Conquering your fear of lack (3)
Ephesians 3:20 NIV
Here are some scriptural strategies for conquering your fear of lack: 1) Give God the first tenth of your income (see Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 23:23). Don’t debate whether it’s an Old Testament rule versus a New Testament requirement. Wouldn’t you rather do more than required, than find out later that you fell short of God’s expectations? 2) Live by the 10-10-80 rule. After you give God the first 10 per cent of your income, put the second 10 per cent into savings and budget yourself to live on the remaining 80 per cent. 3)Confront the areas in which your fear of lack are the greatest. Food? Housing? Transportation? Health insurance? Retirement? Now cast down those imaginations and replace them with this promise: ‘God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others’ (2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT). 4) Refuse to rely solely on your credentials, marketable skills, or influential contacts for the assurance of your financial provision. ‘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.’ Maximise your personal power, but trust ultimately in God’s power alone. Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10 NIV 2011 Edition). That’s not just ‘spiritual’ life, but every aspect of life. Today, believe and receive what Jesus promised by faith, and begin to live ‘to the full’.
Soul food: 1 Chron 10-12; Acts 16:1-21