The Abundant Life

John 10:10–“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The thief is the devil–He comes to steal our happiness, peace and everything else. The thief is come to kill our relationships and bring separation from our friends and families. The thief is come to destroy our lives and opportunities.  When we see stealing (looting), killing, and destruction (like in protests) we are observing the working of the devil through those people.

Jesus is come that we might have eternal, everlasting life–Jesus is come that we might experience this eternal, everlasting life to its fullest. I am afraid that most Christians don’t experience this life in its abundance. It has been made available for all but it is up to each Christian to receive it for themselves. Many don’t have the joy of their salvation or the peace of God that passes all understanding.  They have Jesus abiding in them, but they are not abiding in Jesus.  The abundant life is found in the fullness of the Spirit. If we ask for it, it will be given to us. If we seek it, we shall find it. If we knock, it will be opened to us. Jesus said, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 5:7-8). God bless you.

Spiritual Nourishment

1 Peter 2:2–As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby.
As newborn babes–We are newborn, spiritual babes when we are born of the Spirit of God.

Desire the sincere milk of the word–We are to have a longing for and a craving for the milk of the word of God.
1. Sincere–This means that the word of God does not deceive or mislead anyone.
2. The milk of the word–This means the basic, simple things of God’s word that are easy to receive and to digest.

That you may grow thereby–We must feed on the word of God to receive spiritual nourishment so we will be spiritually strong and healthy. Feeding on the word of God produces spiritual growth.
1. We are to become spiritually mature–By using the word of God our senses are “exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14). We then are able to move on to the meat of the word of God which is a reference to the deep things of God. As we need physical food daily, we also need spiritual food daily. Let us not neglect getting into the word of God and
using it in our life.

The Joy Of The Lord Is Our Strength

Nehemiah 8:10–The joy of the Lord is your strength.
The Lord’s joy is our strength–His joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit which is to be manifest in our life (Galatians 5:22). It is “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). It is the inherent life of Jesus flowing into and through us that produces this joy in our lives. Jesus’ desire is for His joy to remain in us and that our joy might be full (John 15:11). The joy of the Lord is the strength that will help us through the day.
1. It is not your joy or my joy. It exceeds our joy and comes from the spiritual realm and not from the physical realm. It is not an earthly joy but a divine, heavenly joy. It is not based on outward things, but on what lies within. We can experience this joy even when there is no joy in the outward things.

“The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; — ————————– outward things
but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” ———— inward things
(Romans 14:17).

Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5:14-16–Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
You are the light of the world–We are to help others see what God can do in their life. We are to reveal this as we walk in the Spirit, walk by faith and walk in accordance with the will of God. They are to see Jesus in us as our life is transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are to enlighten those who are in darkness by our life and by our words.

Let your light so shine–Our light is to shine before mankind in the life we live, and the good works that we do. Our life and our good works are to cause others to glorify our Father which is in heaven. Let us “glorify God in our body, and in our spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

God–The Health Of Our Countenance

Psalms 43:5–Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Why are you cast down?–There are times when we might find ourselves sad, depressed, or discouraged. We need to search for the reason for this.

Why are you disquieted within me?–There are other times when we realize that we are anxious, restless, or disturbed.

Hope in God–God gives us the remedy for being cast down or disquieted. He wants us to hope in Him. He is to become our hope. We look to him for what we want or need. We trust in Him to take care of what is causing us to be sad, depressed or discouraged. We depend on Him to take care of what is causing us to be anxious, restless, or disturbed.

I shall yet praise Him–This is an expression of faith. It says that God will work on our behalf and because of what He does we shall have cause to praise Him. Praise comes after hope is engaged.

God is the health of my countenance, and my God:
1. God is first the healer of our countenance. He is the remedy. He will free us from our grief and troubles. He will take away the frown and give us a smile. He will bring us peace and joy. We will rejoice in the Lord and be glad.
2. Secondly God is the health of our countenance. In Him we not only have mental and emotional healing, we will also remain in mental and emotional well-being.

In Times Of Tribulation

Romans 12:12–Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
Advice for when tribulation comes–These three things have an interlocking relationship. They have a connection and are tied together to advance each other.

