I wasn’t planning to do another devotional from Breakfast of Champions this soon, but this one arrived in email the same day as yesterday’s study on Elisha’s double portion. So it seemed to form a theme. Andy heads up Great Big Life, which produces the Breakfast of Champions weekday devotional.
Are you expecting abundance from God, or just enough?
Do you know today, Champion, that your God is a God of abundance? And all of His plans and intentions toward you are always plans and intentions of abundance, not ‘just enough’.
Here are some verses to think on today; they all reveal to us God’s abundant intentions towards us for different areas of our lives.
1. The measurement of His saving grace (unmerited favour)
Romans 5:17 (NKJV)
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Notice that it is abundance, not ‘just enough’. It’s when you understand this truth, and also that you have been made perfectly righteous through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus, that you will reign in life as promised!
2. His provision in our lives – again, notice it does not say ‘just enough’!
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)
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.
• All grace (not some)
• All sufficiency (not some)
• All things (not some)
3. The quality of new life He has for us in Christ.
John 10:10 (NKJV)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (in abundance).
4. The giving of His Spirit, to transform us into all we are called to be.
Titus 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Good news: His ability matches His intentions. God is not just wanting to do abundantly for us in these areas of life and so many more, He is able too! He is the God who is able to and wants to do abundantly in your life, so start expecting abundance. Sadly, some of those damaging doctrines of religion made by men have left us all for too long expecting nothing or very little from God. It’s time to bring our thinking into alignment with His word and truth – God wants to do abundantly for you so make room in your life for it!
Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
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.
Stop expecting a bit, Champion, and start thanking Him for abundance!