In times of uncertainty, we tend to lean towards a scarcity mindset. Turbulent times make our problems seem extra big. Whether unexpected bills, financial woes or uncertainty in a job, we often allow hard times to bring us down into a place of negativity, fear and pain. In my line of work, I see a lot of people who operate from a scarcity mindset.
Living in God’s abundance doesn’t mean an abundance of material things. Those things can be taken away at any minute. Our wealth can be here today and gone tomorrow. Living in abundance means seeking after God and His goodness. It means using our wealth, any that we might have, to give back to others and help our community. Our treasure is not here in the world but is stored up in heaven.
What is a Scarcity Mindset
According to Jarred Bunch, “a scarcity mindset says that you have to jealously protect what you have in that moment because it is yours and the world may come to take it away.” This means that we are looking to the world to fulfill our comforts and needs. You feel like you have to protect your possessions or self-worth because someone else has the power to take it away from you. It is a fear-motivated way of living that simply isn’t sustainable.
In this post, I am not talking about the prosperity gospel – a religious belief among some Protestant Christians that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth (Wikipedia).
I am talking about God’s good design that is intended for us to live an abundant life. If your desires align with God’s will, He will look upon your request with favor and allow it to come to pass. We can’t do anything to earn God’s abundance. Faith is not an “if I manifest it, it will happen” kind of thing. He freely gives it to those who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ.
God has so much in store for our lives. He gives us above and beyond what we could ever think. He fulfills the deepest parts of our longing hearts. He tells us His plans are always for our good and His glory!
Bible Verse About Abundant Life
God gives us more than we could ever ask for. He sent His Son to die on the cross so that everything could be made right again. Jesus gives us abundant life. In fact, He gives us more than our salvation. He doesn’t just love us, He gives an ongoing, intimate relationship with the Father. He also gives us eternal hope and a hope that we can live in light of today. We can live an abundant life, right now.
Christ died on the cross and rose again so that we might join him in living an abundant life. Only our security and comfort can be found in Him. Living a life of abundance means that we go around being grateful and joyful for the things God has given us. We don’t covet or envy others for what we don’t have or wish God had given us. We live a life of abundance because God is good and faithful. He has done a glorious work through Jesus Christ. He is doing the same glorious work in and through you so that others might know Him.
John 10:10: A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
Psalm 147:10-11: His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 5:17: For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 58:11: And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched place and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Philippians 4:19: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:18-19: They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
**All Bible Verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV).
How Do We Live In God’s Abundance
To build an abundance mindset, you need to change the way you view God. From the beginning, God designed creation to live in abundance. He created the world and declared it good. The same God who created the heavens and the earth shows the same generosity towards us. In Luke 12, we see that God desires abundant life for us filled with generosity, grace, and love. Jesus came to give us life. Not only that, but He also came to give us an abundant and satisfying life. He is the living water that always satisfies. He quenches our thirst and fills us up with His love, mercy, and grace.
If you operate from a place of abundance, you are saying you truly believe in God’s goodness and providence. Abundance means believing that God is working for your good. No matter what is taken away from you, your faith will not waver.
Do you really believe that God is good? Do you really believe that God will be good to you? Do you really trust God to be God?
Living in God’s Abundant Love
Living in abundance happens when you live loved. That means you understand that Jesus’ love is abundant. All of the things that are a part of the scarcity mindset might be taken away but you know that Jesus’ love is unwavering. His love is steadfast so we don’t have to be scared that it will be taken away.
“Live from the abundant place that you are loved, and you won’t find yourself begging others for scraps of love.” – (Lysa TerKeurst, Uninvited, pg. 30).
Living in God’s Abundant Grace
God’s grace is abundant. Jesus came into the world so that believers could have real, eternal life – more and better life than we could have ever dreamed of. He died on the cross so we could inherit his life-giving gift of redemption.
We have access to God’s unending grace because of Jesus’ sacrifice. In 1 Timothy 1, we see that Paul was not deserving of God’s grace but he received it anyway. God saw Paul fit enough to lavish upon him the all-abundant, all-sufficient, rich, and undeserving grace. God’s grace is never lacking in purpose. Because of God’s grace, you can be used as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life (1 Timothy 1:14).
Living in God’s Abundant Goodness
God stores up goodness for those who love him. God has abundant goodness at all times. He has enough to share with everyone. God takes care of His people. He gives us life in the empty, broken places. He restores and rebuilds. He is a good God who can do more than we could ever imagine.
In the wilderness, God told the Israelites to gather daily only the manna that they needed, anything more than a day’s rations would go to spoil. And He promised to provide for them daily. God’s goodness is abundant. He knows exactly what we need and will provide for us. He gives us more than we could ever want or need.
God might not give us all we need all at once. If we had everything we needed, we wouldn’t need a God. So God stores up some of His blessings for when we are in times of trial and suffering. He wants to bless us because He loves us. He makes sure we have what we need, when we need it, and when we ask for it.
Prayer for Abundance
As mentioned above, Jesus died on the cross so that we may live an abundant life in Him. Because of His sacrifice, we have direct access to the Father. We can humbly come before Him and ask Him for anything. If you knock, the door shall be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).
“Dear Lord, I come before you today with a humble heart. I am so grateful that you sent Jesus in my place so that I might live a life of abundance in Him. I confess that I have been trying to find things in this world to bring me comfort. But they aren’t working because they only temporarily satisfy. Jesus is the only one who truly satisfies my longing heart. Lord, I thank you for freeing me from the constraints of sin and death. I pray that I fix my eyes on you and your abundance of love, grace and goodness. In you, I can experience an abundant life. I am forever grateful that I can communicate with you and experience your presence. God, help me to remember your promises. I have it all because of you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”