More Than Enough Part 1 with Pastors Lawson and Aaron Perdue. In this episode of Grace For Today you’ll learn how our perception of God determines what we receive from Him.
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More Than Enough Part 1 Transcription
Praise the Lord. Friends, I’m so glad that you’re with us today. We’re gonna be sharing from my son Aaron’s teaching on More Than Enough. And I love it because Aaron has such tremendous revelation in this area of financial increase, of blessing, of favor. You’re gonna get some things I believe that will really help you move into the abundance that God has prepared for you. So open your heart and receive the word today. Friends, I’m so glad that you’re here today. We’re sharing a brand new series that Aaron recently taught on More Than Enough. And Aaron has tremendous revelation that he shares from this that’s really working in his own life. And so many people are just teaching information from a head knowledge standpoint, but there’s a tremendous difference between information and revelation. And so Aaron, I want you to go ahead and take us into the Word of God.
Awesome. Let’s go to Psalm 91. I wanna start in Psalm 91. The first two verses. This is a pretty familiar Psalm to a lot of people, but I wanna look in depth at the first two verses here in Psalm 91. So it says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress, my God in him will I trust.” So as I’ve studied this out, these first two verses in Psalm 91, the psalmist actually uses four different names for God. And these four names are revelation of who God is. How you see God really impacts your life?
And a lot of people have the wrong perception of God. They have the wrong perception of their relationship with them. Maybe they have the wrong perception of themselves. And man, you gotta have the right perception of who God is. And I love these four names of God. So the first one that it says is in English here, it’s Most High, but that word for Most High, it’s Elyon in the Hebrew. And that means like to be supreme, to be set in a higher place. And I love that the Bible says that we can actually dwell in this higher place with the Most High God. I love what Paul writes. Paul had this revelation that we can be dwelling in the most high place with God Almighty. In Ephesians 2:6, Paul writes that God has raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I know that verse in Ephesians 2:6 is one of your favorite verses.
Amen. That actually is the central verse to the first three chapters of Ephesians. And Ephesians talks about how we are seated in the first three chapters in this position of victory. So a lot of people think in Christianity that you have to fight the devil and then you walk your Christian life out and then you gain a position of victory. But in Christianity, once we’re born again, we begin from a position of victory. Jesus already won the victory for. So in Ephesians 2:6, that’s the central verse to the first three chapters of Ephesians where Paul’s talking about our glorified position in Christ. And when you understand that you begin from a position of victory, it changes how you walk it out, and you walk it out in this world and then you stand against the devil. But we begin from victory and it’s victory that Jesus already won.
Yeah. And I love that the psalmist here, he had this revelation that we can dwell, we can live, we can abide in that presence, in that secret place of the most High God, to be seated together with him in heavenly places. So I think hat’s a very, very big revelation that the psalmist and also that Paul had. So the next name here is a name that we’ll focus on, especially later on in this teaching. “We shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” So oftentimes whenever you see the Almighty, the Almighty God in the Old Testament, the name for that is El Shaddai, God almighty, El Shaddai.
God who is more than enough.
Yeah, more than enough. So Shaddai means the Almighty, all-sufficient, more than enough. We can abide under his shadow. That shadow it means to come under his protection.
One definition of that almighty is the many breasted one or the breasted one. In other words, God has so much sufficiency that we don’t even have enough room to consume it. And when you begin to understand that it really changes how you relate to God and it changes how you see yourself when you come into a relationship with God. So he says, “He that dwells in the secret place in the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The all-sufficient, many breasted God who is more than enough. He has so much sufficiency running out of him. We don’t even have room enough to receive it. And when you come into a relationship with God and understand who he is, that he’s more than enough, you begin to experience who he is in your life. You begin to experience more than enough in your life.
And here in a few minutes, we’re gonna dive into that name, especially looking at when that name was first revealed. It was revealed actually to Abram who became Abraham when he was 99 years old. So he had a close relationship with God. He was blessed by God, but he didn’t know God as El Shaddai, as the more than enough God until he was 99. And that really changed his life. So we’ll talk about that here in a little bit. But the other two names here in Psalm 91, in the first couple verses. Verse two, it says, “I’ll say the Lord,” whenever we see Lord all caps in the Old Testament, that’s the most intimate, the most personal name for God. And that’s a Yahweh or Jehovah. And many Jewish people, actually they believe that name is so holy that they don’t even pronounce it. They’ll say just HaShem, which means the name. But in our English translations, whenever you see Lord all caps, it happens 6,519 times in the Old Testament. Whenever we see Lord all caps, it’s Yahweh or Jehovah.
The self-existent eternal God, the creator of the universe.
