Experiencing God’s Abundance & Blessings
I was asked by a friend to explain how we can experience the reality of God’s abundance and His blessings. I have a few observations I’d like to share on this subject:
The first is that God’s abundance and blessings seem to be all around us, even though most of the time we are unaware of them. Many of us have experienced the exact opposite, so let me explain what I mean. (What I’m about to share may sound like an endorsement of what has been called “The Prosperity Gospel”. I’m not a fan of the prosperity gospel and this isn’t an endorsement of it. So bear with me as I outline a view that may have a few similarities, but is different in many ways.)
I once thought that God was holding back some (or most) of His blessings from me for reasons that I didn’t understand. The more I read about others people’s experiences and the longer I walk with God, the more convinced I’ve become that He has already provided all that we will ever need in the way of resources and power, but we’ve failed to perceive and appropriate them. This is a huge issue that most Christians have yet to fully understand and I’ll admit, I struggle with it myself quite often . Yet there’s ample evidence to support this idea and I think it’s time to shift our thinking and begin to see things as they really are.
Most of us tend to think (because it’s what we experience) that God has not given us the fullness of His blessings. We tend to believe that he has not released the full power needed to heal the sick or adequate resources to fund our ministry projects. There are many other things we would like to see released into our storehouse, and we pray for their release, but the fact is — most (if not all) of it has already been released.
In his book The Veil, Blake Healy wrote about seeing churches that struggled financially while in the spirit, at those same churches, he saw piles of gold and silver heaped up all around them. The poor were unaware that they sat in the midst of great treasure. They believed that God was holding out on them, but the reality was that His financial abundance was all around them — they merely failed to perceive it and appropriate it.
Healy also wrote about seeing angels with containers full of healing oil that were present at worship services for the purpose of delivering healing to the sick, but often the angels didn’t release the healing they carried. God’s healing power was present. He was not holding it back. But for unknown reasons, the people who needed it were unable to appropriate the power, though it had been made available to them.
John Wimber was given a vision where God told him that He had provided enough healing power to heal every person on earth and that the problem of failed healing was not that God was holding anything back — the problem was our inability to receive what He had already provided for us.
If the facts are established by the mouth of two or three witnesses, I think we have enough evidence to believe that God is not holding back what we need in order to live in His blessings. The problem is our inability to perceive and receive what He has already provided.
From my limited experiences with this subject, the blessings of God tend to follow my obedience to His call upon my life. When I say His call I’m referring to the destiny each of us has been given, which was written on the scrolls of our lives in heaven. It’s the destiny God planned out for us before we were born, and some would argue, the destiny we agreed to before we came to earth to live in a physical body. Many of us have yet to learn what that calling is. If this describes you, it would be wise for you to find out what your destiny is.
Whatever God has called you to do and to be — when you discover that calling and follow it you’ll notice divinely ordained relationships beginning to develop and you’ll experience divine provision appearing seemingly out of nowhere. God arranges things according to His will for each person. His favor and blessings follow us as we follow His plans. This is what is meant by the phrase, “Where God guides, God provides.” There is blessing in obedience and there tends to be lack when we are not living in obedience. If we aren’t experiencing His abundance and favor — it might be because we have yet to find our divinely ordained destiny or if we have, we’ve gotten off the path.
Part of experiencing His abundance and blessing is a matter of training our heart and mind to think according to His will. “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” Our thought patterns have a great ability to influence the things we experience. In a very real sense, we are what we think. One problem in receiving God’s blessing is often a matter of wrong thinking.
This might sound cliché, but I’ve found that taking my thoughts captive and submitting them to the truth about God is a helpful exercise when it comes to defeating a poverty mindset, unbelief, fear or any other pattern of thinking that’s destructive or counter to God’s call upon my life.
Whenever I find myself thinking in a way that is negative or when my thoughts take on a perspective of unbelief or fear — I mentally stop for a moment and consider if what I’m thinking is true from what I know about God’s character, His kingdom and His call upon my life. If what I’m thinking is not true, I discard the thought and meditate for a moment on the truth that I know about that issue. If I’m not sure what the truth is, I either ask the Holy Spirit for understanding or search the scriptures to find the truth . Once I know what the truth is, I allow it to sink in to my heart and mind for a while and eventually, it will replace the lie that I believed. This is how the mind is renewed and brought into obedience. If you do this often enough it can become a habit.
Habitual renewing of the mind is one of the keys to perceiving and receiving the blessings God has provided.
I agree with this getting off the path does shift the delay of blessings when we keep in his Path the Provision is seen. Daily seek HIM and keep your focus ! Our words do carry and shift our path. Thanks for sharing.
Like a lot. ❤️❤️
Amen Habibi PM!
“When I say His call I’m referring to the destiny each of us has been given, which was written on the scrolls of our lives in heaven. It’s the destiny God planned out for us before we were born”.
Hi PM have you listened to any of Ian Clayton’s teaching. Only he mentions scrolls?
thanks for your book I’ve almost read it. A Super Dooper Help
Thanks Steve. I’ve listened to a lot of Ian’s teachings. I’ve heard a number of other teachers (Robert Henderson being one) who discuss the scrolls in heaven.
Thanks for dropping by!
Got a question. I understand about destiny and calling. But Bill Johnson also talks about co-labouring with God, and that it’s sometimes taught that we have to get the desires of our hearts in line with God’s will, but actually, God wants us to dream with Him, and walk out our destiny with Him as part of an ongoing conversation. (I hope I’ve understood Bill Johnson correctly here). If two or three choices become available, and they all fit well with our calling, is that where the co-labouring comes in? So that we ask God which choice is going to be the most fruitful? I often see people going for “good” choices, and they are being obedient, but perhaps falling short of God’s “best.”
