The Path from Insanity to Abundance
Jesus Christ longs to touch your life. He pleads for you to turn your eyes and heart towards Him. He yearns for your outstretched hand that He may touch you. He hungers to give you victory in life where you are experiencing defeat. His purpose for you is to love you so much that you end up spending an eternity in His Kingdom, living in royalty, joy, peace, and wholeness. Not just in heaven, but also here on earth. He wants to take your failures and turn them into resounding successes. He wants to take your weaknesses and make them strengths. He wants to take your depression and make it hope. He wants to turn your sadness into joy. And He doesn’t want to wait until you fulfill some set of ministry classes, give a bunch of money to church, or even have you attending church every Sunday for 5 years. He wants to do this now.
So what’s He waiting for?
He is waiting for you! He is waiting for you to ask Him for His blessings. Seems simple enough doesn’t it? It can be, but we Christians tend to make things very difficult for ourselves. Obviously you must be saved and Spirit-filled (see the page on this blog called “Entering the Kingdom” for instructions on how to accomplish these two mandatory steps.) Once that is accomplished, the windows of heaven can be opened to you and God will pour out more abundance than you can contain.
Okay, fine. You’re probably thinking that there must be a catch. Well, there is, sort of.
God requires that you take some action. I’m not talking about going around handing out tracts or getting involved in feeding the hungry—although both are noble Christian callings. I’m talking about taking certain actions that are based on your faith and in increasing your faith. Things such as breaking the power of the devil in your life by speaking the Word of God and taking authority over evil spirits. I’m talking about speaking the Word of God over every situation in your life. I’m talking about reading and studying the Word of God so that it can get down into your heart. I’m talking about learning how to pray and converse with God on a regular basis. I’m talking about praising and worshipping God. I’m talking about forgiving all people with whom you now hold hard feelings. And I’m talking about getting a vivid picture of some of the ways that God has planned to bless your life abundantly. These are all things that we do. These are all things that both require faith and will increase faith. I will address all of them in future posts.
The actions of Jesus Christ have made it possible for us to have an abundant life, not one of poverty, lack, destruction, tribulations, sickness, and disease. Jesus succinctly describes these two opposing conditions in the Book of John.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
God presents us with two clear alternatives. One is tribulation and destruction and the other is abundant life. Not just life, although that is better than eternal death, but abundant life. Notice that there is nothing in-between. You are either living life more abundantly, or you are playing around on the other side of the coin—where the devil lives. You’ll find this same two-sided alternative presented many times and in many different ways in the Bible. But each time God says the same thing—choose life, or choose destruction; you are either with God with 100% of your being, or you are against Him.
Sadly, most Christians have tried to create something in-between these two alternatives. They are not living in victory and abundance, but they believe that they are also not heading towards destruction. This is a place of insanity—it is double minded—which to me, is another way of saying “crazy.” This is why most churches have so many problems and so many people living in defeated lives.
I’ve spent the better part of the past 30 years trying to live in this in-between state. Trying to live for God to be holy and righteous, but at the same time trying to live my life according to the ways of the world. Believe me, there have been many times where I did indeed realize that this is the very definition of insanity. Never mind the cliché definition of insanity offered by the world—you know the one “insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.” That definition doesn’t even come close to the insanity of trying to live in the Kingdom of God with one foot still firmly rooted in the ways of the world.
Most churches only manage to help increase the intensity of such insanity. The religious systems devised by humans have mostly ignored the power of God. They try to have God and His Kingdom, but without His power. They want the pretty, lovely verses, but do nothing to deliver devils out of people, to lay hands on people and heal them, and to help people live an abundant life. In fact, they seem to encourage the side where “to kill, to steal, and to destroy” lives. I often wonder whose side they are on. I don’t want to be part of a church where teaching is being offered that is not accompanied by signs and wonders, healings, and deliverance. Such churches exist on the wrong side of the coin because it doesn’t require a face-to-face, personal encounter with God.
This is the crux of creating a double-minded mess. You cannot be part of God’s Kingdom and still live in poverty, sickness and destruction. There is no defeat in God’s Kingdom. So if you are not fully engaged in His program, even though you call yourself a Christian, you have placed yourself in the program of the enemy. You are living a life of insanity where you are really trying to survive with a split personality.
So let’s get us out of the path of insane destruction and get firmly on the path of abundance. I am personally adamant that I no longer want the enemy to have victory in my life. I no longer want to see periods blessing followed by insane periods of personal destruction. I no longer want the enemy to steal from me. The roller coaster has to stop. I only want to move up, higher, closer, nearer to the blessings of abundance that we are all promised if we walk in His ways.
How about you? Are you ready to journey towards blessings, joy, peace, wholeness, and victory? I’m certain you are. So let’s get this journey started.
Copyright (c) 2011, Craig Tanner