Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Our kids just spent the weekend at REV and had an incredible time. They always look forward to spending time with their friends having fun, but also getting to worship together, learn about themselves and learn about God. What makes it such an incredible weekend is that it is all in an environment that leads them to want to know more about their Heavenly Father. They always come home filled up, talking about all the God moments they had, and how He moved in and through them all weekend.
So as I contemplate this passage of scripture, I ask myself if I am setting an environment that leads my kids to want to know more about God. My prayer for all of us is that we take every opportunity to create God moments with our kids, no matter what their age. It takes intention, determination and in some cases, boldness.
Join me in this prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask that you pave the way for me to have Godly conversations with my kids, and that through my example and my words, I can set the table for them to want to know you more.
And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
Colossians 2:10 (NIV)
What is a util? In economics, a util represents one theoretical unit of satisfaction. Economists theorize that utils don’t always follow money. For example, you can spend a high amount of money on your bills, but feel a low amount of satisfaction. Conversely, you can spend a low amount of money on a weekend getaway, but feel a high amount of satisfaction. Therefore, money doesn’t equal satisfaction.
If economists can grasp that concept, how much more can we, as Christians, grasp the concept that our identity and joy is in Christ? He is everything and has everything that we need — our fullness. There is nothing that can overpower or outdo Him, and our identity and joy will not be fully satisfied by anything of the world.
Today, look at your money as your least greatest resource. Consider its value as a tool of commerce and not a promoter of your identity. Christ is your promoter, and he loves you like crazy.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Psalms 23:5 (NLT)
Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10 NASB
Father is blessing you in such a way that you will be a blessing to others. He wants our overflow of blessings to influence those around us and bring glory to Him. How do we bring glory? By having an abundance mentality.
Abundance means an extremely plentiful supply, and with God, it means an endless supply. He is an endless supply of hope to you, in every circumstance. Father has redeemed the orphan, he has welcomed you as his son or daughter. His abundance is your abundance. Father loves to see his children acting through faith towards hope and away from despair.
So then, an abundance mentality is the habit of knowing that you possess His abundance and asking Him how to take that abundance and share it with the world around you. His abundance manifests in many places: hope, joy, finances, knowledge, encouragement, etc.
Take one step today that shows an abundance mentality. Keep a date-stamped record and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how that one step is blessing others.
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)
Do you know where your provision comes from? Job said that God’s power is unlimited (Job 36:22, CEV); David said that His understanding is infinite (Psalms. 147:5, NASB); Paul wrote that He is before all things (Col. 1:7, ESV); and God himself encouraged us to “Spread out! Think big!” (Isaiah. 54:2, MSG).
Father’s source of supply is unlimited. Yet, our thinking is limited, and our thinking influences our belief, and our belief influences our expectations, and our expectations dictate whether we measure up or not.
I beseech you to implode your limited thinking. Today, approach every situation and every opportunity with your Father’s backing. His resources are unlimited and he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock, in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you.
Deuteronomy 7:13 (ESV)
I have two dogs—one big dog and one little dog. When feeding them or handing out treats, the little dog gets a half portion due to physical size. If the big dog sees the little dog’s portion, she seizes upon it, not realizing that a double portion for her is imminent.
Reread Deuteronomy 7:13 and count the number of times Father mentions you in one verse – it’s incredible.
Today, thank Father for what He is doing in you, how He knows you, and is blessing you. Don’t look at the blessings of others and attempt to obtain what they have. Trust that Father is blessing you in the time and quantity that He desires.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
Do you walk around with a closed fist? Whether literal or figurative, two results come from this:
(1) anything new is prevented from entering your hand, and
(2) you choke whatever is inside.
I want to introduce you to the concept of open hands. It’s a lifestyle of surrender and trust in the Lord. When you approach any situation with open hands, you provide a path for Father to constantly push and pull His blessings according to His infinite love and wisdom.
Your open hands tell Father that you receive His blessings when He pushes, and that you surrender and trust when He pulls. You are saying, “it all belongs to You, Father.”
Sometimes we have a fleshly tendency to close our hands and “trap” blessings, thinking that we are wise enough to save them for later use. But, keeping your hands open, even when he is pouring in blessing, prevents you from choking the blesser.
See what “open hands” looks like for you today. Are you holding loosely to your time, talent, treasure, touch, and words, so that Father can bless others with the blessings He has given you?
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
– Galatians 4:4-7
God may appear to be distant. Uncaring. Uninvolved. Unintentional.
The truth is he is the ultimate example of the perfect father. Think back over your life and begin to list the qualities of you own father. Loving? Abusive? Grace-filled? Absent? These are all characteristics we unknowingly attach to our Father God.
The great news is He is all the good qualities of a father and nothing bad. He is perfect in every way. You never have to prove yourself or earn his love. He is always waiting with open arms no matter how many times you mess up. You are not an accident. He created your very being from before the creation of the earth and purchased your eternity with his own son. You were bought with a price.
Today you can choose to embrace the love he has for you as your father, or don’t. But know that a child receives an inheritance from their father, and you don’t want to miss out on the good things God has for you!
Say this prayer out loud today: “God, help me today to see you as my father. You are the head of my family and I want to listen to your guidance! Hold me when I am sad and lift me when I am weak. Be all the things my own earthly father never was. Thank you!”