I mostly pray that His will be done and not mine. When receiving a blessing or abundance I will thank and praise God and ask for more please…kind of make myself laugh coz it always reminds me of the famous Oliver Twist line “Please Sir I want some more?…” At those times when two or three choices become available I will pray Holyspirit please help me to make the ‘wisest’ decision and help me to see the bigger picture so that I don’t miss the option that leads to more and when I can’t see what you see help me to trust you…hold me hand and lead me as I wait patiently to follow you one step at a time.
I will also praise and thank God that I am blessed to be a blessing to others. The principal of integrity as well as obedience go along way…I have seen this time and time again with our own finances. Apart from the act of honouring God with our finances, it shows a freedom in the Spirit that money is not our master and for this we cannot afford not to tithe and give offerings. For what we give we will also receive in the same measure, whether it be financial, divine favour, divine opportunities appointments etc.
As far as destiny and calling goes, I’m not sure exactly what mine is I’m still working this out with God however I did ask a question to my husband on day when I was reflecting on this and this was the question I think we could/should all ask ourselves at some point…”If you had all the resources in the world what would you do for God?” I quickly followed by saying to him “and of which throughout Christ we do have all the resources in the world”. His answer did not take very long, which surprised me coz its a pretty big question, and his response was that he would start an aviation humanitarian aid company and fly into war torn, disaster struck places and to provide aid. I was actually shocked as I honestly had no idea. When he asked me the same question I just had a simple reply that was I’m adaptable and have always seen myself as a helper and I would love to help him fulfil what God has put on his heart together. Until God lays something specific on my heart Im happy to keep going deeper in my walk with Him. At this stage I only have one particular thing on my heart to serve God and that is to worship Him in a band/church which I am currently doing.
Thanks for this post I have really enjoyed thinking about what you and others here have written and I have enjoyed sharing too. Bless you!
Thank you for your thoughts Kristie. You are a blessing!
Kristie I became a Christian many years ago and I nagged the Lord to find out my callings and it took about 3 years to hear him. He said, Pray – Paint – Sing. So I got busy growing as a painter. Then I knew I could sing and did that. Then I knew I was an intercessor and He “had me on assignment” for about 15 years to have a heart for Africa and the Muslim nations in the Mid east. Many years later, just this last year He spoke to me to Write and Photograph. I am blessed to know so I know what decisions to make with my time. God is so good. I keep going forward. LUV B
Thanks for sharing some of your journey B, I always admire the wonderful imagination of an artist! xx
I’ve really enjoyed hearing your stories, Kristie and Bonnie. Thanks for sharing. I’m finding this post really thought provoking. It will probably take me weeks to process!
How nice to know my comments touched another’s life as it did. Thanks for telling us. Love and blessings as you travel your path. LUV Bonnie
Please get back to us all as to what revelations and discoveries you find. LUV B
Lots of discoveries, Bonnie! Too much to write here. This post has taken me on a brilliant journey. It’s interesting to see how others learn about and walk out their callings. Different for each of us.
God showed me pretty much straight away as a new believer the two main threads – intercession, plus taking God’s love out to the streets / marketplace. So I’ve always had the big picture, and it’s been slowly developing, as over the years God has been adding more detail. It’s like a painting with outlines sketched, but the colour and texture is being added slowly. Healing is a great big block of colour, and prophecy is woven all through it, too.
And there is more, too, that I truly believe God is calling me to do, and I wonder how it’s possible with limited time. (I’m so very glad God’s resources are limitless!) And wise friends have said to me, “Just because doors open for you, it doesn’t mean you have to walk through all of them.” So I frequently ask God for wisdom about choices.
I have experienced those divinely ordained relationships and provision, which is so wonderful. I’ve also experienced disappointments, (which is probably when I have tried to race ahead of God’s timing!) I suspect I’ve also persevered with things that aren’t working for too long, out of a kind of faithfulness, (or stubbornness!) thinking I was being obedient, but with hindsight, perhaps I needed to be bolder and move sooner to where there is greater fruitfulness.
I listened to Ian Clayton about the scrolls – loved it! God showed me something amazing as I was listening.
Thank you for all the wisdom in this post and in the comments.
Abundant blessings to all!
Wonderful sharing. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. It truly touched mine. Right now as God shows me the signs of the times I get sorrowful that somehow I didn’t achieve what He was telling me to do [i.e. specific images] when I had some time, however I tell myself that I interceded diligently and faithfully for one assignment for 15 years. I DID paint and shared some of my works as a sort of tithing later realizing that certain paintings were to go only to certain people whose names God had written on them but I didn’t know that in he beginning. I also realized I was not to be recognized for these works of love and with that I had peace because I was being obedient to my LOVE. Then with that realization I quit striving about it and found peace.
I truly want to paint and finish the 2 paintings HE showed me I was to do. But “what’s his name” likes to make me tired, stumble, or physically challenged. It truly makes WHN mad when I tell people that I will NEVER turn away from my Lord. “My Jesus I love You.”
I too have been led recently into a divine relationship/partnership about 6 weeks ago, a person who has had the same things revealed to them about these times and we can pray, share and study together interceding for those whose needs come across our paths. It is truly lovely. The prayers are showing quick results encouraging us both.
Swirling inside me are more things I feel I want to say but they won’t surface right now. You are a blessing to me today. I look forward to meeting you someday either here or in heaven.