40 DAYS OF ABUNDANT LIVING – BELIEVING GOD HAS MORE FOR YOU
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” - Ephesians 3:20
When Phyllis was sixteen years old, she got pregnant and had to leave high school. Her dreams were shattered, and she was heartbroken. She rented a cramped, small apartment in which to live and raise her son. But she soon realized it was never going to work out. She didn't have enough money, and she was living off handouts. Eventually she had to go on public assistance- welfare. She was barely surviving in poverty, defeat, and despair.
But Phyllis refused to live in mediocrity. She said, "Enough is enough. I refuse to pass this lifestyle down to my children. I'm going to make a difference with my life. I'm going to fulfill my God-given destiny. I'm going to be the person God wants me to be." And she rose up and started believing for bigger and better things. She started expecting the supernatural favor of God. She got rid of her former thoughts of defeat and failure. She developed a "can-do" mentality. When times were tough, she didn't give up. She just kept on keeping on. She did her part, and God did His.
Phyllis got a job at a school cafeteria collecting meal tickets. The job paid minimum wage, and Phyllis was thankful for it. But Phyllis wasn't satisfied with that. She knew God had better things in store for her. She had a bigger dream for her life. She didn't just sit back and accept the status quo. She decided she wanted to go back to school, and she got her high school diploma. But she still wasn't satisfied.
She wanted to go to college. She worked all day at the school and then attended college classes at night. In just four years, she graduated from college with honors. But Phyllis still wasn't satisfied. She went back to school and got her master's degree.
Today, she's reaping the rewards of that effort. She's not on welfare anymore; she is a principal in that same school district where she used to collect meal tickets. She, too, broke the curse of poverty and lack in her family. Phyllis says, "I went from welfare to faring well!"
The Bible says that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask, think or imagine. So stop settling for mediocrity or the status quo. God has more in store for you. Much more!
You must make room in your thinking for the great things God wants to do in and through you. Your best days are ahead of you. God wants to do more than you can even ask or think, but remember, it's according to the power that works in you. Therefore, stir up yourself; step out of complacency; don't be satisfied with where you are or what you have accomplished. Reach forward for more of God.
To believe God has more for you:
1. Don’t limit God
God is able. Many people miss pivotal opportunities in their lives every day because they have grown accustomed to the status quo. They expect nothing better. God wants to increase their level of influence and productivity but they refuse to make room in their own thinking for the new things God wants to do in their lives. They limit God in their thinking and believing. They allow their circumstances to paralyze them. But you don’t have to fall for that trap of the devil. You must believe that God wants to do immeasurable more that you can ever ask, think or imagine. His dream for your life is so much bigger and greater than you can imagine. God can do anything, if you believe. He can do anything, if you will simply stop limiting Him in your thinking.
2. Break the curse
God will accomplish great things in your life according to the power that is at work in you. It is important for us to know what power is working in us. Ephesians 3:16-19 says, “…that you be strengthen with might by the Holy Spirit in the inner man….that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith…and that you be filled with all the fullness of God.” Notice, it the Holy Spirit who strengthens us, it is Christ who dwells in us by faith and it is God who fills us with His fullness. God is your source, and His creativity and resources are unlimited! God may give you an idea for an invention, a book, a song, or a movie. God can give you a dream. One idea from God can forever change the course of your life. God is not limited by your education or lack of it. He's not limited by what you have or what you don't have. When God puts a dream in your heart, you must press forward in faith and confidence just like Phyllis did. Boldly break the limitations in your life by believing for God’s best.
Rev. Obadiah Swen
Application and Prayer for Today
1. Reflect on how you are currently limiting God in your thinking or believing.
2. What things in your life seem impossible to overcome at the moment?
3. Pray that God will help you to understand His unlimited power that is available to you through Jesus Christ. Eph. 3:14-21