Scarcity and Abundance are a study in contrasts. There’s a reason for that—it illustrates the diametrically opposing pull on our hearts, our minds, even our bodies.

Scarcity is at the heart of our sin nature. It’s so much a part of us that we don’t even recognize it. Lack of peace, hopelessness, fear and anxiety, doubt, jealousy, insecurity, guilt–reduce those down, like syrup on the stovetop, and you’ll be left with the undiluted bitter taste of Scarcity. It’s an overpowering mindset that flavors and colors everything. “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7, nasb).

But Jesus promised followers a life of Abundance, not one hobbled by Scarcity’s tight grasp on our heel. And he clearly indicated it was available to us now, not just “waiting for pick up” at Heaven’s pearly gates. (John 10:10).

So how do we get from Scarcity to Abundance in our everyday, burnt toast moments?

Through the Word of God. Scripture shifts our perspective from one of Scarcity to one of sufficiency, of abundance. The Holy Spirit works through God’s Word to correct our thinking, shape and redirect our focus, and restore a healthy, lively two-way communication with our Maker.

Less of us, more of God.

Scarcity says… “Change (whatever kind of change you’re hoping for) is impossible. It is what it is. Give up now.”

Abundance answers… “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Ephesians 3:20, msg).

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