“I’m doing every spiritual thing I know to do, but I’m still feeling overwhelmed, stuck and like it’s just not working.”
Has this ever been your experience? You are going to every church service and event, listening to every message you can get your ears on, and joining every Bible study and discipleship group you can squeeze into your schedule, and yet . . . it’s *still* not working. In fact, you feel more overwhelmed and stuck than you felt before you started all these “good habits.” What’s going on?
In this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast I’m going to uncover a lesser known “pandemic” that’s hit the Church called *consumerism,* where we think if we just consume more “good stuff” — more messages, more meetings, more books, more lists of things to do right — that we will finally become enlightened and step into peace and flow. The truth is, it’s in our pouring out — in giving, serving and applying the truth we’ve received — that we will truly get “unstuck.” Then we will see the provision of God begin to flow abundantly and our life finally come into order.
We’ll cover the three ways this consumerism mindset tries to take us out, and then I’ll give you two practical things you can do immediately (and consistently) to avoid this pitfall, so you can keep cruising in the flow God has for you, with peace and joy and breakthrough all along the way. Sound good? Then I want you to grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
Weekly Bible Study with Erica: Want to jump into a weekly, online Bible Study with Erica? She’s leading a study of the book of Acts on Thursday evenings at 8pm ET via the REVIVE Woman Facebook page. Head to revivewoman.org/FB to visit and follow the page, and then join us on Thursdays as we dig into Acts. It’s time to get serious about studying the word, Sis. Let’s do it together!
Scripture References Mentioned in This Episode:
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[a] the flesh?
Psalm 32:8 KJV
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:
If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:
About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.