Be rejoicing in hope–In hard times we are to be rejoicing. We are to be glad. We are to have a feeling that what is wanted and needed, will come to pass. Our hope is to cause us to delight in the midst of the situation. We have access to God’s grace by faith wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope (Romans 5:2).

Be patient in tribulation–We are to endure with composure and without complaining, refusing to be provoked. We are to persevere and not to loose it but to remain calm

Be continuing instant in prayer–We are to go on in an attitude of prayer. We are to be ready to pray in an instant. When things start to become difficult we should instantly enter into prayer. Prayer focuses us on God as we communicate with Him and call Him to our side and aid. Prayer helps us to be aware of God’s presence.

Prayer will help us to rejoice in hope.
Rejoicing in hope and prayer then will help us to be patient.

God Is Able

Ephesians 3:20–He is able to do exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think–We can never ask or think of anything that is beyond God’s power and ability. With God all things are possible. Nothing is impossible with God. Our faith needs to rest in God’s superior ability. Whatever is going on in our lives whether it is good or bad, He is able to work it for our good. He can calm the storms of our lives or He can help us to overcome them. He can change the circumstances or He can change us so we can deal with them.

According to the power that works in us–God’s superior power works in us and through us as we walk by faith. Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). And according to the power that works in us we too can overcome the world.

Life, Joy, And Pleasures

Psalms 16:11–You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
He will show us the path of life–God will not only show us the way to life, but once we have received this life, He will show us the path of life. He will give us direction and guidance for our life showing us how to live this life. He does not leave us to walk this path by ourselves but has come to dwell in us and to help us.

In His presence is fullness of joy–This joy comes forth from our spiritual life we have received in connection with Christ. This joy is superior to a joy that is received in connection with this world. It is a “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). This joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. If we want joy in our life then we must put forth an effort to dwell in the presence of God.

At His right hand there are pleasures for evermore–These are eternal pleasures and we can begin to enjoy some of them now. These include the pleasure of His presence, answers to prayer, wisdom, knowledge, and strength. God has made it all possible. It is up to us.

In The Ages To Come

Ephesians 2:7–That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
In the ages to come–This refers to endlessness and eternity; ages without end.

He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us–He will show forth and display for all to see the extraordinary, extreme, riches of His grace as expressed in His kindness toward us. His kindness that He will reveal toward us shall surpass all expectation or imagination. He will demonstrate an abundance of goodness, kindness, and generosity toward us throughout all eternity. It will be through Christ Jesus and will be unending.

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God has prepared for them that love him”
1 Corinthians 2:9

ARE YOU READY?  People plan and prepare for retirement.  But have you looked at where you will spend eternity?  Are you prepared?  We don’t know when an accident or a heart attack will usher us into eternity.  Have you received Jesus as you Lord and Savior?  He is the only way to the Father in heaven.  DON’T PUT IT OFF UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.

Walk Worthy Of The Lord

Colossians 1:10–Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Walk worthy of the Lord–Our life is to have worth. It is to be lived in agreement and conformity with Him. He is the measure of worth and the more we become like Him the more worthy we are of Him. This scripture gives us three ways that we can walk worthy of the Lord.
1. Unto all pleasing–We are to live our life in order to please the Lord and give Him pleasure. Pleasing the Lord involves following His will for our life. We are to be an extension of and fulfillment of His will. Jesus lived His life like this. Over and over He said, “I came not to do my own will but the will of Him that sent me.” And the Father spoke from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Being a pleasure to the Lord is to walk in obedience to His word and His will. In so doing we shall walk worthy of Him.
2. Being fruitful in every good work–Our life is to be productive in every good work. We are a product of  God; “It is He that has made us and not we ourselves” (Psalms 100:3). “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).  We are to be productive in good works. Our life is to glorify the Father. “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8). Jesus gives us the key to being fruitful. “He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).  To bear fruit is to be spiritually productive.
3. Increasing in the knowledge of God–We are to be growing into the full knowledge of God. This comes about in two ways. We grow into a fuller knowledge of Him through His word and through personal interaction with Him. As we abide in Him and He abides in us we will grow in our knowledge of Him. As our minds are renewed by the Holy Spirit, our teacher and guide, we will increase in our knowledge of and experience of God.

If we live to please the Lord in everything we do,
are fruitful in every good work,
and increase in our knowledge of God,
then we will walk worthy of the Lord.