Manifesting Abundance

More than enough

Abundance is the very essence of God’s nature.

By the way, what I have in mind when I speak of abundance is not the absence of lack, or the presence of a lot of money and other forms material wealth. I’m rather referring to an essential capacity to fulfill your divine destiny in spite of the presence or absence of lack. In other words, an innate ability to dominate the presence of material wealth, or that of lack.

Of course, abundance will manifest in visible and tangible terms: material successes and wealth. It is, however, essentially a spiritual phenomenon. It is the very nature of God, expressed to a mindset, and manifested in the form of more-than-enough provisions.

This essential capacity to fulfill your divine destiny, in spite of the presence or absence of lack — an innate ability to dominate the presence of material wealth, or that of lack — is the life of God. The life of God is the essence of Abundance. There is no scarcity in God. There is no barely-managing-to-scrape-by in God. He is all-sufficient. He is Jehovah El-Shaddai. Everything in God’s creation reflects His nature of abundance.

And when you reflect on the mystery of God’s provisions — which is a revelation of His abundance — you would observe that God does not provide according to what is needed; He provides more than is needed. This a very significant attribute of God’s abundance. Paul makes this point quite clear in the following verse:

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 4:19

God will not meet your needs according to those needs. Instead, He will meet all your needs according to His own glorious riches in Christ Jesus. God’s own nature of abundance — rather than the size of your needs — determines the volume of His provisions. Isn’t that amazing? God does not give us exactly what we need; He gives us even more.

For instance, when Jesus Christ fed the multitudes with just 5 loaves and 2 fishes, they picked up 12 basketfuls of leftovers. God didn’t just give them enough to eat, He gave them more than enough. When you are thirsty, and needing a bottle of cold water, God will never give you just a bottle of cold water. That is not His nature. Instead, He will send rain to you; more water than a thousand people could probably drink in a year!

God always gives more than enough. This is a very significant attribute of His abundance.

More than just having and giving

Mind this: God’s life, which is the essence of abundance, manifests in terms of more-than-enough provisions for our needs. That is, how He gives is a very prominent feature of what He gives. How God gives is even more important than what God gives. That’s just one way of saying that His ways are superior to His acts. He does not just give; He gives more than enough. God’s abundance rises far above what He gives; it is more about how He gives.

I pray you get a firm hold on what I’m saying because it’s critical to living in abundance. You must understand that there is a direct relationship between how you give, and the manifestation of abundance. It’s more than just giving; it’s more about how you give. The abundant being does not give what is needed; he gives more than is needed.

Once again: God’s life, which is the essence of abundance, manifests in terms of more-than-enough provisions for our needs.

Or, abundance — essentially God’s nature — manifests itself through giving; not just in what is given, but in how it’s given.

Excel in this grace of giving

As God’s temple, you have already received His abundant life within you. You are already filled with His fullness.

“And you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
~ Colossians 2:10

There are enough supernatural resources within you to power and provide for a million worlds. When you received Jesus Christ, you received God’s abundant life.

But, and you really need to understand this, it’s not enough to be the light of the world; you must let the light shine. God’s abundance is already built into your spiritual DNA. However, it does not manifest automatically just because it’s there. You’ve got to give it expression; you’ve got to release it; and to do so, you must learn to function like God, through the power of His Spirit within you.

To manifest the abundance of God that is already within you, you must work hard – and make no mistake about it, this demands tremendous work – at cultivating God’s giving style in the following two cardinal areas:

  1. Money: representing all material resources.
  2. Gifts and Talents: representing all products and services created for, and diligently utilized in the benefit of humanity.

In the language of the Apostle Paul, you must ‘excel in this grace of giving.’

“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
~ 2 Corinthians 8:7

It is impossible to manifest abundance if you do not excel in this grace of giving; if you do not habitually give more than enough of your material and spiritual gifts for the benefit of God and man. When you fail to cultivate this grace of abundant giving, you stifle His abundance within you, and plunge your life into scarcity.

Master key to metamorphosis

Giving more than is required of your material and spiritual gifts is a very potent tool for personal metamorphosis. By diligently developing your ability to give more than enough – particularly in terms of your money, gifts and talents – you can transform every aspect of your life.

The metamorphic power of giving is due the following reasons:

  • It is a very powerful expression of faith. Furthermore, it develops, and enlarges your faith.
  • It is an expression of trust in God.
  • It is an antidote to one of the greatest fears known to man: the fear of lack.
  • It is a weapon of deliverance; it frees you from the bondage of mammon.

Developing your giving

If you want to manifest the abundant life of God that you already possess, you must work very hard in your giving. This work must be done in your attitude and in your actions; and you will need the help of the Holy Spirit.

Mind the following three principles as you work on developing the grace of giving:

#1. Always have it in mind that everything belongs to God; you are merely His channel

Never ever think in terms of ownership; think rather in terms of stewardship; in terms of channeling.

#2. Do not focus merely on the ‘what’ of giving; focus instead on excelling in the grace of giving.

In other words, aim at capacity building and expansion. This will certainly demand that you consciously subject yourself to a sustained season of severe discomfort. In order to experience personal transformation, you must learn how to do what is painful to create what is pleasurable.

Overtime, through laziness and wrong choices, we form strong habits that — unless powerful forces come into operation — pull us towards a life of scarcity, seducing us by the illusion of ease and comfort. I say illusion, because there’s really no comfort in scarcity. The reality is rather a wish-filled life; marked with sighs, frustration, and broken dreams.

When this happens, nature responds with crisis. This is God’s in-built habit-breaking mechanism. Crisis is a habit-breaking force. It basically forces you to question existing paradigms and assumptions, seek new answers, and develop new skills.

God’s commands are often sent to initiate transformation-producing crisis. That is, when you act on them, they generate certain levels and dimensions of crisis required to break deeply entrenched habits; forcing you to let go of old patterns and generate better ones.

In this sense, crisis, if handled well, can remake you. And you don’t even have to wait for crises to happen to you. Why not strategically induce and channel it?

This is where giving comes in.

One of the most powerful inducers of transformation-producing crisis, is a radical expansion of the volume of your giving. When you respond to the Holy Spirit, and radically increase your gifts to God and man, you initiate life-transforming crises that can take you to higher heights beyond anything you could ever have imagined.

#3. Pursue extremely high goals in the following 2 aspects of transformational giving:

    1. Your regular offering: set this goal in prayer, and then pursue it through sacrifice.
    2. Support and provisions to those around you: aim at reproducing the nature of God in responding to the needs of those around you.

…continues next week