More than Enough

More than Enough

by Diana Scothorn

 

 

There’s not one promise God will withhold. I can remember a time when I would look at others’ lives, thinking that they had it all. Yet I worked hard and barely had enough.

I’ve since learned over the years God never intends us to have barely enough. Wealth is a controversial subject among so many Christians. Somewhere down the line, there’s been an image of a humble Christian as someone with just enough money to make ends meet.  They’re of the mindset as long they have Jesus, that’s enough.

The Bible makes it clear in…

 

John 10:10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Abundance is defined as large quantities, copiously, plentifully, amply, profusely, exuberantly, prolifically, luxuriantly, in profusion, and abundance. That is far from barely enough.

Jesus died so we could have life and have it more abundantly. I know people who say I don’t want to be greedy and so I only care about having my immediate needs met.

Greed is defined as an intense and “selfish” desire for something, especially wealth. It says selfish desire. If our desire for money is for self, whether to have a lot for self or just enough, they both fit in the category of greed.

When I began to have the heart to serve and meet other people’s needs, God started to reveal the riches of His provision.  Malachi 3:10 tells us that God will pour out such a blessing that there won”t be enough room to contain it.

Philippians 4:19 says, “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Notice that the scripture says, according to the power that works in us.  We must remember it is the Lord God who gives you the ability to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant.  (Deuteronomy 8:18)

God wants us to prosper so we can be a blessing. Our God is rich, and we being His heirs by our faith in Christ, have a covenant covering prosperity.

Deuteronomy 30:9 says, “The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, for the Lord will again take delight in prospering you.

Prosperity is a covenant promise. However, it’s not just about money. It’s about prospering in our growth spiritually, our relationships, our careers, our influence, and our bank account.  We cannot be a blessing if we are broken in our spirit and finances.

My children were raised learning God wants us to prosper.  It’s not a quick overnight fix; it’s a day-by-day walk with the Lord, learning His ways and applying His wisdom. When God gets involved, we cannot help but prosper.

I have been in both positions. I have been the “woman” with barely enough to survive. I have also been the woman who has more than enough to provide for others in need outside the borders of “my own house.”

Jerry Savelle, an international preacher, taught a sermon on the man with the pitcher over 30 years ago that impacted my heart and remained impactful over the years.

He shared the scripture Mark 14:12,13: “And on the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?”

And He sent two of his disciples and said, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.”

Jesus instructed His disciples to follow the man with the pitcher of water; that would be where their provision would be.

If we need water and there is a man with a pitcher of water, how great it is; the Lord sends us a man to meet our needs.  How much greater is it to be the man holding the pitcher with plenty of water to pour out for others’ needs?

There are two images, the man with a need and the need meeter.  God wants us to grow spiritually and financially to be the needed meeter.  It’s a blessing to receive, but it’s even more remarkable when you are the one blessing others. “

Jerry Savelle said most people spend their lives looking for the man with the pitcher. But I want to encourage you to.. “ Be the man with the pitcher in his hand!”

My son shared he was on his way to work, and a woman was on the side of the road with a flat tire. He stopped to help her. He noticed not only was her tire flat, but all the tires were bald with no tread left.

He said, “You need all new tires.”  She said, “I can’t afford to do that.” He said, “but I can.” He took her and bought her four new tires. He did not know her, he would more than likely never see her again, but she will never forget the man who bought her four new tires. He was “the man with the pitcher.”

This demonstrates God working behind the scenes in our life when we least expect it. God has already made provisions for our needs. Every need in our life is attached to our obedience. On the other side of our obedience is the blessing.

Genesis 12:2 says, “ I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing.” We are to be vessels through which God’s divine favor and power flow. As we bless others, it brings them peace, joy, and happiness. We’re the instrument preventing misfortune in the lives of others.

If we believe God for just enough, He’ll provide just enough.  When I realized His riches could not be exhausted, I tapped into the limitless provision of the Lord.

God will cause overflow in every area if we believe in overflow provision. I never want to get to the point that my attitude is to have only enough for me.

If I have just enough for me emotionally, I could never speak life to those in emotional need. The devil wants us to remain in the land of “just enough,” so we cannot give to others in the land of “not enough.”

God wants us to have an abundance in everything. An ABUNDANT marriage, ABUNDANT provision, ABUNDANT favor, ABUNDANT love, ABUNDANT grace, and an ABUNDANT life.

He doesn’t want us to have just enough love but more than enough love for those who desperately need to be loved.

He doesn’t want us to have a marriage with barely enough strength to “hang on,” but a thriving relationship that “screams” God is incredible.

God wants everything in our life to shout my God is an abundant God. We serve a generous God, so why should we live in lack?

When my thinking began to line up with God’s Word, which said in Philippians 4:19 that He would meet my needs according to His unlimited provision and not my limited funds, is when I entered into God’s glorious land of “ more than enough.”

It’s a decision to stay in lack, and it’s a decision to enter into God’s provision.

When we can see God wants to pour out His provision so it will cause an overflow into others, is when we will experience the overflowing blessings of God.

When we choose to reject the poverty mentality the devil has for our life, we will see God has more abundance than we can handle in order for us to prosper and thrive.

 

 

~Diana

 

Diana Scothorn published author of “Daily Dose with Diana“, has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10-plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted. 

She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a marketplace ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze. 

Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.

Connect with Diana on Instagram and Facebook, where she has “Diana’s Daily Devotionals” encouraging and inspiring women to live daily in victory.

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