42:12)
Never give up. Heaven and Earth shall pass away but God’s word will not. His will for you in Abundance. Receive it in Jesus’ name.
May the year 2006 bring about a great abundance in your life.