We’re now on the third installment of The Abundant Life series, about overcoming a scarcity mindset. Today, we will discuss how praise is an abundant antidote in our “not enough” thinking patterns.
How often do you praise God for who he is, compared to how often you think “not-enough” thoughts?
That question isn’t meant to shame you. It’s meant to help you replacing your “not-enough” thoughts with praise.
Last week we talked about using gratitude to reorient our perspective. Praise is another way we can shed the scarcity mindset.
Here, I’ll show you how I plug praise into the “not-enough” list I used last week. Please read over it slowly, applying it to your life situations.
Time = I praise you as the Lord of time, because you created a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) You have created abundant time for me.
Money = I praise you as the Lord over all, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10) You will not leave me destitute, because You provide abundantly.
Clothing = I praise you for clothing the flowers of the field more beautifully than King Solomon. (Matthew 6:29) You will clothe me beautifully and abundantly as well.
Food = I praise you for caring so lovingly for common sparrows, and feeding them year after year. (Matthew 6:26) Because you care for them, you will ever more abundantly care for me.
Savings = I praise you for giving me a heavenly inheritance that will never pass away, and is stored up in abundance for me. (1 Peter 1:4)
Protection = Lord, I praise you as my rock, fortress, deliverer, strength, shield, stronghold, and refuge. (Psalm 18) I find abundant safety in your arms.
Connections = Jesus, I praise you for calling me your friend. (John 15:14) Your friendship gives me abundant satisfaction.
Social influence = Lord, I praise you for choosing me to spread the knowledge of you in my circles, whether they are small or large. (2 Corinthians 2:14) You give me abundant opportunities.
Patience = God, I praise you for giving me examples of patience through your Word. (James 5:10) You give me abundant lessons for living.
Faith = I praise you for giving me faith to believe you, which unlocks the riches of your love. (Ephesians 3:16-18) I can have abundant faith because of you.
Prayer = I praise you, Father, for granting me your great power through prayer. (Matthew 21:21-22) My prayers will work abundant good in your world.
Perseverance = I praise you for giving me reason to persevere, that my faith would be mature and abundant. (James 1:2-4) You provide me with abundant encouragement.
Performance = I praise you, Jesus, for reminding me of my worth. I don’t need to work to prove my worth to you. (Matthew 10:31) I find abundant affirmation in your presence.
Love = Father in heaven, I praise you for choosing me to be your precious child. (1 John 3:1) Your love is abundant, and I am filled up when I draw near to you.
Only God in his abundance can help me overcome my scarcity mindset. When I focus on his abundance, I feel his peace steal over me.
While writing that last section, my spirit was elevated in praise. Friend, I hope that reading this today has granted you extra peace as well. I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Join me next week as we discuss one final way to live the abundant life with God’s help. Then get ready for a new holiday series with a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway beginning November 2!
Questions for you:
- What attribute of God do you find most comforting? Why?
- Which verse inspired you the most today?
- How will you use praise to fight your scarcity mindset, next time a “not-enough” thought enters your mind?
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