Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The "Not Yet, Not Enough" Mentality Vs. The "Always More Than Enough" Mentality

More Than Enough : )

First:  The "Not Enough Yet" type Mentality

I have to admit that I have not been good at having the right attitude concerning this subject.  The Bible says that God is "More than enough", but so often we face a problem.  There is a such thing as a mentality of "More than enough."  Can I ask you a question?  Do you believe that God is more than enough for you?  Something interesting happened to me when I found that my thinking was not necessarily in this area.  I was always thinking, "not yet", or "one day..."  I thought, "One day I'll have enough" or "one day I will have enough...but not today, not yet; I don't have enough yet.." Little did I realize that this kind of thinking was affecting my every day.., so that "enough" never comes.  Also, most importantly, it was affecting the way I treated most of the people around me including myself.  I felt that all I had to offer "wasn't enough yet" even though I gave my life to Christ and was believing in Him for salvation; I thought that abundant living was not something I deserved "yet".  I thought that who I was and what I had to offer, "just wasn't enough yet."  Little did I realize that this also was affecting the way I was treating others... I loved others, but I didn't realize I was having an underlining attitude of, "Yeah, what you do and what you are giving me is nice, but not quite enough yet..." Little did I realize that this was, in a way, my attitude towards God!  That was my attitude towards everything and everyone including myself and it was greatly affecting the way I behaved all the time.  After realizing that this didn't feel good, not for me nor for anybody else, I've come to see that it's not the way that I as one of God's wonderfully chosen people are to treat anybody so I asked God to take my attitude of not enough.

Second:  The "Always More Than Enough" Mentality

I learned that this prayer is a lot more dangerous than it looks. : )  When I prayed that prayer, something interesting happened to me.  Let me tell you what I thought was going to happen.  I thought that by asking God for more than enough, it would launch me into getting more than enough goodness from God and from others in my life, and I believe to a smaller extent then previously though of, that this is true, but I wasn't prepared to receive what God was going to give me after that prayer.

I was very surprised on the day I prayed this prayer to God.  It felt really good when I said, "Ok, God from now on I'm going to start believing that you are more than enough!"  After I prayed that prayer, something interesting happened to me.  I performed praise and worship at a "bring a friend" church service cookout about a half hour out of my city area, already after leading our praise and worship service in the morning, so I was a little tired.  After I played the praise and worship at this afternoon event, a man from the church stepped on the stage and asked everyone for an offering in exchange for some cup cakes; he was raffling and just expecting a couple of dollars extra with the leftover cupcakes from the cake walk they had to raise money for the church.  Usually, I would over look such a request, but this time, for some odd reason, I just couldn't shake this feeling to give this man twenty dollars, even though I had already given my church tithe.., even though just an hour ago  I had agreed with my wife to give a hundred dollars to a family in need, and even though I wasn't really hungry for cake and the cake didn't really look like it was worth twenty dollars!  I ignored the voice (that is the conviction I was feeling) for a while, but I couldn't shake it for long!  I thought to myself, "God, I did enough! I didn't even have to come all the way over to this church that is out of town today! I already played praise and worship at my own church this morning! It's Sunday! And I just want to rest!  I went to this place to perform, isn't that enough?"  But God said to me, "You prayed to believe in a God who is more than enough. So I want you to have the same character as you believe that I am."  It literally blew my mind that I had been praying for God to be this or that, not realizing that this is the character God was expecting His people to resemble here on earth.  We often pray, "God, Your Kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven," But how often do we realize that we are to be the resemblance, in his likeness here on earth as it is in heaven by the power of His Holy Spirit's work in us to show His love to others, proving to this world that Christ is alive and truly in us?   I immediately took out one of my "thank you" cards, put a twenty in one of them and went directly to the mailbox to give the church his money.

What's the moral of the story?  Be careful what you wish for! Just kidding!  Understand that God wants the best for you and His character is the best for you :) Pray for the grace to accept being used as His instrument in His likeness here on this earth as it is in heaven.  I pray God will bless you today as you walk uniquely in the attitude of His Only Son, Jesus Christ today.

If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Extra Notes : )

Even that evening, I was feeling the same thing when I visited my sister on that same Sunday evening.  Going to visit my sister on Sunday after already traveling 45 minutes out of town to play worship at a place where I didn't "have to" be at to perform in the first place was already what I considered a challenge, and then God tests me again. : ) My sister, Tiffanie's friend, David was also there to visit Tiffanie.  He had a business card that he had for Tiffanie that he left in his car.  When I was ready to go, he asked if he could give the card to me so I could give it to her later.  That means that I would either have to go with him out to the car and come all the way back to the sixth floor to give a small little card back to my sister or I would have to take the card from him and try to remember to give to my sister at some later day which I was too busy to do. The way Tiffanie's friend is, very kind and humble, you want to do him a favor so I agreed to go with him to his car.  David game me the business card and I could feel this conviction saying, "Jeremy, go back and give to Tiffanie the business card.."  I thought, "God, I have already been out of town, lead praise and worsihp twice today, visited my pastor, visited my sister...Can't I just not give this card to my sister today?"  But the conviction was so strong, so I said, "Okay!"  I walked up and my sister was delighted to see me and she took the business card.  

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