Lack is an open mouth . . .
Greedy, wanting . . .
Never satisfied . . .
An insatiable hunger . . .
An unquenchable thirst . . .
Greedy arms reaching out.
No matter how much it gets . . .
How full its throat . . .
How sated its belly . . .
‘Not enough’, it screams over and over.
And the heart where it resides
Writhes in torment.
Fear and anger and greed
And pain live in there too.
These are its brothers.
“User” . . . “Lazy” . . .
“Pig” . . . “Thief”. . .
Those around cry out . . .
“Why is it never enough for you?”
But none looks beneath . . .
To see the pain, the fear
The heart in chains to
Oh, but God . . .
Loving Father God . . .
He sees . . . He knows . . .
Why never enough!
He comes . . .
He fills . . .
He loves …
And He is enough!
The chains are broken . . .
The lies destroyed . . .
And the heart can rest,
For He is enough.
Oh, beloved . . .
Come and see . . .
Taste and know . . .
He is enough!
Let Him fill you up . . .
Let Him break the chains . . .
Heal the wounds . . .
Let Him be enough!
He is fullness . . .
Love and trust and joy.
He is enough!
He is enough . . .
I say it again . . .
And again and again . . .
He is enough!
Father God showed me something recently. Lots of people are talking about the ‘law of prosperity‘, both Christians and not. But if there is a law of prosperity, there must be a corresponding and opposite law.
Which, He showed me, there is – the ‘law of lack’.
This is a law we’ve lived under since the Fall. “There isn’t enough … food/money/time/love” … you fill in the blanks. And it’s a LIE!!! There is enough, and more than enough, of EVERYTHING!
God is, among other things, the Creator of abundance. Nothing He made is skimpy. Insects, though the smallest creatures on the planet, are the most numerous. There are more of them than of all the other life forms put together. Abundance!
How about the sheer variety of creatures on this planet? Or the gazillions of stars in our universe? Just for this one little planet, so us tiny little humans could look up at night and wonder! Abundance!
Now, I’m not saying we should all run out and start wasting time, resources, money, love. We should be wise stewards. But what we are doing right now – hoarding those things, doling them out reluctantly and piecemeal – is an affront to the Creator of abundance. It’s calling Him a liar!
Part of our attitude springs from the realization that some resources are not renewable. So we’ve made changes: don’t clear-cut the whole forest; replant, so the next generation will have some; use water and finite resources responsibly.
Good! We’ve learned to be good stewards.
But we’ve gone too far, if we live like there’s not enough of whatever for us personally.
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Make no mistake! The law you believe in will work in your life. Romans 6:16 says, “to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are”. As long as we believe and live under the law of lack, we will have lack in our lives, and it will rule us! Uck!!! (The New KJV says slaves, instead of servants. Ain’t that the truth! Then there’s the sowing and reaping thing – Gal. 6:8 just took on a whole new meaning!)
Borrowing on credit is living in the law of lack. Buying used can be, it depends on your attitude. Are you buying used out of fear of not having enough money for something else? Are you settling for less, because you don’t believe you deserve better?
Or are you buying used because there is no need to be as wasteful as most Americans are, or to lose half the value of that new car once you drive it off the lot? (The last can still be a wrong attitude, if you value the value of something more than its usefulness.)
Which brings up another way to live under the law of lack: buying the best, or a certain brand, because that proves your worth, either personally or financially. That’s still lack mentality. It’s trying to compensate for a belief in your lack of personal worth.
This covers so many areas of our lives! Money, yes, big time! But also love, respect, acceptance, even time. Yeah, I know, you can’t turn back the clock, yet on two different occasions in the OT, God did just that!
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So, do I know I have abundance of time, money, love, acceptance, respect, forgiveness? Or do I believe I must ration or fight for these things?
Jesus Himself said (in John 10:10) that He came to give us abundant life!
I repeat, I’m not advocating wasting time or money or love. We need to be responsible. And some of us will be asked by our Father’s call on our lives to do without certain things. (A missionary to the cardboard villages in the town dump somewhere in Mexico probably should not drive a Rolls to get there.) But that should be a voluntary, joyful choice we make out of love for Him and those we are sent to help (II Cor. 9:7). If we live in lack out of fear or unbelief, we are not living the abundant life He died to give us. Rather, we are living under satan’s laws.
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When the children of the kingdom finally get this, look out! There will be no lack in the King’s house, and every plan He has will go forward unimpeded by financial issues! This is the real secret! You can’t talk about the Law Of Prosperity, until people understand that they live under the Law Of Lack. We can begin to truly live under the law of the Spirit of (abundant) life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:2, John 10:10) only when we stop living under the law of lack.
This is the underlying truth that allows us to live a giving life; to be just like our Father in heaven (see Matt. 5:45).
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May you reject the Law Of Lack, and all its lies and works and wrong beliefs.
May Father God teach you to live in His abundance!
And may He show you how to be a good steward without slipping back into believing in lack.
“When you’re dealing with the infinite, you can never take more than your share.” (quote by somebody named Thubbard, I think.)
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