During the Father’s Heart Conference last weekend, I was sat on my own having breakfast in the hotel I was staying in. As I was eating my continental breakfast, I felt God start talking to me about an ‘all you can eat buffet’.
I don’t know about you but if I’m staying in a hotel I usually go for the continental option and was tucking in to my toast and jam when I noticed that I had some jam left unopened and I considered taking them home because I’d not used them. It reminded me of a time when I had taken my kids to Pizza Hut where they have a lunchtime deal, where you can eat as much as you like for a set price and we saw people in there piling up their plates with an outrageous amount of pizza because they were worried they wouldn’t get their ‘money’s worth’.
I felt God start talking to me about his provision and whether I needed to take more than I needed or, was I worried that it would all be gone? I started to question whether I had trust issues with God providing for me? Was I thinking with a daughter’s mindset or a pauper’s mindset?
God continued to talk to me about this during the day and I was given a word by a friend who said she saw a picture of me at a table enjoying a feast. She could see me and I was feeling literally stuffed, like I couldn’t eat any more but, God had other plans and he was trying to give me one more spoon of the ‘good stuff’. How amazing that God has more for me than I could ask or imagine. I was blown away by this because God had already been talking to me about it at breakfast and was confirming what I was hearing earlier. I felt him say I didn’t need to worry about His provision as it’s his great pleasure to provide for me.
Luke 11:11 Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
During the conference one of the pastors at the Kings Arms in Bedford, Phil Wilthew, talked about how we have access to the Father and all that he has because as his sons and daughters we have ‘fridge rights’ to his heavenly provision.
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access to the father by one spirit.
After you leave home after university, getting married or just moving out you end up going back for visits, a decent meal or to get your washing done and you automatically help yourselves to the contents of the family fridge and why wouldn’t you when you are a member of the family. Well it’s the same with God, as sons and daughters we are entitled to anything our father has and we don’t need to beg or plead with him. In fact, he will be happy for us to take the finest things in the fridge because he is an abundant God who is not worried about how he will provide for us.
How are we thinking about God? Are we thinking with a princess or a pauper mindset?
Ps 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
A prince/princess knows that they can eat until they are comfortably full while a pauper eats as much as they can in case the food is gone and they go hungry.
When we have a prince/princess mindset we never have to worry about going short or panicking about never having enough.
I loved the book The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kriss Vallotton and found it really helpful. Kriss examines the difference between a prince and pauper mindset and then at the end you fill in a questionnaire that helps you understand what your current mindset is. I highly recommend this if you are interested in finding out more.
I just want to encourage you today that the feast is available to all of you, not just a chosen few. If you are a son or a daughter, God would say, pull up a chair and get your feet under the family table.