November 2019 Bulletin

November Bulletin

Proverbs 11:24-26 KJV
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. [25] The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. [26] He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Happy new month and welcome to November 2019, our month of unusual fast in the RCCG family. As we engage in the force of fasting and prayers, may we enjoy unusual and unprecedented positive shakings with great happenings to the praise of the God of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
This month, we will be dealing with the subject of abundance from a comparative perspective. I am trusting God to open the eyes of our understanding to see what’s in stock for us as his choice children.

There are two kinds of people with mindsets which invariably dictates the two kinds of belief systems on the subject of abundance. They are:
1. People with scarcity mindset
2. People with abundance mindset
We will go into more details shortly but I’ll like us to do some juxtaposition. Remember we all live in the same world, but a major defining factor is the difference in our experiences. This is based on the fact that our minds magnetise what we generate as thoughts every time and everyday.

Proverbs 23:7 KJV
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”

Your heart is the center of the sum total of your experiences. If you think abundance, it will locate you someday. If you think scarcity, sure you now the answer.

Let us dwell a bit on the two mindsets one after the other.

Mindset of scarcity
The scarcity mindset says “there is not enough”. If you have scarcity mindset, you will always hoard things to yourself. You will always believe you need to safeguard yourself from loosing the “little” you have or you can see. You keep holding on to what you have. This set of people operate like a reservoir that doesn’t flow to other people’s lives in cash, kind, words, materials, etc. Holding on to what you have tends to loosing it. This mindset sees everything as “only for me”. They always believe there is not enough no matter what. Holding on to what you have keeps you from receiving more.

Mindset of abundance
The abundance mindset says “there is enough”. If you have this kind of mindset, you will never be poor again in life. You will always want to bless someone with what you have – regardless if its little or much. You understand that for you to get more, you need to give more. This set of people operate like a river that never stop flowing to other people’s lives in cash, kind, words, materials, etc. All that concerns them is how to share what they have. This mindset gives from what they have regardless of the quantity – plenty or scarce. This mindset believes there is more than enough.

Which mindset are you living with? The bible says in John 12:24 KJV “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Nothing changes for better when you hoard things to yourself. God designs life to flow not to hoard.
Generosity is the way to wealth.
Generosity is the licence to plenty.
Generosity is the bedrock of an enduring wealth.
Generosity is the road to escape poverty and enter wealth.
Whether to God or fellow human, giving is the same. God designs it this way.

Let me share with you two uncommon scriptures that will make you see this from the biblical perspective:

Deuteronomy 15:11 KJV
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

Deuteronomy 26:12 KJV
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

Did you see that? Did you notice God’s emphasis? :

Now, please permit me ask you few questions:

Why would you have your deep freezer loaded with almost a year’s food when your next door neighbor hasn’t eaten anything since yesterday?

Why would you throw a lavish and unnecessary party when your fellow parish member has just withdrawn his children from school because of lack of payment of school fees?

Why would you change your car yearly when your neighbor’s car develops fault daily and you profess to be a child of God? What have you done to help?

What is your dog doing with expensive food that would feed that poor family in your parish for a full week and they will not go hungry, begging or picking from the waste bin at the market junction?

Do you ever think about the game plan of salvation this way. God wanted us back, but he couldn’t just get us back without something very tangible leaving him. So according to John 3:16, he gave his only son Jesus, just to get many sons (you and I) back to himself. So for you to get more, you must give more. It is not till you hear the short message before offering that makes you give your offering. It should be because you know that you just need to give your offering as a sign of love and as a seed to getting more for tomorrow. Nothing goes for nothing.

In conclusion, we must realise that every time we give something (to God or man), it’s a seed. It will sure grow and the harvest will come sooner or later.
This one month fast must not just go and you still remain in your scarcity avenue when actually your place is on the highway of abundance.

God bless you.

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