Do you ever play the lottery, mega-million or some other “jackpot” type of game? Do you invest your money in the hopes of “striking it rich” one day? Do you collect stamps, comic books, or other items that you believe will appreciate in value thus increasing your overall net worth? Why? Is it because on some level you desire to be rich, wealthy, and to be a person of affluence?
It’s interesting that many of us will proclaim how much we desire to be wealthy all the while we are secretly harboring conflicting beliefs about abundance and prosperity. And those conflicting beliefs are precisely what block us from manifesting the prosperity we say we desire.
We say we want more money, but then turn right around and say things like “money is the root of all evil.”
We say we want to be rich, but agree with friends when they complain about the, “rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”
We say we want to have prosperity, but at the same time believe that it is easier for a camel to pass though the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24).”
How would you answer the following questions if you were being interviewed on nationwide TV:
1. How much do you currently earn? Why?
2. How much do you want to earn? Why?
3. How much do you feel worthy of earning? Why?
4. How much are you worth? Why?
5. What do you provide in order to receive the compensation you desire?
If you have a welfare mindset, you cannot effectively manage a millionaire bank account. You can’t even truly fathom what it would mean to be a millionaire if your state of mind is based on pay check to pay check living. This is one reason many people who come into large sums of money quickly lose it and return to the state of “poverty” and struggle that they were experiencing prior to the increase in money. This is the same for people who lose lots of weight only to gain it back. There is a “fat” person still in the body of the “thin” person and if the consciousness is not addressed; then the weight will return. The poverty and scarcity will return to the lotto winner unless the consciousness is changed to reflect one of prosperity and abundance.
We receive according to what we are able to receive. If we have a consciousness of lack and scarcity, then we cannot receive and be effective stewards of a 200 million dollar bank account. This is the meaning of the often used phrase, “God can do no more for you than God can do through you.” If you hold a mindset of scarcity, the great Divine power that we call God will give to you as you have asked. God does not supply scarcity; however, it is done to us according to the thoughts we hold in consciousness. Many of us sit in a dark house cursing the darkness when we could turn on the lights, or open the curtains, or even better yet, leave the house and bask in the sunlight!
This reminds me of a story about a construction worker who would sit with the other guys everyday at lunchtime and during their friendly conversations he would always complain about his lunch! “Man, I can’t stand liver and onion sandwiches!” Day after day after day he would continually complain about the liver and onion sandwiches, until one day a fellow construction worker said, “Hey man, why don’t you just tell your wife to stop making those for your lunch.”
To which he replied, “Oh, she doesn’t make my lunch; I make my own lunch.”
How often we are like that husband, complaining about something we can fix, alter, or transmute ourselves and yet we simply opt to not only complain but to be the creator of the very thing we are complaining about! He was making his own lunch!
The Widow’s Oil
2 KINGS 4: 1-7
1 Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” 2 Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. 4 “And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And the oil stopped. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
The metaphysical meaning of the preceding biblical story illustrates that we receive to the degree that we are able to receive. When the vessels ran out, so did the oil. Had she had more vessels to receive to receive, she would have continued to receive.
How many vessels do you have to receive?
Are you truly ready to receive what you say you desire?
Do you realize it isn’t about dollars and cents, it is about the essence of what that gives you? Freedom, security. . . for example. You do not want the money for the sake of having money; you want what you perceive the money will allow you to get or to do. When we change our mindset, our consciousness we begin to experience gratitude, not then when we have the money, but now! And when we are grateful now, we begin to experience more to be grateful for. In like manner, when we can feel a sense of security, freedom, independence, and prosperity now, we are increasing the number of vessels into which we can receive!
I challenge you to day to look around you and find the existence of abundance in your life NOW! Where does true wealth, prosperity, abundance show up presently? What do you have to be grateful for now?
Bless what you find and you will find it multiplying!
I leave you with an affirmation by Eric Butterworth from the book “Spiritual Economics” where he reminds us to …
“Turn from the appearance of lack to the reality of affluence as you declare for yourself something like this: I establish myself in the limitless substance of God, and I have abundance.”