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The Norm of Being in Need

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

– 2 Corinthians 9:8

Did you know that the default in our culture is to be afraid and in need? It’s the norm to be hurried and to have a life characterized by worry; in fact, it is one of the ways people try to manage you. By playing into your fear and leaning into your lack, you can easily be controlled by those who promise to relieve it. If it’s with the next great product, book, or career opportunity, culture has made an art out of getting you to do what you’re supposed to do, whether it’s buying a product, pursuing an appearance, or working tirelessly at a job.

Because of society’s mentality of lack, it’s actually weird to say and believe that you have all you need and that you lack nothing. When someone asks you how you are, it’s more normal to respond with “I’m busy,” or “I’m stressed out,” or “I don’t know how I’m going to pay my bills.” Imagine going into work on Monday and when your co-worker greets you and asks you how you are, you respond with, “I have everything I need. I lack nothing!” How do you think people would respond to that? While it may come as a shock at first, I’m willing to bet it would get their attention in a positive way!

Friend, though you might have shortcomings or addictions and although you may have made mistakes or have things that you still wrestle with, the Lord is your Shepherd so you lack nothing! Because you are in Him, you have tremendous abundance, not only of monetary resources, but of joy, love and peace. In a world that is constantly striving to have more, you are full and satisfied. No matter what your circumstances say, the Lord says that you are protected, cared for, sheltered, taken care of, provided for and blessed! Isn’t that amazing news?

Prayer


Lord Jesus, I am thankful that in you, I have everything that I need. Though the world tempts me to focus on my lack, I choose to focus on your abundant supply.

Reflection


Do you feel controlled by the world’s appeal to your lack? What truth can you counter those messages with?

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4 Responses

  1. What a great message! It does seem the world is all hurry and worry. Why the hurry? I was thinking of this last night while watching a movie. My husband and I have a hard time understanding the words actors speak as they speak too fast and don’t pronounce words properly or enunciate properly so we started using the Closed Caption on our TV. (By the way, we are not deaf). Now, even the closed caption goes too fast to read! WHY? What is the hurry? Feel free to tell people this. I’m sure many will agree.

  2. The one basic truth is that if we put our trust completely in Jesus Christ.He is able to
    satisfy any basic need or desire.Whether it is for healing or something else just ask in prayer and he answers you.I hope and pray that The Hour of Power will continue to reach out to the millions of people all around the world with positive uplifting messages of hope and healing. I pray especially for Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family.May God bless the congregation of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church along with the Hour of Power choir and orchestra. It will be four years of being cancer free for me. Praise God for that miracle.

  3. The post reminded me of the following:

    Job 1:21 King James Version (KJV)

    21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

  4. The post reminded me of the following:

    Job 1:21 King James Version (KJV)

    21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

    For some reason, my post is not being accepted! It says it is a “duplicate”
    I have no memory of posting this before…….

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