We choose how abundantly we live.
“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity… I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live,” Deuteronomy 30:15, 19
These verses are from the Old Testament but they are just as true for our lives today, except God hasn’t just placed the abundant life before us, He’s placed it in us. His grace lives in us because Jesus lives in us. That’s what makes the abundant life available. However, its availability doesn’t mean it will automatically happen for us. We choose whether or not abundance will become a reality.
How do we make this choice?
With the words we speak.
This truth is so opposed to everything we’re told by the world and our experiences. We’re taught to believe that our lives are a matter of chance and that we have little to no control over what happens to us. This kind of thinking isn’t just from the world, it’s from the devil. It makes us believe we are powerless. If we believe that we’re powerless, we’ll just accept our circumstances and never use the grace and power of God within us.
Without even thinking about it, we’ll have chosen the curse and adversity instead of the abundant life. We’ll only speak about the problems in our lives and the grace of God will go untouched within us.
But, if we choose to start speaking abundance even when we can’t see it, our lives will begin to change.
We imitate our Heavenly Father and speak what we want to see, not what we’re seeing right now.
“Abraham believed when he stood in the presence of the God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that don’t even exist,” Romans 4:17 (GW)
If all we see in our marriage is strife and bitterness, we need to stop speaking about strife and bitterness. We have to make a conscious choice to speak peace and blessing about our spouse and our marriage. Doing this will release the grace of God in us and allow it to work in our marriage.
We can apply this principle to any area of our lives and see abundance flow, but it’s entirely up to us. Nobody else can make the decision for us. The God-kind of life is waiting on the other side.