Point: YOU CAN ONLY RECEIVE FROM GOD IN DIRECT CORRELATION TO YOUR CAPACITY TO RECEIVE FROM GOD. LIKE A BOTTLE, IT CAN NOT HOLD ANY MORE THAN IT IS. IN ORDER TO HOLD MORE OR RECEIVE IT HAS TO GROW OR IN LARGE ITS SIZE OR CAPACITY.
WHEN GODS PEOPLE WERE SLAVES, THEY WERE NOT COMMITTED AT FIRST. THEY WERE INTERESTED IN FREEDOM AND SUCCESS BUT THEY WERE NOT COMMITTED. THIS IS WHY THEY ONLY DID ACTIONS OF OBEDIENCE WHEN IT WAS CONVENIENT.
WHEN YOU ARE COMMITTED YOU WILL DO WHAT EVER IS NECESSARY AND YOU WILL NOT EXCEPT OR MAKE ANY EXCUSES.
WHEN YOUR ONLY INTERESTED YOU DO THINGS TILL ITS INCONVENIENT OR YOU DON’T SEE IMMEDIATE RESULTS, YOU WILL STOP DOING THE STEPS THAT ARE NECESSARY.
JOSHUA 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.”
THE LAW OF CAPACITY
Capacity means the ability to contain, hold, absorb or to receive; it is the maximum amount of something contained or the ability to contain. It is also APTITUDE; aptitude is the ability to learn. It is the ability of the mind and heart to receive ideas or knowledge.
Right now, you are at your maximum capacity. We can pray and fast for increase but we must increase our capacity to receive more of what God has for us.
Gods supply is limitless, but your capacity may have a cap on what you receive. Pitcher of water, tiny cup, medium, and large but put a whole in the large foam cup. More capacity but hole. Which the hole represents our self limiting beliefs. THE KEY TO RECEIVING MORE FROM GOD IS TO INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY AND CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS TO PLUG THE HOLES UP.
Illustration: A fisherman was seen catching huge fish and he kept throwing them back into the water. On and on this went on for hours. A fisherman seen this and thought how odd. He kept catching large fish and throwing them back in but when he caught smaller ones he kept them. Crazy thought the other fisherman so he decided to go over and ask why he threw the big fish back in and kept the smaller ones. He asked. The fisherman said the reason he threw the big fish back in was because he had an 8 inch frying pan.
We are like this fisherman. We ask God for what we think we can do or handle, rather than what God Can Do.
HOW DO I INCREASE MY CAPACITY?
Formula is in Matthew 25:14-30. Story of the three servants and the talents. JESUS USED THIS PARABLE TO TEACH HIS DISCIPLES THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACING VALUE IN WHATEVER THE LORD GIVES YOU.
HERE IS THE FORMULA TO INCREASE OUR CAPACITY
ABILITY + RESOURCE + ATTITUDE + STEWARDSHIP = CAPACITY
1. ABILITY: ability is the power to do something, skill, the power to perform or capacity. In the story each servant was given talents(money) according to their abilities. Abilities means capacity. They received supply according to their capacity to perform. So, the more abilities you add or develop in your life, the greater entrustment from the ONE who supplies all good gifts.
We all have God-given skill, talents, or capability to perform a specific task. This is our goal to discover our unique gifts.
There are two levels with ABILITY: finding your “genius” level and the other is finding your productivity level. Genius Level is made up of a combination of things.
GENIUS LEVEL = PASSION + TALENT + VALUES + DESTINY = GENIUS LEVEL
YOU DEVOTE YOUR TIME AND ENERGY TO DISCOVER THESE YOU WILL STEP INTO YOUR DESTINY.
Passion is what you love to do. What excites you in life?
Talents are what you naturally good at. What do people say are your strengths?
Values is what is really important to you. What do you stand for?
Destiny or purpose is what you were born to do. Where do you seem to make a difference?
YOUR ABILITY INCREASES YOUR CAPACITY TO DO YOUR DESIRES.
2. RESOURCES: are something we use to take care of a need, use for advantage, or as a means of supply. In the story the master gave each servant resources 1 talent, 5 talents, 10 talents. These resources were given to accomplish a task. God gives us resources to accomplish His Tasks.
