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Sunday, November 2, 2014
Learning The Secret of Abundant Life
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.” (John 10:10 NKJV)
Do you live in the knowledge and
understanding of life abundant? It’s easy to quote John 10:10, and say we live
it. But do we really?
When our lives are so full of
activity and crazy drama, it is hard to live and believe Jesus meant this for
us. We know He said it and we try to believe, but sometimes it’s just easier to
feel overwhelmed and depressed, than to think, somehow we missed it.
In the chaos, we long to withdraw to
the refuge of our bed and pull the covers over our head until it all goes away.
Nevertheless, we have
responsibilities and people pulling us in a hundred different directions. So,
when everyone and everything depends on us, we reluctantly relinquish our
freedom to act in this self-serving manner. We push on, forge ahead, and go
through the motions of living life abundant, even though we’re not really
Something needs to change, so we can
feel happy again, but what and how. Maybe a new outfit or hairstyle will lift
our spirits. Still, we know these are only surface changes. They cannot
permanently change anything, especially our inner conflicts or circumstances.
The problem is that by this overwhelming negativity and depression, we play
into the enemy’s hands. Clearly, he has already stolen our joy in Christ, now
he is trying to kill our faith, and then methodically and systematically, he
will destroy our spirit.
Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us we must
choose to lay aside these weighty things and look to Jesus, the author and
finisher of our faith. Because, our help comes from the Lord…He will not allow
your foot to be moved and He who keeps you will not slumber…nor sleep. The Lord
is your keeper…the shade at your right hand.” When you trust in Him, “…He will
preserve you from all evil…your going out and your coming in, from this time forth
and even forevermore. (Psalm 121)
By recognizing God’s sovereignty, we
understand the “abundant life” Jesus came to give is not what the world thinks.
That life is rooted in sin, self, and striving to “keep up with the Jones’s,”
and it thrives on our overwhelmed and depressed state.
The full, abundant life Jesus gives
is salvation and learning to be content in whatever situation we find
Paul explains in Philippians 4:12,
“I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I have learned
thissecret, so that anywhere, at any time, I amcontent,
whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. “(GNT)
What secret? In verse 13 Paul gives
the answer, “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power
gives me.” (GNT)
Our God does not leave us alone to
cope in the best way we can. No, our God is with us wherever we go. (Joshua