And that word Yahweh, it’s derived from the Hebrew word hayah, which means to be. So when Jesus said, “I’m the one who was, who is, and who is to come,” he is. He’s saying, I’m Yahweh. So when you sing songs or think of God as being the one who was, who is, who is to come. When you say that about Jesus, you’re saying he is Yahweh.
He is the eternal God. Jesus said in John 8:58, I believe it is, “before Abraham was, I am.” And when he said that the religious people picked up stones to stone him. And so he got out of there. But Jesus is the eternal God. And Jesus came to put a face on God, to show us who God is. He is the full and final revelation of God. And so really Jesus represents all of these different things to us, these different aspects of God, that he is the most high God, that he is our provider, and then he’s the creator of the universe. The self-existent eternal God.
The last word there “My God in him I will trust.” That fourth name. That’s Elohim. And we see that in Genesis 1:1 in the beginning, “Elohim, God created the heavens and the earth.”
And when you talk about that in Genesis 1 and you see that word, Elohim, it’s actually that im, that end is a plural ending. And so it’s talking about the triunity of God. “And in the beginning, God created the heaven and earth, The earth was without form, and void.” But the verse two, “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep.” And later in verse 26, “Let us God make man in our own image.” So plurality the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit where all there in the beginning, in the creation.
And that points to me, it points to when Jesus was baptized in water by John the Baptist. He was being baptized and he said the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove. I believe in the beginning the Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters and bringing about creation. So Jesus, when he was water baptized, that’s when his ministry really started. The Father spoke, “This is my beloved son.” You see the trinity right there as well when Jesus was baptized. So let’s go, let’s dive into this name, Shaddai, El Shaddai, which really means the God of more than enough. Let’s go to Genesis 12 and we’ll start in verse one. I wanna give a little background into the life of Abram who became Abraham. So this is Genesis 12. Do you wanna read some of that?
Yeah. Which verses?
[Aaron] One through nine.
Okay. “Now the Lord had said to Abram, get out of your country and from your family, from your father’s house to a land that I will show you and I will make of you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him and lot went with him. And Abram was 75 years old when he departed out of Haran. Abram took Sarah, his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all of their substance that they gathered, and the souls they had received in Haran and they went forth to the land of Canaan, into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land to the place of Sichem, to the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, ‘Unto your seed will I give this land’ and there he built an altar to the Lord who appeared to him. And he removed from there to a mountain of the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west and Hai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed, still going toward the south.
That’s awesome. So that’s the first time we see Abram here in scripture and I love that God just spoke to him. And what we see from this is that God’s word has to be more than enough. If God’s word isn’t more than enough, really God isn’t more than enough to you. His word has to be more than enough. So God spoke this word to Abram, spoke this blessing over him and also gave him some instruction. And Abram put his faith in the one true God. His faith was able to move him. Your faith has to be able to move you. Your faith has to be able to move your mouth.
The word of faith speaks. The faith that you have, it should be able to move your mouth, but it should all also be able to move your feet. And just by Abram stepping out and following God’s instructions, there is great blessing upon that.
I love it. When you’re reading verse one through verse three, God’s telling him, “If you’ll leave this land and go in the place of your father’s house and go to the land I show you, I’ll make of you a great nation, I’ll bless you, I’ll make your name great and I will make you a blessing.” And then in verse four, it says, “So Abram departed as the Lord has spoken.” In other words, faith and action really cannot be separated. And so James 2 says, “Faith without corresponding action is dead being alone.” And so the Lord spoke to Abram. Abram believe what the Lord said, so he did something with it. And if you’re not doing anything with the word that God’s spoken to you, you really don’t believe what the Lord’s spoken to you. A lot of people are saying, God told me this and God told me that and he told me something else, but they don’t really do anything with it. And I believe we keep doing what God told us to do last until he tells us what to do next. We have a relationship with God. Great people of faith are people who know God and they hear his voice. I’m good friends with Andrew Wommack, he’s my mentor. Andrew’s a great man of faith, but Andrew knows God and he hears his voice and he does what he tells us. Jesse Duplantis is a good friend of mine. Same way, he hears God, does what he says. Mark Hankins, all the same, all great men of faith. And they really not only hear the voice of God, but they do what God tells them. You cannot separate faith in action. If you don’t have any action, you really don’t have any faith.
And I love studying the life of Abraham and I love that it’s in Genesis 2. And Genesis really talks about the beginning, the beginning of creation, but also just the beginning of what it means to be a person of faith. And we can see how this faith journey, this relationship that Abraham had with God, it developed over time. He heard God’s voice. He heard that blessing, he stepped out, but he still wasn’t a perfect person. Even though he was a person of faith and stepping out in his faith, he still doesn’t have a full revelation of who God was. And he had this idea later on, so this is when he was 75, but when he was 86 years old, he had this idea that, well, maybe God’s promise, maybe I have to do something in addition to it. So his wife Sarah at the time said, “Well, I’m still not having this child that was spoken to us, but maybe we need a help got out. Maybe something’s lacking here.” And I think that Abram and Sarah at the time struggled a little bit with a lack mentality. Like, this promise isn’t quite enough. We have to do something in addition to it. And a lack mentality is very, very dangerous.
