We are making plans for our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference October 9th but this week we found out there are two other events on the same weekend. This could cause worry, but I choose to trust in God’s provision and to remember how He has blessed this event in the past.
This morning I was reading in Mark 8 about Jesus’s feeding of 4000 people, using only seven loaves of bread and two fish. After the disciples witnessed this miraculous event, they got back into their boat, and realized they only had one loaf of bread for their journey. They fretted. Had they not just seen how Jesus multiplied the bread? Didn’t they understand He could do it again?
Sometimes we forget what the LORD has provided in the past, and we focus on the potential problems rather than the problem solver—Jesus.
I have been reading a book by Kris Valloton and Bill Johnson, pastors at Bethel Church in Redding, California. It’s called The Supernatural Ways of Royalty. In this book, Vallotton talks about the “pauper” mentality he had to overcome, due to his dysfunctional childhood. He says “a pauper is born into insignificance. He grows up, he learns through life that he has no value and his opinions don’t really matter. Therefore, when he becomes a king, he is important to the world around him, but he still feels insignificant in the kingdom that lies within him.”
Even at this point in my life, I have to fight a pauper mentality due to my own dysfunctional childhood, as in the case of our Level-Up Women’s Conference. I could believe that our numbers will be down, or that we don’t compare favorably to other events, but Jesus promises abundance to us as daughters and sons of the King. It is the enemy of our souls who wants us to think differently. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “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.”
We have a royal inheritance and we have to expect that He will provide as He has before, and this royal provision will be more than we ever imagined. I refuse to have a pauper mindset.
What about you? As a believer in Christ, do you let the circumstances around you rule your thinking, or do you trust the God of abundance who wants to shower you with His provision because of your royal standing? It’s a choice we all have to make.