Pastor Jason Miller // Discipleship Pastor
Jesus’ greatest miracle was saving, redeeming and restoring rebellious people back to God.
Scarcity Thinking, or the “Poverty Mentality” is the false belief that no matter what you have you will never have enough.
Never Enough - The Greatest Showman “All the stars we steal from the nightsky Will never be enough Never be enough Towers of gold are still too little These hands could hold the world but it’ll Never be enough Never be enough”
Jesus is going to use a physical miracle to uncover the spiritual lies we believe and the truth of His Kingdom.
Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
John 6:7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Philip does what many of us do, he focuses on the human limitations, the scarcity, and not on the abundance of Jesus.
John 6:8-9 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
Jesus uses a physical miracle to reveal a spiritual lie and truth by taking the scarce resources of a child to reveal His abundant power and provision.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
God’s Kingdom is one of generous, over the top, bigger than you could ever imagine, lavish abundance! Why? Because you can never out give God!
Scarcity Thinking effects All Aspects of Our Lives (Physical, Emotional, Relational, Mental, Financial, Sexual, and Spiritual)
The Kingdom of Man is ruled and driven by scarcity, the fear of never having enough, but the Kingdom of God is one of abundance and life.
I want to give a holy invitation and challenge to those of us who are followers of Jesus. Because we believe in a God of abundance and not scarcity, instead of letting people fall from grace, we help them fall into the undeserving, abundant grace of Jesus?
Spotting the 10 Lies of Scarcity Thinking!
#1 Scarcity: I don’t have enough; Abundance: I have more than enough
#2 Scarcity: I need to hoard, stockpile; Abundance: I’m called to freely give
#3 Scarcity: Craves power and control in service of self; Abundance: Uses power and control in service to others
#4 Scarcity: Life happens to me, I’m a victim; Abundance: Life happens with me, I am victorious
#5 Scarcity: Avoids risk; Abundance: Looks for opportunity
#6 Scarcity: I’ve earned this; Abundance: I’m blessed with this
#7 Scarcity: Fueled by indifference; Abundance: Fueled by compassion
#8 Scarcity: Feels hopeless; Abundance: Is hopeful
#9 Scarcity: How much will it cost? Abundance: How much could it grow?
#10 Scarcity: Sees life people as competition; Abundance looks for Collaboration
It’s impossible to hold more, receive more, give more, experience more when your hands, heart and eyes are closed. Jesus wants you to renounce and repent of the lies of scarcity and believe in the God’s abundant provision.