Seeing Abundance

So often when we look around us, we’re surrounded by lack, shortage and suffering. The world has become accustomed to this, and many people just accept it as a normal way of life. The good news is that as Christians, we don’t have to settle for anything less than overflowing abundance. We can claim it by spiritually envisioning it in our lives.

The devil tries to beat us down with a spirit of lack and shortage, but that spirit no longer has power over us. In heaven there is no shortage of anything, and God’s will is to bless us with abundance in our lives. In the Lord’s Prayer, the words “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10) can apply to that manifestation. Visualizing abundant life through faith in Him is the first step in the process.

To reiterate this point, Jesus puts it quite plainly. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). God wants to rain down those blessings on us until they overflow. That’s not the norm according to the world’s standards, so when He does this, people notice.
The right vision is an important component of claiming the abundant life God has for us. God is not referring to our physical eyes but our spiritual eyes. When we can’t see what God is doing in our lives—or refuse to acknowledge it—we struggle uselessly.

On the other hand, when we align our words and thoughts with His, we open the floodgates to allow the blessings to flow freely. Everything that we could possibly ever need for a happy, victorious life has been made available through the finished works of Jesus. But He loves us so much that He won’t force it on us. He allows us to choose for ourselves.

What many people may not realize is that there’s a tremendous battle going on right now for our hearts and minds. The devil will try his best to deceive us into the “what you see is what you get” mentality, and tell us that this is all there is to life. But we have more than enough in Jesus. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Don’t be fooled by the word “riches,” because God’s riches go far beyond just money. They can include a happy marriage, good health, strong friendships, healthy family relationships, peace, wisdom, and everything good that comes from Him. But claiming these blessings depends on our mindset, and what we believe in our hearts.

What we think in our minds eventually goes down into our hearts, and whatever we believe about ourselves in our hearts will come to pass. We are God’s beloved children, and just like any earthly father, He will take care of His own. When we believe that, what has already been unleashed in heaven will be unleashed on earth. When it does, we can give Him the glory.

— Creflo Dollar