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Summary: God desires for us to live in abundance. But what does that mean? How do we manifest abundance in our life?

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Abundance

1 Kings 17

 God has intended for us to live life in abundance.

John 10:10 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.

 What does abundance mean?

• dense

• thick

• abounding

• crammed full

• jammed

• jam-packed

• packed

• chock-full

Abundance speaks of increase.

Having more than enough.

 How do we manifest abundance?

There are two perspectives we need to understand and flow in to manifest abundance – sowing and reaping

1 King 17:7-16

7 And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

 There are some today, who are in a drought.

 Your brook has dried up

 There hasn’t been any rain in your land lately.

8 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

 Even in a dry season the word of the Lord will come.

9 "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you."

 Where He makes a commission, He will give a provision.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, "Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink."

11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, "Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand."

 Elijah was bold enough to lay-hold of what God promised.

 Despite what things looked like, He did as the Lord instructed.

 Here comes the word of the Lord to this woman. She can reject it or receive it.

12 So she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die."

 She begins to analyze her situation in the natural.

 She can only see from her view point.

 It causes her to question the word of the Lord.

 It causes her to have no hope.

 It causes her to speak death, instead of life.

13 And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.

 Elijah wants to get her eyes off the natural circumstances.

 Again Elijah exercises great boldness in ignoring her plea.

14 "For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ’The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’"

 Elijah had a word of wisdom.

 He didn’t have that word until that moment.

 Because he was obedient and stepped out.

 He was faithful, so God entrusted him with more.

 This was a big word, it took great faith to speak it.

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.


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