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Preserved by Purpose: Living in the Overflow

“Them those got shall get; them that’s not shall lose,” are words sung so sweetly by the late Billie Holiday that can apply to our current economic situation.  With so many people struggling to find work and pay bills, it’s amazing to hear how some people have gotten even richer during these hard times.    According to Robert C. Lieberman, Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs, the top 5 percent of earners have increased their wealth dramatically since 2009.

The bible even mentions this kind of strategy when it says in Matthew 13:12, “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”    It’s always seemed unfair to me that people who have more and need it the least) can get more and that people who have the least (and need it the most) seem to lose more.     How are those who are in great need going to ever get to be one of those “who have” if they continue to lose?

Shewanda Riley

How have the rich stayed richer?  Some wealth strategists say that one successful strategy of wealthy people is to live off the interest from investments and to continue to make investments that will allow them to live off interest.   For some of us, it’s hard to imagine making an investment much less living off the interest from one.

We may not be able to make financial investments, but we can make a “spiritual” investment of sincere obedience to God’s word.       The “overflow” of that obedience is an assurance that God will not only hear our prayers but will bless our lives.    2 Corinthians 8:2-7 describes how despite their poverty, the early believers overflowed with joy and generosity despite their difficult circumstances.     They were obedient to scripture and gave as God directed them and were blessed.

Romans 15:13 saysMay the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”   Often, the overflow of peace comes from us submitting the control of our emotions to the direction and power of the Holy Spirit.    The Bible also mentions a few places how God wants us “live in the overflow.”   “You prepare a table before me    in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows,” are familiar words from Psalm 23:4-6.

When we are in a vulnerable situation, God will allow those who think they have gotten the best of us see him pour out blessings and increase his anointing in our lives.  We must be bold enough to allow God to protect us even in the face of opposition or spiritual attack.  Our “overflow” is the assurance that comes in knowing that God is our “Jehovah Nissi,” our banner who has prepared the path of victory for us.


Shewanda Riley is a Dallas, Texas based author of “Love Hangover: Moving From Pain to Purpose After a Relationship Ends” and “Writing to the Beat of God’s Heart: A Book of Prayers for Writers.”   Email her at preservedbypurpose@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @shewanda.



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