Mysteries of the Faith

My disclaimer: Test these thoughts against what you know in the Word.
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I have a need.  That is not so unusual, because it is likely everyone has a need. Needs come with life. I was praying about my need to the Father and wrestling with Him over the issue of serving a God of just enough or serving a God of abundance. For many years there has been a conflict with what I believed balanced against what I experienced. I
believed in abundance. I received just enough.

I have many times in the past stated that I serve a God of abundance. I refuse to serve a God of just enough. I believe that the evil ones have figured me out and step in between my receiving from a God of plenty by providing just enough. I still believe that is the case for me, many times.. I am impatient and when I see just enough offered, I accept and thank God for just enough when it was not from God at all. Does that make sense?

Tonight in prayer I once again shared with God that I refused to serve a God of just enough. I reminded Him of His ownership in everything as He is the creator. I said it as a blessing and not meant to get in God’s face or challenge Him in any way. I believe God gave me a thought, I will share with you. Then, you will need to bounce it against the Word and see if there is any truth to it.

I had the thought of a great banquet table. There was a place set for me. The plate was over flowing with all types of savory food. A big red juicy steak had caught my attention and I had cut off a chuck. It was skewered on my fork and I was waving it in the air as I talked with God,even as I had a mouth full already. I had every intention of eating everything on the plate as it was mine and I was hungry. I had no appreciation for the source of the food. I had no appreciation for the fact that God had set the table. God had invited me to it. God had encouraged me to take a seat. God allowed me to eat.

Then, truth was revealed and the mystery of serving a God of just enough and a God of abundance was reconciled. We have received God’s Kingdom. We live in His Kingdom. We have been given keys to His Kingdom. It is the keys that open the door to an incredible banquet. But I believe with the keys come a responsibility.

With the keys, we have the opportunity to gorge ourselves because God is the creator and a God of abundance. But with the keys to God’s Kingdom comes a responsibility to receive only what we need while appreciating the fact that our plate is full to overflowing. It is the receiving according to our needs, that God is Glorified and honored in our attitude toward Him.

It is such a simple concept, yet took a life time to be revealed.  Maybe you will be smarter than I…

As a bonus, I think it important to note it is unlikely to be wise waving a juicy chunk of prime steak on the end of your fork while flippantly chatting with Jesus. …. in total deference to the provider of the steak.

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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

6 thoughts on “Mysteries of the Faith”

  1. Wow Archie. Awesome word. A manna word. I am chewing on it and asking the Holy Spirit for revelation/clarity. But even with no further revelation/clarity, it is good.

  2. Oh flashbacks-flashbacks. I was raised by a single mother. My biological father was no help financially. Although mom worked very hard to take care of us kids there never seemed to be enough. I hung around kids who always seemed to have an abundance. At times I questioned it. At times I fought jealousy. But not once did I think my mom didn’t love me. And when I would least expect it “something would happen” and she would bless me beyond measure.

    The following scriptures came to not only mean a lot to me but at times still carry me through yet today. It helps calm my soul when turbulence is all I see. Like Paul, I can’t seem to find that perfect balance. But I have no doubt that my God is more than enough.

    “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Philippians 4:11-13 NLT

    I was born again into a family with ample “silver spoons”. But they are not always in my mouth.

    Darn it…

  3. Hi Archie;

    “For many years there has been a
    conflict with what I believed balanced against what I experienced. I believed in abundance. I received just enough.”

    If you are referring to economic or material riches of this world, forget it.

    That is an area most of us have an issue with because we desire.

    What is it we desire?

    We are naturally lazy. I work hard being lazy. I want to make so much money I can enjoy doing nothing on my yacht in the Caribbean.

    Yet I know people who haven’t got anything, and they are satisfied.

    I was joking about wanting to make so much so I can sit on my yacht.

    I quit keeping up with the Jones decades ago. I am thankful for the fact I have a rood over my head, don’t have to live in a slum, fearful of my life and have enough to eat.

    When the focus of a relationship with God is based on dinero, guess what? God won’t be there.

  4. I have had no income for 2 years. I am on a pilgrimage now, an Abrahamic pilgrimage. Master provides abundantly for me above all I could ask or think. Provision of funds for my journey, purse for my needs, comfortable places to sleep that I have not needed to pay for, abundant farm fresh produce shared with me by others who serve Him, even sacks full of new skirts and dresses from a generous sister who was told by our sweet Master to show the little girl inside me that she is a PRINCESS. ^_^

    I have no fixed address and “nothing” to speak of, yet I have never felt so rich in my life, certainly not when I worked 9-5 every day in information technology making a rather modestly handsome salary but even with a partner at the time earning 125% what I earned going in on it with me, could not afford to buy a house in the area where we lived.

    I’m not sure of the point or focus of your post here, even less therefore of what I am sharing insofar as it relates thereunto. But I definitely serve a God of abundant and lavish love, that’s for sure. The most beautiful treasure of all is that now I am free at last to give Him everything, my whole being, holding nothing back, and know for certain this is, in fact, what I am doing. Now THAT tastes like FREEDOM.

  5. Thank you Moriah… The only true freedom is rooted in Father. It sounds like you have found it. I look forward to hearing more of your journey as life progresses for you. Peace. archie

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