It does not matter where you are right now, you can develop the resources that make you valuable.
Quote: James Allen said, “A plan consistently, persistently adhered to -— good or bad, abundance or scarcity — will produce results in a person’s life.”
Increase your resources, increase your value. Reader are leaders, ideas. God will provide all the resources you need to accomplish your dream.
When you renew and focus your mind on God’s Truth, your subconscious mind, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, will go to work on generating ideas and actions to accomplish your goals. Stuff starts coming to you, like the law of attractions.
3. ATTITUDE: is a mental conditioning that determines your interpretation and response to your environment. This is why two people can sit thru a seminary, church service, movie and both have the same experience and one is motivated and the other is with negative attitude.
EPHESIANS 4:22-24 AMP “that, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation].”
Step 1. Put off the old man.
Step 2. Be made new in the spirit (ATTITUDE) of your mind. Step 3. How? Put on the new man.
Put off means ridding ourselves of the old man. Here is a thought. Our old man has been crucified with Christ. We are made new in our spirit, but our thinking must be renewed. To put off means YOU REPENT WHICH IS NOT A RELIGIOUS WORD. IT MEANS TO CHANGE OUR THINKING.
ATTITUDE IS THE PERSPECTIVE BY WHICH YOU VIEW LIFE.
Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is rightly considered the foremost attitude upon which all others depend. A positive mental attitude is the key that expands the capacity to all the other laws of success. The ability to see truth expands your capacity to receive it.”
Attitude causes you to get all that is coming to you. It increases your capacity.
Remember the movie “Lion King?” Simba is made to believe he killed his father. He runs and grows up with his new friends. Nala stumble across him so far away from the pride. She says to him, where have you been all these years, we needed you. Simba says, “No one needs me.” Nala yells at him, “Your the king.” This is when Simba shouts, “No I not, Hakuna Mataram.” It is a term for carefree lifestyle. Means there are no worries here.
Rafiki shows up and Simba asks who are you? Rafiki says, “the real question is, ‘WHO ARE YOU?’ YOU ARE MUFASA’S BOY. (THE SON OF THE KING)”
IF YOU FAIL TO REALIZE THAT GOD HAS TRANSFORMED YOU INTO A NEW CREATION, YOU WILL TRY TO LIVE YOUR LIVES OUT OF AN OLD IDENTITY. WE ARE COMPLETELY NEW CREATIONS. NOT BY OUR WORKS BUT WHAT JESUS DID ON THE CROSS.
REMEMBER WHEN RAFIKI HAS SIMBA LOOKING INTO THE WATER, LOOK HARDER, YOU SEE THE FATHER KING LIVES IN YOU. MUFASA IN THE VISION SAYS, “YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO YOU ARE AND SO YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN ME.” MUFASA SAYS, “REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE.”
We all our past to rob us of our future. Our past disappointments, rejections, bad habits, comfort zones and attitudes control what we will or will not go after. Many times we create self- sabotaging behaviors that keep us in line with a depleted self-image.
ATTITUDE EXPANDS YOR CAPACITY TO SEE FROM A NEW HIGHER PERSPECTIVE.
4. STEWARDSHIP: is defined as the management and dips-ending of provision. Law of Capacity is Ability + Resources + Attitude + Stewardship = Capacity
INCREASE CAN ONLY OCCUR WHEN WE POSITION OURSELVES TO RECEIVE ABUNDANCE.
Abundance is always the result of value. Abundance is always created out of value. Prosperity is the result of increasing your value in some way. If you create a solution, increase you knowledge, show people a better way or faster, etc., then abundance will follow.
Abundance usually follows doing what you love.
Stewardship has three aspects. Setting your intentions, giving and receiving, managing your increase. In order to prosper, increase You must believe it is Gods will. I was taught this is PD Seminars. I + M = R. Intention + Mechanism = Results
James 2:17 “So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].”
Faith + Action = Results
Giving and receiving Galatians 6:7 what you sow you will reap. It’s a Kingdom Law.