Lynette and I visited Victoria Falls on our way from a crusade in Zambia to meetings in Botswana. We were there during the wet season when the water cascades over the falls in a vast, unbroken expanse. During that time of year, you see the maximum flow of water, and what an amazing sight it was! The mist from the falls was so thick, it felt as if we were in a soaking rainstorm.
As I stood amazed at the abundance of water flowing over those cliffs, I had a revelation: God wants us to experience the same kind of overflowing abundance in our lives that I witnessed at Victoria Falls!
We can have the maximum flow of God’s blessings and enjoy fullness of life greater than what we have ever imagined. God wants us to experience life in abundance. It’s the very reason Jesus came to the earth.
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (Amplified).
Unfortunately, too many Christians are not enjoying the overflowing abundance that this verse talks about. But what many Christians don’t realize is that it’s really up to them as to how much blessing from God they enjoy.
Some Christians are enjoying God’s abundance, but they’re not experiencing the overflowing abundance that John 10:10 talks about. Others are at the bottom of the barrel, so to speak. They’re barely making ends meet. And some have come up a little from that point, but they’ve become satisfied with the status quo.
Although there is never a shortage of God’s resources, there is often a shortage of faith on our part in understanding His goodness. And to experience this goodness, we have to renew our minds and develop a mentality of abundance. Until we know it’s God’s will for us to live above life’s limits, we won’t. Here are just a few scriptures that show us how God wants us to live.
Psalm 23:1 (NIV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV 1984)
4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV)
18 Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant.
Proverbs 10:22 (NIV 1984)
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
Psalm 37:25 (NIV)
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
The more we study along these lines, the more we will know that God’s supply can never be exhausted. And the more our faith is built up in this area, the more we’ll start talking abundance.
Some people talk only about what they don’t have and what they can’t do. They talk about how little they have and how they’re always coming up short. In essence, they’ve become POWs—prisoners of their words! It’s no wonder that that’s all they experience in their lives.
But if we’ll get our eyes off the limitations and onto the promises of God, we won’t be in bondage to lack anymore. We won’t be sick—we’ll walk in health. We won’t live in fear—we’ll enjoy the peace that passes all understanding. We’ll experience the overflowing abundance that God wants all of His children to enjoy.