That’s right. That’s what happened in the garden. The devil came and lied, the serpent, in the form of a serpent to Eve and she believed his lie and said, “Don’t you know you’re gonna be like God?” Well, they were already made in the image of God, but he told her that she didn’t have something and she believed that lie. So she moved towards something that she wasn’t supposed to.
And she was living in paradise too. You can have incredible good things, incredible blessing in your life, and still have a lack mentality.
There’s a lot of people that do have a lack mentality.
Like people can struggle with a poverty mentality even if they’re making a six figure salary. Even if they have a huge house and nice car, like they can still have lack mentality.
I’ve seen people that God has really blessed. And yet they’re just so focused on lack or on money. They’re actually letting money rule them instead of them ruling money. And we need to learn that lesson. I learned that lesson early in life. My grandfather promised to give me a ranch that was worth quite a bit over a million dollars with one condition that I would stay there and run that. And if he would offer to give me that without that condition, I would’ve received it. But with that condition I said, I can’t do this because I know that God’s called me and I don’t know where that’s gonna take me. So I’ll let him keep his ranch. And ultimately, God has blessed me and God has really been good to us and we’ve seen the goodness of God. But I made a decision at a young age that money is not gonna rule me. I’m gonna rule money. God Jesus is my Lord and I’m gonna let him rule me. And I’ve made that decision a number of times in life and it’s really worked out good in the long term. We’re gonna take a really brief break and we’re gonna be back right after this break, but stay tuned, we’ll be right back and we’re gonna continue to talk about More Than Enough and how you can, as you begin to see God this way, you can really begin to experience God who is more than enough in your life. So stay tuned, we’ll be right back after this break. Friends, we are sharing this week on “More Than Enough” and we have a special offer. And I believe that these teachings will bless you and help you come to a new level of financial increase in your life. I have first of all, my book Provision: Releasing Supernatural Increase in Your life. Andrew Wommack wrote me a forward, Dr. Doug Weiss, and also Jesse Duplantis, who has a great anointing of increase, wrote a word about this book. So I would like you to get this book. I believe it’s very practical and I believe this practical information will help you come to a new level of financial increase in your life. Also, we’ve included my teaching, Four Pillars of Financial Success. And if you get this working in your life, I guarantee it will bring increase to you. I’m offering both of these to any person who becomes a new partner with Charis Christian Center this week. Blessings. Friends, I’m so glad that you stayed with us. We’ve been talking about God who is more than enough and God spoke to Abram and said, “I’m the Almighty God, walk before me and be perfect and I will multiply you exceedingly.” When you begin to understand who God is and then you come into a relationship with him, you begin to see who God is reflecting in your own mind.
So God spoke to Abram when he was 75 and told him to go to a new country and he did that. And he knew that God wanted to make a great nation of him, but it wasn’t happening as soon as he thought it would. So when he was 86 years old, I don’t think he quite understood that God is more than enough. And Abram and Sarah, thought they had to do something.
And we see this happen.
That there was something lacking in that promise. So they try to add through their own works, through their own performance. They try through their own ambition apart from God’s plan.
People come to churches like ours and they hear these promises preach and then they go out and try to make them happen in their own strength and they create a huge mess. Abram and Sarah created this mess. 4,000 years ago, about 2000 before Christ and we’re still dealing with that mess.
And the lack mentality is very dangerous. So we see in Genesis 16, this is where they come up with their own plan, adding to God’s plan because they had a little bit of a lack mentality concerning God’s promise for them. So I don’t think we need to read through much of this chapter, but you can look at it in Genesis 16. So Sarah, I said, well why don’t you take Hagar, my maid, and sleep with her and the child that she buries will be our child. And Ishmael was born. And that created a big problem.
And it caused a lot of contention and really a lack mentality. If you try to act out on a lack of mentality, it’s very dangerous. I share this example of my dog. I have a Scottish Terrier named Winston. And I got Winston when I first moved here to become a pastor almost seven years ago. And when I first got Winston, he was a more than enough kinda dog. It was just me and him. And when he ate, he would just eat little nibbles here and there. He’d just leave the food there ’cause there’s more than enough food. And he was a pretty slim dog, pretty fit dog. And he would just kinda graze when he ate. But a few years later, I got married to Heather and Heather had a rescue dog that she picked up in Tennessee by the name of Willie. And when Willie entered our family, Winston developed a lack mentality. Whenever he would eat, he would scarf everything down because he was worried that there isn’t enough because there’s another dog here. There’s a lot of people with a lack mentality in the world today. I see it all the time. People are worried that there’s too many babies being born and there’s not enough schools, there’s not enough electricity, there’s not enough fuel, there’s a constant lack mentality. That’s a very worldly, a very fleshly, a very.
