To know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” [Ephesians 3:19-20 NIV]

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God is not a god of adequacy. I think many of us believe He can and will meet our needs if we are faithful, but do we ever believe more of Him than that? Do we ask for more? Can we expect more?

I believe God is a god of abundance. He wants to bless us to overflowing.

When I read in the Old Testament about the promises the Lord made to His nation, Israel, they were promises of prosperity — abundant crops with leftovers at the end of the seasons, peace in the land, safety from wild animals, health, victory over any enemy even against the odds, and His constant presence with them — you can read them in Leviticus 26.

The Lord didn’t just say He would enable them to survive. He wanted to bless them with abundant living. But there was a condition on it. Obedience. The people were required to follow His laws and statutes, which really consisted of worshiping Him with their whole lives and honouring and respecting their fellow man. If they could not live their lives in obedience to Him, then the opposite was true of their fate — hardship.

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God hasn’t changed. He still wants His people to live abundantly. Do we honour Him with every part of our lives, and walk in obedience to His word? Do we love our fellow man as He would have us? I haven’t figured it all out yet, and I’m not exactly overflowing with abundance myself. But, I do believe this: that God wants me to prosper. I will keep living to the best of my ability for Him and wait for that blessing to flow.

Have you seen God’s abundance flow in any area of your life? I’d love to hear your stories. 🙂

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