Growth versus Decay

GOD is Love thus Love is constant and… infinite.  Other aspects of this physical life are in flux, either growth or decay.  We grow physically or we decay physically.  We grow spiritually or we decay spiritually and “grow cold”:

Matthew 24:12   And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.   NKJV

As we walk in Love we open the door for growth, blessing, and prosperity.  The Pentecostal age gave the “prosperity” message a bad reputation because Love was not at the center of its motive, lust was.  Lust was subtly disguised as bringing forth the Gospel and half-truths were used to justify the building of large ministries that tended to benefit a select group of entitled ministers while many of their donors were barely making ends meet.  Jesus did not operate in this manner.  Many of these ministries were exposed for their sin.  However, the Word of GOD is still powerful even when someone with sin in his life proclaims the Word.  Every Word of Our Heavenly Father has the power within itself to cause itself to come to pass.  Spiritual Laws work in spite of the delivery by lawless ones.  Rain falls on the unjust as well as the just.

Jesus promotes life, fruitfulness, and growth: 

John 10:10   The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.  KJV

Many would limit this abundance to be spiritual only but Jesus never operated in scarcity in His ministry.  When He needed food, He multiplied it.  When He needed tax money, He located it.  When He saw a need, He supplied the need.  However, He was always motivated by Love.  He didn’t have to hoard resources during His ministry.  He made sure that the twelve disciples were fully supplied.  We read nowhere that the disciples were deprived during His ministry on earth.  His parables indicated that life and blessing were associated with those who pursued the fullness of a relationship with Our Heavenly Father.  Fruitfulness is the mandate of the overcomers, not scarcity.  The “double fruitfulness” type and shadow of Ephraim as an overcomer denotes blessing.

Abuse and misuse of Biblical truths do not negate the life in them.  We must change our thinking, clear the slate, and build upon the foundation of Love.  As our intent becomes Love-based, we are now ready to produce a hundredfold return of fruitfulness.  The fruitfulness will be in the spiritual realm but the physical realm will be aligned as well for it must submit to the spiritual.  We should believe that it is Our Heavenly Father’s good pleasure to bless us rather than force us to live a life of lack and scarcity in order to pass some perpetual test of commitment.  Yes, there will be times of testing of our faith, but not forever.

Are you in growth mode or decay mode?  If you are in decay, persistent scarcity, or lack, you may want to reassess your priorities.  A foundation of Love is the highest priority.

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