Today I want to share with you how I keep my faith activated until I see results without abundance thinking or manifestation tools. I had to grow my business after an identity theft for almost a million dollars and in the beginning of the great recession.
I’d be lying to say I didn’t feel completely d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-e in the beginning. Some of it was because I wasn’t sure I had what it took to coach and be successful and then next do I have what it takes to grow and be profitable. Almost everything I found on mindset training early on in my business was abundance or manifestation thinking from a universal perspective. As in I visualize, I love myself and I expect the “universe” wants to send me blessings.
It was SO FRUSTRATING because I needed basic how to get leads consistently business training and the people I saw were either super hype, talk about me,me,me and my millions I have made for everyone, wine glasses in the air (like sign me up, she drinks wine and takes great vacations) or literally one with the universe people. I literally found no one doing no cussing, no hype or non fear-based business coaching (that’s when you drive people with how they are going to miss out over and over again, or stay poor, naked and alone.) You laugh until you see it over and over again. Sigh.
And here’s the thing I never hear anyone explain and I might be the only one who had to solve this but honestly I think in the church we need to do a better job on pointing out what’s at the heart of all the abundance thinking. It’s idolatrous and I will explain to you why I think that and why I never would attend any business coach training that used this. Or at least twice:) I can eat the chicken and spit out the bones but don’t want to choke to death and pay good money for an underlying rip current to my faith. I think God has better for those who love him. So let me explain what I say all this.
First of all, let’s be on the same page about what idolatry means. To me, it’s anything that distracts from the cross and Jesus Christ as Lord and savior of the world. He died because we were sinners and could not be reconciled by our own efforts and return to co-creating (stewarding in the garden) with the Father a life that glorifies Him. All blessings flow from Jesus and the Father so to try and go around Him and get your own way without acknowledging Jesus is Lord means you’re trying go around the door and into the wide path. First question for anyone who you follow in business should be, Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way and all blessings flow from Him. If they can’t say yes or they say I believe there are lots of ways, walk away. Here’s a great read on Rees Howell intercessor about how he prayed in faith and fed orphans supernaturally. This man will change your prayer life!
Next, I think you need to be clear about your identity in Christ (prayer & dealing with spiritual warfare) and also about solidifying your personal leadership identity (boundaries, skills and talents) Here’s a video that explains that if you are not sure what I am talking about. This is important because you have to grow your LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS in conjunction with your PRAYER LIFE if you want to be profitable in business. Every year you have to be generating new leads, solving problems and serving people well.
Third, I believe God has called us to co-create our lives with Him by discerning our natural talents, spiritual gifts and stewarding them with excellence. We aren’t to sit around waiting on some angel or prophetic person to give us a word of God. Before the Fall we were placed to name and steward and work with God. God expects us to grow what he gives us without hiding due to not understanding his nature. This is clear in the parable about the faithful steward.
Fourth, Christ came to show us how to overcome the adversary and become ambassadors for Him in our work. And this is where I think there is not enough teaching in the church and why I wrote 4 Phases Of Spiritual Warfare because not everyone is called into full time ministry and honestly, most Christians underestimate that spiritual success comes from laying down your life and learning how to overcome adversity God’s way. Sometimes people want to pick how God will use them instead of just being okay with what he worked into their lives and what people really need. This in my perspective is how messages are created that glorify God. They come from tests being turned into TESTIMONIES. If you can align your natural love for teaching into a speaking or coaching business that glorifies God this is a no brainer for me. Sign me up!
Fifth, here’s my interpretation of the abundance/manifestation thoughts. It’s about solving lack, failure and other fear-based thinking through repeating to yourself you are just wonderful and aligning yourself with a core belief of Hey! Everything is going to work out great if you just believe that the universe wants to work with you and not against you. Here’s the problem with that. I believe without Christ I am a HOT MESS. Ask my husband. Ask my kids. I have an enemy who wants to kill, steal and destroy my faith, my marriage, my children and my testimony. God has told me to sober and diligent and do certain things to preserve unity, stay in fellowship with other believers and be able to point people towards Christ as the one and only Lord and savior of the universe.
Now let me explain abundance through your identity in Christ and a faith filled mindset:
God has given you a spirit of power, love and sound mind. Your mission is to make disciples in your family, your friendships and in your work. You are an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony and you love your life not even unto death. Not everything will work out to make you happy or feel good. You will be hated and persecuted for standing up for Christ. However, God says to you, the plans he has for you are to prosper you and to bring you to an expected end so that you can be a light on a hill. He’s going to send you to preach, teach and pray for people to be healed because you faced adversity in Christ and God gave you grace to get through it. He says to forcefully deal with demonic forces with prayer, fasting and speaking the word to invisible and oppressive forces. And guess what? You’re seated with Christ in the heavenlies far above powers and high places so walk in your authority today and use your identity in Christ. You are a force to be reckoned with because of the work He did.
Note: You will never hear these abundance people talk about prayer, fasting and preaching Christ resurrected. Why? Because they are drawing you away from dependence on Christ and into self reliance.
Here’s a couple sum ups:
- I believe if you want to finish your faith strong and be successful in your personal leadership and business, you will have to solve with militancy how your going to overcome self-limiting beliefs. This is the stuff you say to yourself when you feel lack, the places in your identity where you are incongruent (say one thing, do another) and what you do when you when you are stressed beyond belief. These 3 things will make or break your success. This is primarily what I teach in my Leadership Track because the statistics say that up to 50% of the church come from an addiction based background. That’s a lot of stinking thinking!
- In today’s video I talk to you about some practical examples of how to keep your faith activated in prayer and match your confession with it until you see results. This works in your personal life and business without new age techniques. I share with you time tested breakthrough tips I use.
- Here’s the Mindset Retreat I do once a year in November. I go into more training on Abundance there.
If you have any questions, just post them below! Love, Bec:)