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Life More Abundantly

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. John 10:10 (NKJV)

We all have times where we feel as though we are just going through the motions or even barely hanging on. It’s the feeling of weakness and the desire to quit.  It can be at our job, or when we are on a diet. It can be in a relationship with someone else, or even our Lord.   Satan is a master at ripping us off with respect to living an abundant life in Christ, and he does this in countless ways. 

One of the tactics the enemy uses to rip us off is through the temptation to believe we need to somehow earn God’s love by keeping the law or by living this perfect life. It is a religious system that will point and say, "Now this is the way you need to live if you want God to accept you."  When we buy into this lie we will find ourselves striving to live righteously in our own abilities and strength, and we will find ourselves failing miserably—trying to hang on. The truth is God knows we cannot live righteously by ourselves, and so He sent Jesus to let us know His truth.  As we believe in Christ, He will come and indwell us; He will take over and make us a new person and give us the power to live in a way otherwise impossible.

Q:         Does this mean we shouldn’t focus so much on doing what is right?

No, as I have stated so many times, as Christian men and women, we are commanded to walk in righteousness as we have an abiding relationship with our Lord.   God has helped us by writing His laws upon our hearts, and He has given us His Word so we will know what we should do.  But we must also know God’s love and acceptance is not conditional upon our keeping the law—He doesn’t stop loving us, or accepting us because we sin.  

You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:3-4 (NKJV)

Christianity should never be minimized to a religion, nor should it ever be packaged as a way to earn God’s Love—it should always be viewed as God reaching down to us and showing us how much He loves us by giving His Son to die for us.  In like manner, living the Christian life should never be reduced to our inadequate attempt to live by a set of religious rules and regulations; it should be about having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  God wants us to have abundant life and fellowship with Him, and He has infused His power into us to live the life He has called us to live—to live abundantly and victoriously. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 15:3-4, what can we learn about our being justified through Jesus, and our ability to live a proper life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you experiencing the abundant life God intends for you?

APPLICATION: Let’s focus on the love and grace God has given us and choose to seek Him daily for a fresh filling of His Spirit so we can walk in freedom and truth. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for allowing Jesus to come so we might have abundant life.  Fill us today with Your Spirit and empower us to walk in grace and love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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