PROMISE 4: I (God) will bless you.
Think about the last time you checked your bank balance. Did you marvel at how much you have, or did you struggle to wonder how you will make ends meet? Or how about your job? Do you come home each day amazed at how energized and appreciated you are? Or does it feel like you barely have the strength to return tomorrow? What about when you look around your home, family or community are there more tasks, jobs, and needs than you can count?
These are “not-enough” moments. Not enough money. Not enough time. Not enough energy, patience, connection, happiness, joy, or peace. No matter what you have, you feel you need more of it. And no matter how much more of it you get, it’s still never enough.
And the problem is that it is nearly impossible to share, to be generous and live expansively in what we have when we are constantly worried we don’t have enough.
When we filter everything through the sense of scarcity, this mentality destroys generosity, contentment, and gratitude.
You have probably heard the saying that there are two kinds of people in this world, people who see the cup as half full and people who see it as half empty.
But the truth is there is another group of people who don’t get mentioned in this equation. These people see the world and God’s blessing in a third way – a beautiful way, a faith-filled way, a thankful way. They are the people who see that the cup as entirely full and overflowing.
This is an abundance mindset. It declares that there will always be more than enough. It’s the idea that generosity is hardwired into our reality. God is the source of everything good in this world. He loves to see his people well-cared for. There is no scarcity with him because God has no needs, yet supplies all.
Whenever you see God show up in the Bible, it’s so often to bless people—to provide them with what they need, often to the point of overflowing, so that they can in turn be a blessing to others.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 23:4-6 The Voice (VOICE)
4 Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted.
5 You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies; You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil, filling my cup again and again with Your grace.
6 Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere. I will always be with the Eternal, in Your house forever.
God has given us this promise, I will bless you. We need to live in a place of trusting his promise, because without it, we will believe, we will never have enough, do enough, or be enough, and we will live in a way that is tight fisted and insecure, seeing everything as a risk.
Live free in the promise: I will bless you.
PROMISE 5: I will give you a new identity.
Remember mixtapes? Well, cassette mixtapes might be as obsolete as rotary phones and fax machines, but you probably have a mixtape that plays in your mind every day. Instead of your favourite music, your mixtape often plays back negative and destructive messages you’ve recorded from assorted sources: parents, friends, media, enemies, and exes. We each have our own custom-made, sure-to-hit-us-where-it-hurts mix.
You’re nobody. You’ll never amount to anything. People don’t like you. You’ll always be ugly. You’ll never be enough. You’ll always be like this. You’re weird. You’re stupid. You’re just like your father or mother. Nobody will ever love you. You should just give up.
These old, worn-out mixtapes reinforce our old identity in powerful and destructive ways. It keeps us trapped in lies and prevents us from fully embracing our God given identity.
But the truth is there are much better soundtrack for your life if you’re willing to throw out the old mixtape.
In Romans 9:25-26 MSG, Paul reminds us of how God sees us, “I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved. In the place where they yelled out, ‘You’re nobody!’ They’re calling you ‘God’s living children.’”
This is God’s promise: I will give you a new identity. The truth is a much better mixtape that you must listen to over and over.
The power of words that we speak to ourselves and others are very important parts of embracing this new identity.
You shape your words, and then your words shape you.
James explains, “[…] A small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches” (James 3:4-5).
If you believe something long enough, you’ll likely live in a way to prove you are right! So, the next time you catch yourself thinking, ‘I’ll never be enough’ or ‘everybody hates me’ or ‘I’m hopeless’ take out that tape.
Believe you are somebody in God.. You will work from a place of confidence and trust in God. You will love your spouse and family from a grounded self-worth based in God’s worth— This is not pride that come from self-importance, but the humble posture that knows, I was a nobody, but God made me a somebody! I am a child of God – yes I am!
In faith, hope and love
Steve and Cass Abram