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Today is Mother’s Day in Canada. Many people are celebrating mom’s and spending time with family. Personally, I’m about to enjoy a family meal and have just returned from a weekend visit with some extended family. It’s a time to reflect on our roots and the people we are connected to through blood, distance and the major events of life.
For my family, this weekend was also a time of looking to the future as we embarked on another journey towards the ‘promised land’ of our new home and ministry centre. For many years God has been ‘birthing’ a vision in my husband and I for a property that functions as a gathering place and marketplace as well as our home. It’s a desire we both know God has given us and is leading us towards the fulfillment of for His glory. We also know that He has to be the one to bring it into reality and we have to be prepared to step into the fulfilment of this vision. It’s one thing to have an idea, it’s another thing all together to surrender the details and timing and personal ‘drive’ to bring it into fulfillment through your own resources.
This week I wrote a short social media update on how the concept of faith and fear work as polar opposites in every aspect of the fulfillment of Godly dreams and visions. In fact, the sad reality is that the presence of fear in the predominant financial thinking will actually determine what kind of dreams and visions many people will even entertain as possible for their lives.
What I have taught for years is that a focus on cutting back in order to live within the financial reality that you perceive to be ‘realistic’ will actually limit and reduce your ability to operate in Faith. If you subscribe to a belief that says to be good ‘stewards’ of the money God has placed in your hands to manage, all you have to do is ‘spend less than you earn’, then your focus will always be on minimizing expenses to ‘live within YOUR means’. While this is obviously a good thing, it’s one of those 1/2 truths that Satan uses to deceive God’s people.
Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy; Jesus came to bring life abundantly (see John 10:10). Abundance means not running out; not running out means not just maintaining, but increasing. Destruction means loss, death and decrease. Death is the root of fear, yet Jesus triumphed over death at the cross and resurrection (Colossians 2:15).
Faith equals increase. Fear equals decrease.
If you reduce your expectations, your dreams and your desire and justify not finding solutions by saying things like, ‘I’m not creative’ you’re essentially operating financially from a foundation of fear. God is creative, infinite and abundant. This means Faith produces increase from the flow of creativity released from your spirit connecting with Holy Spirit to let Him guide you to what He has planned for your life.
Our job is to ‘steward’ our relationship with God who has good plans for us and who promises to do more than we can ask or imagine for His glory according to His riches through Christ Jesus (see Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 3:20). Along the way, managing the physical assets in our life becomes a component and outflow of our relationship with Him. His Word is full of amazing promises when we walk by Faith, and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and that the blessing of the Lord makes one rich in all things – spiritual, relational, physical, emotional, financial (Proverbs 10:22).
We steward our relationship with Him when we spend time in prayer and in the Word. This increases Faith which unlocks treasures stored in secret places (Isaiah 45:3). This week I pray increasing ideas, connections, hope, and creativity to realize dreams and visions previously not thought possible.