It’s an ‘Abundance’-based System – Deal with It

by Lester Young

Okay, here are two not-so-subtle hints. The first one goes something like this:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’: and there was light. … And God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters’ …and it was so. … And God said …and it was so”; …etc., etc. (Genesis 1:1-3, 6-7, 9…)

And the second:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)

Both the Old and New Testaments give us the broad stroke of how the worlds came into being. In the passages above we have two separate accounts of the means God used to create everything – and in the mouth of two or three witnesses all matters are confirmed (Deuteronomy 19:15; 2 Corinthians 13:1). So the Word of God, then, is the basis, catalyst and reason for all Creation, whether visible or invisible (John 1:3, 10; Psalm 33:6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2). And the fact of the matter is we can’t do anything to change that; it’s simply the way God chose to operate, and He never changes (Malachi 3:6). So if we’re created in His image and likeness, would it make any sense at all for Him to designate a different way for you and me – again, the ones who are made just like Him – to operate? (Genesis 1:26-27) That pretty much by default would make us not like Him.

The bottom line is that we live and operate in a word-based, word-influenced, word-dominated System; regardless of whether we like it – or even know it – or not (James 3:6). Of course, the world doesn’t know it. And sadly, the majority of born-again, Spirit-filled Christians – even if they do know it – in my opinion don’t really believe it. How can I make an assumption like that? Well, frankly, by the fruits that are displayed (James 2:18). Jesus plainly told us that each and every tree is recognized by the fruit it bears (Matthew 7:16; Luke 6:44). (Now, mind you, I’m not attempting to cast a doubtful eye on anyone’s eternal salvation, because I’m not the Judge (Romans 14:4) – and I’m not that stupid. But I do believe we all should be knowledgeable enough and sensitive enough to notice when we ourselves or another person might be having a problem in some particular area – not for the sake of judgment or to look down our “holier-than-thou” noses, but for an opportunity to gently help and edify if it’s necessary and at all within our ability to do so [Galatians 6:1-2]). As such, I’m fully convinced that if we knew – I mean, were really cognizant of – the full weight and consequence our words carry in our own lives, we probably wouldn’t say about 98% of the stuff that typically shoots out our mouths largely unchecked… and the world would be a much quieter place.

And that, actually, is the issue. You’ve undoubtedly heard numerous Christian speakers and writers (including me) quote the tail end of Mark 11:23 which states, “You’ll have what you say.” And that principle is absolutely true – if it weren’t, Jesus certainly would never have said it and it wouldn’t be part of the Holy Bible (John 5:30, 10:35, 14:2, 17:17; Hebrews 6:18). Okay then, if that’s the case, why do so many Christian “believers” not believe it? Well, it’s probably not that Christian folks have just picked that particular snippet of Scripture and simply chosen to blatantly not believe it. But I think it has a lot to do with the fact that, while the phrase “You’ll have what you say” is indeed the Truth, it cannot be just indiscriminately lifted out of its contextual environment (by either the speaker or hearer) without so much as a nod to the stipulations embedded in the rest of the verse. So let’s see what the whole of Mark 11:23 tells us:

“For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’; and shall not doubt in his heart but believe those things he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.”

It’s all about ‘believing in your heart and not doubting in your heart‘. Notice that Jesus did not say, “You can’t doubt in your head.” That’s because ‘faith’ doesn’t originate from nor is it in your head. It comes from your spirit; that is, your heart, your inner being – the real you. How do I know this? Because Romans 10:17 tells us that “faith comes by hearing… the Word of God”. And consider also the Lord’s teaching in John 6:63: “[Only] the Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making” (The Message translation).

(At this point, please allow me to step off on a semi-tangent here: We don’t need to overcomplicate things. Faith is actually very simple. If you remember nothing else, always keep this in mind: Faith – in other words, ‘believing’ – practically speaking, is no more complicated than a choice. You can choose to believe God’s Word [or anything else, for that matter] by directing your words and actions to line up in agreement with it [James 2:18] – even while Satan is whispering every doubt-filled thought in the world into your mind. Okay, now back to our regularly scheduled program already in progress…)

The Word we get from God is spiritual substance – spiritual ‘food,’ if you will – meant to feed our spirit-man, so only our spirit can directly process its nourishment and produce ‘faith’ (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1). As Jesus taught, only those who open their spiritual eyes and ears to God’s Word will experience any benefit from it (Matthew 13:13-15; Mark 4:11-12) – and the ‘good’ heart receives and keeps that Word, holding onto it like a reservoir (Luke 8:15).

