September 1, 2017.    Pastor Charles
FROM SHORTAGE TO SURPLUS

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8


Shortage is defined as scarcity, sparseness, dearth, poverty, insufficiency, deficiency, inadequacy, famine, lack, want, deficit, shortfall, rarity. Surplus is defined as excess, surfeit, superabundance, superfluity, oversupply, profusion, plethora, plenty, more than enough, remainder.

It’s obvious that these are two diametrically opposite words. They describe two worlds that naturally would rarely meet in the lifetime of one individual. However, supernaturally, the story can be different. As a believer, you have a promise that you can walk from the realm of shortage to the realm of surplus. That is, you can walk from a realm where you do not have enough to a realm where you have more than you need.

If you have shortages in specific areas of your life, I can assure you that that is not good news. I was raised as a child in abject poverty. We were, “so poor that the poor called us poor.” We lived in the market in the northern Nigerian town of Kano and slept on torn cartons that traders had discarded because we couldn’t afford a mat. That is certainly not good news. Most families who were like us – stayed that way. However, we broke free because we heard the good news and believed it. The good news is that you can walk away from that realm to the realm of surplus. That is God’s desire for every child of His, and that is my desire for you. You need to know that it is possible.

I have made up my mind that I will operate in the realm of surplus. I have made up my mind that my sons will never taste poverty. The Blessing is in our family now, and it has brought surplus with it. Hallelujah! Have you made up your mind that you will do the same? You also have to make up your mind that you’re going to operate in the realm of surplus.

Confession: I have made up my mind to live and operate in the realm of surplus. I walk away from the realm of shortage to the realm of surplus.