The prophet Elisha asked the widow in 2 Kings 4 this question. Even though the widow did not at first believe she had anything of value (“nothing but a little oil”), it started a chain reaction of supernatural debt cancellation and family breakthrough for her.
Let me ask you today, “What do you have?” Your response could start out like the widow’s: “I have nothing except a little . . . ” Basically, she was saying, “I have nothing valuable. I am at a disadvantage.”
Those who are still on the journey toward victorious mindsets focus on what they seemingly don’t have, rather than on what they do have.
I don’t have enough money
I don’t have enough time
I don’t have enough intelligence
I don’t have the right people in my life
I don’t have enough good looks
I don’t have enough courage
I don’t have enough energy
I don’t have enough skills
I don’t have enough education
I don’t have enough favor with the right people
I don’t have a good enough background or life-history
This ”lack mindset” is almost always a bigger problem than the problem. As long as we believe we are victims of what we don’t have, we won’t be able to place value on what we do have. When we don’t value something, we are at risk of losing it. “So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 25:28-29).
When the widow came under a prophetic influence, she began to place value on what she had (attaching faith to it), and it changed everything. This will happen to us too as we allow God’s prophetic anointing to flow to us. We will see what we already have that will take us to major advancement in the next season.
Here is how we can increase the value of what we have:
Through thanksgiving – “Enter His gates with thanksgiving” (Psalms 100:4). As we increase our thanksgiving to God, to others, and ourselves, we will get unstuck, move forward, and go through “gates” into new dimensions of life and influence.
Through listing the good things we have – “Whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). When we ask God to help us identify what we have (in gifting and resources), then we will allow His prophetic word to speak to us, and our eyes will be taken off of what we think we don’t have to what we actually do have.
Through understanding our current assignments and season – “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function” (Romans 12:4). We are not to be all things to all people. As we overcome any feelings of guilt for what we are not and attach faith to what we are, then supernatural multiplication accelerates for us.
Through passionately using what we have – “Stir up (fan into flame) the gift of God which is in you” (1 Timothy 1:6). We can do this by attaching faith to our gift through declarations (e.g. “I am a powerful healer of relationships”), by journaling on the important of this gift, finding ways to equip others in the gift, and to find consistent outlets for the gift or resource to be used.
What do YOU have?
Here is my assignment for you: list and say out loud what you believe you have. What are you good at? What resources do you have that you can dedicate to God to see it multiplied? Consider how you can protect these.
Let’s value what we have like never before. We (and others) will be glad we did.
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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.