Tuesday 26 January 2021

The Power of Dreams (Part Twelve): The Abundant Mentality.

Not Power, but By Grace
And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. (Genesis 11:6, AMP)
We continue with our fifth example, David, a man after God’s own heart.

There is a Time. There is a Season:

David had several opportunities to kill Saul and take over the kingdom by force, but the hand of the Lord humbled him. [1 Samuel 24:5] That is the power of dreams! Dreams give you an abundance mentality. It helps you understand there is enough to go around. There is enough wealth available to go around for everyone. It is not a zero-sum game. It is not a finite game. It is an infinite game. 
"To be a winner in life and in business you must act like a winner, and what better way to do that than to emulate the habits of highly successful people." - Peter Legge.
There is an infinite set of possibilities and outcomes. It is not about competing with someone else. It is about competing with your own self. Just how much of the evil in our world today will be taken away if we can tap into the abundance that is in God through dreams. All the envying, coveting, competitions, backbiting, front-deceiving, and the likes will all be taken away. 
"All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." - Brian Tracy.

When we know the power of dreams, we will understand that we can create the world we want. And, not feel we have to compete with others for the seemingly little we think is available. Having a Poverty (Scarcity, Poor) Mentality is only natural. It is only natural for weeds, thistles, and thorns to grow on the soil. They are a result of the fall. They come naturally. [Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:20-22]

If we want an Abundance Mentality we need to cultivate it. It does not come naturally. It is found upstream. This is where Jacob missed it. It wasn’t God’s will for him to trick the brother of his birthright. The end does not justify the means. In God, the means are just as important as the end, if we want an abundance mentality.

Our God is not just the God of the Beginning and the End. He is the God of the In-Betweens just as well.

The In-Betweens of Life:

Our God does His greatest works in the in-betweens of life. That is where growth occurs. That is where transformation, becoming, and taking hold occurs. That is where God lives, in the in-betweens of our lives. It is where the miracle of life takes place. Those who are under the Abundance Mentality find rest in the in-between of their lives. They are the Isaiah 28:16 people. They are not moved or disturbed by temporal things. 

They understand things are always in a state of flux. Nothing is permanent. Everything has an expiry date. Therein is wisdom. Heraclitus puts it like this, "There is nothing permanent except change." Good is not permanent. It either becomes better or worse. Bad is not permanent. It either becomes better or worse. The night is not permanent. It either becomes darker or dawn breaks through. Nothing is permanent except change.

This is both comforting and discomforting all at the same time. It reminds us life is growth. Death is a lack of life, a lack of growth, and the prerequisite disciplines. Death is a rut, a grave with both ends open. That is what you get when you stop engaging and exercising yourself in and with disciplines. That is where you are headed when you do not have a goal, target, dream, or vision. That is fate when one's life is not directed and motivated by strong reasons.

Nothing is permanent. Let the change work in your favor. Dream a dream, live the dream, walk the dream and keep growing.

© 2020 Akin Akinbodunse

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