This world is constantly plagued by shortages. Have you ever noticed that? It seems everybody is always running short of something. You never hear anyone say, "Oh my, I have more time than I need...I have more money than I can use...I have so many solutions, I'm having to hunt problems just to keep up!"

Such words sound ridiculous in a world ruled by scarcity and lack. Yet, the truth is, those are the kinds of words you and I should be saying all the time. After all, as born-again children of God, we don't belong to this pitiful world.

We're in it, Jesus said, but we're not of it (John 17:15-16). We belong to the kingdom of God - and there are no shortages in that kingdom. It has an abundant supply of any resource you could ever need.

Many believers never tap into those resources because they think God's kingdom is just a religious concept, a theological theory. But it's not. It's real - and we can live in it.

Actually, the word kingdom means "dominion." God's kingdom is where God has dominion. Of course, since God has absolute dominion in heaven, every child of God will ultimately enjoy the blessings of His kingdom. But, praise God, we don't have to wait until we get to heaven! If we'll give God dominion in our lives here and now, we can experience "days of heaven upon the earth" (Deut. 11:21).

Many Christians who depend on this world aren't doing very well these days. They're limiting themselves to the world's technology (abilities and answers) and they're getting the world's results. In other words, they're looking to the outside instead of looking on the inside.

You see, as a believer, everything you will ever need and everything God has ever promised is on the inside of you right now. The extra $500 a month you need for your family is in there. The new car you need is in there. The healing you need, the answers you need, the miracles you need - all of them are right there in your heart.

His Spirit is a wellspring of life, bubbling up continually within you. And unlike the wells of the world, this one never runs dry! Jesus Himself assured us of that in John 4, where He said, "Whosoever drinks of this natural world's water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (vv. 13-14).

Just think about that! Through the supernatural spring of His Spirit, God is continually imparting to us strength and power, guidance and counseling. He is providing us with a reservoir that will keep us fully supplied, not according to the meager resources of this earth, but according to "His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19).

All we have to do is step into the Holy Spirit's flow and we'll have everything we need. The problem is, most people (Christians included) don't know anything about that divine flow. So they just paddle around in the natural stream of things trying to keep their heads above water as the circumstances and shortages of the world drag them under.

But it's time we got wise! It's time we stopped going with the flow of the natural, worldly things around us, and started going with the flow of the Spirit instead.

From the Desert to the River
How do you go about yielding to that supernatural flow? First, you must hear and obey the Word of God. You must put that Word in your heart and bring it out of your mouth, not just once or twice but consistently. You must follow the instructions God gives in Proverbs 4:20-23:

My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life (AMP).

If you're attending to God's Word, when you have a problem you won't think of going to the world first. You'll go to the Word. You'll find out what God has promised to do for you. Once you've found that promise, you'll put it in your heart. You will believe it. You'll speak it. Then faith will come alive inside you. Once faith comes alive concerning that situation, the power of God will explode in your heart and you'll start walking in victory.

Everything in the natural world may look just as dark as it ever did. Everyone in the world may still be telling you how impossible your situation is. But that won't matter because you'll know you've stepped out of the stream of circumstances and into the river of God. And once God's river starts to flow from within you, the whole natural realm has to yield to it. Bad situations, poverty, sickness and lack of any kind must bow their knees to His supernatural supply!

The Great Equalizer
I love knowing that every day as I go about my daily work - whether it's planting flowers, writing letters, or taping a television program - there is a flow of the Spirit of God in me to empower, enable and provide for me.

You see, the Spirit of God is the great equalizer. When you're yielding to Him, it doesn't really matter what attributes, or lack you might have in the natural. It doesn't matter if you're a person of high intellect or low intellect. You may be dumb as can be on your own, but you're smart when you're flowing in the Spirit because through Him, you're connected to accurate information.

In fact, even though you're very intelligent, you're going to be disappointed in life and live way below God's best if you don't learn how to follow the voice of the Spirit. Because no matter how smart you are, humanly speaking, you're not as smart as God.

Take the Plunge!
We have been born of God and filled with His Holy Spirit. After all, the same Spirit Who came upon Jesus when He was baptized in the Jordan comes upon us when we're baptized in the Holy Spirit. And that Spirit gives us power to do the same works He did.

If you doubt it, go back and read the book of Acts again. All the way through that book you'll see miraculous, amazing things occurring. You'll see miracles performed, people healed, devils cast out - not by Jesus Himself, but by people like Peter, John, Phillip, Stephen, and Paul.

In this last, great move of God on the earth, people are going to start seeing those manifestations again. Signs and wonders are going to follow the Word just like they did in the book of Acts. That's exciting, isn't it? But what's even more exciting is this: if you're preaching the Word of God, those signs are going to follow you!

We must get out of the world's flow. We must stop being limited by its sickness, poverty and lack of power. And we must start living instead in the flow of the Spirit. We must start living a life of abundance, blessing, health and increase - a life that acts like the Word of God is true - and lets the Holy Spirit lead, and love light the way.

That kind of life is available now to every believer who is willing to step into it. It is ready to flow up from within you and provide you with everything you need to be all that Jesus has called you to be.

So if you're still on the bank of this mighty Holy Ghost river, watching and wondering whether you should take the plunge, let me encourage you to go for it. Don't wait another minute. Jump on in...the water is fine!

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Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries