Monday, December 24, 2007

Thanksgiving – The Key To Abundance (Christmas Edition)


Jesus, in introducing the fundamental principle of the kingdom of God, which is the law of sowing and reaping, punctuated his parable with a profound statement.

‘It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but unto them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath’.

Why was abundance released to one while the other lived in lack? He had a secret! Even though they both appeared the same on the outside at one point in their lives, on the inside, the first had a consciousness of ‘having’ he approached his future with a consciousness of what he had received in the past from God with a heart of gratitude; thus, opening up his channel to God and clearing it of all the debris of unbelief, bitterness, anger and resentment and the supply therefore increasing unto an overflow.

The other believed he had not, he looked on the outside and saw a lot of things yet undone and spent all his time living in the consciousness of what he lacked and so he blocked his line of supply, by so doing all he did have was eventually taken away from him, he moved into a place of continual loss and decline thereby self-destroying his future though not deliberately but ignorantly;

The law is no respecter of persons. It is only naïve to mean well and not to find out how to be and then do well. It takes more than good intentions to put you over in life; it takes wisdom, skill and capacity building. This parable tells us both parties actually had the same at one point in their lives, the first only acknowledged what was given and lived in the consciousness of possessing it, while the other lived as though he had never received anything.

The purpose of Christ can only grow out of its seed form in us if He meets with faith in our hearts. If we allow a mindset of lack, affliction and weakness from ‘rightly’ analysing our circumstances from a logical and intellectual point of view, we would only attract the wrong spiritual forces into our space and environment; we would continue to struggle against a tide that seems to want to take all we have.

If we then engage in one of the most negative spiritual activities which many are ignorant of, that is, speaking thoughtless words out of the emotional pain that we feel, it would flood our experiences with judgment. A consciousness of being afflicted and oppressed reflected in murmuring, complaining etc only leads to further decline in our experiences.

The book of Proverbs says: ’All the days of the afflicted are evil but he that hath a merry heart hath a continual feast’ Isaac asked Esau to give him the venison he loved before he blessed him. What was the principle behind that?

Getting the right emotions and inner attitude before words are spoken, this speaks volumes; if our words would register powerfully our hearts must be stirred right before our future can be shaped with our words.

Stir it up by rejoicing in the experience of the past blessings and in the light of the future, giving thanks to God, being filled with the consciousness of His goodness regardless of what your environment is saying to you and the ability to shaped your future would be given to you.

From the Desk of Pastor Poju

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