The Abundant Life

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John 6: 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 

Since the Holy Spirit came into my heart when I got saved 41 years ago, I have always been convinced of this truth, “thou hast the words of eternal life.” I have searched and studied God’s word for the meaning of life and what our purpose is here on earth. That His truth would give me a quality of living that previously has been foreign to me. The truth that I have embraced and understood through the Holy Spirit has been life changing and that is the reason I have stayed with it all these years. His truth has healed me of my addictions, my lust, my selfishness, my criticalness and my negative mindset.

Peter answered him, “thou hast the words of eternal life,” careful observation with the above scripture tells us that the very words that Jesus spoke are eternal and gives life to all who believe in them. That there is power in the word of the name Jesus. Many testimonials can attest to the healing life changing name of Jesus. Believing in His truth has brought them literally from death to life, from darkness to light, and a rebellious sinner to a child of God. Eternal life speaks of a never ending span of time; however it also speaks of a quality of life in the here and now, hidden within WORDS of ETERNAL LIFE. God’s desire for his creation is to have and possess an abundant life but since the sin of man our mind has been alienated from this abundant living of life. We have to be taught how to live an abundant life through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Instead, in this world we’ve been grown up learning lies about life itself that abundant living is found within you and yet we are full of selfish ambitions and empty goals that are meaningless toward living a life of abundance. The world tells us that acquiring lots of money is the key to happiness when in reality you’ve just traded one sorrow for another sorrow. Just read the book of Ecclesiastes written by King Solomon, he had it all and tried it all. Yet he summed it all up in vanities of vanities saith the preacher, all is vanity. Solomon’s conclusion is found in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

 

CHANGING THE WORLD

SO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD?In John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave…….only begotten son. Reading through the bible you will see a reoccurring theme throughout that God IS love. If you wish to experience love the first thing you must do is to experience God as a person. If you do not experience God then you cannot experience love for they are one and the same. God shows us his love for us and then what we have seen in Him loving you and me, we go out into the world to show others how His love can change humanity. Love is not a feeling but a choice otherwise God could not command it to be done. He says, ” if you love me keep my commandments.” Note the action on our part to keep his commandments. Also look at the great love chapter in the bible.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
You see in the verses above it is a choice a decision on our parts to be patient, kind, not envy, not boastful, nor arrogant or rude, nor insisting your own way, nor irritable, resentful, no rejoicing at wrongdoing. Please notice the following will pass away prophecies, tongues, and knowledge but love never ends. Jesus loved 12 men and by showing them His love and truth about life itself through these men changed the world. 2,000 years later we are still talking about his great sacrifice on the cross in dying for our sins. Jesus The Christ changed the world through love!!! If we wish to do the same we will take 1 Corinthians 13 seriously to heart. The world is in constant search for love and fulfillment but they will only find it in Christ. Change the world through Jesus Christ, experience him in order to change everyone you meet.

New Year Resolution: Yesterdays Pain Todays Healing

Deuteronomy 32:10 “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

God personally knows everything you are going through the pain, the struggles, and the heartaches. He see’s every tear that you shed and every callous willful act upon your tender heart. Nothing escapes his ever watchful eye. In the scripture verse above, “He found him in a desert land,” meaning that we do not have to come up to his level of holiness in order to be healed otherwise we would never have intimacy with Christ, rather he comes down to where we are, right where we live and touches you in the midst of your pain. In the midst of our pain he is always there and that fiery furnace that you always seemed to be going through, He will always meet you there. Take Shadrach, Meshach and Abedigo they refused to bow under someone else’s childish tempter tantrums of self worship, they stood up for what they believed in so refused to bow for anyone other than God and were thrown into a fiery furnace that was heated seven times more than usual.  So here is the rest of the story. Here is your story of deliverance.

Daniel 3:2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

So, yes, God may not always take you out of the fiery furnace of life but you can always guarantee that He will always be there with you in the midst of it. Therein is the compassion of a loving God who deems us as the apple of His eye for He will always encircle you and care for you in your most trying moment. How reassuring is it that the God who holds the universe in the palm of his hand is always watching over you. In the midst of suffering comes healing like gold under the fire where all the impurities come floating to the surface where the master takes out the impurities leaving behind a precious child of pure gold to the point he sees His reflection. The impurities removed are the things that cause division within families and friends and ultimately against God. The people that are hurting unwittingly hurt other people for that is how they function. They create walls of protection to protect themselves from ever hurting again but in the process of self protection they make carbon copies of themselves within those they love. So the process continues from one generation to the next generation until one person in the family tree find Jesus and are willing to submit to His words of healing, then they break down the walls to love again and be healed. This next verse in Deuteronomy speaks volumes of God’s love for us.

Deuteronomy 32: 11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions,

In order for baby eagles to learn how to fly the mother eagle must throw them out of the nest, if they do not fly she spreads out her wings and catches her babies on her pinions which is her wings and bears them up to safety. This is an image of Christ in the midst of our fiery furnace in the very midst of our most trying hour Jesus bears us under his wings and goes through the fire with us to victory on the other side. Through the fire we become more like Jesus with every trial we go through, that is why Paul welcomed all tribulations and every trial for when he was weak Jesus bore him up to fill him with strength through His Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 32:12 the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.

God will always see and guide you through all your troubles through every trial you encounter. He will never leave you nor will he ever forsake you that is his promise. In the previous chapter He gives comfort to Israel as He gives that same comfort to you.

Deuteronomy 31: 8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Keep the faith always grasp firmly onto hope unto eternal life never focus on your circumstance the secret to life is always looking ahead to eternity for looking onto eternity you make the right choices in the present.

Intimacy With Christ takes maintaining your walk with him.