What Motivates You?

 

Every morning we all get out of bed and draw upon strength and energy to make it through the day.  We must choose from where we will draw our strength and energy.  For some, their energy comes from obligation rooted in boredom.  For others, their energy may come from the excitement of new challenges.  How many of us actually face each day drawing from the life of God within us?

 

He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. (Isa. 40:29)

 

If you are a born again believer, you have an infinite supply of God’s grace within.  His grace includes His provision, His strength, His equipping, His wisdom and His vision.  We can choose to face each day by drawing on our own limited strength and resources, or we can stir up the grace of God that is within us, give thanks, speak words of life, and step into all of the possibilities that exist in that day.

 

Realizing how much more potential I had in Christ, versus my very limited future without Him has only made me hungry to be fully given to His purpose in my life.  His resources are continually available to me if I will only choose them.

 

I’ve had days of low energy just like everyone, but now I understand why.  I was facing those days in my own strength, with my own limited vision, and meditating on my own limited resources.  No wonder I dreaded those days.

 

If that sounds like you, it is time to realize that you have a hidden energy source.  The Greater One lives in you!  You don’t have to dread the day.  Choose to trust in the grace of God within you and approach the day as a conqueror, not a victim!

 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  (Isa. 40:31)

 

Barry Bennett

The Secrets of Abundance

 

God has revealed the secrets of increase and abundance in His Word.  “Seek first the kingdom and things shall be added,” “give and it shall be given unto you,” “be faithful in that which is least,” etc.  God desires our prosperity on every level.

 

Jesus demonstrated 3 keys of abundance when He fed the 4,000 in Mark, chapter 8.

 

So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them.  So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. (Mark 8:6-8)

 

When reading this one day I felt impressed to spend some time meditating on three key phases of this story.

 

  1. Jesus gave thanks for what He had.Rather than complaining about the obvious lack, He was thankful.  Thankfulness is a prosperous attitude.  Thankfulness is faith in action.  A thankful lifestyle and attitude is the first key in turning a life of lack into a life of abundance.

 

  1. Jesus used/gave what He had.He put His resources to work.  Many never prosper because they hold on tight to what they have.  They see what they have as lack, and they won’t let go of it.  Fear controls them.  When Jesus began giving the bread to His disciples, the multitude was still hungry and the resources were still insufficient.  But that act of using/giving what He had brought the increase.  Everything is seed.  Everything.

 

  1. Jesus blessed what He had.Far too often we are guilty of cursing our lack, cursing our possessions, our boss, our job, our car, our bills, etc.  We must learn the power of blessing.  Words are the most powerful force in existence!  Bless what you have.  Speak life over yourself, your resources and your future.  It is a key to abundance.

 

Abundance is available to you.  The power is within you.

 

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.  (Eph. 3:20)

Barry Bennett