The Bible actually says this and there’s a lot of preachers preach lack, but in Genesis 8:22, it says, “As long as the earth remains seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, shall not cease.” As long as the earth remains, there’s gonna be provision on the earth more than enough provision for all of the people on the earth. There is an abundant supply. And when my dog, Winston, when Willie was there, he’d start eating everything. He gained quite a bit of weight, but he would get very jealous of this other dog. And one time he actually, we didn’t know what was wrong with him. He was getting very sick, not able to eat, throwing up. And we took him to a vet here at the church and our vet ended up doing an exploratory surgery and found that he had eaten a big plastic toy. He ate Willie’s toy and he did that because he had a lack mentality. He never did anything like that before.
He plugged him up. So he had to get his surgery.
Yeah, and it was a very expensive process, but he eventually got healed up.
A lack mentality is expensive. I grew up, my grandfather grew up with this, but he grew up not necessarily with a lack mentality, but he grew up being taught that if you just take care of what you have and take good care of it, you’ll always have enough. So he had that mentality. And I work for my grandfather.
Which can be a lack mentality.
Yeah, up in his eighties. And he had the chance, my grandfather had the chance to buy literally thousands and thousands of acres around us in the 1930s for $1 an acre. And he had the money in the bank to do it. Most people didn’t have the money, but he had the money. And because of his mentality, he did not buy that land. And so I saw him up in his eighties and he regretted that decision greatly. And I thought, listen, when I’m up in my older years of Jesus Terradez, I’m not gonna be, I think I should have, maybe I could have, but I might have said maybe I shouldn’t have done that, which I’ve done a couple times, but we’ve taken great risks, your mother and I, and it’s led to great abundance and great blessing. But we’ve had to step out in faith and do this. And Abraham was a person of faith. But your picture of God determines a lot of times where you go and what you do and whether you really move into abundance or whether you don’t.
And God spoke to Abraham and or Abram at the time still. And so a little bit later on, Ishmael isn’t the person I’m gonna make this great nation from. I’m gonna bless Ishmael, I’m gonna take care of Ishmael. But God actually prophesied over Ishmael and just that he would always contend with his brethren. And you still see that today in the Middle East. There’s a lot of contention between the descendants of Ishmael and the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I’ve been to Israel and there’s a lot of tension between the Arab nations surrounding Israel. And I actually had some friends that were visiting Israel recently and they were walking through Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus carried the cross on. And as walking on this very historic, very important street, you can hear the Ishmaelites, the descendants of Ishmael just like screaming out, calls to prayer. That is a very contentious thing to do in such a sacred place. And you just see that lack mentality. It created a lot of strife and contention and division, and a lack mentality is very dangerous. So let’s go to, just fast forward to Genesis 17, and this is things where things really shift in Abraham’s life. So we’re gonna mention a little bit, but talk more about it in the next broadcast.
So Genesis 17:1, the Lord comes and speaks to Abram. It says, “When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘I am the Almighty God. Walk before me and be perfect and I will make my covenant between me and you and I will multiply you exceedingly.'” That promise is still good today.
It is. And all those who are in Christ are blessed with faithful Abraham, with the faith-filled Abraham. And I love that God speaks to him. And this is the first time in Genesis 17:1 where we see El Shaddai. Shaddai used in scripture and God spoke to him and said, “I am, Shaddai.”
I am the Almighty God. I am the many breasted God, The all-sufficient God.
The more than enough.
The God who has more than enough, who is more than enough. I have so much sufficiency running out of me. You don’t even have room enough.
And this is where things really shift in Abraham’s life.
And I like it when you read verse two, he’s like, come into a relationship with me. And when you come into a relationship, when you see God for who he really is and begin to understand that and then come into a relationship with them, you begin to see who God is reflected in your life. “And I will multiply you exceedingly.” God has multiplied me exceedingly. I’m thanking God you have a revelation of these things and your wife Heather. You guys are tremendous givers. You’re tremendous people of faith in. You know what? God is multiplying you and continues to multiply you. And so we thank God for the Word of God. That’s become a revelation. And we’ve had this revelation working for a long time. Praise God. And it works in our life, works in your life, works in both of your brother’s lives, works in many people in our church. People who’ve come to partner with us have found there’s a great anointing of increase on this ministry. And I dare you to partner with us and believe God with that partnership. I believe that you will experience more than enough in your life. So if you want prayer, if you wanna become a partner, give us a call today. We’d love to hear from you. Blessings.
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