Your Thoughts Determine Your Life

by Creflo Dollar |

Have you ever known someone who had a poverty mentality? You can usually tell by the words he or she speaks. It is an attitude that never expects anything above and beyond its current reality. People with a poverty mind-set are content and satisfied with lack and insufficiency, even when it is clearly destroying their lives. Their surroundings, attitude, words, and decisions reflect a way of thinking that does not trust God for provision. As a result, they continue to experience poverty in many areas of their lives.

Poverty involves lack, and it is not limited to the financial realm. Anytime we are lacking something in an area of our lives, poverty is present. A person can be poor where his or her relationships are concerned, or even mentally and emotionally. If people are lacking good health, they are poor where their physical condition is concerned. You see, poverty is designed to affect and infect all aspects of the human experience, which is why the enemy wants to keep people in the dark about what God has made available to them through His Word.

Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge.” What we don’t know can hurt us, which is why we must read the Bible and obtain knowledge from God’s Word that can be applied to our everyday lives. As it pertains to lack and poverty, God has a lot to say. He wants us to live an abundant life that lacks nothing! Not sure abundance is really His will or not? Take a look at what the Bible has to say.

In John 10:10 Jesus says, “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.” The abundant life, which covers the spirit, soul, and body (or physical realm) is the reason why Jesus came to the earth! He wants us to be whole in our finances, health, relationships, and emotions. For us to be a part of God’s kingdom and be in lack means there is something we don’t understand or are not executing from God’s Word. Since poverty is a curse, and a curse doesn’t come without a cause, we must examine our lives for sin and determine whether we are renewing our minds with the Word of God in specific areas.

When lack and poverty govern the way we think, our outer circumstances will reflect that inward state of being, and we will make choices that only push us further into poverty. Third John 2 says that as our spirit and soul are prospering, our physical condition will prosper as well. The key to a life of prosperity is to develop an inner image of it, which only comes by way of the Word of God. When we take the Word and meditate on it constantly, it becomes rooted in our spirits, and the result is a changed mind-set. When the Word is the absolute governing force in our lives, the abundant life will be seen in our outward circumstances. There will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we are living the blessed life.

God’s desire for us to prosper and not be in lack is not just so we can live the good life. He wants us to be so filled and overflowing with abundant life that we have a surplus of blessings to bestow upon others. Whether it is financial and material resources, wisdom, love, healing, or deliverance, we can impact others more effectively when our lives are free from poverty.

Take some time to examine your life and locate areas where poverty has gotten a foothold. Change your thinking by renewing your mind with God’s Word. As your thinking changes, your feelings, decisions, and actions will follow suit. As your soul prospers, so will your life!


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