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3/28/14 at 05:10 PM 0 Comments

Don't Settle for Beans and Rice

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Beans and rice
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One time, I received a letter from a young couple. They had both been raised in low-income families. All they saw modeled growing up was lack and struggle. Their families had accepted this lifestyle, but not this couple. They had been coming to Lakewood. They didn't have a "not enough" mentality; they had an abundance mentality. They knew God had a Promised Land of blessing in store for them.

So, they took a step of faith. On their very average incomes, they decided to build their own house. They didn't take out a loan. Whenever they had extra funds, they would buy the materials and hire the contractors. A couple of years later, they moved into this beautiful house in a nice neighborhood, all debt free. It was like God had multiplied their funds. Not long ago, they sold that house for twice what they had put into it. The lady wrote, "We never dreamed we would be blessed like we are today." She went on to say something interesting. She said, "My great-grandparents and my grandparents always told me that if I had beans and rice, that was good enough. But, I always knew one day I would have steak."

Today, I want to encourage you: If you're going to become everything God has created you to be, you've got to make up your mind like she did. Don't settle for beans and rice when God has a steak ready for you! Don't get stuck in the land of "Barely Enough" or the land of "Just Enough." Keep praying, believing, expecting, hoping, dreaming, working and being faithful until you make it all the way in to the land of "More Than Enough!"

Of course, there is nothing wrong with beans and rice. If that's where you are, thank God for provision! Just know that He wants to take you further. He wants you to set a new standard for your family. He is an overflow God, a God of more than enough. And as you follow His leading, He'll take you into the land of abundance that He has prepared for you!

 "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, NIV)

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