A scarcity mindset is a way of thinking that is focused on insufficiency, lack and need. A Christian with a scarcity mindset struggles with a deep-set belief that there is not enough—and never shall be.
Signs of a scarcity mindset include:
• Fear or anxiety related to provision
• Lack of faith and anticipation regarding what God can and will do
• Negative thinking and speaking
• Inability to make progress in any area of life—especially a ministry call
A scarcity mindset results in an invisible boundary that holds us back from receiving and being all that God has for us.
Scarcity thinking can develop over a long period in a person’s life as a belief system. History, experiences and personality can all play a factor in developing a mindset of limitation.
A scarcity mindset can become established in someone’s thinking—and when it does, it can become a spiritual stronghold that results in demonic oppression.
The good news is that God has provided a way of freedom! (2 Cor 10:3-5)
When a Scarcity Mindset Creeps in
A scarcity mindset can also sneak up on us unawares.
When we are waiting for breakthrough and answers to prayer for others or ourselves, it can be very easy to focus on the need, and what we don’t have, and that our answer to prayer hasn’t yet manifested.
We know that we serve a powerful God, and yet all around us there is need, such as illness, or financial problems, or people with hearts hardened towards God. If we focus primarily on the needs, our vision becomes distorted. It may seem as though we are looking up from the bottom end of a funnel that is broad and wide at the top, but narrow at the receiving end—our end.
And a mindset of scarcity can creep in.
Gradually, our perspective becomes defined more by what we have not yet received, than what our Father is willing to give.
The Power of Thanksgiving to Break a Mindset of Scarcity
Thanksgiving—the act of giving thanks to God—is a powerful means of breaking a scarcity mindset. It is moving in the opposite spirit.
Giving thanks to God focuses our minds on the salvation and inheritance that He has made freely available to us through Jesus.
The ‘sacrifice of praise’ is thanksgiving and praise that we give as a sacrifice in the middle of the trial. (Heb 13:15) It is an act of faith and obedience. It is also a weapon of spiritual warfare. (Ps 149:6)
But there is another form of thanksgiving—one that does not arise from our position of need, but from capturing a fresh vision of Who our Father is; His generosity, His abundance, His willingness.
A Revelation of our Generous Father
Recognising that we are becoming prone to an attitude and mindset of scarcity—and being intentional about thanksgiving, can help us break its power over our thinking.
But there is also another way of breakthrough.
And that is, asking the Holy Spirit to give us a fresh revelation of God as our Father, and His nature of generosity.
Jesus said, ‘Anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father.’ (John 14:9)
During Jesus’ years of ministry, He revealed the generosity of His Father:
• Freely giving deliverance whenever it was needed. (Matt 8:16)
• Healing ‘all who came to Him’ for healing (Matt 12:15, 14:14)
• Feeding thousands with a few fish and loves of bread. (Matt 14,15)
• Offering salvation to sinners and outcast (Luke 15)
Paul later wrote,
‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.’(Eph 1:7-8a)
We have not only received salvation in abundance—Paul also refers to the ‘all things’ of God.
‘What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?’ (Rom 8:31-32)
The heart of the father is to give and release—not reluctantly, but lavishly.
What are the ‘all things’ that Father is speaking to you about today?
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