Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:19
As we gradually come to the end of this year 2016, the Holy Spirit wants us to examine the ugly mindset which made us less an achiever and more a complainant; less holy and loving and more sinful and unloving. One of the greatest challenges facing Christians and non-Christians alike is the “scarcity mentality.” More often they see themselves as persons who can never have anything. They perceive themselves as persons already zoned out of God’s circle of blessings. This scarcity mentality is founded not only in fear, but a manifestation of obvious distrust of the
awesome power of God to supply the needs of his children according to His unlimited resources. The sad consequence of this mentality is that the individual lives in envy, jealousy and hatred for the blessings of others. He erroneously feels that whatever blessings someone else has is a denial of his own blessings. Such persons live in hate and discomfort.
Our scriptural reference today says, “. . . God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.” It is God that has the riches and He also dispenses to His children as He wills. His power or willingness to bless you cannot be limited by any known economics, social or political limitations. He owns everything and directs all as He pleases. No wonder Hannah in her prayer of worship says, “He (God) lifts the poor from the dust and raises the needy from their misery. He makes them companions of princes and put them in places of honour.” (1 Sam 2:8) With this understanding how can a Christian allow scarcity mentality to overwhelm his heart? Hear the Psalmist, “The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing!” (Ps. 34:10) In Psalm 37:19, the scripture says, “They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.” St. Paul affirms, “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (2 Cor. 9:8) Remember that the God that provided manna for forty years for the Israelites in the wilderness, sent ravens to provide food for Elijah and used five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand people excluding women, is the same God on the throne. He has not changed in nature, location or ability. The scripture says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)
Beloved why then do you assume in your heart that you cannot be rich or that God is not capable of turning this ugly situation to a pleasant one. That is not the way to live the kind of life that Christ Jesus has planned for his own. Start today to reprogrammed your thinking; and be rest assured that you are not in competition with anyone. God of heaven will bless you according to His words for you. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that you may have life and that you may have it more abundantly.” Hold on to this promise and swim in God’s abundance.
Sir 3: 2-6. 12-14 or Col 3: 12-21; Ps 128: 1-2. 3. 4-5 (R. 1); Mt 2: 13-15. 19-23 HOLY FAMILY F
1. Take a worship song to praise God today.
2. Father, I beseech You; grant me the grace to reject all thoughts of scarcity and poverty that occupies my mind always.
3. Holy Lord, remove from me the evil spirit of “You win, I lose” which has made me live a very hateful and envious life.
4. Teach me, O Lord by the power of Your spirit how to help others achieve their goals by sharing my treasures and talents with them.
Exercise: Encourage someone today with today’s reflection.
Memory Verse: 2 Cor. 9:8