Now all these things are tidily summed up in the one verse that explains both how the System works and also gives reason why almost nobody pays any attention to it as it’s doing so. Jesus tells us in Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure [wealth, abundance] of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure [wealth, abundance] of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for [out] of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks.” Listen also to The Voice rendering of that same verse: “A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.”

So it’s not just every single solitary thing you decide to say once or twice that’s automatically going to come to pass. And it’s also not just anything and everything that might be in your heart in trace amounts. Jesus never implied that it was – not even a little bit. No: He stated that what’s in your heart in abundance – which is what your heart actually believes – is what’s going to find its way out of your mouth and produce results (Mark 11:23; Luke 6:45).

Furthermore, those results – the ‘fruit’ that’s produced – can either be good or bad, even for the born-again child of God (Deuteronomy 30:19; Proverbs 18:21; James 3:6, 10). Remember, although Jesus was addressing only His disciples at that moment (they just happened to be the only ones around Him at the time), he did not single them out as being the only ones for whom the principle would work; for He said, “Whoever [i.e., anybody that] shall say… and believe in his heart…” (Mark 11:23). He also taught that the only prerequisite for ‘results’ – whether good or bad – is “the mouth speaking what’s abundantly in the heart” (Luke 6:45). Now whenever something works the same way all the time, for anyone who puts it to work properly, that something is no longer just a theory or even a principle – it’s called a Law.

Our God is a God of abundance and, as such, His Kingdom must also be a Kingdom of abundance (Genesis 15:1; Isaiah 55:7, 66:10-11). Founded on the objective of “‘increase’ with no end” – the perpetual expansion of the natural universe being a prime example – His System is geared for and responds to the premise of ‘abundance’ (Genesis 1:28; Isaiah 9:7; Luke 6:45; John 10:10). He’s the God of abundance and His thinking is always ‘abundance’ – how else would you really expect His System be geared?

It’s our thinking that’s been wrong. For far too long we’ve been duped into believing the devil’s lies about there being some sort of ‘lack’ in God: “He doesn’t love me… He doesn’t really care about me or my problems… God won’t meet my needs – and if He does, it’ll only be just enough to allow me to scrape by for another thirty days… He’s not going to heal me… God won’t do this for me… He won’t do that for me,” …etcetera, etcetera. But look at Deuteronomy 28: the first fourteen verses outline the Blessing of Abraham (Galatians 3:14, 29). The rest of the chapter describes, in rather painful detail, the curse (Galatians 3:13). One clearly illustrates increasing abundance. The other is the exact opposite, inexorably pointing toward “sickness, trouble, lack, lack and more lack… until you die” (verses, 20, 48, 51, 61, etc.). Can you guess who’s administering which?

The System God set up is not subject to ‘change’. He designed it to work a certain way, and it works just that way all the time – it’s a Law (Genesis 1:1-3; Mark 11:23; Luke 6:45; John 1:1-3). We can’t change God’s System – nor can we change the fact that we’re operating in it all the time, whether we know it or not. But then, why would we want to? It’s a System that’s based on, geared for and responsive to the heart-condition of ‘abundance’.

We can’t change the System – but we can change what’s abundant in our heart. We can feed our spirit God’s faith-filled Words of righteousness, peace, health and prosperity until we’re so abundantly full of them that they simply crowd out the previous ‘evil’ treasure of doubt, fear, worry and the lack-mindset. And when you change the ‘abundance’ that’s in your heart you’ll automatically change the words that are spraying out of your mouth from the reservoir – and that’ll change the circumstances and direction of your life (Luke 6:45; James 3:6). This ‘changing’ process is more commonly known as renewing the mind (Romans 12:2). It can also colloquially be called putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14).

The ‘abundance’-based System God has in place frees us to live abundantly in every area of life we’re willing to put it to work in (Matthew 11:29; John 10:10). Again, we can’t change the System – and neither can the devil, much as he’d like to. Unfortunately for him, he’s completely subject to it. He can’t change the System, so all he’s left with are his attempts to dupe people into changing the words that they operate the System with. That’s why he continually tries to force-feed his words of ‘worry,’ ‘lack’ and ‘death’ to us: to fill us up with them and keep us away from God’s rich banquet table of Blessing (Psalm 23:5; Isaiah 55:2). But we don’t have to fall for it.

Isn’t it ironic the very same System that hopelessly binds the devil – if used correctly, as it was originally intended – totally sets us free? (Galatians 4:9; Colossians 2:20) But then, that’s what Laws do, I guess.

 

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